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Elks Lodges unite for Veterans

Pictured above: Carmi Elks members, Mt. Vernon Elks members and residents & a staff member from Anna VA along with all the socks.

    On February 10, 2018 Illinois Elks Association Veteran's Chairman Bob Kane, Illinois Aelks Association 1st Vice President Tom Deien, Mount Vernon Elks Lodge #819 Veterans Chairman Keith Hertenstein & Mt. Vernon Elks Lodge #819 Veterans Committee Member Jim Hertenstein Joined Members of Carmi Elks Lodge #1652 & Illinois Elks South Central District Junior Trustee Darren Hayes at the Anna Veterans Home. Carmi Elks delivered 2573 pairs of socks collected by Washington Attendance Center in Carmi for the "Sock It To The Vets" program.

    The "Sock It To The Vets" program was started at Mount Vernon Elks Lodge #819 by Lodge Veterans Chairman Keith Hertenstein & State Veterans Chairman Bob Kane. Noticing that sockes were at the top of the wish list for Anna and Marion VA Homes, Bob approached Keith with the idea of collecting socks for the two homes. Keith came up with the name for the program "Sock It To The Vets" and it stuck. The program has been going for two years and will continue for the foreseeable future.

Elks Lodge #819 contributes to Valentines for Heroes

Pictured from left: Mt. Vernon Elks Lodge #819 Veterans Chairman Keith Hertenstein, Illinois Elks Association 1st Vice President & Mt. Vernon Elks Lodge #819
Past Exalted Ruler Tom Deien, Illinois Elks Association State Veterans Chairman Bob Kane & Mt. Vernon Elks Lodge #819 Inner Guard Debbie Summers.

    On February 9, 2018 Members from Mt. Vernon Elks Lodge #819 delivered 547 Valentines collected by the Lodge, Jefferson County Girl Scouts & Jefferson County Schools to Congressman John Shimkus’ office in Harrisburg, Illinois for his annual “Valentines for Heroes” program.
     Through this annual program valentines are distributed to local VA and military facilities for Veterans and Active Duty Service Men & Women before Valentine’s Day.

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