Louisiana Elks Association, Inc.
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks


Grand Lodge Officers

2018-19

GRAND EXALTED RULER

Michael T. Luhr

Michael T. Luhr, Grand Exalted Ruler

Michael T. Luhr was born in Petersburg, Alaska, on August 22 to Donald H. Luhr and Beulah E. (Reid) Luhr. Michael has one brother, Robert, and two sisters, Donna and Joyce. He attended elementary and high school in Petersburg, graduating in 1974.

Michael started his working career at the age of 9. He served as a janitor at a Ben Franklin store for two years, shelved boxes at a grocery store for two years, and worked at a fish cannery for another year. Through a school work program at the age of 15, Michael worked at a machine shop during the summers until graduation.

Upon graduating from high school, Mike worked with a logging company, a mining company, and a road construction company. In 1980, he purchased the floating machine shop where he worked as a teenager, becoming the fourth owner of the business.

In June of 1984, Michael met his wife Barbara (Barb) at the local daycare facility where their respective children were enrolled. Mike and Barb had their first child, Bradee, in 1989, and were married on January 8, 1991. Together they have four children, Sabrina, Francis IV (John), Justin, and Bradee, and five grandchildren.

Also in 1984, Barb joined Michael to operate the machine shop. They worked together as sole proprietors until 2011, when a group of fishermen approached them with an offer they could not refuse. With the support of 25 local fishermen, Mike and Barb bought the shipyard in Petersburg which had closed the previous year. Today, the business employs 17 people and provides a full-service ship store with vessel haulout, engine service, and machine shop facilities.

Michael was proposed and initiated into Petersburg Lodge No. 1615 in November 1977 by his father, Exalted Ruler Donald, along with ten of his lifelong school friends.

He served as a Trustee from 1990 to 1998 and was appointed as Esquire in 1998. He continued through the Chairs and was named Exalted Ruler in 2001–2002 and 2002–2003. He was elected to the Trustees again, serving from 2003 to 2008. He has served as the Lodge Treasurer since 2008.

Michael began his service at the State level in 2004 when he was elected as Trustee. He was elected and served as President of the Alaska State Elks Association in 2009-2010 and continues to serve as Chair of the ASEA’s Charitable Trust Fund, Advisory Committee Chair, and on the Lodge Development Board.

At the Grand Lodge level, Michael was appointed District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler of Alaska’s East District in 2005-2006, 2007- 2008, and 2008-2009. He was appointed to the G/L-Lodge Activities/State Associations Committee from 2010-2012. He was appointed as Special Representative to the Alaska East District in 2011, serving through December 2017.

In 2012, Michael was elected to represent Area 8 on the Board of Grand Trustees, serving as Building Applications–West Member in 2012- 2013, as Secretary of the Board from 2013- 2015, and Vice Chairman in 2015-2016. He was appointed as Special Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler for the State of Alaska from 2016 to the present. At the G/L Convention in Reno, Michael was elected and installed as Grand Esteemed Leading Knight and served in that capacity for the 2017-2018 fraternal year.

On a personal level, Mike was very active in baseball growing up and is in the Little League Hall of Fame. He coached women’s softball and Little League for many years until the Elks became his passion. Children John and Bradee, as well as son-in-law Adam, are all Members of the Elks and were initiated by Michael.


Michael T. Luhr was installed on July 4, 2018 as the Grand Exalted Ruler of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks for the year 2018-19, at the Grand Lodge Convention in San Antonio, TX.


I am gratified and humbled to have been chosen as the National President of an organization that does so much for communities all across this great land. The hard work of every Local Lodge Member is what makes our charitable work possible, which is why I chose the theme “Working Together to Make a Difference” for this exciting new Elks year.

As Elks, we are all working toward a common goal, whether it be Lodge Members giving back to their communities, strengthening a charitable organization through a State Association’s Major Project, or enriching a life because of a Grand Lodge Program. These are the ways we truly make a difference in people’s lives.

This year, I have set the ENF donation goal at $4.75 per Member. I encourage everyone to donate. When you give back to the ENF, Lodges throughout the country are able to take advantage of the numerous charitable opportunities it provides. The difference your Lodge can make in your community is more than doubled by taking advantage of these incredible opportunities.

I also encourage you to take a hard look at the programs and contributions your Local Lodge makes to your community. Is your community aware of the impact your Lodge makes on the lives of people living in your town? Are your contributions meeting your goals? Are you making the most of the ENF grants offered through Grand Lodge?

