President Bush’s Welcoming Message, 1992 Grand Lodge Convention

Upon the passing of President Bush, we recall his message to the 1992 Grand Lodge Convention 

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President Bush’s Welcoming Message, 1992 Grand Lodge Convention

Welcoming Message from President Bush to the Delegates at the 1992 National Convention in Dallas, Texas:

Though Barbara and I can’t be with you in Dallas on this wonderful occasion, it gives me great pleasure to address the Elks for your annual Grand Lodge Convention.

Earlier this year, Ted Hess, your Grand Exalted Ruler, came to the White House and told me about some of the terrific things the Elks are doing: sponsoring Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, providing scholarships, and advancing the cause of volunteerism in more than 2,000 communities in every part of this great nation—promoting pride in America. You give your time and money to make sure that our young people get a chance to develop their skills and talents.

You know, at a time when it seems everyone is talking about America’s problems, the Elks offer solutions. You are investing in this country’s strongest asset—our kids.

You were among the first groups to realize the seriousness of the drug problem in this country. You have donated money—and too many volunteer hours to count—to the Elks Drug Awareness Program, rallying your communities in this effort. You’ve given support to local law enforcement personnel, high school counselors, and teachers. You do more than just talk to kids about the dangers of drugs; you offer them a wide range of athletic programs and alternative activities—better ways to spend their time.

You also remember those children who need extra special care. You help treat the disabled. You provide therapists and nurses; you raise money for hospitals and rehabilitation clinics; you go the extra mile.

For that, I thank you on behalf of all Americans.

I also want to put in a special word of thanks for your volunteer help on behalf of our veterans. In 1919, your group took a pledge—and you put it in writing: “So long as there are veterans in our hospitals, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them.”

You’ve kept that promise. Last year, you logged almost a quarter-million hours of volunteer time in VA hospitals. You also took special note of the men and women who were wounded in Desert Storm with a donation to the Chaplain’s Emergency Fund of the military hospitals. You provided comfort for many families and loved ones who had no place else to turn.

I salute you for continuing a proud tradition of service to our nation, for being points of light in your communities every day.

Have a great convention, and keep up the good work.

May God bless you all.

 

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