Patrick G. Whitt was appointed to the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks National Government Relations Committee.

Whitt, who is a member of the Cottonwood Elks Lodge #2344, will serve the national governing body known as the Grand Lodge. He will monitor pending local, state and federal regulations, laws and court cases that will affect the organization, as well as anything else that affects the running of the organization.

He also will work with other organizations to keep government officials informed of charitable services they provide.

The BPO Elks provided services last year that were valued at $235 million nationally.