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Havre Elks lodge donates to Bear Paw Volunteer Fire Department


November 17, 2017

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Havre Elks Lodge #1201 Leading Knight Matt Kretchmer, Loyal Knight Robert Kurtz, Exalted Ruler Kyle Leeds, Bear Paw Volunteer Fire Department Chief Josh Bebee and Elks member Jon Hovet pose for a photograph as Kurtz hands Bebee a check for $338, which the Elks Lodge raised for the fire department through a cribbage tournament.

Press release

Havre Elks Lodge #1201 raised $338 for the Bear Paw Volunteer Fire Department hosting a cribbage tournament Nov. 11 at the lodge in Havre.

"When the East Fork Fire hit Hill County earlier this summer, we as Elks knew we needed to support our volunteer fire departments," Exalted Ruler Kyle Leeds said. "The Bear Paw Volunteer Fire Department was one of the first area departments on the scene of the East Fork Fire, and we are happy to make this donation to replenish some of the funds they utilized in fighting the East Fork Fire."

One of the pillars of the Elks as an organization is giving back to the community.

"We had many members from Havre Elks Lodge #1201 assisting in fighting the fire, and behind the scenes helping with food for the fire fighters," Leeds said. "Havre Elks Lodge appreciates the demanding work and dedication of all the volunteer firefighters during the East Fork Fire, and we hope this $338 donation will help the Bear Paw Volunteer Fire Department the next time a fire of this magnitude strikes north-nentral Montana. We as Elks hope that day never comes, and the Bear Paw Volunteer Fire Department can utilize these funds in other positive ways."

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is the largest charitable and patriotic organization in America. The Elks works to assist with veterans, communities, and the youth of the communities the organization's lodges are located in. Locally, Havre Lodge #1201 has 175 members and is always looking for new members. People can find out more about the Elks organization by visiting http://www.elks.org and learn more about the local lodge.


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