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Madison Elks Lodge planning its
120th Anniversary Celebration

The service organization provides help
to many local groups

(October 2019) – Many fabulous items have been generously donated to the Madison Elk Lodge’s silent auction at the 120th Anniversary Celebration, according to Debbie Ciganovich, Lecturing Knight and Social Chair of the local P.B.O.E. No. 524.
These items include a Harry Elburg original oil painting, a CharBroil Gas Grill, a $200 Ford Service gift certificate, an Elks Creek Winery’s Classic Tour Package for 10, two tickets to the 2020 Madison Ribberfest, four Cincinnati Reds baseball tickets, to name just a few. Co-chairs for the silent auction are Ron Hopper, Elks Chaplain and Glenda Messmore.

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Mike and Jane Jack of the Indiana Elks are pictured above.

The public is invited to join in the 120th Anniversary Celebration, to be held from 6-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Elks Lodge, 1251 W. Main St. in Madison. The silent auction will run from 6-8 p.m., with heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails available, as well as a special 120th Anniversary cake for dessert. Following the auction, the Marlinaires band will have everyone dancing for the rest of the evening.
Honored guests will include Michael (Mike) Jack, president of the Indiana Elks Association for the year 2019-2020, and his wife, Jane Jack. A lifelong resident of Greenfield, Ind., Jack said, “In 1985, when I joined, I thought it was mainly a social club. Once I became involved, I started to understand the scope of the programs and charities supported by the Elks.”
That understanding became a commitment. Jack, 63, has now been an Elks member for 34 years, serving both his local lodge and the statewide organization. 
While many service organizations struggle to attract new, younger members, Mike observed that the overall Elks membership has been getting younger. New members are joining in their 30s and 40s. Another growth demographic is the “empty nesters.”
“Once they find out what and how much we do, they are committed,” he said. “The Elks are not focused on just one area of service. Programs and services include veterans, youth, cancer research and scholarships. There is something for everyone’s interest. No one can do everything. Just find something that you’re passionate about, and start there.”
Guests who attend the 120th Anniversary Celebration are encouraged to consider joining Madison Elks Lodge.
Each state president chooses a motto for his year of service. Jack’s motto for this year is, “Elks Make a Difference.” He said the Elks are committed to serving communities across the United States. Last year, Elks donated $450 million in goods and services to all communities. More than 4 million of that support went to scholarships.
“Over the past few years, people are wanting to give back more and serve areas of the community that need help, Jack said. “The needs in our communities are great, especially for homeless veterans and the elderly poor. These two groups of individuals won’t ask for help. However, they are most appreciative when they receive help. The most important help is to actually be there in person, not just write a check. It is very gratifying to serve these individuals.”
Reflecting on the Madison Lodge, No. 524, Jack said, “Madison has a nice facility and great people. Scott Tebbe, 2019 Exalter Ruler, is doing what needs to be done to take the Lodge to the next level.”
Continuing the theme of local service, Tebbe, 43, noted, “The Madison Elks Lodge No. 524 has donated over $2.8 million in support to our local community over these past 120 years.”
That support has included scholarships and support for causes such as the Disabled American Veterans, Girls Inc., Lide White Boys and Girls Club, Venture Scouts at DSI, Sandstone, and most recently, the “Warm up at the Library” program to supply coats and books for children in need.
The Madison Elks Lodge No. 524 was founded in 1899 by 31 members, including A.W. Glauber, the grandfather of past Exalted Ruler Tony Steinhardt. Steinhardt provided the leadership to transition the organization to the current location at West Main Street after a fire in 2006 destroyed the historic building 420 West St. that had been the home of the Madison Elks since 1905.
As the evening winds down, Tebbe will lead the traditional 11th Hour Toast when the clock tolls 11 p.m.
Ciganovich explained, “In any lodge meeting that is in session at 11 p.m., business is suspended briefly while the Exalter Ruler recites the traditional toast.” 
The lengthy reading includes these words: “You have heard the tolling of 11 strokes. It is the golden hour of recollection. Living or dead, an Elk is never forgotten, never forsaken.”
The toast concludes with the words, “To our absent members.”

• Tickets for the event are $35 each at the door, by email at madisonelks524@gmail.com or by calling (812) 265-2466 (leave a message if no answer.) Credit card sales have a $2 transaction fee.

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