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Thomas Fraker, President, Colorado Elks Association
Thomas Fraker, President
Colorado Elks Association

I am writing this article on an extremely important day in the year, Veterans Day. In the year 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as "the end of the war to end all wars". Recognized by many of our nation's leaders starting with President Wilson in November 1919, Veterans Day has come to be recognized as a celebration to recognize America's veterans for their willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. As Elks our motto is: "So as Long as there are veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them". Is it not GREAT to be an Elk and be a part of this?

With the thought of being an Elk and the great things that we do on your mind, we must focus all of our energy and efforts as Elks and individual lodges in increasing our membership. GER Amen presented some startling facts that I would like to pass on – "Did you know that between 1930 and 1940 the Elks lost 50% of their membership in one short ten year period. After the depression was over and partly due to WWII we bounced back to greater heights by the early 1950's. The current decline we have been on since 1979 has been long and slow as it took over 30 years to reach the 50% loss mark. The way to get back to a plus nationwide is one state, one district and one lodge at a time". His final sentence makes a valid point but I want YOU to start with one lodge, one district, one state – The Great state of Colorado. With the right attitude "WE CAN DO IT", WE can reverse the declining trend in membership and raise the bar for other states to follow. We have in the neighborhood of 22,000 members in Colorado. If 10 percent of our members got one new member to join or reinstate, we would realize a gain. At lunch today I saw a member that had lapsed. I approached him and ask if he would consider reinstating. The answer was YES!

Now as we enter the holiday season, many lodges will be holding events for the communities to feed the needy and to help the unfortunate. If you have lodge shirts, please wear them "outside our walls" to let others know Elks are an active part of the community. By doing so you are showing everyone that we are Elks: Elevating America!

Debi and I wish you the very best in the next two months and are looking forward to visiting more lodges and making more friends. Relax and enjoy the holiday season. Stay warm!

Thomas Fraker, President
Colorado Elks Association

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