TICONDEROGA - A Ticonderoga Elk has been elected to lead the state organization.
David Carr of Crown Point was installed as the 96th president of the New York State Elks Association at the group's annual convention Rye recently.
He is a life member of Ticonderoga Elks Lodge 1494.
"I know of no greater honor that could be conferred upon me than to serve as president of the New York State Elks Association," Carr said. "It is indeed with deep and humble pride that I accept the office, realizing full well the responsibilities involved."
Carr is the second Ti Elk to serve as state president. H. Gordon Burleigh held the office in 1984.
Carr said he will emphasize unity during his tenure.
"I'll solicit the undivided support and dedication of every lodge and every member in the state of New York," he said. "Without their support the affairs of this organization cannot be successful, no matter how hard I work.
"The key word is 'we' not 'I'," he added. "The difference we make with our many programs benefits our country, our families, our youth, the handicapped, our communities, our veterans and each other. We must all strive to make our lodges a vital force in the civic and welfare advancement of those communities in which our lodges exist."
The New York State Elks Association consists of 128 lodges in 17 districts.
Carr has served as secretary of the state association since 1999.
In 2003 Carr introduced the Elks Dictionary Project, which promotes literacy by giving dictionaries to elementary school students, to New York State and was a leader in making it a national program the following year.
Carr has also served on the National Elks Board of Trustees since 2006 and introduced the Elks National Home "but a brick" program that supports the Bedford, Va., facility.
In 2008 Carr was presented with the White House Call To Service Award on behalf of the President's Council on Service and Public Participation for his work with the Elks.
Carr is also active in several volunteer groups in Crown Point, where he lives with his wife, Penny. The couple have four children, David, who lives in Oklahoma with his wife Kim and son Branden; John, who lives in Whitehall with his wife Ann and sons John Jr., Jordan, Anthony and Austin; Lisa, who lives in Addison, Vt., with her husband Tim Davis and their sons Timothy and Michael; and Claire, who lives in California with her husband Charles Butterworth.