I am honored and humbled that the members of the Virginia Elks Association have elected me as your president for the year 2023-2024. You can be assured that First Lady Linda and I will represent the Virginia Elks Association, the Commonwealth of Virginia and our Order to the best of our ability.

Being a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is a remarkable privilege. Elks truly are the best people on earth. I have already visited some lodges throughout the Commonwealth, spoken to many others during my tenure as an Elk, and I am proud to be a part of this organization that proves itself time and again how much we care for our fellow Elks and the many communities we serve within our state. Each member of this fine organization should be proud of what you do and why you are an Elk. The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is the premiere patriotic and charitable organization in the United States while maintaining the principles of our order, Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love, and Fidelity.

Keep in mind that our focus on membership is the life blood of our order, and that is why we must be diligent in bringing in good members who are willing to be a part of an organization that provides many opportunities to serve. We must recruit new members from our communities, properly indoctrinate them and get them active. Doing this will continue to give our order an opportunity for growth now and into the future. Bringing about success in our undertakings.

My Motto for the year is “Elks Are” (the Best People on Earth).

Elks Are.” People that are a Beacon in your Communities, People that are Good People Doing Great Things, People that Reach for the Stars, People who Renew their Obligation to the Elks, and People who are willing to work as a Team for the improvement of individual communities.

Linda and I look forward to visiting as many of our fellow Elks throughout the year and we “Thank You” for allowing us to serve the Virginia Elks Association.


Dennis Henline


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