South Carolina State Elks Association
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Summerville Lodge - Passing of John Polzin.

We are sad to report the loss of Summerville member John Polzin. John is the father of Tim Polzin, PDDGER. Please keep Tim, Tammi and the family in your thoughts and prayers. An Elks Memorial Service will be held in the Summerville Lodge Room on Sunday, August 11th at 2:00 PM. Light refreshments will follow.








There will be a Financial Reporting System (FRS) training session held at the Summer Convention on Friday, September 6th at 2:00 pm. If you are going to be responsible for submitting your lodges data to the FRS please attend. All who are interested in knowing more about the FRS are welcome to attend. Look on the convention schedule to find the location of the training session.



The Financial Reporting System has gone live as of 08/03/19. Instructions and guidance can be found at under audit committee section. The first step is to do the needed mapping of your lodges general ledger account numbers to the Grand Lodge uniform chart of account numbers. Going forward from there will be the submission of the budget data and then submission of the monthly activity.

At the August DDGER Clinics there will be seminars on haw to do each of the steps and questions will be answered. One item which is of vital importance is that the lodge personnel who is going to responsible for submission of the data must have had their name, phone number and email address submitted to me through the DDGER. The data submission will be done by email and the vendor will verify the submission as coming from a registered email address.

I am attaching some written instructions on how to produce the data submission using QuickBooks. Those using other financial systems will probably need to talk with my self about producing the needed data files.

All questions maybe directed to me (see contact information below). Use preferably email because we both have a written record of the question and answer.

Creating the Maping File

Creating the Budget File

Creating the Actual File



Jack Frost will act as the State Financial Reporting System Coordinator. Please direct all questions to him at his email address or to his office phone. Preferably use email as there are sure to be numerous questions as the process begins. Please click the following link and supply the standard password for contact email address and phone number.


The new version of the Auditing & Accounting Manual should be posted on this week. With it we can begin the implementation of the Financial Reporting System (FRS). Each lodge should have received an email from me with some description and instructions regarding the FRS. Look for more announcement from the Grand Lodge including videos and more instructions. Stay tuned changes will come quickly.
(Below is a Q & A document. More to come.)

FRS Questions & Answers PDF (7-23-19)  







I wish to thank all of the South Carolina Elks Lodges, and Elks who sent me get well wishes over the past couple of weeks. They are truly appreciated. I am doing as well as can be expected. Cannot put any weight on the one leg so am limited to "hopping" along with a walker or riding in a wheel chair. The doctors say that it will be three months before we talk about surgery to replace the hip. Until then I am very limited in my travels.

Again, Sharon and I thank you for your thoughts and prayers and I will keep you updated as we go forward.

Jack Frost







Several of our members reported receiving an email from a former SCEA State President that appeared to be legitimate but was asking to send funds in the form of gift cards. It has been confirmed that this is Not a Legitimate email. If any email asks you to send gift cards, it is most likely a scam. We all must be vigilant when it comes to internet and email security. It is recommended by security professionals not to click on links or attachements provided in unsolicited or unexpected emails. They may also request personal information such as account numbers or passwords. The email may appear to be from a company you do business with, such as your financial institution. It is better to login directly to the website or call for confirmation.






2019 SCEA SUMMER CONVENTION, September 5th - 8th, 2019

Double Tree Resort by Hilton, Myrtle Beach, SC - Reserve your room before August, 19th


Hotel Reservation Cut-off Date August,19 Fast Approching  


Convention Information  


Convention Registration Form  


Convention Hospitality Room Flyer - Bigger than Ever!  






The 155th Grand Lodge Session was held in St. Louis MO. The new GER for our order Robert L. Duitsman was elected during the convention. We will post more information and photos to our album as availalbe. You can visit for resolution voting results, daily convention newsletters and more.

Photos are now loaded in the 2019 Photo Album on the Resources tab.





2019-20 Grand Exalted Ruler -- Robert L. Duitsman

Robert L. Duitsman was installed as the Grand Exalted Ruler of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks at the Grand Lodge Convention in Saint Louis, MO in July, 2019.

Grand Exalted Ruler Biography. (PDF)

GER Contact Information

Robert L. Duitsman
P.O. Box 5159
Torrance, CA 90503-5159/br> Phone: (310) 534-2012












As a reminder, please sumbit your nominations for Elks of The Year and ER of The Year to Kenny Martin no later than July 1st. The nominations are for deserving individuals for the preceeding 2018-19 Elk Year. Nomination information can be found on the Resources tab.






