Elks Bus Program
It is the desire of the Florida State Elks Associaition to have more of our members see our beautiful Youth Camp and become more involved in our major projects. To this end, the Board of Directors of the Harry-Anna Investment Fund have agreed to spend $100,000.00 for the upcoming Lodge year for the purpose of funding bus trips by the membership to our Florida Elks Youth Camp.
Each Lodge in Florida will be eligible to receive up to $2,000.00 for this purpose. We will require a minimum of 40 people to visit our camp on the funded bus. The Harry-Anna Trust Fund Chairman and Membership Chairman must be a part of this number. Any Exalted Ruler, Leading Knight, and Chairman of the Lodge Trustees who have never been to the camp should also try to make the visit. Our hope is that the rest of those on board are prospective members, new members or current members who have never visited the Youth Camp. Any Lodge that cannot generate enough interest may join with other Lodges in their District in order to reach the required number and will be eligible to receive up to $2,000.00 for this purpose. In those cases at least one ER, Leading Knight, Harry-Anna Trust Fund and Membership Chairman needs to be part of the number. Lodges located more than 350 miles from the camp may also receive consideration for overnight accommodations in our cabins.
Funds will be reimbursed to the Lodge after the visit has been made and all Elks have signed our guest book to insure that the minimum number of visitors has been met.
Bus funding up to $1,000.00 per bus may also be available to get kids to our summer camp or other youth related events held at our facilities. Any Lodge who have received funding to get members to visit may then apply for additional funding to support transportation needs for our summer camp program or other special children programs the Lodge might fund for young people in their area.
This program will be administered out of the State office and will remain in effect for the complete Lodge year or as long as designated funds are available.