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Elks Honor Kara Weiss with National Foundation Legacy Award

OSWEGO, NY – This year, the Oswego Elks Lodge honored Kara Weiss as a recipient of the Elks National Foundation 2015 Legacy Award.

It’s a $1,000 scholarship awarded annually for four years upon completion of volunteer requirements.

Pictured are Exalted Ruler Jim Oldenburg; William Kerfien , scholarship chairman; Kara Weiss; and Kara’s grandfather John Ruff.
Pictured are Exalted Ruler Jim Oldenburg; William Kerfien , scholarship chairman; Kara Weiss; and Kara’s grandfather John Ruff.

Next fall, the Elks will be proud to contribute to her education at Yale.

The members of the organization dedicate significant time and effort to securing funds to help support the academic aspirations of local youth, an endeavor typical of their other altruistic contributions to the community.

Weiss’ application acknowledged such efforts, describing her past experiences with the organization as “positive, memorable and family oriented.”

In her essay, she recounted a history of involvement with the Oswego Elks Lodge through her connection with her grandparents, John and Ginny Ruf, members of the lodge for 34 years.

After attending many Christmas and Halloween parties and pancake breakfasts as a youth, she later returned to volunteer at the functions so that other children could create the same fond memories she enjoys.

Through her academic achievements, dedication to volunteerism, commitment to the community, and care for her fellow citizens, it is clear that Weiss demonstrates the core characteristic of every Elk, knowledge, charity, community and integrity.