Elks Lodge hopes weekly meat draws will help attract new members

The Moose Jaw Elks Lodge holds Meat Draws every Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Saloon on High Street

The Moose Jaw Elks Lodge holds Meat Draws every Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Saloon on High Street.

Elks Lodge publicity manager Harold Claffey told MooseJawToday.com that the Elks are always looking for new members. The requirements to join Elks Lodge have changed in recent years. Elks of Canada is open to men and women ages 16 and older. There is no requirement for belief in a supreme being, only that prospective members have a good reputation and respect for the law.

Claffey said that a few years ago he realized that continuing to believe in a supreme being as a condition of membership could be discriminatory. He personally petitioned the various levels of the Elks of Canada hierarchy to have this requirement changed. Now all that is needed is observance of religious beliefs and ordinances.

Friday Meat Draws at the Legion Lounge are $1 each. A 50/50 draw is included. There are many different cuts, supplied by South Hill Fine Foods.

The Moose Jaw Elks Lodge has approximately 25 members who meet monthly. Provincially, there are 57 lodges in total. The Elks’ mission statement is to be the best volunteer organization in Canada.

The Elks accomplish their mission through donations to various community organizations in Moose Jaw, including the food bank. They also help the Salvation Army with their Kettle campaign during the holidays.

Claffey said one of the main initiatives of the Elks in Saskatchewan is a network of affordable seniors’ apartments in the province. They operate 135 homes in eight communities, including Moose Jaw. Their goal is for seniors to be able to stay in their own community instead of having to travel to their homes in Saskatoon or Regina.

There is also a provincial foundation that focuses on providing medical grants to adults. Another charitable cause for many years has been their donations to help children get hearing aids and cochlear implants. They accomplish this by donating to SPARC, the Saskatchewan Pediatric Auditory Rehab Center at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon.

Moose Jaw Elks Lodge monthly meetings review lodge activities, receive committee reports and, of course, fellowship with each other. Although COVID has made things difficult, Claffey said the sick and visitor committee has been one of the most active. The committee organizes visits for any member who is in the hospital.

If you are looking for a volunteer organization in Moose Jaw that will allow you to contribute to your community, you can call the Elks at (306) 692-7474 for more information, or join them at the Legion at 268 High Street West on Fridays at 5:30.

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