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According to Miriam Webster, Benevolent is defined as: Organized to do good things for other people; Protective: to keep (someone or something) from being harmed, lost, etc.. The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is an American fraternal order and social club founded in 1868. It is one of the leading fraternal orders in the U.S., the stately elk represents a distinctively American, intensely patriotic, family oriented organization subscribing to the cardinal principles of Elkdom, "Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity."

I joined over 30 years ago because I wanted to do my little private part and become part of what Elkdom is and what it has to offer. Why did you join? In the short time I've been a member and Officer here in Lompoc, I've seen many new members come in, rarely if ever to be seen again. Not being the sharpest tack in the box, I don't understand this. Maybe someone can explain this phenomenon to me someday.

I'm not, by nature a “rah-rah” kind of guy. If I was, I'd probably be selling hemorrhoid cream or pizza in a cup on late night TV. So I'm leaving the question for you to answer for yourselves and hope you'll find the inspiration to become more involved.

There are various committees and ways to be a part of the Elks, which In turn helps better our community, many committees which need help as well as a place to get together and fellowship with friends and fellow Elks.

This is my article for the month. I'm not going to get all preachy and as for motivation......”Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time” (Thomas Edison). Consider yourselves motivated.

Before I forget, I want to thank Melonie Schuyler and the united Launch for their recent contribution to ENF. Also I owe an apology to George Weber who was Elk of the Month for July instead of the late George Majors. Please for give my error.

Fred J. Duffey, Exalted Ruler

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