Updated: May 24, 2016




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Chairman: Dick Miller

Lebanon Lodge No. 631 (SC)

1785 Woodridge Court, Lebanon PA 17046



Vice Chairman East: Gerard Kufrovich

Mahanoy City Lodge No. 695 (NE)

414 Market St

Mahanoy City PA 17948


Cell: 412-977-6163


Vice Chairman West: Walter J. Wieczorek, Jr

Coraopolis Lodge #1090 (W)

1201 Hartford Dr.

Aliquippa, PA  15001


R Michael Zimmerman  M-NC

Bedford Lodge 1707

312 E Main St

Everett  Pa  15537



Lisa A Schroeder M-NC

State College Lodge 1600

320 Fairfield Dr

State College  Pa  16801



Todd McLain (Laura) M-NE

Bangor Lodge No. 1106

30A Gladstone St

East Bangor Pa 18013



Larry Knorr M-NE

Bloomsburg Lodge No. 436

313 Sunnyview Ln

Millville PA 17846


Robert L Dahlquist M-NW

Ridgway Lodge 872

P O Box 102

Ridgway  Pa  15853


814-335-7058 (c)


Les Owens M-NW (Joan)

Erie Lodge 67

2611 W 23rd St

Erie  Pa  16505



Warren Specht M-SE (Theresa)

Ephrata Lodge 1933

38 Arrowhead Dr

Ephrata  Pa  17522



Linda Bourget-Fenimore M-SE

Bristol Lodge 970

436 Prospect Ave

Morrisville  Pa  19067



Charles Bastian M-SE

Bristol Lodge #970

2151 Lardner St.

Philadelphia, PA  19149

A Keith Hilling M-SW

Uniontown  Lodge 370

77 Dixon Blvd

Uniontown  Pa  15401



Aquila Hilling M-SW

Uniontown  Lodge 370

77 Dixon Blvd

Uniontown  Pa  15401



Nancy Chirichetti  M-W

Aliquippa Lodge 1221

2902 Darlington Rd

Beaver Falls  Pa  15010



Brian Frank M-W

Rochester Lodge #283

440 Penney St

Rochester, PA\


Suellen M Shick M-WC (John)

Indiana Lodge 931

1368 Tanoma Rd

Indiana  Pa  15701


724-309-0069 (c)


Derek Kerfoot M-WC (Natalie)

Wilkins Lodge 577

151 LeBeau Pk

Pittsburgh PA 15221

412-526-2132 (c)



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ENF State Convention May, 2, 2015


First I would like to thank everyone who helped ENF this past year in any way, but especially my co-chairs – Lance and William. With the help of all of our members – are you ready for this – we have finished 28th. WAHOO!   WHAT AN OUTSTANDING JOB. You, our members, deserve the THANK  YOU. SO  THANK YOU. 


Remember the ENF programs continue to need your support. The Foundation is the great heart of Elkdom and we need to keep it flourishing to help our children, our veterans, and our communities who are in need. Last year we raised a little more than $320,598.63 which is $92,887.65 more than we donated last year. This gave our state a per capita of $7.25. What  wonderful members we have to do this FANTASTIC job. WAHOO!


I would like to thank the Lodges and Districts who met or exceeded the per capita goal. Unfortunately, we did have 4 Lodges who did not even give $1.00 to ENF. They were Bethlehem, Meyersdale, Johnsonburg, and Renovo, Betthlehem and Meyersdale also did not donate anything last year to ENF. It would be nice to have 100% participation from all of our Lodges. The State benefits from the donations, so let’s see what we can do to help all of the Lodges improve their donations for next year.



The following Lodges have received certificates from ENF Headquarters for meeting or exceeding the per capita goal. As your Lodge is called, will all members please rise and remaining standing. Please hold your applause until all 56 Lodges have been announced.

Lodges, please come forward to pick up your certificates.

