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National leader of Elks visiting NH this week

Millard C. Pickering, the national leader of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, will visit the New Hampshire State Elks and their lodges on Wednesday, Sept. 25.

Grand Exalted Ruler Pickering, of Sapulpa, Okla., and the highest-ranking officer of this organization of close to 1 million men and women, is coming to the state as part of a tour through New England during September. His trip will include a luncheon at the Keene Lodge of Elks 927 at 1 p.m. His official state welcoming reception will be at 6 p.m. at the Nashua Elks Lodge 720.

Dinner will be served at 7. After dinner, Pickering will speak about his objectives and goals for the order.

Pickering has held five commissions in law enforcement, is a past president of the Association of Oklahoma Narcotics Enforcers, and is a charter member and former subcommittee chairman of the National Narcotic Officer’s Associations Coalition.

The Elks, who contribute millions of dollars in philanthropic programs every year, are known for their work with youths and youth activities. Through the Elks National Foundation, the organization sponsors scholarships, drug education and awareness programs, a national Hoop Shoot basketball free throw contest and medical assistance for children.

There also are activities that involve Little League, youth football, bowling, golf, swimming and a national Soccer Shoot program.

For more information, go to the BPO Elks website at or the New Hampshire State Elks Association site at