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NO. R-144.  Senate concurrent resolution congratulating the Montpelier Lodge of Elks #924 on its centennial anniversary.


Offered by:  Senator Doyle of Washington District, Senator Cummings of Washington District and Senator Scott of Washington District.

Whereas, since the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks was established in New York City in 1868, the organization has been dedicated to “the principles of charity, justice, brotherly love, and fidelity” and the quickening of “the spirit of American patriotism,” and

Whereas, in the years following 1868, word of the conviviality and good deeds of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks spread throughout the land, including Vermont, and

Whereas, in 1904, heeding a local call for this outstanding fraternal organization to establish a presence in central Vermont, Montpelier Lodge of Elks # 924 was formed in the state’s capital city, and

Whereas, during the past century, the Montpelier lodge has engaged in many activities that exemplify the Elks’ core principles of serving others, and

Whereas, in 2005, the lodge continues its outstanding tradition of improving community life through a generous contribution of volunteer hours to many worthy projects, and

Whereas, both in Montpelier and nationwide, the Elks operates the “Hoop Shoot,” the largest coeducational sports program in the nation, an extensive college scholarship program, and a drug awareness program, and

Whereas, the Elks’ historic commitment to American patriotism is implemented through the Flag Day ceremony that the organization originated, and

Whereas, the Montpelier Elks take special pride in its support for the Vermont Elks’ Silver Towers Camp in Ripton, a one-week residential camp “for exceptional people six through seventy years” of age, and

Whereas, campers are provided the chance to enjoy personally enriching experiences and develop their social skills, and

Whereas, the members of the Montpelier lodge are proud of their community service accomplishments and are starting with great anticipation their second century, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Montpelier Lodge of Elks # 924 on the occasion of its centennial anniversary and extends best wishes as it embarks on a second century, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Ilene Gillander at the Montpelier Lodge of Elks # 924.


Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont