On the morning of November 29, 2022, the Watertown Elks Lodge # 496 made a donation in the form of check to CAPC to cover the expense of the purchase of boots and mittens for area children as part of the Elks Annual Operation Warm Hands, Warm Feet. All this was made possible by generous donations of our Lodge members! The area children THANKS YOU and have made us beautiful Thank You cards
Pictured from left to right: PER Dennis J Brady; Mary Jane Mathewson - Family Center Director; PER Trustee Kathy Converse; Craig Cashman - CEO; PER Trustee Cheryl Clark; Trustee Linda Knight; Trish Gay - Head Start Family Special Sr. Specialist.
PER Dennis J Brady announcing Hoop Shoot contest rules and rules of the audience.
Of course, the Hoop Shoot contest could never be much of a success without our volunteers!!! NOTE: You do NOT have to be an Elk to volunteer in this event.
In this picture: Mike St. Joseph, Carol Cerow, PER Anthony J Verne, Geoff Mattraw, Frank Massa and sitting is PSP Tim Kelly. PER Joan Carlo also volunteered and she's the one behind the camera!!!
To all the volunteers, THANK YOU!!
4 boys participated. Group winner:
1st Place - Landon Blair
2nd Place - Mallet Fargo
Two girls participated.
1st Place - Harper Robbins
2nd Place - Morghan LaVancha
Eight boys particpated.
1st Place - Braydon Burdick
2nd Place - Lucas St. Joseph
Three boys participated.
1st Place - Mason Burdick
2nd Place - Shane Millan Jr
On Wednesday morning, November 23rd, our Lodge has something extra to be Thankful for on Thanksgiving.
Watertown Elks Lodge # 496 regretted not being able to provide Harvest Dinner for area senior citizens due to the snowmaggedon over the weekend, but we were able to serve turkey dinner to our members, and then donate the remainder to area community.
Thanksgiving food was donated to the VFW, the Veterans Outreach Center, the Salvation Army and to the temporary shelter for the homeless in Watertown.
Our hearts are full knowing we have contributed to our community and knowing that the homeless will have a nice Thanksgiving meal.
The meals were delivered by Exalted Ruler Ed Massa, PER Anthony Verne and PER Dennis J Brady.
On Saturday, November 12th, 2022, Veterans Day Luncheon was held today at our Watertown Elks Lodge. Opened with a brief ceremony out across the street at our Lodge’s Honorary Outer Guard (Pvt Harold Wright) at 11:00 am. It was followed by opening with Exalted Ruler’s introduction of officers and his opening speech. PER Trustee Anthony J Verne led in prayer. Esteemed Leading Knight led with the scouts in the pledge of allegiance. Fort Drum Sergeant Garnett sang the National Anthem. Our guest speaker was Lt. Col. Peter Young from Fort Drum. PER Joan Carlo led in singing God Bless America to close the luncheon. A good day today.
On November 9, 2022, Drug Awareness chairperson Anthony J. Verne (Watertown Lodge # 496 trustee, PER) went to Glen Park Elementary School to distribute dictionaries and to speak with four 3rd grade classes about the Dictionary, the Elks, what Elks do, the various programs that the Elks have.
The students were engaging and happy to have the beautiful dictionaries that were given to them. This is the 13th elementary school that he has distributed dictionaries to with five more to go, all in Jefferson County.
The Dictionary Project is part of the Drug Awareness program. Drug Awareness program is one of many programs that the Elks provide (Community Activity, Veterans, Youth, Government Relations, ENF, Major Projects, etc.).
OFFICERS FOR 2022-2023
Exalter Ruler - Edward C. Massa
Esteemed Leading Knight - Anne M. Fleming
Esteemed Loyal Knight - Margaret "Peg" Bootie
Esteemed Lecturing Knight - Jay Miller
Secretary - Kim Kowal
Treasurer - Melissa VanBrocklin
Esquire - PER Dennis Brady
Tiler - Linda Lepper
Chaplain - Karen Miller
Inner Guard - PER Joan Grappotte Carlo
PER Cheryl A. Clark
PER Anthony J. Verne
PER Kathy M. Converse
Mary Hughes Hoistion
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