Special Announcements

Recent News

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

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.

Bowling Results As Of May 9, 2017

April 29th - Opening Day For Little League Baseball

Watertown Elks Little League Baseball Team

April 29th was opening day for Watertonw American Little League. In the photo above is the Watertown Elks Little League Baseball Team. Good Luck and have a great season!

New Officers

New Officers

On Saturday, March 25th, the Watertown Elks Lodge #486 installed new officers for the 2017-2018 year. We wish you the best of luck and a successful Lodge year! A special "thank you" goes out to PER Jan Laribee for doing a great job and for having an outstanding year.

In the photo above front row right to left: Joan E. Carlo, Esteemed Loyal Knight; Edward C. Massa, Esquire; Cheryl A. Clark, Exalted Ruler; Anthony J. Verne, Esteemed Leading Kinight; Dennis J. Brady, Esteemed Lecturing Knight. Top row: Rick C. Barrisford, Trustee (2yr.); Thomas C. Roberts, Trustee (5yr.); Mary Hughes-Hoistion, Secretary; Sheila M. Wilson, Inner Guard; Linday Knight, Chaplain.

Honoring Elk Of The Year and Citizen Of The Year

Elk of the Year and Citizen of the Year

On February 11, 2017, Exalted Ruler Jan Laribee hosted a dinner Honoring Elk of the Year, John J. Gaffney, and Citizen of the Year, Roberta J. Griffith. Both were recognized for their many years of outstanding service to the Watertown Elks Lodge and to the community.

Watertown Elks Lodge Donates To Local Backpack Program

Backpack Donation

On January 24, 2017, the Watertown Elks Lodge donated approximately $1,000 worth of food items to the Watertown City School District's "Backpack Program". The food items included: 17 boxes of Kraft Mac & Cheese Dinner(each box containing 18 individual boxes), 19 packages of Bumblebee Tuna (each package containing 8 cans), numerous cases of canned vegetables, and other food items. In the photo above with some of the donated items are: from Left to right - Patti LaBarr, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction; Exalted Ruler, Jan Laribee, and PER Ray Cooley.

Backpack food programs provide nutritious, non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food to children to ensure they get enough food on weekends and holidays when they can't depend on school meals to avoid hunger. By donating to this wonderful program, our members once again show that "Elks Care ~ Elks Share."

December 10, 2016 - Results Of Watertown Elks Lodge Hoopshoot Contest

This years Watertown Elks Hoop Shoot Contest was very successful with 35 students participating. The winners in each age group will participate in the North Central District Elks Hoop Shoot Contest on January 21, 2017 (10:30 am) at Lowville Academy High School Gymnasium in Lowville, NY.

Winners for Each Age Group:

8-9 boys:
First Place: Brady Black
Second Place: Kyle Daly
Third Place: Noah Fargo

8-9 girls:
First Place: Katelyn Whitley
Second Place: Haley LaVancha
Third Place: Lily Green

10-11 boys:
First Place: Dominick Sprague
Second Place: DeAndre Seldon
Third Place: Jack Adams

10-11 girls:
First Place: Nakya Broussard
Second Place: Paige Frazier

12-13 boys:
First Place: Tucker Rosbrook
Second Place: Tyler Green

12-13 girls:
First Place: Layne Combs
Second Place: Tiffany Allen

Operation Warm Feet A Success

Operation Warm Feet

During the month of October and November, members of the Watertown Elks Lodge raised money to buy hats, mittens, and boots for local children in need. The Community Action Planning Council is dedicated to assist, support and empower low-income households. Their staff are able to identify the specific needs of children enrolled in their Head Start Program. As a result, with the generous donation from the Watertown Elks Lodge, working together with CAPC, we were able to purchase 217 pairs of winter boots and 206 hat/mitten sets. The items were distributed to the children who otherwise would have gone without. Charity begins at home and our winters can be particularly harsh. A special thank you goes out to those who donated to this worthy cause and be proud that you once again have proved that Elks Care ~ Elks Share! In the photo above is ER Jan Laribee and Alan Moses, Assistant Manager of K-Mart, with some of the items that were purchased.

Watertown Elks Lodge Performs Memorial Service For Our Absent Members

Watertown Elks Lodge 496 performed their annual memorial service earlier today. Every year, on the first Sunday of December, the members of the Watertown Elks Lodge remembers our brothers and sisters that past away during the year. This year we lost 24 members. "Living or Dead, An Elk Is Never Forgotten." "To Our Absent Members!"

