BROKEN BOW–Every year the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks designate one week in May as Youth Week. According to a press release from Nancy Sedlacek, officers from Broken Bow Elks Lodge 1688 gathered with Mayor Rod Sonnichsen for the signing of the Elks Youth Week Proclamation.
The Proclamation signing is a visual way for the public to be made aware of all that the Elks are involved in for youth.
“The Elks, throughout the nation, host many events involving children of all ages. The positive influence and role models from our Elks members for local youth is the ultimate goal,” Sedlacek said.
The Broken Bow Elks sponsor the Custer County Fair Teen Dance, conduct a local Elks Hoop Shoot and Soccer Fun Day, support local and national Drug Awareness, provide Kids on the Block puppeteers for schools and groups, supply backpacks with new clothing and shoes for kids needing them, host a Halloween party, have Santa visit the Lodge in December, and award over $4,500.00 in scholarships to local recipients.
Those who attended the proclamation signing included youth Evan and Noah Sughayar, Nancy Sedlacek, Broken Bow Mayor Rod Sonnichsen, Exalted Ruler Abdul Sughayar, Stan Sedlacek, Leonard McKenney, Terry Glaze, Gary Wright, Becky Loy, and Paul Loy. These officers chair and lead most of the youth involvement within the Broken Bow Elks Lodge.