Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks
723 Liberty Street
Painesville, OH 44077
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The beginnings of our new Southern Exposure Patio!
Our 2016-2017 Corps of Officers:
Painesville Lodge 549 had quite a meeting on March 24, 2016. The lodge officers, led by ER Duke Miller, PDDGER, initiated 17 new members! That's not a typo...17. It was a real crowd in the lodge room as the new candidates went through the old style (full) initiation ritual. Many of this group came from the Cicconetti family, sponsored by the Hon. Mike Cicconetti. This was also the last meeting of the 2015/2016 lodge year and ER Duke's last evening as the presiding officer at the lodge meetings. Thanks to Duke for his hard work and dedicated service to our lodge.
Also, member Gary Toivonen was presented with the honor of being Elk of the Year. Gary has long served as Veterans' Dinner chairman, on the Snow Ball Adult Developmentally Disabled dinner/dance committee, on the set up crew for many lodge events, and even washes dishes. Many thanks to Gary for his dedication to BPOE 549! He is an example that we all can follow.
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Be sure to plan on coming to our 2016 Lodge Officer Installation and ER Ball. Get the ball-gown out and dust of the dancing shoes. We have a great band lined up and food will be MARVELOUS! $35 per person advanced sale.
See the latest Painesville 549's efforts for our local veterans by clicking on this link to the ENF page: ENF at 549
Comedy night was a huge success! Thanks to all who supported it.
The joint Vet’s Clothing project between Painesville 549 and Willoughby-Cleveland 18 Elks Lodges is concluding with the delivery of bags of cold weather clothing to Deacon Al Jones of the St. John Baptist Church
in Painesville. Painesville’s ER and Past District Deputy Duke Miller and Past Exalted Ruler Scott Daniels made the delivery. Pictured are (l-r) Deacon Jones and ER Duke.
Other sites that were included in the distribution of clothing were the Lake County Veterans’ Service Commission, Wade Park VA, 152nd St. Veterans’ Resource Center, the Painesville citadel of the Salvation Army and the Painesville City Municipal Court. All these organizations will further distribute the clothing to disadvantaged veterans with whom they come in contact.
Painesville and Willoughby-Cleveland lodges, for the past two years, have applied for and combined their ENF Freedom Grants, totaling $4,000, in order to provide this service to our community and to our veterans.
The Work Smart Clothing Factory in Wickliffe has been helpful in this effort by providing us with a generous discount on the clothing we have purchased from them. Home Depot has also given us discounts on the tote bags we use for the individual clothing packages. We even had some homemade knit
stocking caps and cracker packages donated to us this year!
Painesville’s ER Duke Miller PDDGER, Scott Daniels PER and Willoughby-Cleveland’s Jon Felice PDDGER and member Tom Jenks served on this committee again this year. PER Tom Keaty from Painesville and Willoughby-Cleveland’s PER Mike Felice have also help in supporting roles. The conclusion of this year’s effort brings the total packages of clothing delivered to those in need to approximately 300. This a project that is sponsored by the Elks
National Foundation. Please join ENF and give generously. See any Elks officer for more details.
Below, l-r Trustee Dan, volunteers Rich and Al, and Est. Loyal Knight Bob, serve up dinner for veteran Dave at our recent Nov. 11th Veterans dinner. Volunteer Skip helps out in background.
On Sept. 24th we had the annual District inspection, which is required by the Grand Lodge. These inspections review our finances, building condition, officers and general operation of our lodge and bar/grill, as a franchise of the BPOE Grand Lodge. Robert Essig, PER of the Ashtabula lodge is the current District Deputy whose job it is to oversee these inspections within our district. As in the past, our lodge came through the inspection with high marks thanks to our hard working officers and trustees. ER Duke Miller (PDDGER) and his officers and trustees did a great job!
Pictured below is our full contingent of officers and trustees, along with visiting members from other lodges and most notably, State Ohio Elks Association President Lance Knight and his wife Susan.
On September 10th, we hosted our Life Members to a dinner, followed by special recognition at the lodge meeting. Below, those LMs staying for the meeting are pictured (l-r) are Richard Patton, John Rintamaa (PER), John Hurley, Jerry Browning (PER), Lodge ER Geroge Miller (PDDGER), Michael Suydam, Roger Wiegman, Lodge Inner Guard Anrold Sukenik, Andy Lombardo, Steve Reho, and David Franko.
Below, ER Duke Miller and Est. Loyal Knight S. Robert Wright present the Madison Township Fire Department with equipment purchased with the $750 Ohio Elks Association Community Service Grant that we applied for and were awarded. Sometimes its the small everyday equipment that makes their jobs easier!
On behalf of the 2015 BPOE 549 Big Daddy Golf Outing committee, lodge officers and staff, thanks to you for another successful golf outing. Next year's Big Daddy will be on Wednesday, July 20, 2016.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS.
Thanks to those who helped carry our flag at the July 1st at the Fairport Mardi Gras Parade.
Thank you for the great turn out for the 2015 Memorial Day Parade!
Be sure to attend our Flag Day Ceremony on Sunday, June 14th, 1PM, at BPOE 549.
The guidelines are:
Topic: “What do I think of when I see our flag flying and what do I want the rest of the world to think of it when they see our flag flying and why are these things important to me”
Length: 400 to 500 words
Submission: Deadline is June 1, 2015
To: BPOE 549
ATTN: Nancy Kitson
723 Liberty St.
Painesville, OH 44077
See pictures of our 2015 visit from the
Easter Bunny on the Lodge Events tab.
Good Luck to our new corps of Lodge Officers!
The 2015-2016 BPOE 549 officers were installed by the Past Exalted Rulers of Painesville and Willoughby-Cleveland lodges. The installing PERs below (l-r) are John Felice PDDGER, Mike Felice PER, Michael Richner PER, Charles Imes PER, Warren Laurita PER, Jerry Browning PER, Cliff Wilson PER, and Larry Clement PDDGER.
The officers of BPOE 549 that were installed are (l-r) Lynn Dodds, Tiler; John Haught, Secretary; Kyler Daniel, Est. Lecturing Knight; Alan Sukenic, Inner Guard; George 'Duke' Miller, Jr. PDDGER, Exalted Ruler;Rod Schaffter, Esquire; Nancy Kitson, Est. Leading Knight; Thomas Keaty PER, Trustee; Robert Wright, Est. Loyal Knight; Pat Acker, continuing Trustee, Brian Waite, Chaplain; Dan Kitson, continuing Trustee.
We wish to thank the Past Exalted Rulers of both Painesville #549 and the Willoughby-Cleveland #18 lodges for acting as the Grand Lodge Officers during the installation of our new corps of Officers. And the best of luck to our new officers during this coming year.
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