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Recent News

This page is a list of news and recent events that occured during the past year.

Introducing The Lodge Officers For 2018-2019

2018-2019 Lodge Officers

On March 18, 2018, the Watertown Elks Lodge conducted their annual installation of Officers ceremony. The Lodge Officers from left to right in the front row are: Frank Roberts, Esteemed Lecturing Knight; Joan E. Carlo, Esteemed Leading Knight; Tony J. Verne, Exalted Ruler; PER Jill Bruce Wiley, Esquire; Dennis J. Brady, Esteemed Loyal Knight. Back row from left to right are: PER Rick C. Barrisford, Trustee; Ernest K. Mustizer, Treasurer; PSVP John J. Gaffney, Secretary; Edward C. Massa, Chaplain; PER Cheryl A. Clark, Trustee; Linda Knight, Trustee; Sheila Wilson, Tiler. Absent is PER Donald W, Reid, Inner Guard. Good Luck in the upcoming year!

March 15, 2018 - 15 American Citizens Were Initiated Into Our Order!

ER Cheryl Clark's Class

On March 15th, Exalted Ruler Cheryl Clark initiated 15 new members into our order. This is Cheryl's last class she will be bringing in as an Exalted Ruler and we call this Cheryl Clark's Class. Thank you Cheryl for your service. It wsa a great year. On Saturday, March 24th, Tony Verne will be sworn in as our Exalted Ruler for the 2018 - 2019 year.

March 10, 2018 - ER Cheryl Clark Announces Award Winners At Annual Appreciation Dinner

On March 15th, Exalted Ruler presented awards to the following members during the annual Appreciation Dinner

  • Elk Of The Year - Tammy Eassa
  • Officer Of The Year - Tony J. Verne
  • Citizen Of The Year - Joan E. Carlo
  • Employee Of The Year - Lori Mustizer
  • Committee Person of the Year - John Navarra
  • ER Appreciation Awards - John Navarra and Rick Barrisford

Tammy Eassa Accepts Elk Of The Year Award

In the photo above, Tammy Eassa accepts the Elk Of The Year Award from ER Cheryl Clark.

Congrats to Bob Stone of Potsdam, NY. The winner of Watertown Elks Lodge #496 Queen of Hearts Raffle!

The final jackpot total was $776,547.

Watertown Elks Lodge Makes Donation To Fight Breast Cancer

The October 2017 charity was the sale of t-shirts designed by members, to benefit the Gouveneur Breast Cancer fund. A check for $875 dollars was presented to Terri Pistolese for the Breast Cancer fund. The Lodge also donated $200 dollars to the fund to sponsor the annual run. The photo below shows the check being presented by ER Cheryl Clark.

Presenting a Check To Fight Breast Cancer

Watertown Elks Club Donates Food To School

Source: www.wwnytv.com

North Central District Hoop Shoot Contest

The North Central District Elks Hoop Shoot was held in Lowville on Saturday, January 27, 2018.

The Watertown Elks Lodge #496 Shooters did an outstanding job.

Results:

8-9 boys: First Place:  Lucas Dupee
8-9 girls: First Place:  Haley LaVancha
     
10-11 boys: Second Place:  Jack Adams
10-11 girls: Second Place:  Katelyn Whitley
     
12-13 boys: First Place:  Tyler Green

Congratulations to all of our participants and the Watertown Lodge #496 is very proud of your accomplishments.

Regional Elks Hoop Shoot in Lowville with date and times to be announced.

Good Luck and keep shooting to all our winning contestants!

Announcing The Winners Of Watertown Elks #496 Hoop Shoot Contest

This years Watertown Elks Hoop Shoot Contest was very successful with 42 students participating. The winners in each age group will participate in the North Central District Elks Hoop Shoot Contest on January 27, 2018 (Saturday 10:00 am) at Lowville Academy High School Gymnasium in Lowville, NY.

Winners for Each Age Group:

8-9 boys: First Place:  Lucas Dupee
  Second Place: Mason Hurst
  Third Place: Mason Burdick
    Tommy Piddick
     
8-9 girls: First Place:  Haley LaVancha
  Second Place: Lily Green
  Third Place: Aiyana Thomas
     
10-11 boys: First Place:  Jack Adams
  Second Place: Dominick Sprague
  Third Place: Brady Black
     
10-11 girls: First Place:  Katelyn Whitley
  Second Place: Taylor Mower
  Third Place: IseBella Clark
     
12-13 boys: First Place:  Tyler Green
  Second Place: Alex McManamen
     
12-13 girls: First Place:  Paige Frazier
  Second Place: Logan Phillips

Operation Warm Feet A Success!

