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Albany Elks May Reorganize With American Legion Help

The Times of Brownsville, Oregon

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The Albany Elks Club is considering reopening, possibly entering a partnership with the Albany American Legion. The Albany Elks Club closed its doors after failing to "maintain sound fiscal condition and other problems." In the meantime the American Legion Post #10 needs assistance in maintaining their current building. By sharing space, according to Mike Smith of Shedd, the Elks Lodge #359 might possibly reform. Mike is a member of both the Elks Club and the American Legion. He is the Veterans State Officer for the Corvallis Elks Lodge and an active American Legion member. He was encouraged by Elks State President Jim Alameta to explore the joint effort in Albany, and is being supported by two past Exalted Rulers of the Elks, Glenn Gregory and Ron Sharrah. Sharrah is currently district deputy of the South Central District.

An organizational meeting is being held at the Albany American Legion Hall on Pacific Blvd on July 8, 2015 at 7 pm. Mike is encouraging everyone who is interested to attend. "We need folks from Harrisburg, Brownsville, Halsey and Shedd to attend and help us gain the numbers we need to start up again," says Mike, claiming the goal of 100 members. He notes that Jim Kirk was a long time member of the Elks Lodge, while he was a leader in the Halsey community many years ago.

"We can make each organization stronger by working together," notes Smith, adding, "We are hoping to gain 100 Elks members, and we will be encouraging joint membership in each organization." He referred to the Brownsville American Legion Post and the Brownsville Senior Center, where sharing space and chores has resulted in both being able to maintain a successful center of activity in town. Smith says, "We can also consider helping each other with cleaning, cooking, fund raising and other activities. Both men and women can be members, including unmarried men and women." Smith reports they have a history of supporting community programs for children and youth with large financial gifts.

Mike is offering his phone number for questions and further information sharing. It is 541-829-6452. "Encourage folks to give me a call," he says, "Remember Wednesday, July 8 at 7 pm at the Albany American Legion Hall." If successful the Elks will be meeting every Wednesday evening in the future.



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Original Publication Date: July 1, 2015



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