By William J. Bryan
Assistant National Director
In this day and under current COVID-19 restrictions, volunteers are as important as ever to the many missions of Elkdom. One thing equally important as the volunteers is recognizing them for their service. After a few years’ hiatus, the new White House Administration has re-instituted the Lifetime Achievement Award category of the President’s Volunteer Service Award. The Elks Drug Awareness Program is once again certified by the Administration to approve nominations for this award.
Established by executive order by President George W. Bush in 2003, this prestigious civil award was established to honor volunteers who have performed 4,000 hours or more of volunteer work in their community.
Recipients receive a certificate, a letter from the President, and a very nice “Lifetime Achievement Award” pin to proudly wear. Thanks to a grant from ENF, these awards come at no cost to your Lodge! It’s a great way to honor the work of a brother or sister Elk, or to recognize someone in your community. After you present the award, if they are not an Elk, you can invite them to join!
For more information on the Presidential Volunteer Service Award, contact your State Elks Association Drug Awareness Chairperson.
In other news, the Elks DAP has been very busy in creating lesson plans for schools and organizations to teach youth about the substance abuse dangers in this age of virtual learning. Now is a good time to visit elksteenzone.org to see what they’re up to. You’d be amazed by all that the program has done. Check it out! While you’re at it, stop by elkskidszone.org to see what we’re offering to younger kids.