Congratulations Glenn Beck!

Glenn Beck

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All of us at Maristhill are happy to congratulate Glenn as he has recently been named Exalted Ruler, the highest member that governs an Elks lodge.

In this role, Mr. Beck’s responsibilities will include overseeing the lodge’s finances and serving as liaison to members when they have ideas to share or questions about lodge-related operations.

Pleased to accept the position, Mr. Beck sincerely expressed his gratitude by saying, “I thank you all… God bless our troops and first responders, and God Bless the U.S.A.!”

The Elks organization dates back to 1868, when it was founded by a man named Charles Algernon Sidney Vivian. Born in 1842, Vivian had been a comic and successful dancer in the London’s music halls before moving to New York in 1867.

His talent and magnetic personality quickly attracted the attention of actors and entertainers in New York, and he organized regular Sunday performance meetings for them when the city’s entertainment scene closed-down due to the Blue Laws that were common to that era. Just before Christmas in 1867, one of the members died unexpectedly, leaving a wife and children to live in poverty. The Jolly Corks, as they called themselves at the time, decided that in addition to good fellowship, they needed a more enduring mission to serve those in need.

So, they established the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) and elected Vivian to lead it. Its social activities and benefit performances increased the popularity of the new Order, and membership grew rapidly. Elks traveling to other cities spread the word, and soon there were requests for Elks lodges in other cities. Today, with approximately one million members, there are 1900 Elks Lodges across the United States, 62 of which are in Massachusetts.

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