Special Announcements

Recent News

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

Memorial Sunday

Deceased Members Honored Memorial Sunday - December 2nd

  • Kay Duncan 7695
  • Elwood N. "Duke" Snider 7735
  • Paul Michael Wernette 8335
  • Edward T. Demarest 7152
  • LM Jack E. Kriesick, Sr. 5196
  • Earl H. Loisell 4883
  • LM Edmund F. Becker 5339
  • LM Wendell W. Flath, Sr. 5381
  • LM Charles L. Grunert 6610
  • LM Peter L. Esposito 4537
  • Sandra J. Percy 8562
  • LM Ambrose F. Loftus 3983
  • Patricia A. Cooley 8689
  • Stanley F. Thomas, Jr. 7296
  • LM Patsy V. Doldo 3917
  • Katherine L. Knapp 6988
  • LM Phillip A. Lake 4027
  • LM Donald E. Elliott 5012
  • PER Timothy J. Griffith 7471
  • LM Michael F. Griffin 4925

November 11, 2018 - Watertown Elks Lodge Honors Veterans

Vet Day 2018 1 Vet Day 2018 2

Watertown Elk Members honor veterans by laying wreaths at area ceremonies earlier today. In the photo above, Ed Massa and Exalted Ruler Tony Verne, 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.

November 10, 2018 - The Watertown Elks Lodge #496 Members and Guests Perform Ceremony To Rededicate The Harold W. Wright Monument

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On Saturday, November 10 at 11:00 a.m. the Watertown Elks Lodge hosted a ceremony rededicating the monument to Private Harold H. Wright which is located in the North Watertown Cemetery across from the Lodge. Private Wright was one of the first local men to lose his life in World War I. Through the efforts of our Lodge and several local businesses the monument has been restored. Representatives from Fort Drum, American Legion 61, VFW, and other organizations attended the ceremony. Afterwards, a luncheon was served at the Lodge where there was a short program and recognition of our veterans.

Veterans Luncheon

The Veterans Luncheon was filled to capacity.

Coverage by WWNY-TV7

In The News

Watertown Elks Lodge "In The News"

The Watertown Elks Lodge made the news recently for its assistance with restoring a statue of a World War 1 hero Pvt. Harold H. Wright.

Click on the links below to the article written by the Watertown Daily Times and coverage by WWNY-TV7.

Watertown Daily Times


Watertown Elks Lodge Makes a Special Announcement!!

Read the Press Release From the Waterown Elks Lodge.

Local News Coverage:


Watertown Daily Times

Visitors At The Watertown Elks Lodge Halloween Night!

Visitors At The Elks Halloween Night 1 Visitors At the Elks Lodge Halloween Night 2

On Halloween Night, Wednesday, October 31st, a few of our members dressed up for the occassion and paid our Lodge a visit. Do you recognize them?

October 27, 2018 - Mortgage Burning Ritual

Start Of Mortgage Burning Ritual ER Tony Burning Promisary Note Mortgage Burning

On Saturday, October 27, 2018, the Watertown Elks Lodge performed the Mortgage Burning Ritual. This was a public event attended by approximately 100 peorple. Congratulations to the Watertown Elks Lodge for a job weel done. In the photos above, shows the Lodge Officers reading aloud the Official Mortgage Burning Ritual. The next photo down is Exalted Ruler Tony Verne lighting the promisary note for the mortage. The final photo is the burning of the mortgage.

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.