Millard C. Pickering of Sapulpa, Okla., the national leader of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, will visit the Nevada State Elks Association and Ely Elks Lodge 1469 on Nov. 14-17.
Grand Exalted Ruler Pickering, the highest-ranking officer of the 800,000 member organization, is coming to Ely to attend the annual Mid-Term meeting of the Nevada State Elks Association in Ely. His trip will include the State Major Project luncheon and a banquet at the Bristlecone Convention Center, where he will be the principal speaker.
Also attending the NSEA Mid-Term meeting will be Past Grand Exalted Ruler Louis J. Grillo, the state sponsor for the Nevada State Elks Association.
Pickering is a 37-year member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Pickering and devoted wife, Susanne, a Collegiate Academic Counselor of many years, have been married since 1989, are members of the Church of St. Mary in Tulsa, Okla., where Millard is a charter member of the local Knights of Columbus Council.
They are proud Godparents to two nieces and a nephew.
Pickering holds a Baccalaureate Degree from the College of the Ozarks and a Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Tulsa, where he was a member of Phi Delta Phi Honor Fraternity.
During the NSEA Mid-Term meeting, Pickering will be honored at a banquet on Nov. 16 at the Bristlecone Convention Center, of which he will be the principal speaker.
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks annually contribute more than $200 million in philanthropic programs, are best noted for their work with youth and veterans. The Order annually awards more than $3 million in scholarships and sponsors a drug awareness program, the “Hoop Shoot” free throw contest and programs such as Scouting,
Little League, youth football and soccer shoots. The Nevada State Elks Association sponsors “Project Safe Haven”, which is the State Association’s major charitable project and provides safe haven homes for battered and abused children in Nevada. Working with the Division of Child and Family Services, the NSEA generated more than $70,000 last year for battered and abused children in the State of Nevada.
Also attending the NSEA Mid-Term meeting are Grand Esteemed Loyal Knight Sim Nathan and wife Marian, Grand Trustee Hugh Scanlon and wife Dale, Utah Elks Association President Judy Smith and husband R.C. Smith, Area 7 Auditing & Accounting Chairman Donald Schultz and wife Shirley. They will be joined by NSEA State President Dee Boskie and NSEA First Lady Cheri, President-Elect Lee Butts and wife Ruth, Vice-President Kenneth Catlin, Jr. and wife Sue and Special Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler Jim Shirkey and wife Pamela.