Missouri Elks Benevolent Trust, Inc.
This organization was incorporated in order to have a functioning group to operate the Elks State Major Project, the Dental Care Program. The officers, trustees, and Board of Management are elected from all Elks districts in Missouri. They meet twice a year and when special meetings are needed. Current officers are listed in the State Directory of the Missouri Elks Association. Every local lodge secretary has a copy.
Elks Dental Care Program
Since 1962, Mobile Dental Units, purchased and equipped by the Elks, have served the dental needs of eligible physically challenged children, and mentally challenged/developmentally disabled adults and children.
Basic and routine dental treatments include x-rays, examinations, cleaning, fluoride treatments, fillings, routine extractions and referrals.
Each year, dental procedures are performed on more than 3,000 patients. The value of these services is over $700,000.
Treatment Included in the Elks Dental Program
The Program was started for disabled children who could not be treated by local dentists due to various reasons.
The Mobile Unit treatment includes:
- Examination and Diagnosis
- Prophylaxis and Topical Fluoride Applications
- Removal of Infected or Painful Teeth
- Restoration of Infected or Painful Teeth
- Treatment of Ginfivitis or Mouth Infections
- Placement of Steel Crowns and Space Maintainers
- Pit and Fissure Sealants
- Preventative and Oral Hygiene Instructions to Patient and Family
- Root Canals
Dentistry on Wheels
The Elks Dental Program is adminstered by the Missouri Department of Health, who has a contract with Truman Medical Center – Lakewood. The Hospital staffs these units, schedules the calls, completes the treatment, and reports the results to the Missouri Elks Benevolent Trust.
Three units are scheduled to cover the entire state. Unit 1 serves western, unit 2 central, and unit 3 eastern Missouri. Units will be scheduled for the same area at nearly the same time each year. Units could be at Elks Lodges, Regional Health Centers or other appropriate locations.
The funds raised through Elk members pledges of $100 to $1,000, plus special donations by Lodges, Ladies Auxiliaries, Memorials, Legacies, Elks National Foundation Annual Contributions, and other donations go towards -
- Purchase and upkeep of Mobile Dental Units and Equipment
- Fellowships for Special Dental Training for Handicapped Patients
- Other Dental Projects
- Operational Costs