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District State Vice President Visits Lodge

Written By: Rosemarie Shea, Leechburg Elks Lodge Secretary
Story Date: June 18, 2009

District State Vice President Dale McDowell of Latrobe Lodge visited Leechburg Lodge 377 recently to deliver a message from PA Elks State President, Eugene Slesinski of East Stroudsburg Lodge #319, who has chosen for his motto for this year "Aspire to Inspire Before You Expire". The State President encourages all Lodges to work together to achieve common goals in all B.P.O.E. projects.Mr. McDowell congratulated the Lodge for their efforts to date and encouraged members to continue supporting the State Major Project. This charitable undertaking is known as the "Pennsylvania Elks Home Service Program." Dedicated to helping persons with developmental disabilities, it was originally called the "Pennsylvania Elks Cerebral Palsy Nurses Program." The program had its beginning in 1963 under the leadership of Past State President James Ebersberger, a member of the Latrobe Elks Lodge. The first home service visit was made to a client in Irwin, in Westmoreland County, and at that time the program only served persons with Cerebral Palsy. Today, the Pennsylvania Elks State Association employs 26 highly trained Registered Nurses and home visitors who also assist individuals with other developmental disabilities as well….spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, Down syndrome and hearing and visual impairments, to name just a few. This Pennsylvania Elks Program is a TOTALLY FREE service that is available in any of the 67 counties comprising the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The funding for this project comes from donations from the local Lodges, the Elks National Foundation, and the Elks Legacy Trust Fund . In Leechburg, the Lodge contributes profits from special fundraisers, the Wednesday Night Bingo, and individual contributions by our members and members of the community to this Project. Anyone can make a referral for these services. The client does not have to be an Elk or even be related to an Elk member. To make a Referral, call 724 832-8272;

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