Nancy Edge named vice president of Pan West Elks District
The Exalted Ruler of Elks Lodge 1348 said there is more to being a member of the Elks than just fun.
“You can take care of your benevolence, your charity and your social needs all at the same time, and it just makes you feel good,” said Nancy Edge, who was recently named the vice president of the Pan West Elks District, which represents nine lodges.
Edge will be sworn in as the vice president in June, and will first have to attend training. She will be auditing all of the district lodge’s books to “make sure they’re doing Elk work” once she takes office.
“There’s a number of things we have to do to maintain our charters,” she said. “A lot of people don’t know what Elks do, and think we’re just a bar.”
But she said there is a lot of work that Elks do for the community.
During her working hours, Edge is an inventory analyst for Stephen Joseph C. When her husband joined the Elks Lodge years ago, she joined its female counterpart, the Does. When the Elks opened for female membership, Edge decided to join in 1999.
While she has a good time with her fellow members, they also work together on two main projects, veterans and special needs children.
“Locally we do a number of things,” said Edge. She said Elks Lodge 1348 have “adopted” the Big Spring Veterans Hospital, and also hosts a dinner for veterans each year.
For children with special needs, the Elks work to get children into summer camp at Palmetto State Park in Ottine.
Last year, Edge said local Elks gave away $14,000 to families of children with special needs.
“We had seven or eight families we supported last year in one way or another,” she said.
Edge said she graduated from Slaton High School and later attended South Plains College. She said her main hobby is Elks, but she also enjoys spending time with her four grandchildren ages 9 months to 14 years.
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