Michigan Major Project

Michigan Major Project

Michigan Elks Association Major Project Commission
Established in 1957

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Our Mission

The Michigan Elks Association Major Project Commission exists to serve the special needs children of Michigan and work in partnership with Michigan Elks and the community to raise funds, provide funding for therapy, camps and equipment and spread awareness of the ongoing challenges that children with special needs and their families face every day.

About the Michigan Elks Association Major Project

Our Commission, established in 1957, was created to provide a way for the State Elks Association member lodges to be able to come together with all of the lodges throughout the state to provide assistance for children with special needs!  One lodge alone cannot meet the needs, but TOGETHER, we can!

The Commission is made up of 6 duly elected District Commissioners, who serve a six-year term as well as the current State President (the voting members).  The Michigan Elks Association 1st and 2nd Vice President’s and the Executive Director (who is responsible for the administration, marketing and communication arm of the Commission) round out the team (non-voting members).

This Commission works throughout the year to meet the needs of the children we all serve, meeting three times per year; our Annual Meeting (held in March/April), Spring Business meeting (held the 3rd week in May at the Spring Michigan Elks Convention), the Fall Business meeting (held the 3rd week in October at the Fall Michigan Elks Convention, as well as monthly Commission conference calls and daily/weekly emails.

If you are a parent in need of help for your child, or if you are an organization that would like more information about the Michigan Elks Association Major Project, please contact our Executive Director, Diane Dusendang, at 616-723-2763; email majorproject@mielks.org or Major Project, PO Box 141605, Grand Rapids, MI 49514.

Executive Director

Diane Dusendang / (David)
Grand Rapids Lodge #48
Cell: 616.723.2763

Metro District #4200

Gary Goodin - Secretary / (Darlene)
Warren - Sterling Heights Lodge #2292
Home: 586.777.1289
Cell: 586.481.1006
Term Ends: May 2024

Northwest District #4320

Lori Jackson - Vice Chairman / (Dave)
Hastings Lodge #1965
Cell: 269.804.9886
Term Ends: May 2025

Upper Peninsula District #4280

Wendi Thomas - Chaplain / (John)
Negaunee Lodge #1116
Cell: 906.868.1277
Term Ends: May 2026

Southeast District #4360

John Truskowski - Vice Chairman / (Ann)
Plymouth – Ann Arbor Lodge #325
Term Ends: May 2021

Southwest District #4400

Scot Burns - Treasurer
St. Joseph- Benton Harbor Lodge #541
Cell: 269.449.8395
Term Ends: May 2022

Northeast District #4240

Russell Holove - Sgt at Arms / (Kim)
Flint Lodge #222
Cell: 810.240.9145
Term Ends: May 2022

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