Operation Warm Feet

For many years, Watertown Elks Lodge 496 has sponsored programs to ensure that children in need have appropriate attire for the winter weather. This year was no exception! Donations from the membership of Watertown Elks and a grant from the National Elks Foundation sponsored the purchase of 105 children's boots, hats and mittens. Working with the staff at the Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County, Inc. and the staff of the Walmart Supercenter in Watertown, we were able to determine those who were in need and gathered up the appropriate boots and sizes. Walmart generously provided discounted pricing.

The Community Action Council of Jefferson County, Inc offered their sincere thanks to the Watertown Elks Lodge #496 on behalf of the thousands of children who have been kept warm over many, many North Country winters. And thanks to Walmart for their help coordinating "Operation Warm Feet."

Pictured (from left) Community Action Family Center Director Mary Jane Mathewson, Watertown Elks Lodge 496 Exalted Ruler Cheryl Clark, and Walmart Community Involvement Specialist Lisa Beutel.

November 11, 2017 - Watertown Elks Lodge Honors Veterans

Laying A Wreath To Honor Veterans

Watertown Elk Members honor veterans by laying wreaths at area ceremonies earlier today. In the photo above, Tim Griffith and Exalted Ruler Cheryl Clark, lay a wreath at the ceremony held at the VFW Post 1400 in Watertown, NY. A second wreath laying ceremony took place at the Jefferson County Office Building. The Watertown Elks Lodge participated in that ceremony as well. Let us always honor our millions of veterans as the heroes of our country as they have protected our democracy, our freedom, and our way of life. Click on the links below for additional photos.

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New

We Are Announcing A New Page On This Website!

In honor of our Lodge Members who are veterans, we have developed a new web page called, "Elks 496 Veterans" the link to the page is on the left hand column under the Lodge Bulletin link. With Veterans day just around the corner, we thought this would be a great addition to the site. Let us know what you think. Send an email to the Lodge at: elks496@centralny.twcbc.com. We are looking forward to your comments.

Dictionary Project

Dictionary Project

During the month of October, members of the Watertown Elks Lodge #496 visited area elementary schools to distribute dictionaries to third graders. This year, the Elks visited 12 schools and distributed 1,264 dictionaries. In the photo above is Esteemed Loyal Knight Tony Verne is giving a third grader a dictionary, a bookmarker, and a coloring book.

Photos From Fall Convention

Officers from the Watertown Elks Lodge attended the Annual Fall Convention held by the New York State Elks Association from September 21 - 24 in Colonie, NY. Below are photos taken at the event.

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Photos From The Watertown Elks Lodge Family Picnic, Sunday, August 20th.

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Thank You Volunteers!

A special thanks goes out to all the volunteers who helped make the 2nd Annual Father's Day Chicken BBQ a suceess. The volunteers inclued the Girl Scouts. 184 chicken halves were sold out after about 2 hours. Great job everybody. Happy Father's Day!

BBQ Volunteers Girl Scout Volunteers

Scholarship Winners

Scholarship Winners

On Thursday, June 15th, two students were awarded Watertown Elks Legacy Scholarships. Left to right in the photo are: ER Cheryl Clark, Taylor Hodge, Zachary Clukey, Mary Perrine from the Northern New York Community Foundation and Joseph Butler, Scholarship Chair.

Watertown Elks Participate In Flag Day Parade

Flag Day Parade

On June 10, 2017, the Watertown Elks Lodge participated in the Flay Day Parade held in Carthage, NY. During the parade, members of the Watertown Elks Lodge handed out American Flags to the spectators. In the photo above from left to right: Tony Verne, Esteemed Leading Knight, Joan Carlo, Esteemed Loyal Knight, Ray Cooley, NYS Vice President, Cheryl Clark, Exalted Ruler, Stan Zaremba, Terry Navarra, and John Navarra, PER, Trustee. Thank you for representing the Watertown Elks Lodge on this important occassion.

Born Decades Apart, Yet Celebrating Together At The Watertown Elks Lodge

Same Birthdays

On Tuesday, May 23rd, 3 people came together with their friends and families at the Watertown Elks Lodge to celebrate their birthdays as the enter into a new decade. From the left to right: Cindy Hoistion, celebrating her 60th birthday; Larry Knight, celebrating his 70th birthday; and Richard Brouse is celebrating his 80th birthday. Congratulations to each of you and many more birthdays in the future.

Watertown Elks Lodge "In The News..."

ER Cheryl Clark

WWNY-TV 7 News Reporter Patrick Malowski stopped by the Watertown Elks Lodge Sunday morning for a story regarding our Mother's Day brunch. Click on the photo above to see the report.

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