Elks Lodge 1560 awards Beacon Grant to Vermont Veterans Home

Veterans Home
From left to right: Michelle Burgess, activities director; Eugene Siliski; PER Vicki Siliski; ER Jim Morse; veteran Jack Barnes, a member of Springfield Elks and tenant of Vermont Veterans Home; Karen Whitney, and Gloria Gunn. Photo provided

BENNINGTON, Vt. – On Saturday, March 2, Springfield Elks Lodge 1560 presented an Elks National Beacon Grant to the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington, Vt. This was part of a total Beacon Grant for $2,000. The recipients, Vermont Veterans Home and the VA Hospital in White River Jct., each received $1,000 and were asked to submit their own wish lists for $500 each for toiletry needs and $500 for art and crafts supplies. The Springfield Elks Lodge presented the VA Hospital in White River Jct. in person a couple weeks ago with their wish list items.

The items that were presented to the Veterans Home were men’s electric razors for toiletries. The arts and craft items included wood kits for birdhouses, keepsake boxes, various shapes and sizes of wood cutouts for wood burning; wood burning soldering tools, stains, paints and brushes; sun catchers and glass hangers to color and paint and glass paint; and assorted adult coloring books, pens, markers, and sketch books.

Beacon Grant lead person Karen Whitney informed Michelle Burgess, activities director at the Vermont Veterans Home, and Karen Campbell, chief of voluntary service at the VA Hospital, that Springfield 1560 Club looks forward to turning this into an annual submittal for the Beacon Grant to benefit both facilities.

A second presentation was made to Jack Barnes, a tenant at the Veterans Home, who is celebrating his 20th year as a member of Springfield Elks Lodge.

Springfield Elks Lodge 1560 members making the trip to Bennington for the presentation were: Exalted Ruler Jim Morse, PER and Elks Veterans Chairman Vicki Siliski, Beacon Grant lead person Karen Whitney, Secretary Mike Gunn, Eugene Siliski, and Gloria Gunn.

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