Being inducted into the Elks Hall of Fame is a great honor. The link below gives you information on the steps to submitting a nomination for the Hall of Fame.


Information on submitting nominations for the SCEA Elks Hall of Fame





2019-20 GRANT INFORMATION & MORE, from Margaret Miller, SC Grants Coordinator

Below is a Power Point presentation - Highlights of 2019-20 Grants. Check it out and get updated on the changes for the new grant year.


Highlights of 2019-20 Grants


Several of us went on the 2019 Elks Cruise along with 218 Elks from around the country. We had a ball! The Lodge with the most Cruisers can win up to $10,000 for charity. Great fund raiser. Click on flyer below for more details.


Elks Cruise 2 (March 2020)






As a reminder all lodges must use the Grand Lodge Chart of Accounts as posted in this manual starting with the 2019-2020 lodge year. Additional account numbers may be added as sub numbers to the accounts listed, for example; 30100 is "Member Dues." You could add 30100-01 as "Regular Member Dues," 30100-02 as "Life Member Dues," and 30100-03 as "Associate Member Dues." The only restriction on sub-accounts is that the first five (5) digits must be one of the standard set of accounts.

If you are not already using the Grand Lodge Chart of Accounts you should begin your conversion process now in order to be ready for April one. All reports, budgets, P&Ls must use the Chart of Accounts as listed in the new revision of the Auditing & Accounting Manual.

PGER Arthur "Jack" Frost






2019 South Carolina PER CONVENTION, April 26-28, 2019 - in Florence

Event photos are now on-line. Visit the 2019 Photo Album on the Resources page.







The Southeast regional contest was held in Valdosta, GA on Saturday, March 16th, at the Valdosta State University. Riley Minton of the Florence Lodge won the 8-9 year old boys division and will compete in Chicago, IL in April.


SC Hoop Shoot Winners at Southeast Regional Contest

Riley Minton of Florence goes to Chicago for 8-9 Boys Division

Visit the photo album for Reginal Hoop Shoot pictures.






Officer Training was held in the Sumter Lodge on Saturday, March 9th. Below are presentations and resources from the training.


Presentations from State Sponsor Jack Frost

2019 Auditing & Accounting Changes  

Procedure for Annual Corp Management  

Sexual Harassment Quiz  





2019 SCEA STATE HOOP SHOOT CONTEST, February 24, 2019

The state contest was held in Columbia, SC on Saturday, Feb 24, at the Jewish Community Center. We have 6 State Winners who will compete in the Regional contest in Valdosta, GA on March 16th.


Visit the photo album for Hoop Shoot pictures.





2019 SCEA WINTER CONVENTION, January 30th - February 3rd, 2019

Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach, SC


Revision of Resolutions 2019-1,-2,-3 (PDF)


Revision of Resolutions 2019-1,-2,-3 (DOC)






SC dominated the competition at regionals bringing home 5 of 10 first place, 4 of 10 second place and 1 third place.

Visit the photo album for Soccer Shoot pictures.


2018-19 SC Elks Soccer Shoot Regional Winners.

Front row: L-R 3rd Place Dakota Walton U-10B (Walterboro), 1st Place Michael Garnsey U-8B (Walterboro), 1st Place Jayden Hollander U-8G (Greenville), 2nd Place Will Parker U-12B (Greenville), 2nd Place Paytlen Horne U10G (Greenville)

Back row: L-R SCEA President Vince Whetsell, 1st Place Ansley Garnsey U-12G (Walterboro), SCEA State Soccer Chairman Tim Anderson, 2nd Place Peyton Long U14G (Little River), 1st Place Alex Testa U-14B (Little River), 2nd Place Dylan Palumbo U-16B (Sumter), 1st Place Katie Mossell U16G (Sumter)

The balance of the kids competing in Florida is as follows:
Georgia had 2- 1st place, 1- 2nd place and 4- 3rd place winners.
Florida had 3- 1st place, 5- 2nd place and 2- 3rd place winners





Each lodge should have received the Hoop Shoot Package in August. Local Contests should be completed no later than the weekend of January 23-27, 2019. Please see the schedule below for the 2019 SC Elks Hoop Shoot.