Memorial Service 1 Memorial Service 2 Memorial Service 3 Memorial Service 4 Celibration Singers

Performers from the "Celebration" sang Christmas Carols at the luncheon following the service.

Annual Harvest Dinner

Kitchen Volunteers Delivery Dinning Room

Sunday, November 20th, the Watertown, NY Elks Lodge hosted their annual harvest dinner for area seniors. Seniors residing in various senior homes were invited to a turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Approximately, 300 meals were served with the assistance of about 80 volunteers. Volunteers included Watertown Elk members, the Girls Scouts, and students from General Brown High School. Thank you to everyone involved!

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Watertown Elks Make A Donation To Local VA Hospital

Donation To VA

The Charity for the month of October was our veterans. We collected items to be delivered to our local VA Hospital. A table was set up at the entrance to the Lodge and our members where encouraged to donate items such as: shaving cream, aftershave, talcum powder, deodorant, slippers, Velcro sneakers, sweatshirts, sweatpants, for men and women in "all sizes", soap, shampoo, conditioner, playing cards, board games, white cotton socks, toothbrushes, and toothpaste.

On Friday, November 4th, all the items were loaded were loaded in a members SUV and delivered to the VA Hospital in Syracuse, NY. Above is ER Jan Laribee, and PER Tim Griffith with the donated items just prior to the trip. Click on photo in enlarge.

Winner of Charity Raffle

Charity Raffle Winner

The winner of the Gun Charity Raffle is John Esposito. He opted to take the $300 cash prize. $1,700 was raised for charity. In the photo from left to right is Joan Carlos, Esquire, John Esposito, and ER Jan Laribee.

Veterans Day Luncheon A Huge Success!

On Saturday, November 12, 2016, the Watertown Elks Lodge hosted a luncheon to honor our veterans. A lunch was given to all vets at no cost to them. During lunch, there was a variety of short filmes showing contributions the military has made in the past and up to today. The featured speaker was retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Gil Pearsall. This event was well attended with an estimated 80 people present. Many thanks to all the volunteers, including the Girls Scouts, who helped make this event such a successs!

Veterans Watching Movies Guest SpeakerU

Guest Speaker Retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Gil Pearsall.


Thank you volunteers!

Veterans Day - November 11, 2016

Laying A Wreath

Watertown Elk Members honor veterans by laying wreaths at area ceremonies earlier today. In the photo above, Tim Griffith and Exalted Ruler Jan Laribee, lay a wreat at the ceremony held at the VFW Post 1400 in Watertown, NY. 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.

Watertown Elks Lodge Makes A Donation To Flower Memorial Library

Donation To Library

On Monday, October 3rd, the Watertown Elks Lodge made a donation of books and DVDs to the Friends of Flower Memorial Library Annual Book Sale which will begin on Saturday, October 29th, and run for 12 days. Pictured above from left to right is Joan Soderquist, PEOY, Yvonne Reff, Library Director, and ER Jan Laribee. The Watertown Elks Lodge donated 112 books and a number of DVDs. The items were donated as a part of September's Charity of the Month endeavor. Thanks to all the Elk members for your generous donations.

Watertown Lodge Officers Meet NYSEA President Bill Reedy

Meet NYSEA President

Exalted Ruler Jan Laribee and Lodge Secretary Mary Hughes-Hoistion had the opportunity to meet with the current New York State Elks Association State President Bill Reedy at the Fall Convention held in White Plains, NY during the weekend of September 24th.

2016 Jr. Golf Tournament Results

Donation Made To Victims Assistance Center of Jefferson County, Inc.

Donation Made To Victims Assistance Center

The Watertown Elks Lodge Charity of the Month July was the Victims Assistance Center of Jefferson County, Inc. Serving the community since 1979 as a comprehensive victims services agency, their mission is to assist and provide direct services to victims/survivors of violence and crime in Jefferson County, NY. During the month of July, Watertown Elk Members were encouraged to donate various items to help comfort victims/survivors of violence and crime. Pictured above is our Exalted Ruler Jan Laribee and Victims Assistance Center Direct Services Coordinator, Joseph Pate' with donated items including blankets, shampoo, and stuffed animals. The items were delivered on August 8, 2016. Thank you Watertown Elks Lodge members for your generosity and thank you Victims Assistance Center for all that you do for our community.