Students Honored for Americanism Essay Contest

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The Berea Elks recognized our Americanism Essay contest winners at our annual youth appreciation banquet on Tuesday, May 1st.  Five of the six winners from Berea Lodge won at the District level and one of our winners (Lilly Higgins) even placed 3rd at the state level.

Pictured are the five District winners along with their teachers:  Breckyn Daniel, Elizabeth Calvis, Elise Grant, Kelly Strang, and Lilly Higgins.  Their essays can all be read in the February 2018 edition of the Bullhorn.

Local Student Wins Scholarship From the Elks

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The Berea Elks are proud to honor Ryan Castelli, a graduating senior at Avon Lake High School at our annual youth appreciation dinner banquet on Tuesday, May 1st with an Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship.

This is a 4-year scholarship valued at $1,000 per year. 

Ryan will be attending The Ohio State University in the fall.  We all wish Ryan the best in his next chapter.

Ryan is pictured with the Berea Elks Scholarship Chairperson, Dr. Leonne Hudson.

Elks Name BPD's Pat Greenhill Citizen of the Year

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The Berea Elks recognized one of Berea's finest with the Citizen of the Year award.  Sgt. Patrick Greenhill of the Berea Police Department was recognized in front of family and friends at the Berea City Council meeting on Monday, April 16th.

This award goes to people in the community who aren't necessarily Elks, but demonstrate the core virtues of our order...charity, justice, brotherly love, and fidelity.  Pat has done amazing work in the community helping connect organizations with the police department to help make Berea a better place.

Congratulations to Pat and the entire Berea Police Department!

Berea Elks Make Smith Elementary Gym Safer For Kids

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The Berea Elks made a $4,000 cash donation to the City of Berea Recreation department to make safety improvements to the Smith Elementary gymnasium.  These upgrades included new safety padding along the perimeter of the gym under the hoops, and the relocation of basketball backboard and hoops from the recreation center.

With these upgrades, the Recreation Center can now expand their youth athletic programs to Smith Elementary bringing more kids into the mix.  

Berea Elks Fighting Hunger & Helping Kids

The Berea Elks members donated hundreds of dollars of new school supplies to Grindstone Elementary to help kids in need with much needed supplies to help get the new school year off right.  Everything from pencils, markers, crayons, notebooks, binders and more were generously donated by the members of the Berea Elks lodge.

Also, in preparation for the upcoming holiday season, the Berea Elks donated hundreds of pounds of food and hygiene supplies to the S.C.A.N. hunger center in Berea. 

Berea Elks Support Grindestone Festival

 Berea Elks members staffed the Elks Drug Awareness trailer at Berea's Annual Grindstone Festival 

Berea Elks members staffed the Elks Drug Awareness trailer at Berea's Annual Grindstone Festival 

The Elks of Berea partnered with Berea City Police during the Touch-A-Truck event at the Grindstone Festival in downtown Berea.  Kids from all around the southwest suburbs flocked to see the huge tractors, firetrucks, and police vehicles during the event.  

The Elks brought the drug awareness trailer to the event helping to educate our community about the dangers of illicit and prescription drugs.   

Berea Elks Support Our Veterans

 PER Bob Atkinson draws bingo numbers during the vets dinner.

PER Bob Atkinson draws bingo numbers during the vets dinner.

The Berea Elks hosted about 40 veterans from the Louis Stokes VA Hospital at Wade Park for a special steak dinner followed by a fun game of bingo where the veterans win canteen books they can spend at the hospital.  This event is hosted twice a year by the Berea Elks and we are forever grateful to the men and women that served our great nation!

Berea Elks Help Keep Berea Safer

 Pictured from left to right, Lt. Williams Phelps, Sr. Firefighter Adam Labuda, Sr. Firefighter Jon West, Chief Mark Kaufhold, Exalted Ruler Richard Threadgill, Sr. Firefighter Mike Kubec, Sr. Firefighter Pat McCarthy, Lt. Tom Emling—Fire Marshall.

Pictured from left to right, Lt. Williams Phelps, Sr. Firefighter Adam Labuda, Sr. Firefighter Jon West, Chief Mark Kaufhold, Exalted Ruler Richard Threadgill, Sr. Firefighter Mike Kubec, Sr. Firefighter Pat McCarthy, Lt. Tom Emling—Fire Marshall.

The Berea Elks, working closely with the Berea Fire Department, received a $750 Community Service Grant from the Ohio Elks Association to help fund new smoke detectors and community lockboxes.

Berea Fire Department provides free smoke detectors to low and fixed-income residents who otherwise could not afford to safeguard their homes and families. 

Additionally, Berea Fire and Berea Police have a special lockbox program available for seniors and disabled persons where a home’s master key is securely stored in an outdoor lockbox.  In the event of an emergency this key can be accessed by first responders preventing the need to break down a door to save a life.  Only first responders have access to this lockbox. 

The Berea Fire Department is grateful to the Berea Elks for their generosity and continued support of key programs like this in our community.