Welcome to Mount Airy, NC Lodge No. 2061, of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America! We are located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Surry County, NC on Elks Drive just off Andy Griffith Parkway (US 52) in Mount Airy, NC. Stop by and join us for some fun and fellowship!
Elks Care. Elks Share!
Although its a small town lodge, Elkdom is very much alive and well in Mount Airy. Between activities in the Ballroom, catered events in the Dining Room, billiards and ping pong in the Rec Room, fun at the pool, and live entertainment in our spacious lounge, there's always something going on at the Mount Airy Lodge.
Meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Thursdays except July and August when we meet on the 2nd Thursday only. Meetings are held in the ballroom at 7:00 PM.
Elks CreedBelieve in the goodness in thy self, as well as in others.
Protect childhood with tenderness, old age with respect, cherish with reverence the memory of those who have passed.
Observe faithfully the golden rule.
Enjoy the good things of earth, keep within thee the glorious sunshine of youth and remain always of good cheer.
Under Executive Order 155, North Carolina remains in Safer At Home Phase 2 of lifting COVID-19 restrictions until at least Friday, Sept. 11. Until the Executive Order is lifted, Mt. Airy Elks Lodge will remain closed. More information at NC.gov
- Be Benevolent and pay your dues, Mount Airy Lodge 2061 and Elkdom needs you. Remember The Elks and all our Charitable work!!!! !!!! Propose a new member or sponsor a reinstatement.
- We NEED the help of our members to make events happen. If you are interested in helping on a committee, please talk to Norman Marion or any of the officers!
- Upcoming event emails are sent as needed. Please submit your email address to receive updates. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
An Elk is never forgotten, never forsaken!
Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarships
Mount Airy Elks Lodge and The Elks National Foundation are proud to announce the start of the 2021 Most Valuable Student scholarship contest on August 5,2020. The Most Valuable Student scholarship is available to high school seniors who are United States citizens. Applicants do not need to be related to a member of the Elks. Applications are judged on academics, leadership, service and financial need.
The application is completed online and must be submitted by the November 15, 2020, deadline. The 500 national winners will be announced in April 2021. Learn more about the MVS scholarship here.
The North Carolina State Elks Association (NCSEA) also awards $1000 Nursing Scholarships. The student must be accepted for enrollment in a nursing program which, upon completion, qualifies the student to write the licensing examination for registered nurse. If this student is not accepted in a qualifying nursing program, this award is forfeited. Payment will be made directly to the school attended by the student upon receipt of proper enrollment verification. (NOTE) Scholarships will be honored only for attendance at North Carolina Schools of Nursing. Application forms for the Nursing Scholarship are available online at https://ncelks.org/programs/nursing-scholarship/
Emergency Educational Grants
Emergency Educational Grants provide undergraduate college financial assistance to children of deceased or totally disabled Elks in the form of renewable, one-year grants of up to $5,000. The grant is for educational assistance only and is not intended to cover the entire cost of a college education. Details are at https://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/Eefgrants.cfm
Gratitude Grant 2020
Helping Hands Receives Elks Grant
Helping Hands Foundation of Surry County has been awarded a $2,000 Spotlight Grant from The Elks Lodge #2061. This award will be used to support the many services provided through Helping Hands designed to assist individuals who are in need of financial, educational, career and food support.
Read the full story in the Mt. Airy News
For several years the Mount Airy Elks Lodge #2061 has received several grants from the Elks National Foundation which is the charitable arms of The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, for the Community Investment Program. With the Gratitude Grant the lodge, has been able to assist three local organizations, the Maranatha Homeless Outreach Ministries, the Shepherd's House and the St Andrew Lutheran Church Outreach Ministries. For many years the Elks have been involved directly in the purchasing of food, cleaning supplies, blankets, sleeping bags and personal hygiene items for these groups, to assist them in providing for our community.
We received the grant again this year, but due to the pandemic, it was not feasible to be directly involved in the purchasing of items needed, so the Elks National Foundation allowed us to use the grant for monetary donations for these three organizations, so they could continue to serve our community. Pictured is Chrissy Daughenbaugh with Maranatha Homeless Outreach Ministries, Judy Park, Gay Matthews and Pastor Rosa Erickson with St Andrew Lutheran Church Ministries, Joshua Edwards with The Shepherd's House.The Mount Airy Elks Lodge is grateful to be able to assist these organizations again this year "Elks Care - Elks Share"
Congratulations to Norman Marion!
and 2019-2020 North Carolina State Exalted Ruler of the Year
Normally the Exalted Ruler of the Year for the district and state are announced at the State Convention in May since it has been cancelled they have announced it already Norman is the 2019-2020 West Central District Exalted Ruler of the Year and also the 2019-2020 North Carolina State Exalted Ruler of the Year
Elks National Foundation - Most Valuable Student Competition
Congratulations to the following local students who were awarded a $1000 scholarship by the North Carolina State Elks Association Scholarship Committee: For more information about the MVS competition, visit the ENF Scholarships site.