Aliquippa, PA, #1221

Allegheny, PA, # 339

Beaver Falls, PA, # 348

Bellefonte, PA, #1094

Berwick, PA, #1138

Blairsville, PA, # 406

Bloomsburg, PA, # 436

Braddock, PA, # 883

Bridgeport, PA, # 714

Bristol, PA, # 970

Butler, PA, # 170

Carnegie, PA, # 831

Charleroi, PA  #494

Clearfield, PA, # 540

Columbia/Middletown, PA, #1074

Connellsville, PA, # 503

Coraopolis, PA, #1090

Cranberry, PA, #2249

East Stroudsburg, PA, # 319

Ephrata, PA, #1933

Erie, PA, # 67

Fairless Hills, PA, #2023

Frackville, PA, #1533

Franklin, PA, # 110

Greenville, PA, # 145

Hazleton, PA, # 200

Indiana, PA, # 931

Johnstown, PA, # 175

Lancaster, PA, # 134

Lebanon, PA, # 631

Lock Haven, PA, # 182

Mahanoy City, PA, # 695

Monongahela, PA, # 455

New Castle, PA, # 69

Norwin, PA, #2313

Oakmont, PA, #1668

Philipsburg, PA, #1173

Pittsburgh(South Hills), PA, #2213

Pittsburgh, PA, # 11

Pottstown, PA, # 814

Reading, PA, # 115

Reynoldsville, PA, # 519

Rochester, PA, # 283

Sayre, PA, #1148

Sharon, PA, # 103

Tarentum, PA, # 644

Titusville, PA, # 264

Tyrone, PA, # 212

Uniontown, PA, # 370

Warren, PA, # 223

Washington, PA, # 776

West Chester, PA, # 853

West Shore, PA, #2257

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA, # 109

Wilkins, PA, # 577

York, PA, # 213


Please give them a round of applause.

You may be seated.


The following Districts met or exceeded the per capita goal and the District Chair for ENF donated to ENF in 2014- 2015.

I have not received the pins from ENF headquarters – but I will make sure the District Chairs receive their pins. Will the following chairs please rise when I announce your names.


South East District with $42.89 per capita  Warren Specht and Kyle Minnich

West District with 7.38 per capita  Nancy Chirichettis and Brian  Frank

Southwest District with $5.50 per capita   A. Keith Hilling and Aquila Hilling


Give them a round of applause.


Individual plaques for the highest 3 lodges in each member category who met or exceeded the per capita goal will now be awarded. Will the Exalted Ruler from each lodge or a representative please come forward to accept your award. Please hold your applause until the first place winner for each category has been announced.


300 members or less

3rd place – Carnegie,  #831           $12.90

          2nd place – Lebanon , #631           $15.95

          1st place – Reading #115               $111.49


301 members to 500 members

          3rd place   Ephrata, #1933           $8.55

          2nd place – Tarentum #644            $8.75

          1st place -  Wilkins  #577                $12.77


501 members to 700 members

          3rd place – Oakmont  #1668          $9.41

          2nd place – Greenville #145           $9.88

          1st place – Lancaster #134            $198.97


701 members or higher

          3rd place – Norwin #2313                        $7.52

          2nd place – West Shore #2257               $12.65

          1st place – Connellsville #503                 $13.75


We have removed the Chairman’s Challenge trophy from being a traveling trophy. From now on, the Lodge who wins this trophy will have their own trophy. This year the Chairman’s Challenge trophy was won once again by Wilkins Lodge #577. Will the Exalted Ruler or a representative from Wilkins Lodge #577 please come forward. 


Now for the 3 traveling trophies:

The first trophy is for the District with the highest per capita.

The South East District has won the trophy for another year with a per capita of $42.89. Will the District Deputy or a representative from the South East District please come forward. Congratulations.


The next 2 trophies are for the District and the Lodge that have the highest % increase from the previous year -–whether they met the per capita goal or not. They showed they are working diligently for ENF and improving their support for ENF.


Will the District Deputy, Chairman for ENF or a representative from the South Eastern Central District #7840 please come forward. They won the trophy for the highest % increase from the previous year.  They had an increase of over 31%.


Will the Exalted Ruler or a representative from Lancaster Lodge #134 please come forward. They won the trophy for the highest % increase from the previous year. Their increase was over 2000%. Their increase was $190.47 from last year.


