The Improved Benevolent & Protective Order of the Elks of the World (IBPOEW) meeting in New Orleans

Camille Whitworth

It didn’t take long for members of the Improved Benevolent & Protective Order of the Elks of the World to make their impact on New Orleans. !

The group of more than 2000, led by Grand Exalted Ruler Leonard J. Polk Jr., Esq. and Grand Daughter Ruler Margaret D. Scott, gave back to the Crescent City during their annual convention.

The organization was in town August 2nd through August 8th. While in town they got straight to the work of making a difference. During the grand opening ceremonies, Mayor Latoya Cantrell was given the “Grand Exalted Ruler’s Award of Prominence” for her contributions to the city. Also, State Representative Joseph Bouie, District 97 was honored with Elijah P. Lovejoy Award during the Civil Liberties luncheon. Rep. Bouie said, “I offer my humble appreciation to this historic organization for this honor!”

In addition to giving local leaders special recognition, the IBPOEW visited the senior center Tuesday for a great lunch, bingo and hours of fellowship.

About 100 members spent the afternoon enjoying the local seniors and making new friends.

That’s not all!

Also while in town, members gave contributions to cancer organizations, the Light house for the Blind, they provided financial assistance to a family crisis organization, worked with local agencies to help feed the homeless. There was an oratorical contest held which awarded a deserving student a $10,000 scholarship. The Temptations wowed the crowd with their familiar tunes during a concert at the Hilton Riverside Hotel!

This years, convention was chaired by Louisiana State President Rev. Ellsworth Harris, Jr., and co-chaired by Senator Diana Bajoie.!

The IBPOEW held their 120th Grand Lodge and 116th Grand Temple International Convention in New Orleans, all activities taking place at the Hilton Riverside Hotel.

This is one of the largest African-American fraternal organizations in the world. The group is dedicated to providing financial, spiritual and emotional aid to the New Orleans community.!

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