- Nolan McMillian
- Kelsey Whitaker
Mount Airy Elks Lodge 30th Annual Poker Run - Harvey Heath Memorial Ride
Join us for the 30th Annual Mount Airy Elks Lodge Poker Run and Harvey Heath Memorial Ride on Sunday, June 7 2020. There will be food and door prizes after the ride. Proceeds to benefit NC State Veterans Home, Camp Carefree, and other local charities.
- Registration begins at 11 AM
- Kickstands Up at 1:00 PM
- Donation $15 First Hand
- Donation $5 Second Hand
Sponsored by the Mount Airy Elks Lodge Motorcycle Committee
Children's Center of Northwest North Carolina
Mt. Airy Elks Lodge received the Children's Center Community Partner of the Year for their continued years of providing warm coats, school supplies, back to school dinner and events, Christmas for all our children and many other wonderful donations. One of our children cried when handed a new coat. He said in all his 13 years he has never had a new coat of his own! This group gives so humbly and unconditionally. Mount Airy Elks Lodge members: Tommy Marion, Warren King, Mark Alderman and Norman Marion received the award on behalf of the Mount Airy Elks Lodge from our Board Chair, Dr. Bruce Widdowson. We are blessed by this wonderful group and countless others who give to our children!
So long as there are veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them.
Elks Lodge gives books to students
Lisa Flynn, Mark Alderman, Linda Self, Ray Flippen, Warren King, Denise Connolly, Tommy Marion, and Karen Dodson
Students and staff of Flat Rock Elementary School are participating in the One Book, One School program with the novel, How To Steal a Dog.
Students at Flat Rock Elementary recently gathered in the gym for the revealing of the book after Kristi Edwards, media specialist, and Phillip Riekehof, fifth grade teacher, acted out the first chapter as fourth grade teacher Shannon Parker read the story. Members of Mount Airy Elks Lodge #2061 were at the school to give each student a copy of the book during the program.
Activities are planned for each chapter of the book, and the final chapter will be read aloud with parents on Sept. 24 at Flat Rock’s Literacy Night. Mount Airy Elks Lodge #2061 will support Literacy Night by providing pizza for families of Flat Rock Elementary School after the reading of the final chapter.
The program is made possible by a grant from the Elks National Foundation Promise Grant through the local Elks Lodge chapter. Mark Alderman and Lisa Flynn wrote the successful grant application, with the money to be split between the Literacy Program and another program called Community, Food and Fun.
As printed in The Mount Airy News
North Carolina State Elks Association
The NCSEA Newsletter June - July 2020 is available. The newsletter provides information from Elks Lodges throughout North Carolina.
Elks Supply Scout Shelter at Raven Knob
A needed facility has been provided at Camp Raven Knob Boy Scout Reservation, thanks to Mount Airy Elks Lodge members.
It involves the construction of a picnic shelter at the reservation, for which the Mount Airy Elks Past Exalted Ruler Association used proceeds from a fundraiser late last fall. The facility officially was welcomed to the Raven Knob complex during a dedication ceremony held last week in conjunction with an Order of the Arrow program there.
The Elks not only supplied money for the facility, but ample amounts of elbow grease.
“We did all the work ourselves,” said Mark Alderman, past exalted ruler of the Mount Airy Elks and present lodge secretary.
“We basically built it from the ground up,” Alderman added Wednesday.
“There are several campsites at Raven Knob that did not have picnic shelters,” he said of facilities used for dining by scouts while on campouts.
The Elks took on the task of providing a new shelter for the Crazy Horse camping area, which is near a new climbing tower at Camp Raven Knob.
A former shelter at that location had rotted and been torn down.
The work involved pouring cement pads and building the structure, complete with a durable metal roof. This was accomplished with the help of discounts on materials such as lumber from the Lowe’s hardware chain and labor and equipment supplied by Elks representatives.
“One of our members has a backhoe,” Alderman said.
Had the shelter been built by a commercial contractor, it likely would have cost around 6,500, he said.
The construction actually was completed on Dec. 30, in time for scouts to use it during their Klondike Jamboree in January. Alderman explained that the dedication ceremony was held during last week’s Order of the Arrow event when it was known that a number of scouts, leaders and supporters would be in attendance.
Scouting is one of the numerous groups and causes that the Mount Airy Elks Lodge actively supports in the community, which also includes the children’s homes in Surry and Yadkin counties, the Shepherd’s House homeless facility, the Maranatha Homeless Outreach Group, the St. Andrew Lutheran Church Outreach Group, Red Cross, Hospice, the Elks Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest, youth scholarships and various benefit activities.
All this is in addition to a perennial focus of Elks Lodge members: veterans.
“As long as there are veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them,” Alderman assured.
“The Mount Airy Elks Lodge is proud to have continually supported our community for 60 years.”
Tom Joyce of The Mount Airy News may be reached at 336-415-4693 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.
Photos from the dedication ceremony can be found here
Here's a photo album of the work as it progressed.