A member of the Ticonderoga Elks has been elected to head the national organization.
David Carr of Crown Point was elected national president of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks at its national convention in Phoenix. Carr took the oath of the highest office in the order on July 21.
Carr is a member of Ticonderoga Elks Lodge #1494.
“It is such a humbling experience,” Carr said. “Without the encouragement and assistance of those who believed in me, especially my wife, Penny, I would not have been able to succeed to this high office to lead the nearly 900,000 members throughout our great country.”
Carr is the third New York State Elks Association member to become national president since 1978. His predecessors were Dr. Leonard J. Bristol of Saranac Lake and Peter T. Affatato, Esq. of Massapequa Park.
“Great organizations don’t just happen,” Carr said. “They evolve as a result of shared goals and objectives. Thanks to 143 years of exemplary leadership at the lodge, district, state and national levels, the Order of Elks has developed into one of the nation’s greatest organizations providing service to our nation’s youth, victims of disaster, veterans, children and adults with disabilities, and others in need in our communities.”
Carr will travel throughout the United States during the next year to meet and speak with state officers and members of the 2,034 lodges. He will visit at least 48 states, including Alaska and Hawaii.
One of the programs he will be encouraging the states to adopt and/or continue is the Dictionary Project. Carr was instrumental in introducing the program to New York State with the Ticonderoga Elks and then to the national level in 2004.
“This outstanding program helps to promote literacy by putting dictionaries in the hands of third graders across the nation,” he said.
The Ticonderoga Elks Dictionary Project remains in full force, now headed by Richard A. Nadeau.
Carr served as New York State Elks Association secretary from 1999 to 2009, as a member of the Elks National Board of Trustees from 2006 to 2010, and as state president from 2009 to 2010.
Active with numerous volunteer groups in Ticonderoga and Crown Point, Carr lives with his wife Penny in Crown Point. The couple has four children: David, who lives in Oklahoma with his wife Kim and their son Branden; John, who lives in Whitehall and has four sons, John, Jordan, Anthony, and Austin; Lisa, who lives in Vermont with her husband Tim and their sons Timothy and Michael; and Claire Butterworth, who lives in California with her husband Charles and their daughter Willow.