Why Is It Important To Vote?

That's the question presented to students, from grade 5 to grade 8, who are participating in this year's essay contest. Actually, it's a good question for all citizens of the United States. There are 2 divisions: grades 5 and 6, and grades, 7 and 8. The top three essays will be forwarded to the district level for further competition. Our local winners will be asked to attend our Flag Day Ceremony, in June, to read their essays.

Our participation in voting is central to maintaining the democratic principles we enjoy. You can help by encouraging students to participate. The essays are not to exceed 300 words, must be identified by school, grade, name, and sponsoring Elks Lodge, typed, and submitted to the Lodge before December 16, 2016. Write to:

2016 Essay Contest
Kinderhook Elks Lodge #2530
2750 State Route 9H
Kinderhook, NY 12106-0514

Spread the word, and help this Americanism Committee exercise to succeed.

As mentioned in the ER's August message, there have been some changes in the front entrance hall of the Lodge. The photos of all the past ER's that were previously hanging on the walls leading down to the Lodge room, have been reprinted in a smaller format and are now displayed on the right hand wall as you enter the front door. Also on the right hand wall, just inside the front door, is a photograph of all the Lodge officers and directors.

Meanwhile, a space has been cleared in the trophy cabinet on the left wall for the homecoming photo of our Past State President, Jerry Shook.

Please take a moment to view these photos the next time you enter the Lodge.



The Hudson Valley Blue Star Mothers is a group of women actively working out of the VFW in Hudson.  Their main function is to raise money and receive donations of the items listed below and assemble packages to be sent to military personnel on active duty out of this country. 

Hard Candy Hand Sanitizer Snack Food
Dental Floss Nail Files Gum
Dry Soup Plastic Baggies Nuts
Beef Jerky Feminine Products Tea
Pop-Tarts Stationery / Envelopes Razors
Canned Fruit Books (crossword, Sudoku,...) Lip Balm
Tuna Kits Twizzlers Tylenol
Coffee Toothbrushes Band-Aids
Deodorant Toothpaste Socks
Q-Tips Granola Bars Pens


There is a box in the lounge for any items you can donate.

If you have a family member currently serving in this capacity, please send their name and address to Kinderhook Elks or contact Tom Miglio at 392-8560.