Patriotism has characterized the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America since the early days of the organization. Allegiance to the flag of our country is a requirement of every member.

On Sunday afternoon, we initiated seven new members into the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. After the ritual, refreshments and snacks were served upstairs in the lounge.

Members of Kinderhook Elks Lodge marched in the Kinderhook Memorial Day Parade. This year, the parade marched along Route 9 from just past the Carolina House into the Kinderhook Village Square. The parade was led by the American Legion and the Ichabod Crane Band.

On Saturday, May 7th, Kinderhook Elks hosted a homecoming reception to honor State Vice President John R. Piddock.

At the start of the event, member Jim Yager delivered the invocation and the pledge of allegiance was led by Tom Miglio. Guests were welcomed by Past District Deputy Leo Buell and visiting dignitaries were introduced by Past District Deputy Steve Race.

May is National Youth Month within the Elks, so, to celebrate their recent NY state basketball win, Kinderhook Elks invited Ichabod Crane boys basketball team, their families, and coaches to a celebratory dinner at the Lodge. Members of the Valatie town board were there to read a proclamation. Coach Will Ferguson cut the cake.

Kinderhook Elks hosted the Easter Bunny in the Kinderhook Village Square on Saturday. In addition to meeting the Easter Bunny, kids were treated to candy, ice cream (generously donated by Stewarts) and free entry into a raffle for one of three plush bunnies.

The Easter Bunny joined us for breakfast. This is a popular, annual event that fills the breakfast dining room with families. Kids have their photo taken with the bunny, who then hands out small bags of candy.

An Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held on Sunday April 3rd for Sean NeJaime of Kinderhook Troop 113.

On Sunday, March 27th, the new officers for the 2022-23 year were installed by PERs. After the ceremony, awards were presented.

On Sunday, March 10th, a district-wide initiation ritual was performed at the Kinderhook Elks lodge. Five new members were initiated into the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. The ritual was performed from memory by officers of Kinderhook Lodge, joined by PSVP Deb Minners from Hudson Lodge #787, who stood in as Esquire.

On Tuesday evening, a free community dinner was served at St. Luke's by Kinderhook Elks' PERs association.

On Sunday, February 10th, members of the PERs Association initiated six new members into the Kinderhook Elks.

On Sunday, November 11th, three new members were initiated during the Kinderhook Elks visitation. After the ritual guests were served a roast beef dinner.

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 Chaplain 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.