We are a charitable organization and give time and money within the community.  The Elks motto is Elks Care, Elks Share.

We recently donated to the Keizer Fire District, Keizer Police and Simonka Place.

Our charities include:

• Christmas baskets – 175 were delivered to needy families including 50 to military families.  The rest of the food is given to the local food bank.

• Scholarships – Seven McNary High School students were awarded money this year.

• Meals on Wheels – The Keizer lodge is the drop off for meals to be picked up and delivered.  We have many members who deliver and a few are on the board.

• Relay for Life – We have a Keizer group that participated last year and will do so this year. We also work with schools – Gubser School gathers food for our Christmas baskets, participate in the Americanism essay “Why I am proud to be an American.”

In 2010, we had a goal to increase membership.  Our goal of growth was achieved which allows us to do more within the community and give back.

Our current challenges are retaining the members we have, getting new volunteers, and most important is getting our story out to the public. We need to keep members actively involved.  We need an infusion of new ideas for: fundraising events, Lodge activities and bringing in new members.

Diane Norton is the public relations officer for Keizer Elks Lodge #2472.