May 10, 2021

The Executive of the BC Elks Association is still having conference call meetings every month.  Our discussions are how best to hold the 2021 BC Elks Annual Conference and carry out the business affairs of the Association and Camp Society.   At this time, we are planning on mid to late September to be held in Kamloops, BC.

Depending on COVID-19 Health Regulations, the conference will be either held with all Delegates who wish to attend or if restrictions persist, a one day business meeting with lodge participation>

A Zoom Conference had been discussed but this would be difficult for members who do not have computers or tablets or do not wish to be involved in the technology needed.   The Annual Meeting of the BC Elks Association is still one of our largest social gatherings for members and gives them the opportunity to not only socialize  but to discuss problems that have arisen in their lodges; and with so many feeling isolated it would be good to have interaction with each other.

By now your Regional Director should have been in touch with your lodge, unfortunately; have not been able to visit lodges and many lodges are still closed.

If you wish any information or help during this time please contact your Regional Director.   Phone numbers and e-mails have been mailed out to the Lodges with this message.

            Region One                    Kari Senko    
            Region Two                    Nick Geerdink
            Region Three                 Barbara Gee
            Region Four                   Bill McDonald
            Region Five                    Peter Miedema
            Region Six                      Randy Schellenberg

Camp Society:
At this time with Provincial Health Authority restrictions and not wanting to be responsible for the spread of the COVID-19, the camps remain closed.   We are looking at the possibility of opening this summer to day camps only or over- night camping in the fall.    We still have Caretakers on site who are repairing and maintaining the camps.   The three camps still belong to the members and are in need of financial support from the Lodges.   

Fund For Children:
Walk-A-thons for the Fund for Children have been a huge support for your national charity, this year due to the pandemic things have looked a little different.  If any lodge is interested in hosting a virtual
walk-a-thon for the Fund For Children please contact Alissa Hill, National Charities Coordinator and she will work towards a platform that can be used across the country.

January 20, 2021
This past year has been uncertain.   Many Lodges have not met in months.   Lodges have not been able to do fundraising to support their charities.   At this time contact with members of your Lodge is more important than ever.   One Lodge sent out a package at years end - their financial statements, Investment Statements, Charities Report, Membership Report and where they could pay their membership fees.   This keeps the membership informed and involved.  Our only National 
Charity is the Elks and Royal Purple Fund for Children.   If your Lodge donates gaming money, it will stay in the Province of British Columbia.   Your Lodge donation to the Fund means you are donating to help children from birth to 18 years of age.

Elks and Royal Purple Fund For Children:

The Fund for Children is managed by the National Elks Office.  In British Columbia we have a committee of three members who are the BC Division of the Fund For Children.   They receive all cases of requested assistance and make the decisions on BC cases.   All gaming funds in BC must be administrated in our province and must be used in the province.

The BC Lodges between May, 2020 and November, 2020 donated $24,000.00.   The average donated by the Lodges in BC per fiscal year is $25,000.00.   Between May, 2020 and November, 2020 this past fiscal year, $34,000.00 was spent on personal assistance cases Canada wide.  In British Columbia the Fund has approved and helped 25 children.

The Fund for Children provides funding for children under the age of 19 years with medical concerns.  This fund assesses applications for a variety of medical related expenses, with a focus on hearing and speech.  Crisis funding is also available to families who have lost their home due to a house fire with the Fund providing $500.00 per child to a maximum of $1,500.00.

There has been a drastic reduction in revenue, particularly donations Canada wide, and a reducing in number of submitted personal assistance cases as a result of the global pandemic and the restrictions implemented on fundraising and gatherings.

B.C. Family Hearing Resource Society:

Funding for the BC Family Hearing Resource Society from the Elks and Royal Purple Fund for Children as of today's date:    $4,074,643.11.

The Elks Hearing Resource Centre was started in 1983 by the Elks of B.C.  The Centre serves deaf and hard of hearing children from birth to six years of age through individual speech and language therapy, training and group programs, the Elks and Royal Purple provided 100% of the funding.  In 1991, the BC Government, requested that the services be expanded to include children affected by Downs syndrome, autism and stuttering as well as training for speech/language professionals.  In 1995, the Elks and Royal Purple determined that it was not within their mandate to be legally responsible for the Family Hearing Resource Centre.  As a result of a vote taken in Grand Prairie, the Grand Lodge instructed the Hearing Centre to form their own legal society and form a separate non-profit organization.  This was to be established as the BC Family Hearing Resource Society.

