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.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS 

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

BC ELKS ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT VISITATION SCHEDULE 2019 - 2020
   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