Volunteer to Help Us, Help You…
Our Charities and The Lodge

These are challenging times for most Americans and certainly the ELKS lodges throughout our nation have felt the crunch as well. Many are struggling for their very existence and are trying to find ways to keep their doors open.

Many lodges are learning that they have to cut operational costs or increase the costs of membership dues, food and beverages… just to break even. Obviously, this is undesirable and akin to putting a band aid on a sucking chest wound.

My original intent was to share a compelling narrative that would inspire us all to understand our lodge’s dire need for volunteers to help in almost every aspect of the operation of our lodge and the charities we sponsor and support.  But then, I realized that folk far more eloquent than I have already covered this subject quite extensively.

And so, without further ado…  here’s what these famous folk want you to do and understand. If you disagree, don’t shoot. I am only the messenger…

Here’s to all volunteers, those dedicated people who believe in all work and no pay.

Robert Orben

Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this
nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another.

Erma Bombeck

Volunteers are paid in six figures… S-M-I-L-E-S.
Gayla LeMaire

Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.
Albert Schweitzer

Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls.
David Thomas

The breeze, the trees, the honey bees — All volunteers!
Juliet Carinreap

It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.
~Tom Brokaw