Today the BC Government provides the  majority of the funding.   The Elks Fund For Children and Individual Lodge in BC provide additional funding as well as other donations, the Langley Elks Walk-A-Thon and other foundations.   In 2014, the Board of Directors of the Hearing Society made the decision that the BC Elks Association will no longer be given the information on how much each Lodge donated directly to them.   We are only given the total donated by the Fund For Children, Individual Lodges and the Walk-A-Thon.

The BC Family Hearing Resource Society, under the name of the Bright Futures Campaign purchased property in Surrey and built a state of the art building, at that time a group of Elks and Royal Purple  who were also associated with the Hearing Resource Society made a commitment on behalf of the Elks and Royal Purple to support the building fund in the amount of $725,000.00.  The Elks and  Royal Purple had already donated $425,000.00, and were to donate another $300,000.00 through the Walk-A-Thon.  It was established by Grand Lodge that there were no goals or commitments made by these concerned members that will in any way construe a financial obligation to the BC Elks Association and the the Fund For Children was already providing $10,000.00 per month in operational funds to the Hearing Centre.

There has been a misconception by some members that the BC Elks Association is affiliated with the BC Family Hearing Resource Centre.   it is not affiliated with the BC Elks Association other than the fact the BC Association was the founder of the Elks Hearing Centre and individual lodges still donate.  The Fund for Children is not affiliated with the Hearing Centre other than funding a Clinical Program on a yearly basis.   The Elks support a program only.

The BC Family Hearing Resource Society has expanded and now has buildings in Vancouver, Victoria and Surrey.   Due to COVID they have total clients being served as 423 which is 2495 online sessions.

BC has gone from 4044 members in 2001 to 1534 members in 2020, lodges are experiencing financial problems particularly this past year, and many no longer can afford to support all three charities plus their local charities.   The Elks Recreation Children's Camp Society of B.C.  belongs to the  member of the B.C. Elks Association,  members make decisions on the camps.   The National Charity of the Elks of Canada is the Elks and Royal Purple Fund For Children.  The Fund For Children provided the Hearing Resource Society $15,000.00 for 2020-2021 and budgeting for 2021-2-22 has not been approved to date.

Elks Recreation Children's Camp Society of BC

At this time donations to the Camp Society are down due to COVID and the 2020 Conference being cancelled.   We have Caretakers on site to keep the camp safe, maintained and to do any upgrades that are needed.  The camps will be ready when we can reopen and many children can again enjoy the camping experience.  Many children have attended the Elks camps and as a fellow told one of our Executive members "going to the Elks camp was one of my happiest weeks as a child"

Due to COVID we had to cancel our Conference in 2020 and keep the Executive Officers in the same position, we are hoping that we will be able to meet in 2021 in Kamloops.

Please share this with your Lodge Executive and membership.

Be Safe, Kay Heuer, President, BC Elks Association

May 11, 2020

To All Lodge E.R.'s/Presidents:

Brothers and Sisters:

The corona virus pandemic continues to create serious concerns to the health and well-being of the people of British Columbia and Canada.  Our Provincial Government and Health Authorities continue to issue directives and regulations regarding travel, social distancing and gatherings for the residents of British Columbia.  On May 6th, the Province announced its "BC Restart Plan.   Among the many protective measures being taken, gatherings of 50 or more people are continuing to be banned to reduce the risk of outbreaks.  the Province has put in place a strategy which does not permit larger gatherings until Phase 4 - which they have stated will not occur until sometime after September once, "broad successful treatments" are in place.

As a result of the pandemic situation and progress, authorized by Association Bylaw 8.1.2, and strongly suggested by Grand Lodge, the BC Elks Association Executive at their teleconference on May 9th voted in favour of the following two motions:

"That the Provincial Conference, scheduled for 2020 in Kamloops, be postponed until June 4, 5 and 6, 2021 in Kamloops."

"That the current Executive Officers shall remain in their elected positions until the Conference in 2021."

Additionally, Grand Lodge strongly suggests that Association, Lodge and district Bylaws/Regulations pertaining to Elections, Vacancies and Meetings (Association Conferences, District/Regional and Lodge meetings including Executive meetings) be waived for the year 2020.

