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hotels, or with friends. We work with local law enforcement and respond to crimes of child abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault. No other organization in Lake Havasu City is duplicating our work. I don’t know what we’d do without the Elks.” The Lake Havasu City Lodge also is a contributor to Hospice of Havasu. “We do not deny care to anyone based on their inability to pay,” says Hospice of Havasu Special Events and Dona- tion Coordinator Mary Lomberto, “and we are serving more and more people who do not have Medicare or any medical insurance. The Elks are amazing. In the past twelve years, they have donated $50,000 to us. We are so honored that they choose us every year.”


Gail Malay, superintendent of Lake


Havasu Unified School District, considers the Lake Havasu Lodge a true partner in education as well. “We live in a community with lots of early retirees,” she says. “When the school


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asks for money, we often hear people say ‘No thanks, I’ve raised kids.’ But the Elks say, ‘What can we do to help develop our youth with services and role modeling?’ We very much appreciate the Elks’ scholarships and their many other contributions.”


Proactive Leadership


It is important connections to the community like those established by the Lake


Havasu City Lodge, paired with exceptional leadership from lodge officers and committee chairmen, that have helped make the lodge the 2010–2011 All-American


l ER Tim Fairbank, shown here presiding over the lodge’s Memorial Service, believes that a healthy lodge has well-informed members.


T H E E L K S M A G A Z I N E


Lodge for Division 6 (lodges with 1,500 or more members). During the last decade, the Lake Havasu City Lodge has had astounding success in serving its community and has won the All- American Lodge Contest four times in a row, winning the award no fewer than six times overall in 2002–2003, 2003–2004, 2007–2008, 2008–2009, 2009–2010, and 2010–2011. Much of the lodge’s success in the All-American Lodge Contest and as a lodge in general can be attributed to proactive lodge leaders and enthusias- tic members. Lake Havasu City Lodge ER Tim Fairbank, a retired telecom- munications manager and US Army veteran, believes that a healthy lodge has well-informed members. “Right after I joined this lodge, I started attending PER meetings,” he says. “I wanted to find out how the lodge really worked. I learned that the lodge was successful because volunteers were treated with respect and the leaders showed their appreciation to


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u The Lake Havasu City Lodge has had astounding success, winning the All-American Lodge Contest no fewer than six times.


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