I would like to thank you for allowing me to publicly recognize the Lodges and Districts on behalf of ENF.


Mr. President, this concludes my report.


What is the Online Remittance Form? The Online Remittance Form is a new way to submit donor information to the ENF, followed by mailing a check to our office. This new online form can be used in place of the traditional remittance sheets, spreadsheets or Donor I.D. Reports.

How do I use the Online Remittance Form to submit donations to ENF? The Online Remittance Form should be used to submit donations from your Lodge’s donors. The system is set up to accept donations and pledge payments, along with new pledges. Donations requiring explanation, such as a Tribute donation, a donation from an Elk who is a member of another Lodge, or a donation to be credited to a Lodge other than your own should be sent to the ENF with a donor card or traditional remittance form and a separate check.

Lodge ENF Chairs and Secretaries are able to access the Online Remittance Form, which requires a computer with internet access for use. The completed remittance will need to printed and mailed with a check matching the remittance total, so make sure that your computer is connected to a working printer.

To get started , click here or access the Online Remittance Form in the Lodge Chair Only section of the ENF website. Choose a donor’s name from the drop down menu, and click Select Donor. The donor’s name, member number, and ENF Donor I.D. number are already filled in—you’ll just need to select a fund if the donor designated one, and the donation amount. If the donation is the initial payment in a new pledge, click yes and enter the total pledge amount. Continue until all of your donors are entered, and click Submit Remittance Form to ENF. You’ll then mail a copy of the form with a check matching the total donation amount to the ENF Office. 



ENF is proud to announce the Lodges who received Impact Grants for 2013. This year, we received a record number of grant applications and awarded more than $400,000 in Impact Grants. Click here to view the list of recipients and read about what these Lodges will be doing to build stronger communities.

Don't take too long to recover from ENF Month celebrations though, because Veterans Month is just around the corner. Many Lodges use CIP Grants to serve veterans, and this month we'll feature many of those projects. If your Lodge has a veterans project funded by a CIP grant, 
email us and tell us all about it! As always, digital photos are appreciated.

Each Friday in November, ENF will also be featuring a series focusing on how Elks can use grants and resources to most effectively serve veterans. The "Hand Up" series will begin this Friday with the first of five installments. Tune in to the ENF website on Friday to learn more about how Elks are uniqely positioned to serve veterans and military members in their communities.

If you weren't able to attend the 2012 Elks National Convention in Austin, ENF has got you covered. Click here to view a video  of the Community Investments Program presentation given at this year's convention entitled “ENF Grants: Raising Your Lodge's Community Profile.” Led by ENF Director Jim O'Kelley and featuring four ENF grant project managers,  the presentation focuses on how Lodges can effectively use Elks National Foundation grants to serve the community and inspire people to join.

Keep supporting ENF and get the word out.  Thank you.  As always, if there is anything I can do to assist you, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Diane Usoff, PA ENF Chair

1. What is the Elks National Foundation?

With a grant of $100,000, the Elks National Foundation was established in 1928 as the charitable arm of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America. Today we boast more than 183,000 active donors and an endowment fund valuing $390 million. The ENF has contributed $235.7million toward Elks' charitable projects nationwide. The Foundation is a public, non-profit, tax-exempt corporation as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Tax Reform Act of 1959. Donations to the Elks National Foundation are deductible for federal income and estate tax purposes.

2. What is the mission of the Elks National Foundation?

The mission of the Elks National Foundation is to help Elks build stronger communities. We fulfill this pledge by investing in communities where Elks live and work. We provide tomorrow’s leaders, our youth, with a healthy beginning; honor the Elks’ pledge to never forget our veterans; help the state Elks associations accomplish their charitable objectives and fund projects that improve the quality of life in local Elks communities.

3. How is the Foundation administered?

The Elks National Foundation is administered by a board of trustees composed of seven past national presidents of the BPO Elks of the USA, each serving a seven-year term. A director, who reports to the board, oversees day-to-day operations of the administrative offices in Chicago.

