Cerebral Palsy

NM Tourism

Contact Information:
NM Elks Assn.
Kandi Barks, Secretary
P.O. Box 1413
Raton, NM 87740
Res. 575-445-4777
e-mail: nmsecretary@q.com

Now’s Your Chance The Elks National Home Has Vacancies
Now is your chance. For the first time in quite awhile there are several vacancies in the apartments at the Elks National Home. There are single rooms and suites available as well. So, if you are interested in residency or even in getting more information for the future, please call or e-mail the Home. It doesn’t cost you a thing to check it out. Just call 1-800-552-4140 or e-mail enhome@elkshome.org. They will be glad to talk with you and answer your questions. More information is also available at www.elkshome.org.
New Mexico Elks Association
Home to 22 Lodges and 9490 members

Brother Lowell Stephens has passed away. Check news section for a message from State Sponsor Chuck Williams..

"Elks-Provide Opportunities" (From 2013-14 NMEA State President Rohnnie Tupin)
On behalf of the New Mexico Elks Association, I welcome you to New Mexico “The Land of Enchantment”, the 47th state in the USA and the fifth largest State in the United States of America!
I would like to share some interesting fact about New Mexico that even some of the native New Mexicans may not know. For the first 14 years of statehood, New Mexico had no official flag. During the San Diego World’s Fair of 1915 the fair featured an exhibit hall in which all the state flags were displayed. Since New Mexico did not have an official flag, and unofficial flag was displayed.
The Daughters of the American Revolution pushed New Mexico to design a contemporary and unique flag in 1920. A contest to design the new state flag was won by Dr. Harry Mera of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Mera was an archaeologist who was familiar with the Zia sun symbol and found at Zia Pueblo on a 19th century pot. The symbol has sacred meaning to the Zia. The yellow field and red symbol colors are the colors of Spain, first brought to New Mexico by Spanish explorers in 1540. On New Mexico’s flag we see a red sun with rays starching out from it. There are four groups of rays with four rays in each group. This is an ancient sun symbol of the Native American people called the Zia. The Zia believed that the giver of all good gave them gifts in groups of four. These gifts are: The four directions - north, east, south and west. The four seasons – spring, summer, fall and winter. The day – sunrise, noon, evening and night. Life itself – childhood, youth, middle years and old age. All of these are bound by a circle of life and love, without a beginning or end.
New Mexico became a state on January 6, 1912. The state’s total area is 121,412 square miles. The State Capital is Santa Fe. The largest city is Albuquerque. The smallest village is Jemez Springs. There are 33 counties in the State. There were eight (8) counties founded in 1852; they are Bernalillo, Dona Ana, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Santa Fe, Socorro, Taos, and Valencia. The last county to be founded in New Mexico was Los Alamos in 1949. The largest county by area is Catron County with 6,928 sq. mi. and the smallest county by area is Los Alamos with 109 sq. mi. The largest county by population is Bernalillo County and the smallest county by population is Harding County.
The State of New Mexico is a state of contrast, the New Mexican landscape ranges from wide, rose-colored deserts to broken mesas to high, snow-capped peaks. Despite New Mexico’s arid image, heavily forested mountain wildernesses cover a significant portion of the state, especially toward the north. The Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the southernmost part of the Rocky Mountains, run roughly north-south along the east side of the Rio Grande in the rugged, pastoral north. The most important of New Mexico’s rivers are the Rio Grande, Pecos, Canadian, San Juan and Gila. The Rio Grande is tied for the fourth longest river in the U.S.
Like the State of New Mexico the New Mexico Elks Association (NMEA) has many intriguing things taking place. I encourage you to visit our website www.nmelks.org and browse around to learn more about our 22 lodges that span this great State. Click on the newsletter section, enjoy the bulletins from our Lodges and see if there is something that might interest you. NMEA “Provide Opportunities” in the various locals from lodges in the high mountains, to the desert, to the plains to the east and the mesas to the west. NMEA’s major project is Cerebral Palsy, helping kids and young adults to walk without assistance. Since 1951, we have been leading the charge and providing funds for equipment and services for this most worthy program. NMEA supports all the Grand Lodge programs as well as the Wounded Warriors, Paws and Strips programs to name a few. NMEA “Provide Opportunities” to the vast array of citizenry from the charitable donations from our Members, from the support of the Elks National Foundation, Veterans and Youth Committees and our own Charitable and Benevolent Trust.
Our Ritual Program has become one of the top programs in our organization. New Mexico has produced National Ritual Champions and numerous runner-ups and third place teams over the past ten years, allowing New Mexico to be listed among the top ritual states in the union.
Sandy and I invite you to come visit our State and enjoy our New Mexico hospitality. Sample our locally grown Chili “Red or Green” and enjoy our spicy New Mexican cuisine. When you visit us, you will then understand why we are called “The Land of Enchantment”.

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the USA has joined forces with Donate Life America to increase donations of organs, eyes and life-saving tissue.
The Grand Lodge, Fraternal Committee is asking Elks Lodges nationwide to promote the Organ Donor Program in their Lodge Bulletins and Lodge Web sites to help inspire members and citizens in their communities to make these life-saving donations.
The need is paramount. More than 110,000 patients were waiting for organ transplants as of March 2011, according to the Donate life America Web site, www.donatelife.net. Only 28,663 organ transplants had been performed in 2010, and even fewer - 14,502 - organ donations had been made in that year.
We Elks Members can help close the gap! The effort of Lodges to promote the program through their Bulletins and Web site can gain them five points in their quests to be named an All American Lodge. More incentives will be announced in coming years as the program takes shape throughout Elkdom.
For more information on the importance of donation and how to become a registered donor in your state, click on the Donate Life icon to go to the Donate LifeSM web-site, or by logging onto www.donatelife.net. This is a great way to show that "Elks Give from the Heart." Download Elks Donate Life Lodge Poster

Spring Convention Registration Forms now Available. Click Here!
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Conflict of Interest/Hall Rental/Charitable Activities

Rio Rancho CancerMembers and Officers of BPOE Rio Rancho Elks Lodge #2500 put on a New Year's Eve fund raiser to benefit the New Mexico Cancer Foundations in honor or Robin Duke (member). The event was a semi formal dinner and dance where members raised money by shaving their heads and or facial hair as a means to raise monies to help those with cancer in our community. The event sucessfully raised $3321. Pictured: Top left Roger McDonald, Tiler; Jerry Shreve, Trustee; Tony Martin, Club Manager; Edward Olona, Exalted Ruler; Peter Fairbrother, Member. Center, Jerri Morar, Member. Bottom left Robin Duke, Cecile Corcoran, Member's daughter.

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Recently Posted! (March, 2014) Lastest NM Elks Association Newsletter now available. Click Here!

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