Resolution J2561-2013

Commemorating the 125th Anniversary of the Amsterdam Elks Lodge No. 101



  • Jun 20, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 17, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION commemorating the 125th Anniversary of the Amst-
erdam Elks Lodge No. 101

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize that  the
quality  and  character of life in the communities across New York State
are reflective of the concerned and dedicated efforts of those organiza-
tions and individuals who are devoted to the welfare  of  the  community
and its citizenry; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  also the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize
and pay tribute to fraternal organizations of high  purpose  and  worthy
accomplishment whose endeavors have faithfully served the welfare of the
citizens of the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  the  tradition  of this State and this Nation to pay
tribute to those institutions and individuals who  have  contributed  to
the ethical and spiritual values of their communities; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly  proud  to  commem-
orate  the  125th  Anniversary of the Amsterdam Lodge Club No. 101 to be
celebrated on Saturday, September 14, 2013; and
  WHEREAS, The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) is one  of
the  oldest  and  largest  fraternal organizations in the United States;
established in 1928, the Elks National Foundation is the charitable  arm
of  the  BPOE;  over  the years, the Foundation has contributed millions
toward Elks' charitable projects nationwide; and
  WHEREAS, Founded in 1867, "The Jolly Corks" was a group of  15  actors
and  entertainers,  interested  largely  in  associating with a group of
like-minded individuals; by  1868,  their  members  had  recognized  the
impact  they  could  have  as a "benevolent and protective society," and
moved to bring permanence to their cause; and
  WHEREAS, It was in this purpose that the Amsterdam lodge  was  formed;
established  in  1888,  Amsterdam  Lodge No. 101 is the 12th oldest Elks
Lodge in continuous operation in New York State, and 84th in the nation;
  WHEREAS, The Amsterdam Lodge has had  many  locations  throughout  its
history, and has provided many services and entertainments to its commu-
nity,  but  has  always been notable in its dedicated, enthusiastic, and
earnest membership; and
  WHEREAS, In 2001, the Amsterdam Lodge membership  welcomed  its  first
female  member;  since  that time, many women have joined the ranks, and
have played a significant role in the programs  and  activities  of  the
Lodge; and
  WHEREAS,  The  B. P. O. Elks organization is dedicated to a variety of
community programs, focusing on the local youth, veterans, and  families
in need; the Amsterdam Lodge is highly involved in the national scholar-
ship  program,  Hoop  Shoot,  Drug  Awareness, Veteran's recognition and
outreach, Halloween Day parade, and  many  other  programs  focusing  on
Community Investment and Americanism; and
  WHEREAS,  Organizations of singular distinction such as Amsterdam Elks
Lodge No. 101 of Amsterdam, New York, merit the grateful praise  of  the
community and of the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS,  It is the practice of this Legislative Body that when organ-
izations of such noble aims  and  accomplishments  are  brought  to  our
attention,  they  should be recognized by all the citizens of this great
Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate  the  125th Anniversary of the Amsterdam Elks Lodge No. 101;
and be it further

  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Amsterdam Elks Lodge No. 101.


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