SC Elks Hoop Shoot Schedule






Please see the schedule below for the 2018-19 SC Elks Soccer Shoot. Plan your Lodge shoots accordingly.


SC Elks Soccer Shoot Schedule


2018-19 SC Elks Soccer State Winners.
These are the kids that will be representing South Carolina Elks in the Regional Soccer Shoot in Umatilla FL.

Back row from L to R:U16-G Katie Mossell-Sumter, Tim Anderson-SCEA State Soccer Chair, U16-B Dylan Palumbo-Sumter, U14-G Peyton Long-Little River, U12G Ansley Garnsey-Walterboro, U14B Alex Testa-N. Myrtle Beach, and U10-B Dakota Walton-Walterboro.

Front row from L to R: U10-G Paytlen Horne-Greenville, U12-B Will Parker-Greenville, U8-G Jayden Hollander-Greenville, U8-B Michael Garnsey-Walterboro.





It is our hope and prayer that our lodges, members and families survived the devastation of Hurricane Florence unharmed. If your lodge members sustained damage and are in need of assistance, please contact state secretary Tim Boyette. Click here for contact information
It is clear that our neighbors in North Carolina bore the brunt of Florence's furry. Please continue to keep them and others in your thoughts and prayers.


We have also been contacted by other State Associations offering their prayers and support during this disaster and recovery.





SC Elks Association awards $40,000 to Alzheimer's Association

(Columbia, SC) - On Thursday, August 16th, 2018, South Carolina Elks Association presented $40,000 to the Alzheimer's Association South Carolina Chapter to help support family caregivers who are caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia. The SC Elks have supported the cause of Alzheimer's caregivers for the last twenty years, raising funds through their lodges across the state through their State Major Project.


Read complete press release here


Left-Right: Fred Thompson SCEA President-Elect and Committee Member, Tim Bussey member Charleston Lodge, Jennie Marie Sirisky Member Charleston Lodge, Dianne Thompson Member Murrells Inlet Lodge, Jody Patterson Co-Chair SCEA State Major Project, Chuck Kormelink Past State President, Bill Borchert Chairman of The Board SCEA, Vince Whetsell SCEA President, Ed Bennett VP North East, Margie Sirisky Committee member, Robert Merck Chairman SCEA State Major Project, Linda Merck Member Seneca Elks Lodge, Sam Wiley VP South Carolina Alzheimers Association.




2018 SCEA SUMMER CONVENTION, September 6th - 9th, 2018

Ocean Drive Beach and Golf Resort, North Myrtle Beach, SC


Convention Photos Now Available in 2018 Photo Album





South Carolina Elks 2018 State and National Scholarship Winners

National Winners

Nicolas Jean-Gilles Union No. 1321
Sasha Audier-Johnson Charleston No. 242
Jaan Nandwani Myrtle Beach No. 1771


State Winners



Charles Grafe Georgetown/Pawleys Island No. 900
Ryan Gladden Rock Hill No. 1318
Wilson Spearman Fort Mill No. 2859
Parth Patel Orangeburg No. 897
Oluwatobi Ariyo Sumter No. 855
Rick Kakanou Orangeburg No. 897
Parker Wisler Myrtle Beach No. 1771
George Rateb Fort Mill No. 2859
Ryan Krese Sumter No. 855
Christopher Attias Georgetown/Pawleys Island No. 900
Austin Catoe Rock Hill No. 1318
Jacob Boyce Anderson No. 1206
Aaron Sauve Anderson No. 1206
Kevin Sheppard Union No. 1321
Noah Matricciani Greenville No. 858




Emily Harvey Gaffney No. 1305
Avery Morrell Fort Mill No. 2859
Taylor Broadwell Anderson No. 1206
Evelyn Bi Mount Pleasant No. 2867
Isabella Neubauer Georgetown/Pawleys Island No. 900
Vinita Cheepurupalli Sumter No. 855
Maryann Lovern Rock Hill No. 1318
Morgan McManus Florence No. 1020
Emily Port Georgetown/Pawleys Island No. 900
Sara Eudy Myrtle Beach No. 1771
Gabrielle Johnson-Davis Little River No. 2840
Emma Moore Gaffney No. 1305
Muskan Bhadauria Fort Mill No. 2859
Anni Crook Walterboro No. 1988
Antonia Craig Greenville No. 858
Makayla Smith Walterboro No. 1988





2018 South Carolina National Hoop Shoot Champion Luke Sides of Gaffney Lodge #1305
Luke won the National Hoop Shoot in Chicago on Saturday, April 21, 2018 for boys ages 12-13 with a score of 24 of 25 and 10 of 10 in double tie breakers. Contratulations Luke!


