Hello, my name is Joan Carlo. I am humbled and honored to be chosen as the Exalted Ruler of Watertown Elks Lodge 496 for the 2019-2020 year, the Elks Lodge with the largest membership in NY State. It is a pleasure to be part of this wonderful organization with many dedicated and hard working members and volunteers. My slogan is, "Elkdom, making a difference in our Community."
Our Watertown Lodge has accomplished much in the last several years to better our community by: donating monies to charities in need, donating food to the schools in our community for their backpack programs, serving lunches and dinners to our Veterans, collecting food and hygiene items for our Veterans, serving our senior citizens a hearty Harvest Dinner, donating items to children with our "Warm Hands, Warm Feet" campaign, donating dictionaries to all third graders in our district… and so much more. We are proud of our Lodge for being able to make a difference and hope to continue on this path.
At Watertown Lodge 496 we are also proud to sponsor a Boy Scout Troop and a Girl Scout Troop. They donate time to our Lodge by helping with functions. We are grateful to them.
The Watertown Elks Lodge has a dedicated team of Officers, committee members, volunteers and staff members. We could not accomplish what we do without everyone helping out.
BPOE… "Best People On Earth" and "Elks Care~Elks Share" are two mottos that describe Elkdom. It is my wish that you will stop in and check out our Lodge and talk with members to see what we are all about. We are always looking for new members and new ideas. Maybe you'll become a member and enjoy the Lodge and all it has to offer.
Check out our website to see what is going on in our Lodge and for some facts about us. I hope you'll come and see us. I would love to meet you.