On November 7th, our Elks packed over 100 shoe boxes filled with goodies for our military personnel. Thank you to all the great Elks that volunteered, and especially to Ed & Kat Whitcomb for taking on this project and delivering these boxes to the marines in training at Camp Lejeune!
As many of you may already know, one of our local Hoop Shoot winners, Aiden McNutt, tragically lost his life in a house fire on January 12, 2020 while visiting his mother for his birthday. Aiden had won 1st place in our 13-14 year old division of the Hoop Shoot just one day before his death. Aiden’s 15-year-old sister also suffered injuries in the fire, including burns to her feet, legs, arms, and face. Both children lived with their grandfather, Mr. Bonner, who is now working on a limited income to pay for all hospital bills for both children, as well as clothing, housing, general living expenses, and sadly, Aiden’s funeral expenses. Our Lodge would like to help ease the stress and financial burdens that have unexpectedly, and tragically, been brought onto this family. All monetary donations will be deposited directly into an account for Aiden’s grandfather, Mr. Bonner. If you would like to contribute to this special Memorial Fund, please contact ER Chuck Myers.
The Elks “Hoop Shoot” Free Throw Contest is the largest and most visible of the many youth activities sponsored by Elks Lodges. More than three million boys and girls, ages 8-13, will participate this year. The Elks “Hoop Shoot” highlights the Elks commitment to America’s youth. From the millions of youngsters who participate and advance through local, district, state and regional competition, six national champions are named — one boy and one girl in each of three categories: ages 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13. The winners each receive a trophy and their names are inscribed on a plaque at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. Parents accompany contestants throughout the competition. The parents of finalists at the state, regional and national levels attend the competitions as guests of the Elks.
The Elks desire, through their “Hoop Shoot”
program, to provide an interesting, character-building, competitive program for
all girls and boys in the contest regardless of their previous athletic
competition or abilities. This nationwide, sanctioned program gives these
youngsters an opportunity for spirited competition, fine relationships with
their peers, and travel statewide, regionally and nationally — at minimal
expense to their parents or school. Not only are the participants involved in
this wholesome, individual-effort program, but parents, classmates, teachers
and community are included.
Our area Hoop Shoot
took place on January 11, 2020 at Newton Co. High School with the participation
of 6 schools. Thank you to the 15 Elk
members and 9 non-Elk members that volunteered their time and helped out with
this event! Congratulations to our 2020
Newton County Hoop Shoot 1st place winners:
The Georgia Elk’s Association Annual Convention was held in Jekyll Island, GA this year on June 6-9th. The Covington Elks Lodge 1806 sponsored the award and honored our very own Matt Cooper as Public Safety Officer of the Year! Congratulations Matt!