The Lodges have the option to meet later in 2020 if provincial regulations and pandemic conditions safely permit.

Your Provincial Executive will continue to  keep you informed on an on going basis, and your Regional Director is available to be contacted by phone or e-mail to respond to any questions you may have.

Fraternally, Kay Heuer, Provincial President, BC Elks Association

December, 2020


February 18, 2020

As it is past the middle of February, it is time for the Executive members to finish their Lodge Visitations
and to make plans for the Spring Region Meetings.   

I will be in Courtenay for the Elks Dart Tournament  on the 12th of march and will throw out the first dart. 

On the 13 of March, I will be going to Camp Elkhaven for Inventory and to complete the Caretaker appraisal.

On March 18, 2020, I will be visiting Penticton Elks No. 51.

I hope that all our members and Lodges are having a great year and I look forward to seeing all of you at the 2020 Conference in Kamloops.

Fraternally, Kay Heuer 
December 2019
May the holiday season bring you joy as you visit with family and friends.

As 2019 comes to a close remember your successes and look forward to another great year.

May your hearts be bright and all your days be joyful.

June, 2019
My theme for this year is BELIEVE"

It is an honor to serve as President of the B.C. Elks Association for 2019-2020.  Thank you for putting your trust in me.   My motto is "Believe".  For over a 100 years, Brothers and Sisters across Canada have believed in the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks.

The following excerpt from an editorial prepared by William Stubbs, Courtenay, BC that appeared in the January 1945 issue of the Canadian Elk, "there is no doubt that the Elks are doing splendid community work in their respective districts."  The aggregate of the efforts would surprise those most committed  with achieving it.   Our "Save The Children's Fund" is a fine piece of work, but we are ignoring the one quality which makes us different from all the other service clubs and similar bodies "Our National Character".   We still believe in charity work in our communities and supporting the only national we have "Save The Children's Fund" now known as the Elks and Royal Purple Fund for Children.

I've worked with many families over the years, helping with hearing aids.   If I had any doubt about being an Elk the smile on a child's face when they can hear dispels any doubts.   the impact we are having on Society to reduce the results of hearing loss in our children is tremendous.

Every Lodge should have an objective working with the community maybe with another organization, some worthy cause to work for thus keeping their members interested.   Each Lodge has their own way of doing things.   As an Association we must be willing to try new ideas and be open to new suggestions.    I encourage members to participate in their lodge activities.    If donating a cheque, take a picture put it on social media,  "be out there".   When members are using their own skills, they have more freely of their time.   You as members are giving and generous.   Explore and share ideas.

The secret of our great Order are the Brothers and Sisters.   Don't always be serious put on a social event have some fun.   Invite like-mined people and maybe they will become members.   As we are using social media more and more we must keep the content positive.

Thank you to the members of the Executive for accepting a position for the coming year, also participating committees.   Thank you Bonnie, I would be amiss if I did not congratulate Prince George Elks No. 122 for a great Conference and the Ladies of the Royal Purple for their help.

"Believe" we can go forward
"Believe" our future is strong and promising
"Believe" we are a great order.

Kau Heuer, BC Elks Association President

   September, 2019
    21    September                            BC Elks Executive/Board Meeting

October, 2019
    01    October                                Caribou Elks No. 239                      Lodge Visitation
    02    October                                Prince George Elks No. 122            Lodge Visitation
    16    October                                Agassiz Elks No. 311                       Lodge Visitation
    17    October                                Keremeos Elks No. 56                     Lodge Visitation
    30    October                                Parksville-Qualcium Elks No. 589    Lodge Visitation

November, 2019
    07    November                            Port Coquitlam Elks No. 49              Lodge Visitation
    20    November                            Penticton Elks No. 51                       Lodge Visitation
    21    November                            Lillooet Elks No. 467                         Lodge Visitation
    23    November                            Burnaby Elks No. 497                       Lodge Visitation

February, 2020
    10    February                            Cloverdale Elks No. 335                     Lodge Visitation
    11    February                            White Rock Elks No. 431                    Lodge Visitation
    17    February                            Lake Cowichan Elks No. 293              Lodge Visitation

March, 2020
       12    March                                Courtenay Elks No. 60                      Lodge Visitation

June, 2020    
         5 to 7                                    BC Elks Provincial Conference             Kamloops, BC