MS 1The time of year has once again come for the coordination of volunteers and donations for the Marion Stegmann fund.

What began as one woman's dream has now become a multi-community effort that annually provides food, toys and clothing to families in need during the holiday season. The Kinderhook Elks Lodge #2530 and the Ghent VFW post #5933 coordinate to make this annual drive a success every year. This cannot be done without involvement of the community!

The fund looks to those individuals, churches, business and civic organizations for its financial support and physical and personal involvment to "make it happen". The program has grown from helping 94 needy families back in 1986 to several hundred today.  Additionally we have been able to extend assistance to individuals in need and the area food pantries throughout the year.  Funds can be sent to:

The Marion Stegmann Fund
Po Box 514
Kinderhook, NY 12106

 Delivery Week Schedule

Food donations can bbe made to St Lukes on november 10 after 8am.

Goods donations may be dropped off at the lodge on Sunday mornings between 7-11am or at the town halls of Kinderhook, Valatie, Stuyvesant and Chatham.

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On Sunday, June 24th, nine new members were initiated into the Kinderhook Elks.

The Easter Bunny hopped into Kinderhook Village on Saturday. Kids signed up for the soft-toy raffle. Helpers from Kinderhook Elks dispensed candy and ice cream. (Thanks to Stewarts Shops for donating the ice cream every year!)

Officer Installation was followed by dinner and awards ceremony. PER Frank Masten prepared his famous meatloaf for dinner.

On Sunday, Kinderhook Elks initiated five new members. The ritual was performed by the PERs association. Thanks to State Trustee Steve Race and the PERs for an excellent job. Also thanks to Jim Yeager for filling in as Chaplin and John Deane as Organist. Thanks to Heather Samascott for organizing the refreshments.

On Tuesday evening, a free community dinner was served at St. Luke's by Kinderhook Elks' PERs association. 105 roast beef dinners were served in only 18 minutes.

Kinderhook Elks hosted Santa for breakfast on Christmas-Eve this year.

We honored our Veterans during the Wednesday, Nov. 8th dinner. All Veterans were welcome and ate free of charge. Esteemed Lecturing Knight Annie Leiser and her crew did an absolutely astounding job in serving over 110 roast beef dinners (and some USMC style SOS). On Veteran’s Day, members provided ice cream and popcorn to veterans at the Stratton VA in Albany.

On October 14th, the lodge held the Special Needs Prom. It was a wonderful event tens of kids having fun and experiencing a real prom. A special thanks to Linda Baker and her crew for once again organizing this event. In addition, the event was reported on WNYT-13 news.

The 62nd Annual New York State Elks Junior Golf Tournament was held at Orchard Creek golf course in Altamont, NY. The event was organized and hosted by Rotterdam Elks #2157.