4. Who contributes to the Elks National Foundation?

Since inception, the Foundation has received almost $154 million in contributions and bequests from Elks, Lodges, state associations and other supporters of our philanthropic efforts. With a team of volunteers at the local, district and state levels, the Foundation raises more than $5 million each year.

5. How does the Endowment Fund work?

All unrestricted donations go into a permanent endowment fund, where each gift earns interest for lifetimes. Your gift will never be touched. Only the income earned by this fund can be used to support charitable programs. As the fund grows, the influence of your gift will grow with it, forever. Each year, the ENF Board of Trustees approves distributions from the fund for charitable projects. The current value of the fund is $390 million.

6. Who pays the Foundation's operating expenses?

The Foundation has an operating budget of $1,594,081. These expenses are borne by the Foundation.

7. How much will the Foundation disburse this year?

The Elks National Foundation will disburse more than $14.8 million during the 2005-2006 year

8. How will this money be used?

  • State Elk Association Grants: The Foundation will distribute $3.13 million in State Charities Grants. These grants help fund each state’s major charitable project, as well as state “Hoop Shoot,” Soccer Shoot and Drug Awareness Programs. In addition, the states will receive more than $2.32 million in special charitable project grants that help fund scholarship programs or other projects that best extend a state’s philanthropic outreach, and a bonus grant of $1 million.
  • Community Investments Program: The new Community Investments Program allows the ENF to invest directly in Lodge communities by funding projects that have a significant and lasting impact on areas where Elks live and work. The Foundation budgeted $350,000 to launch the first two components of this program: Gratitude Grants and Promise Grants.
  • Scholarships: The Foundation reserved a total of $3.162 million for its five scholarship programs: The Most Valuable Student contest ($2.216 million); Emergency Educational Grants for children of deceased or totally incapacitated Elks ($350,000); ENF Legacy Awards ($500,000); National Eagle Scout Association Scholarships ($48,000); and Girl Scout Gold Award scholarships ($48,000).
  • Drug Prevention: The Foundation granted $534,510 for the Elks Drug Awareness Program.
  • Youth Athletics: The Foundation granted $645,480 to fund the Elks Hoop Shoot free throw contest. In addition, we granted $50,000 to the Youth Activities Committee to promote the Elks Soccer Shoot program at the grassroots level.
  • Veterans Service: The ENF granted $749,450 to the Elks National Veterans Service Commission.
  • Elks Veterans Memorial Maintenance: The Foundation granted $508,605 for building maintenance. In addition, a grant of $250,000 was approved for the Foundation’s Elks Veterans Memorial Maintenance Reserve Fund.
  • Elks National Home: The Foundation granted $315,000 to the Elks National Home, a retirement facility for Elks located in Bedford, Virginia.

9. What are the Foundation's primary giving methods?

  • Annual Gift: You can make a donation to the ENF via check, Discover Card, Visa or MasterCard.
  • Pledge: You can also contribute to the Foundation through a pledge. You choose to receive a pledge reminder annually, semi-annually, quarterly, or monthly.
  • Online Gift: Support the ENF at any time of day from the convenience of your own home. To make your gift, go to www.elks.org/donate.
  • Recurring Gift: Sign up for a recurring gift and allow us to debit your bank account or bill your credit card each month for a set donation amount. Contact us at 773/755-4728 or enf@elks.org for more information.
  • Corporate Gift: You can double the impact of your gift through matching gifts, or sign up for payroll deductions through your employer. Many employers will match gifts given to charitable organizations by employees and their spouses, even if they’re retired.
  • Tribute: You can contribute to the Foundation in memory of or in honor of friends and loved ones, online or through the mail.
  • Planned Gift: Show your ultimate commitment through a planned gift, such as a bequest, gift of appreciated stock or life insurance. More information about planned giving is available online at www.elks.org/enf/plannedgiving.

10. How can I get more information?

Contact the Elks National Foundation, 2750 N. Lakeview Ave., Chicago, IL 60614-2256; phone: 773/755-4728, fax: 773/755-4729, e-mail: enf@elks.org.