National Hoop Shoot Champions Press Release

Luke Sides - Hoop Shoot Champion Press Release


Luke Sides Hoop Shoot Trading Card     Luke with National Champion Trophy


Luke with his parents and SC Hoop Shoot Director Allen Gotbeter





Thank you to all that participated in the survey!


SCEA 2018 Winter Convention Survey Results




2018 Hoop Shoot Regional Contest - Held on March 17, 2018 in Valdosta, Ga.


SC State 1st Place Winners competed in Regional Contest


Luke Sides of Gaffney Lodge 1305 won and will compete at Nationals in Chicago


Visit the 2018 Photo Album on the Resorces Page to view more photos of the event.



2018 SC State Hoop Shoot Results
8-9 Year Olds 10-11 Year Olds 12-13 Year Olds
1stLauren MathisGaffney 1stNiya DouglasGaffney 1stJordan ImburgiaMt. Pleasant
2ndAmari GambleFlorence 2ndJasmyn JenkinsGeorgetown 2ndAutumn WeaverGreenville
3rdNone 3rdLisa Van De ErveCharleston3rdAmari JenkinsGeorgetown
PlaceNameLodge PlaceNameLodgePlaceNameLodge
1stMalik RobinsonFlorence 1stCarter EddyLittle River 1stLuke SidesGaffney
2ndSamuel RossPendleton 2ndHeisha ThompsonGaffney 2ndCarter GillespieMt. Pleasant
3rdBurket YaunMt. Pleasant3rdJordan GrantOrangeburg 3rdJoshua PerezLittle River





2018 SCEA Elks Leadership Training Resorces - From March 10, 2018

Below are download links to PowerPoint Presentations from the training session along with the applications for the President's Volunteer and Youth Volunteer Service Awards.



Congratulations 2018

Gonna-B-ER Planner

Membership Presentation

ENF State Training

ENF Grants

Annual Audit Report



President's Service Awards

President's Volunteer Service Award

President's Youth Volunteer Service Award




Skip McDole
SC State Association Secretary, Past State President and so much more... passed away unexpectedly Sunday, February 11, 2018.  Words cannot begin to express how much Skip, our dear friend and brother, will be missed.

Jul 1944 - Feb 2018




  2017-18 Elks Regional Soccer Shoot Winners, Valdosta, GA January 21st, 2018

Front row L-R: U-8G Breanna Goss-GA, U-10G Raniyah Ellis-GA, U-12G Peyton Long-little River SC, U-14G Erika Guzman-GA, U-16G Ariana Guzman-GA, U-8B Jackson Sprehe-FL, U-10B Luis Perez-GA, U-12B Dennis Domingo-GA, U-14B Arav Patel-Greenville SC, U-16B Jarrett Davis-Greenville SC.

Back row L-R: J'Tem Bush-SCEA West District Soccer Chairman, Junior Roberson-GA State Soccer Chairman, Ron Locke-FL State Soccer Chairman, Tim Anderson SCEA State Soccer Chairman.




  2018 South Carolina Ritual High Points Award - Mary Ellen Graves

Mary Ellen Graves, Loyal Knight of the Greenville Lodge





Thank you to all that participated in the survey!


SCEA 2018 Winter Convention Survey




2018 South Carolina State Ritual Team scores 98.2850




  2017 South Carolina Ritual High Points Award - Mary Ellen Graves

Mary Ellen Graves, Loyal Knight of the Greenville Lodge



  2018 South Carolina Officers



    2018 South Carolina Enrique Camarena Award



    2018 Soccer Shoot State Contest Winners


U-8G Anna Ellison Catoe Sumter Lodge

U-10G Sienna Reim Greenville Lodge

U-12G Peyton Long Little River Lodge

U-12B Alex Miller Mt Pleasant Lodge

U-14G Carly Callahan Greenville Lodge

U-14B Arav Patel Greenville Lodge

U-16B Jarret Davis Greenville Lodge

U-16G Katie Mossell Sumter Lodge