Message from the Missouri Elks Association

State President, Brian Crawford

BRIAN CRAWFORD
2014-2015 MEA State President

I welcome you to the Missouri Elks Association (MEA) website. The Missouri Elks' goal of this website is to use this as a tool to pass along to our members an assortment of information regard the Missouri Elks. This website will provide Lodge news and activities, Missouri State functions and other Missouri Elks activities reinforcing our obligations as members of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE), by binding our commitment to all philanthropic efforts throughout this great state.

I am honored to be elected as President of the Missouri Elks Association for 2014-2015. As ambassador for the MEA, my objective is to communicate the principles of our order, Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity and continue addressing the needs of our communities, veterans and youth.

We as Elks sometimes fall into a condition of status quo. I would like to reinvigorate our membership to "Soar to New Heights" and to "Kick it up a Notch". I have coined these phrases as my slogans for the year. By stepping up what we have been doing in the past we as Elks will reinforce the principles of BPOE. All Elks have joined as one to support our mission and goals to help others. By pushing ourselves to the next level it will increase self-preservation, community acceptance and in turn membership opportunities.

Betsy and I have traveled to many Elk Lodges throughout the state and we are always welcomed, and feel as part of their family. We celebrate our accomplishments, we deliberate our concerns and needs, and we grieve our losses. Betsy and I are excited and look forward to our travels during this year and will do our best to accomplish the goals of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Let us know how your lodge has "Soared to New Heights" or give us your ideas of how we can "Kick it up a Notch" remembering always that "Elks Care & Elks Share".

Yours in Elkdom,

Brian Crawford

President, Missouri Elks Association

Mission Statement

To inculcate the principles of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity; to recognize a belief in God; to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its Members; to quicken the spirit of American patriotism; to cultivate good fellowship; to perpetuate itself as a fraternal organization, and to provide for its government, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America will serve the people and communities through benevolent programs, demonstrating that Elks Care - Elks Share.