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On Tour with Michael F. Smith


u GER Michael Smith and his wife, Sandra, visited Sault Ste. Marie, MICHIGAN, on the shores of Lake Superior, to attend the fall convention of the Michigan Elks Association. During their visit, the GER shared with the Michigan Elks his vision of an Elkdom in which Elks are Loud, Proud, and Visible in their charitable support of the community. Also during the convention, the first couple had the chance to meet one of the 2004 first-place Most Valuable Students, Stephanie (McDonald) Smith, who is now enrolled in a graduate program at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. Pictured are (from left) GER Smith, First Lady Sandra Smith, Brandon Smith (Stephanie’s husband), 2004 first-place Most Valuable Student Stephanie Smith, Michigan Elks Association Scholarship Committee Chairman Brad Saegesser, Michigan Elks Association First Lady Emily Bianco, and Michigan Elks Association President Thomas Bianco.


l GER Michael Smith and his wife, Sandra, visited Long Branch, NEW JERSEY, to attend the New Jersey State Elks Association’s fall conference. Before the opening of the conference, the first couple had a chance to see some of the work the New Jersey Elks do for children with special needs. They first toured Elks Camp Moore, the state major project, which provides a weeklong summer camp experience to children with special needs, and the next day, following breakfast at the Somerville Lodge, they visited the Passaic County Elks Cerebral Palsy Treatment Center, which provides people ranging in age from preschool to adulthood with therapeutic and educational programs. During their visit to the center, the first couple was warmly greeted by the students at the center’s elementary and high schools. The first couple is pictured at the center presenting Elks pins to former North District, New Jersey, Poster Child Nicholas Tremonte.


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