Elks of Oregon have contributed almost $12M to state's economy last year through service, donations

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: BILL KENNEMER - State Rep. Bill Kennemer recently honored the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks.

State Rep. Bill Kennemer recently read a proclamation celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks during a meeting of the House of Representatives.

The proclamation noted that nearly 1,000,000 people have joined the Elks since its founding in 1868. During the group's tenure, members have disbursed nearly $4 billion in cash, goods and services to community and veteran groups.

Additionally, the Elks rank among the top-three private providers of college scholarships.

Last year, the Elks of Oregon contributed nearly $12 million to the state's economy through their programs for youth, community service and charitable donations.

"We all know that our youth are our future and these efforts by the Elks should be celebrated, not only on the Anniversary of founding, but every day," Kennemer said. "It is an honor to belong to this organization that does a tremendous job for our communities."

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