Special Announcements

Recent News

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

We Thank Our Father's Day BBQ Volunteers!

Over 225 half chickens were prepared and sold. A special "Thank You!" to all the volunteers who made this possible.

2018 BBQ Volunteers

Watertown Elks Lodge Sponsors a Hole At The Annual Autism Open Golf Tournament in Penfield, NY.

Autism Open Photo 1 Autism Photo 2

On Saturday, June 9, 2018 the Watertown Elks Lodge sponsored a golf hole in the Annual Autism Open held at the Shadow Lakes Golf Course in Penfield, NY. Participating in the golf tournament were (top photo) Ron Toper, Ron Toper, Jr., and Vick James. Also participating were (2nd photo) Dennis Brady, Rick Barrisford, and John Czerwinski. Fun was had by all for a good cause!

Watertown Elks Members Attend Local Memorial Day Ceremonies

Memorial Day Ceremony

Members of the Waterown Elks Lodge attended area Memorial Day Ceremonies on Monday, May 28th. Our Lodge was represented at the VFW Post 1400 Ceremony at 9:00am. Followed by an American Legion Post 61 Ceremony at 10:00am. Then a service at Glenwood Cemetery. In total, there were 24 members from our Lodge that attended. Please take Time this Memorial Day to remember the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in order to keep us free.

The above photo was taken at the VFW by Joan Carlo. From left to right are: Ray Cooley, John Navarra, Tony Verne, Frank Roberts, Don Reid, Cheryl Clark, Ed Massa, and Dennis Brady.

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


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.


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.