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The President's Messagejs
President James Standen



























Welcome to the Kansas Elks Association website.

The Kansas Elks Association (KEA) was formed in 1906.  It is one of 43 state associations under the umbrella of authority of the Benevolent and Protective order of Elks of the United States of America.  The Order of Elks is the oldest distinctively American fraternity.    There are 19 Elks Lodges in Kansas.  This 2021-2022 year’s Kansas theme is “Protecting Elkdom, Serving Communities”.

In accordance with the mission of the Order of Elks, the mission of the Kansas Elks is to inculcate the principles of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity, to recognize a belief in God, to serve the people and communities of Kansas through benevolent and charitable programs and to provide guidance to local Kansas Elks Lodges.  Kansas Elks invest in their communities and their citizens through both national and local Lodge programs.  These programs help children grow up healthy and drug free, meet the needs of Veterans, provide college scholarships, promote patriotism and support youth sports programs like the basketball penalty shot competition (Hoop Shoot) and the soccer penalty shot competition (Soccer

Kansas Elks and their Lodges have a strong record of support by giving to the Elks flagship charity, the Elks National Foundation, a 501(c)3 charity that funds many of the Elks programs.  This charitable foundation was started by the Elks almost 100 years ago.

Additionally, the Kansas Elks state flagship 501(c) charity is the Kansas Elks Training Center for the Handicapped (KETCH) which is located in Wichita.  Started in 1964, KETCH’s mission is to promote independence for persons with disabilities through innovative learning experiences that support individuals’ choices for working, living and playing in their community.  It currently serves hundreds of persons.  Over its life, KETCH has served tens of thousands of persons.

Thank you for visiting our website.  I encourage you to move throughout the website and see for yourself what our programs are about.  I further encourage you to go to the Elks national website at www.elks.org and apply for membership in our great Order and join our Kansas Elks team.

James D. (Jim) Standen
President 2021-2022   












































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