Barre Elks Recognize Eagle Scout Trent Ripley I

Barre Elks Lodge recently recognized Eagle Scout Trent Ripley.   Trent was our guest for dinner and received a certificate and letter from  Grand Exalted Ruler McPherson along with a pin and American Flag.   Trent is a member of Troop 795.   His Eagle Scout Project included the raised beds at the Presbyterian Church, as part of the community garden.    For more information call the Lodge 479-9522

Pictured are: Scott Herring, Troop Committee Chair, Eagle Scout Trent Ripley, Phil Delia from Barre Elks and Joe Aldsworth, Troop Leader.   Scouting is just one of the many youth activites supported by your Local Elks Lodge. 

News item submitted by Barb Watters.

Barre Elks Lodge recognizes the Williamstown Elementary Student of the Month

Barre Elks Lodge recognized the Williamstown Elementary Student of the Month Brenna Lee on December 21st.   Brenna and her family were guests at the Lodge for dinner.   Brenna was recognized for her academics, leadership and the positive influence she brings to her class and school.   

Pictured third from left, Brenna is a 5th grader at Williamstown Elementary and hopes to be either a writer or Veterinarian.   Pictured are the Lee Family and ER Lawson:  (left to right) Melissa Lee, Annabel Lee, Brenna Lee, Keira Lee, Barre Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler Maureen Lawson and Collin Lee.

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Newport Elks # 2155 Local Hoop Shoot. December 2, 2017

NOTE:  This was received on December 3rd but got overlooked until now.

12-13 age group
Front row: Jordan Driver,  third place,  Carter Montgomery, second place, Joshua Kocis, first place, Bryn Jenness, first place, Destiny Glover, second place, Alexis Deroucher, third place,
Back row:  Leland Sloan ER Elks, Joe Young, TJ Santaw. Hunter Marsh,, Derrick Breault, Steve Edgerley. Local Hoop Shoot Chairman

8-9 year olds
Front row:   Kamyrn Huntington,, third place, Zach, Fortin, second place, Leo Cresswell, first place, Cynthia Balcazar, first place, Leann Lontine, second place, Danika Phillabaum, third place
Back row: Jacob Kocis, Josh Rivers Leland ER Elks, Steve Edgerley, Hoop Shoot chairman, Alex Haugewitz, Cole Azur, Dylan Gunn

10-11 year olds
Front row: Lane Pickard, third place, Haidin Chilafoux, second place, Jonathan Kocis, first place, Olivia Moore, first place, Brooklyn Hinton second place, Giada Hodges, third place
Back row:   Leland Sloan, ER Elks, Joe DeSena, Carlo DeSena, Cohen Bryant, Noah Gonthier, Steve Edgerley hoop shoot chairman

The Falcon Varsity Basketball team were the rebounders for the shoot today, Dec. 2, 2017 along with coach John Gunn. The boys names may not be in the right order with the pictures.


News item submitted by Steve Edgerley


 On Saturday,  December 16, 2017, Springfield Elks Lodge members drove to the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington, Vt., to present a $1500 Elks Anniversary Grant.  Elks NationL Foundation came up with the name  and donation application, because this February 2018 will mark the 150th Anniversary of when Elks became a fraternity in New York City, N.Y., in 1867.
  The Grant will be used at the home to build a “Game Room”, to be used by Veterans recovering from wounds  inflicted during their service.  These could be long or short term recovering Veterans.  The “Game Room” will include books, board games, card games, darts, Play Stations w/games, Wii and Wii games and other games deemed suitable for the Vets. This “Game Room” will cost a substantial amount of money and the $1500 Anniversary Grant will certainly help offset the cost of approximately $5000.
    This is an important  need for our Veterans who have served our country and have suffered by receiving wounds of various types.  We owe our freedoms to all of our Veterans and this is a very small amount of giving back.
    The Vets at the home remarked that they remember what our Lodge has given to them in the past.  One year the Lodge donated a couple dozen fish poles with bait boxes.   Another year the Lodge took down boxes and boxes of books, VHS movies, when they were popular.   Another year the Lodge donated boxes of tube socks.  Springfield Elks Lodge donates to the Veterans Home and VA Hospital in White River Jct., every year with something.  We ask, and they give us a list of what we can take to them. 
Caption for attached picture: At the Elks Anniversary Grant presentation at the Veterans Home in Bennington, Vt., were the following l to r; Al Fagans of Rutland, Vt., (USMC/Army), Ray Meaney of Florida (U.S. Navy on the USS Bennington), Eugene Siliski, Gloria Gunn, Exalted Ruler  Vicki Siliski (all of Springfield Elks Lodge), CEO Melissa Jackson of the Vets Home, Paul Lyman of Brattleboro (U.S. Navy) and COO Al Faxan Col. USMC (Ret.) of the Vets Home.
News items provided by Mike Gunn.

