Get Involved

Your Elks membership provides many opportunities for you to meet other members, get involved with lodge activities and support the community and the Elks’ charities.

Get Started

The best way to learn about opportunities to volunteer and participate in the lodge is to attend our meetings. Regular meetings are held in the second floor ballroom on the third Wednesday of every month, and February through March on the first and third Wednesdays.  We discuss lodge business, events and hear the reports of committees.

Get to Know Summit Lodge 1246

You can see our list of officers and committee chairs here. Each committee chair provides a report of their activities at lodge meetings, along with requests for volunteers. If you are interested in being a part of a committee, come to the next lodge meeting to meet the chairperson.

Get on a Committee

Americanism – Mike McTernan

    • This committee encourages and supports patriotism
    • Activities Include:
      • Flag programs
      • Community activities
      • Lodge activities
      • PR activities
      • Essay contests for students
  • Audit – Steve Luzzi
    • This committee monitors, reviews and reports on the financial activities of the Lodge.
  • Drug Awareness – Lou DeSocio, PER
    • The Elks National Drug Awareness Program strives to teach all children and parents about the dangers of illegal drug use and prevent the abuse of legalized and prescription drugs. As the largest volunteer drug awareness program in the United States, the program relies on state, district and Lodge volunteers to promote a drug-free lifestyle. By taking pride in America’s communities and youth, the program takes action against youth drug use through education and inspiration.
    • Activities Include:
      • Education programs
      • Walk out on Drugs event
      • Educational competitions for students
  • Elks National Foundation – Kathy Preacher
    • 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 help youth develop lifelong skills, send students to college, meet the needs of today’s veterans, support the charitable work of the state Elks associations, and fund projects that improve the quality of life in local Elks communities.
    • Activities Include:
      • Educational programs
      • Community programs
      • Grant writing
      • Hosting and running events
  • HouseMike Williams, PER  & Mike Helmer
    • The house committee oversees the physical building of the lodge and any issue regarding management and maintenance. It also works with the bar staff to manage events, staffing and operations, including lodge hours.
  • Insurance – Ken Gerard
    • The insurance committee researches, reviews and manages the lodge’s insurance coverage.
  • Scholarship – John DeSocio, PER
    • The Elks offer many scholarships to school-aged children
    • Activities include:This committee promotes the different scholarships, recruits candidates, submits applications, and recognizes the award recipients
  • Special Children – Mary Twill, Roger Hughes
    • The Elks provide advice and assistance for the care of Special Needs Children. Scholarships and Ambassadorships are awarded to Special Needs high school seniors.  The Elks maintain clinics, hiring competent nurses, therapists, pediatricians, psychologists, teachers, etc. to help restore children with disabilities. Equipment, such as crutches, wheelchairs, walkers, hospital beds, etc. are furnished. Elk’s Camp Moore provides Special Needs Children outdoor camping experience.
    • Activities include:
      • Programs for Special Children and their families
      • Participating in events for Special Children
      • Communicating the activities of the committee
  • Technology – Lennie Nuara
    • This committee oversees and supports the technology used by the lodge and its officers
  • Veterans – Donald Devine/Rocco DiPiano/Lou DeSocio, PER
    • We connect with veterans and military members in their communities, providing them with services where they live. We help veterans rehabilitate and thrive through adaptive sports programs and therapy kits. And our Welcome Home initiative is reaching out to some of our most vulnerable veterans: those who are experiencing homelessness.
    • Activities Include:
      • Educating members and the community on issues affecting veterans
      • Hosting and participating in events with and for veterans
      • Fundraising for efforts that support veterans’ charities and veterans directly
  • Youth Activities – Mike Williams, PER
    • This committee offers many programs and scholarships for kids. Read about the here.
    • Activities Include:
      • Hosting and running events
      • Recruiting participants and volunteers for events
  • Newsletter – Samantha Vezzosi
    • This committee creates and publishes content monthly for the lodge newsletter and local news and social media
      • Activities Include:
        • Researching and writing articles
        • Attending events; taking photos for publication and writing stories and article for the different outlets