MILLINOCKET -- As part of his nationwide tour, the national president of the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks, Amos A. McCallum, made an official visit to his home state of Maine on November 3-5, 2003. Since his election in July, McCallum, and his wife Barbara, both of Saco, Maine, have been traveling across the country, visiting places as far away as Alaska, and serving as Ambassadors of Elkdom in an effort to promote the charitable works of the Order.
McCallum, who's official title is Grand Exalted Ruler, began his tour by visiting the Northern Maine town of Millinocket. This was the first time in many years that a current national president of the Order had traveled to that part of the state. While in Millinocket, McCallum and his wife were treated to several guided tours, provided by Maine Elks State President James Ferland of Sidney, and Millinocket Elks President Timothy Smyth. The tours consisted of visits to the Kathadin Paper mill in East Millinocket, the Ripogenus Dam, Mckay Power Station, and the dam system operations center for Great Lakes Hydro America also in Millinocket.
On November 3, 2003, at a special dinner held in his honor, McCallum was presented with a framed American Flag, presented by Congressman Michael Michaud, and several past presidents of the Millinocket Elks Lodge. The flag, which had been flown over the capitol, was given to McCallum in recognition of his dedication to the Order's Americanism and Veteran programs.
The next evening, McCallum and his wife were both honored at a special banquet held at the Millinocket Elks Lodge. At the banquet, McCallum addressed the nearly 200 members in attendance, reminding them of the importance of service to their communities, and to encourage their participation in the Elks "Army of Hope," a nationwide program that encourages local Lodges to assist families that have men and women serving on active military duty in the Middle East. Lodges assist these families by providing volunteers to make minor repairs, providing babysitting services, transportation services, and "Anything we can do to help reduce the burden on these families would be appropriate," McCallum said.
McCallum also announced that the Elks have activated their Disaster Response Plan to provide help for victims of the devastation, caused by the fires in Southern California. Individual members and Lodges were encouraged to make donations to the Elks California Fire Relief Fund. The Elks in the past have activated this plan to assist regions of the country that have been affected by disasters, beginning with the Jamestown Flood through the most recent tornado outbreaks in middle America.
On Wednesday, November 5th, McCallum traveled to the Statehouse in
Augusta, where he visited with Maine Governor, John E. Baldacci. During his visit, McCallum was presented with a Proclamation, signed by the Governor, proclaiming November 5, 2003, as Amos A. McCallum day in the State of Maine. This special presentation was made in honor of his dedication to the young people of Maine, both as a teacher for 37 years, and for his work on the youth programs of the Elks.
|Left to Right: Grand Exalted Ruler Amos A. McCallum, Barbara McCallum, Gov. John Baldacci, Past Grand Exulted Ruler Dr. Leonard Bristol, and Ginny Bristol|
The Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks is a fraternal organization made up of nearly 1.1 million men and women from across the United States. The organization provides service to local communities through programs that support our nation's youth and its veterans.