St. Albans Elk’s Lodge Holds Local Hoop Shoot

The St. Albans Elk’s Lodge Local Hoop Shoot was held on Saturday, December 9th at BFA St. Albans.
 The following participants will be moving on to compete at the District Level at North Country High School on Sat. January 6th.  l-r: 10/11 boys  Isaac Branon (Fairfield), 10/11 girls  Cora Thomas (Fairfield), 12/13 boys Ethan White (City), 8/9 girls Julie Combs (Enosburg), 12/13 Girls Rylea Staley (City), 8/9 boys Logan Campion (City)
The 2nd and 3rd place winners from the divisions were 8/9 girls 2nd Sibeal Barry-O’Neil  (Fairfax),3rd Serenity Thompson (Sheldon) 8/9 boys 2nd Hayden Elwood (Enosburg), 3rd Nolan Howrigan (Fairfield), 10/11 girls 2nd Lauryn Johnson (City), 3rd Resse Callan (SATEC), 10/11 boys 2nd Brady Cutting (City), 3rd Ryan Sheehan (Fairfax), 12/13 girls 2nd Kayla Gervais (Bakersfield), 3rd Lindsey Labelle (Fairfield), 12/13 boys 2nd Tyson Pidgeon (Fairfield), 3rd Noah Earl (SATEC).  
Thanks to the following volunteers: Joe and Margaret Montcalm, Sandy Bracey, Ed Morgan, Gerald Bailey, Laurie Boudreau, Robin Trombley, Harry Gleim, Pete Bocash, Jackie Boudreau, Cathy Moss, Mary Brouillette, Isabel Paquette, Destiny Turner, Gloria Bronson, Abigail Paquette, Lee Paquette, Garrett Boudreau, Bryson Merthengal, Julia Horton, Paul Charbonneau, Steve Wry, and Dan Ploof.
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    Springfield Elks Lodge #1560 held there annual Hoop Shoot for boys and girls ages 8 to 13 at Riverside Middle School on December 9, 2018.
    In the 8 & 9 year old group for girls, the first place winner was Savannah Dezaine followed in 2nd place by Hailey Magill.  For the boys in the same age group, the first place winner was Matthew Durphey with Kaiden McCarthy in 2nd place.   For the 10 & 11 year old girls, the winner was Kiko Boyens and 2nd place went to Amelia Murchie.  For the boys in the same age group, the winner was Caden Benson with James Gultekin coming in 2nd.  The 12 & 13 year old winners for girls was Gabriella Anders with Madison Glidden in 2nd place.  For the boys, the winner was Dylan McCarthy and 2nd place to Tanner Gintof.
    The 1st and 2nd place winners were presented with a nice Elks trophies, and all participants were presented with Elks miniature basketballs.  Chairman Victor Baskevich announced that the 1st place winners will now compete in the Southern District Elks Hoop shoot on Jan. 13th 2018 in Springfield, Vt. at the Springfield High School starting at 10:00 AM.  The public is invited to attend.  
Caption for picture attached:   At the annual Springfield Elks Hoop Shoot 1st and 2nd place winners are shown l to r; Frt. Matthew Durphy, Kaiden McCarthy, Savannah Dezaine, Amelia Murchie, Haley Magill, Caden Benson and James Gultekin.  Back; Elks Exalted Ruler Vicki Siliski, Co-chairman Steve Wierzbicki, Madison Glidden, Gabriella Anders, Tanner Gintof, Dylan McCarthy, Kiko Boyens and Elks Chairman Victor Baskevich.
News item provided by Mike Gunn

Barre Elks Recognize Student of the Month

Melanie Weston, a First Grader at Williamstown Elementary School was recognized as Student of the Month at the Barre Elks Lodge.   Melanie,  her mother Anne, Teacher Ms. Perry and Mike Meacham enjoyed dinner and meeting Elks Members, in addition to receiving her certificate. 

Left to right:   Monique Perry, Teacher, Mom Anne Meacham, Melanie, Mike Meacham and Barre Exalter Ruler Maureen Lawson.  

For information about becoming an Elk please call the lodge at 479-9522

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Barre Elks Recognize Student of the Month

Keauna DuBois was honored at the Barre Elks Lodge as the Williamstown Elementary Student of the Month.  Keauna is a 4th grader and daughter of Daniel and Crystal Dubois.   Keauna hopes to become a veterinarian.   Barre Elks Lodge is proud to recognize outstanding youth in our area.
l-r:  Exalted Ruler Maureen Lawson, Keauna, Mom Crystal and WES teacher Sarah Franklin
News item submitted by Barb Watters