Mr. Jerry Wernicke of Chilliwack, British Columbia, the National Leader of the Elks of Canada will be visiting Prince Rupert Elks Lodge No. 342 on Wednesday, Februray 29, 2012, on their special meeting night.
The Elks of Canada and their affiliates, the Royal Purple, are a fraternal organization founded in Canada in the year 1912, and have a total membership approaching 20,000 members.
The organization is dedicated to working for the good and welfare of the community with priorities for the needs of children, senior citizens, and many others in need. They have provided playgrounds, children camps, senior citizen housing, and special equipment for hospitals and regional health units.
Special concern has been placed on the need for the early identification and rehabilitation of hearing impaired children. Funding is provided by their National Charity, the Elks & Royal Purple Fund for Children. Money from this Fund is also made available to provide assistance for the good and welfare of other children when finances are not available from other sources.
Since its inception, the Elks & Royal Purple Fund for Children has contributed over 15 million dollars throughout Canada in public awareness and special projects to bring about the early identification of the hearing impaired.