STATE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
Having been elected as the Virginia State President is not only an honor, but truly a privilege. As your State President, I do not take this responsibility lightly; you can be assured that I will represent the Virginia Elks to the best of my ability. Being a member of this great Order is an honor that I will always cherish. Not only do I take pride in my contributions as an Elk, but I feel it gives me a genuine feeling of fulfillment and a sense of belonging.
I want to thank all the Officers who have agreed to serve this year. To all the State and District Committee Chairmen... without your hard work, a lot of the Lodges and their members would not be aware of all the good things this Order does; again Thank You!
My motto for 2014-2015 is Community Involvement. This will allow the Community to get to know who we are, what we stand for, and how Elks Care and Share within each of our own communities. What better way to increase membership than to show your local communities the charitable activities you undertake as a Lodge. Your Lodge has a positive impact in your community, and you are the force behind it. I encourage you to use the Community Investment Program (CIP), through the Elks National Foundation, to serve your community. I urge you to become a Volunteer in your Lodge; find an activity that interests you and please get involved. It is the collective efforts of each member, of each lodge, that make the Virginia Elks organization a success in our state.
The Virginia Elks Association offers numerous Committees that you can call on for help. Pl ease give your District Chairman or State Chairman a call; they will be able to guide you in the right direction or get you an answer.
I look forward to visiting many of the Lodges in our State and meeting with the members. If you are holding an event, please invite me, as I would enjoy seeing what you are doing to promote Elkdom.
Thank you for your friendship, support and trust.
Beverly A. Hamby