The Elks provide the perfect opportunity to get involved in projects that benefit the community while enjoying the personal rewards that come from unselfishly giving back. Best of all, we reap the rewards of benevolence while enjoying the camaraderie of our families and closest friends. Make sure that both current and prospective Members are aware of the good work you’re doing in your community. Provide them with a well-maintained, inviting, and fun place to socialize. Not only will your Lodge grow, but you’ll also find more people eager to volunteer.

Barb and I are looking forward to our travels across the United States to see the great work you’re doing in your Local Lodges and State Associations. Most of all, we are looking forward to meeting all of the amazing Elks who are so dedicated to our grand organization. Hope to see you soon.


GRAND LODGE STATE SPONSOR

Millard C. Pickering, PGER

Millard C. Pickering, PGER

Millard C. Pickering was initiated into the Bristow OK, Lodge 1614 in 1976. He joined a committee in Branson to institute a new lodge and was installed as Charter Loyal Knight of Lake Taneycomo Lodge 2597 in 1980 and served as ER in 1981–82 before returning to OK to attend the University of Tulsa, Collage of Law.

He joined Sapulpa, OK Lodge 1118 and served as Secretary and President of the P.E. R. Association; he chaired the Auditing, Indoctrination, Government Relations, Drug Awareness, Membership and National Foundation Committees.

He served as DDGER in 2001–2002, and served on the GL Committee of Judiciary for eight years, including two as Chairman, on the GL Lodge Resolutions Committee for three years the last as Chairman, on the GL Pardon Commission for three years and as a Justice of the Grand Forum for five years completing his term as Chief Justice.

He enjoys an active lifestyle and enjoys aviation, martial arts, cooking, travel, mixology and cross-country motorcycling and has ridden his motorcycles in all 50 states and is a life member of Harley Owners Group.

Millard and his lovely wife Susanne, a Colligate Academic Counselor of many years have been married since 1989, and are members of St Mary Catholic Church in Tulsa, where Millard is a Charter member of the local Knights of Columbus Council, and are proud God Parents to two nieces and a nephew.


GRAND LODGE ASSISTANT TO THE STATE SPONSOR

Richard F. Conran, SDGER / Past Grand Tiler
E-mail: rconran39@aol.com

DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND Exalted Ruler

René Pelanne, DDGER
E-mail: rpelanne@cox.net

PAST GRAND ESQUIRE

Sam P. Echols
E-mail: sam_echlos@comcat.com

Richard M. Jones
E-mail: leatreas13@hotmail.com

PAST GRAND TILER

Wm. "Brice" Palmer
E-mail: bricepalmer@yahoo.com

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Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks


State Association Officers

2018/2019 State Officers

President

Beulah Rodrigue, PDD

E-mail: rod_beul@att.net

President-elect

Armand Buuck, PDD

Email: mrstretch1@bellsouth.net

Vice President

Jim Cade, PDD

Email: jimcade99@yahoo.com

Secretary

Buddy Hartle, PDD

E-mail: Louisiana.elks@yahoo.com

Treasurer

Richard M. Jones, PG Esq

E-mail: leatreas13@hotmail.com

Tiler

Warren Michel, PER

E-mail: wjmichel45@gmail.com

SGT-AT-ARMS

Sam Authement, PER

E-mail: samuelangela@bellsouth.net

Chaplain

Kelley Rodrigue

E-mail: rodigue@yahoo.com

Parliamentarian

Kenneth Lafleur, PSP

E-mail: klafleur@earthlink.net

1 yr. L.E.A. Trustee

James L. Barron, PSP

E-mail: 4butchbarron@att.net

2 yr. L.E.A. Trustee

Terry Bruno, PSP

E-mail: tbruno@terminixno.com

3 yr. L.E.A. Trustee

Greg Taylor, PSP

Email: gttaylor@bellsouth.net

4 yr. L.E.A. Trustee

Randy Bergeron, PSP

E-mail: Randybergeron1@charter.net

5 yr. L.E.A. Trustee

Henry Daigle, PSP

E-mail: henryj1050@live.com

1 yr. L.E.F. Trustee

Henry Daigle, PSP

E-mail: henryj1050@live.com

2 yr. L.E.F. Trustee

Wm "Bill" Boudreaux, PSP

E-mail: bboudz53@charter.net

3 yr. L.E.F. Trustee

Bernie Mathias, PSP

E-mail: bmath70144@aol.com

4 yr. L.E.F. Trustee

Brian Baye, ER

E-mail: bbaye988@yahoo.com

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