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Quote of the Week
“We, as Elks, do many great things across this country.”
- Dave Hurley  
- Grand Exalted Ruler   
of the Elks of Canada   

 

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Members of the Crowsnest Pass and Pincher Creek Elks clubs attended a special visit from Elks Grand Exalted Ruler Dave Hurley on Wednesday, March 23rd at the Elks Hall in Blairmore.
 
Dave Hurley, Grand Exalted Ruler of the Elks of Canada visited the Crowsnest Pass Elks Lodge No. 584 last Wednesday, March 23rd in a special visit.
Hurley, who was born in Newfoundland, moved to Yellowknife with his wife some 36 years ago before joining the Yellowknife Elks Lodge in 1985.
He has since served as District Deputy for the Northwest Territories from 1993 to 1994, Territorial President from 1994 to 1996, and Exalted Ruler from 1995 to 1997.
In 1997, he became the General Manager of the Yellowknife Elks No. 314, and held the position until 2006.
Currently, Hurley serves as Grand Exalted Ruler, as well as Facilities Manager with the City of Yellowknife, taking on managerial responsibilities for the city’s infrastructure, parks, playgrounds, and recreation facilities.
About a dozen Elks members from the Crowsnest Pass and four from Pincher Creek attended the meeting last Wednesday, which was held at the Elks Hall in Blairmore.
Following the regular meeting, Hurley addressed members about the important role the Elks and other service organizations play in Canadian society.
He noted that the Elks sponsor several charities and programs throughout the country, including the Elks and Royal Purple Fund for Children, hospital and building projects, the VOICE program for hearing impaired children in Ontario, the New Brunswick/Prince Edward Island Elks and Royal Purple Deaf Camp, the Elks Hearing Centre and Elks Youth Centre in the Northwest Territories, the Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research in Alberta, and the Saskatchewan Paediatric Auditory Rehabilitation Centre.
“We are a group of individuals dedicated to the service of our community,” said Hurley. “There is no greater joy or pleasure than looking into the eyes of a kid who we have helped to take from despair and given them happiness.”
 
“We, as Elks, do many great things across this country.”
He said without the work of service organizations such as the Elks, the Lions, and the Legions, Canada would be an entirely different country.
Unfortunately, he said, many groups of this nature have been experiencing membership issues in the past few years, as older members pass on, and fewer and fewer new members are joining.
“Change is going to happen, we just need to accept that there will be change and learn how to master it,” said Hurley. “If we ignore that change, or let it scare us, we’re going to get into trouble.”
Hurley urged members to think outside the box when recruiting new members to the Elks and Royal Purple.
“We have to get through to the younger generations, because without them, we have no future,” he said.
He said that many young people who join, including three of his four daughters and their spouses, do so because they want to belong to something, and that the Elks is a great organization in which to belong to.
He noted that many lodges, including Yellowknife, which has more than 250 members, are doing well, but that there are several lodges in smaller communities which are on the verge of extinction.
“If this organization ceases to be, the real losers will be the people we serve and help,” said Hurley.
Hurley and his wife, Audrey have been touring the country, visiting various Elks lodges and attending special events and anniversaries in more than 80 communities since September.
Following the visit in the Crowsnest Pass, Hurley moved on to visit the Elks lodge in Fernie the following evening.
The Crowsnest Pass Elks Lodge No. 584 is currently made up of 47 members, and is always looking for more.
For more information on the Elks of Canada, visit
www.elks-canada.org.
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