Craig’s Elks Lodge hosts community barbecue |

Craig’s Elks Lodge hosts community barbecue

Noelle Leavitt Riley
Frank Sadvar, left, stands with fellow Elk members Mark Gurman and Kurt Biesemeyer at a community barbecue Saturday.
Noelle Leavitt Riley

Craig’s Elks Lodge held a summer community barbecue at the Moffat County Fairgrounds picnic area Saturday in an effort to raise awareness about the local organization.

The Colorado Elks Mountain District cohosted the event with the local chapter, and dozens of participates circulated the four-hour barbecue to show their support.

“The Craig lodge needs support and public awareness,” said Kurt Biesemeyer, who traveled from Gunnison to Craig for the festivities. “Frank and his lodge does a lot for this community.”

Frank Sadvar is the exulted ruler of Craig’s Elks Lodge Number 1577 that currently has 77 members in Moffat County. Yet, the organization is looking to grow its membership so that it can use all the money it has on community efforts and needs, Biesemeyer said.

“There’s funds, but they need more manpower,” he said.

Mark Gurman, the Elks district deputy grand exalted ruler, also was in Craig along with former national grand exulted ruler John Amen.

Amen said he loves the Elks for a number of reasons, including its support of keeping children off of drugs and its vet programs to help United States war veterans who are homeless.

“Our veterans programs are on a mission to eradicate veterans homelessness in America,” Amen said. “Even small towns like Craig have homeless veterans.”

The Elks Lodge not only offers an opportunity for members to give back through community service, but it also allows for socializing, Amen noted.

High school scholarships are also a huge part of the organization, and Craig’s lodge recently gave two $1,000 scholarships to local students.

“Every Elks lodge has grants that are available for community veterans and youth programs,” Amen said.

Those interested in learning more about the Elks Lodge in Craig can call 970-824-3557.

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