This is what WE accomplished this lodge year.  This is a reason to be an Elk.  This is what Americans do!  My thanks to all who contributed.  Stew

Plymouth Lodge Veterans report


                    Vets Elks Hours

Apr             562   55      256    Ice Cream, POW, Homeless, Steak luncheon

May            694    69      184    VAVS meeting, POW, Horse races, ReCreation, Ice cream, 2Kwalk.

June            744    69      148    Ice Cream, Horse, carnival, Picnic, POW, Homeless.

July             925    42      212    Horse, 6 events Golden Age games.

August        401    19      68     Horse, Ice Cream

September462    43      124    Horse, POW, Ice Cream, Baby Shower, Homeless, Donation

October       352    22      74      Horse, POW, Ice Cream

November   946    112    247    Horse, Ice Cream, POW, Vet Day, Vet cards, Steak, homeless donation.

December   1,069 58      106    Horse, POW, Vet cards, Baby Shower, Christmas Gifts.

January         39720      68     Horse, POW, Ice Cream

February     501   27      101    Horse, POW, Ice Cream, Sparty, Valentines, Super Bowl.

March         616   44     183    Horse, POW, Ice Cream, Job fair, St Pat card

Totals       7,779   580   1,771                             

Serving Detroit, Ann Arbor and Battle Creek VA hospitals, Piquette Square, Michigan Veterans Foundation and the VA Domiciliary homeless shelters.

The Veteran committee is proud to have touched the lives of 7,779 hospitalized and homeless veterans this lodge year - when they need it most.

Stew Israel – Veteran Chairman, 734-455-4567, 734-718-2052 or



Because of privacy laws, we will not be publishing names of Adopted Veterans.  If you would like to continue or start sending cards to these veterans you may do so by getting their names and addresses from me by email or letter.  This would put you on the Lodge Adopt A Vet committee.                     Anyone may belong. 

Your suggested duties would be any of the following:

Send them a card on their birthday

Send them a card on holidays

Send a letter, note or post card at any time.

Give them gifts on holidays or birthdays Visits would be possible during our hospital activities

Stew Israel, Chairman,

Adopt--A-Veteran, or Call 734.455.456

Remember…... So long as there are veterans, The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them


We are collecting good, clean, used clothing for the Homeless Veterans shelter in the Cass corridor area of Detroit.  The Veterans shelter accepts clothing for men, especially Blue Jeans, and tennis shoes. Please mark your items VETS or men – a scotch taped note on the bag.    These places do not have room to store items so please make sure the items fit the season (Winter). They also need linens, sheets, towels, blankets, toiletries, and other comfort items (shampoo, soap, deodorant etc.).  Other items they would like to receive:  Computers, monitors, printers, musical instruments, arts and craft supplies, We are also supporting a Veteran Shelter that has 150 apartments as transitional housing. They need household items (pots pans, plates etc.  They can also use sports equipment, luggage, sports bags, video games and equipment, and exercise equipment.  All items may be left in the coatroom.

Thank You - Stew Israel 455-4567

MVF Thrift Store

The Michigan Veterans Foundation homeless shelter has a Thrift Store/Donation Center located at the corner of Warren and Inkster.  If you want to get a receipt for your donation take it directly to the Thrift Store location.  If not continue to leave them in the Coat Room.  Please try and patronize the thrift store.  They are trying to become more self sufficient.


MVF Thrift Store/Donation center

27329 W. Warren St

Dearborn Heights, Mi. 48127



We are collecting Good, Clean used clothing for The Coalition On Temporary Shelters.  This is a program for homeless people in the   Cass corridor area of Detroit.  C.O.T.S. accepts clothing for men, women, and Children.    These places do not have room to store items so please make sure the items fit the season (Winter).  Please mark your items COTS or women – a scotch taped note on the bag.

Thank You – Stew Israel

American Casket Flags wanted

We are collecting any casket flags that were given to the families of Veterans.  We will donate them to the Great Lakes National Cemetery to be flown at the entrance to the Cemetery.  If you have a flag and it is not being displayed or kept as a sacred memento we can see that it is put to good use in the avenue of flags at the entrance of the National cemetery.  You can leave it at the lodge.

Thank You.  Stew Israel