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Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks
June 2000

Howell Lodge #2515 Monthly Newsletter
Robert Jani - Editor 



It’s been a very busy time of the year at the Howell Elks! The Auditing Committee is getting the annual audit prepared and the Trustees have proposed and passed upon the floor a new budget for 2000-2001.

The Handicapped Children’s Committee held their “Carnival of Fun” at the Special Olympics and Howell Lodge was again the best represented Lodge in our District! Our Veterans Committee held a Memorial Service at the Viet Nam Memorial in Holmdel which was well attended by over thirty members and guests. Community Activities Committee ran a Yankee bus trip and despite traffic and the heat, a good time was had by all!

Our Building and Grounds Committee has spent a lot of time sprucing up the inside and outside of the building and the House Committee is doing a great job running the Grill Room, kitchen and hall. I would like to thank the committees and all the members who are donating their time to make our Lodge a success. I’ve traveled around the state visiting other Lodges and this has made me appreciated how good I have it being Exalted Ruler of Howell Lodge.

We got the results back concerning the building expansion with almost all who responded indicated that they wanted us to expand. I’ve appointed Trustee Joseph Melillo as Chairman of the Expansion Committee and we are in the process of putting a committee together. Hopefully in the not too distant future, we will have a proposal ready for the membership.

Starting next month we will be on a summer schedule with Lodge meetings only on the third Thursday of the month. It would be nice to see more members at our meetings! Meetings are where the business of the Lodge gets conducted. The only way, as a member, you can have a say in what goes on is by attending these meetings!

Fraternally Yours,

Ken Chittick, Exalted Ruler



I think that it is safe to say spring has arrived! On Sunday, May 7th, the Auxiliary members and their significant others enjoyed a dinner show at Rascals Comedy Club in Ocean Twp. By the looks and sounds of it, all had a great time (Including the naked lady)!

Many thanks to Pat Adams, PP, for handling the details and making all of the arrangements for us. The Auxiliary will be having a flower bulb sale and we will be taking orders from the end of June through July. We also have a Summer Gift Auction coming up...mark July 15 at 7:00 pm on your calendars and come out and have a good time!

Pat DePaola, 

Auxiliary President


Dear Members,

To date, we have 51 unpaid members, please pay your dues or let me know that you are no longer interested. If you are not coming around because of a specific problem, please let us know “because we can’t fix it, if we don’t know its broken”.

Your membership in our Order allows you certain rights and privileges and your membership allows you to visit other Lodges, not only in our District, but other Districts and States, as well. If you are no longer interested in being a member of our Lodge, there may be another Lodge that may better suit your needs. We would rather have you demit to another Lodge than to lose you completely.

Summer is around the corner, drive safe and watch out for the kids!


Nick Tsoukalis


The following candidates are awaiting investigation:

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Felicia Hallahan Howell Attorney Nick Tsoukalis


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Drug & Alcohol Awareness

The Howell Community Alliance for the prevention of alcohol and drug abuse is hosting the 2nd Annual Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest. It will be held on June 11, from NOON-2PM at Aldrich Plaza in Howell.

Awards will be presented for the best work in each age group an all artists will receive a participation ribbon. No pre-registration is required.

Age Groups: 
3—5 yrs old; 
6—8 yrs; 
9—10 yrs; 
11—12 yrs; 
13—16 yrs and 17—adults.

Rain date is June 18th, come out for a fun time with your family! 



Howell Elks cookbooks are still for sale for only $10.00! A great gift because over 200 recipes were contributed by our members!

Anyone with unsold books please return them or if you would like a cookbook, please call Elizabeth Smith at 458-6936 or email at

House Committee


Coming Soon —



June 13th—Steak Sandwich $1.00

June 20th—Hamburgers $1.00

June 27th—Chicken Sandwich $1.00

July 4th—Fireworks, No Grill!

July 11th—Pasta Night $1.00

July 18th—Sausage & Peppers

Sandwich $1.00

July 25th—Dirty Water Dogs $1.00

Help needed to make this work! Joe

Lodge Activities

This Year, Howell Lodge is entering a Grand Lodge contest called “Community Service & Image Contest”. The contest runs through March 2001 and cooperation of all Committee Chairpersons is necessary. Every function, event or activity, please copy me with information, pictures and reports. Every committee will be represented and requires everyone’s support. This will be the first time our Lodge has entered this contest and I hope to do really well with all that we do. Let’s all work together! Please send ma anything you can!

Connie Cantwell, Chairperson, Lodge Activities (Email

Handicapped Children

Sorry for missing the last few issues of the Howler, so I guess its time to bring you all up to date. The Committee has been hard at work planning and taking part at District and Lodge programs.

First activity of the New Year was our 2nd Annual Chinese Auction. Over 60 people attended and over $1,100.00 was raised. Thanks to all members for your support.

The Jersey Shore marathon was next, over 90 teams took part. The weather was horrible, windy, rainy and cold but still all teams took part with over $15,000.00 was raised for Special Olympics. On May 11th, the Committee met to plan for the Special Olympics and discuss requests for funding. The Committee will bring to the floor for approval. The Special Olympics were held May 13 at Long Branch High. Twenty one committee members took part all had a great time, along with the Special Children.

Special thanks to all Committee members, for all your hard work, without you this committee would be useless.

Rich Thomas, Chairman, HCC

Community Activities

On April 22nd, The Community Activities Committee delivered 6 Easter Baskets filled with groceries and household goods to senior citizens of Howell Twp. Each senior was also presented with a potted plant.  Thanks to all who helped, our delivery crews, Pete, Kelly and James Schott, Darlene, Nicole, Erica and Amanda Fortier. And to the best basket stuffers, Austin & Cindy McCabe, THANKS!

On May 6th, Howell Lodge members along with family and friends made a road trip to the Bronx to see the New York Yankees. Despite a few setbacks, (terrible traffic and unbearable heat), everyone had a great time. Marge, next time the seats will be on the lower level and Debbie, you should keep a better eye on Timmy—that was not nice letting him get lost!

As we all know, May 14th was Mothers Day and the Community Activities Committee hosted a “Mothers Day Breakfast”. Attendance was a little low, but I would like to thank everyone who treated their MOM’s and families to a great morning. Many hours were spent getting ready for this day and I would like to express my thanks to some members and family for their help in making my job much easier. Austin and Darlene, thanks for the long hours. Thanks to Greg Gusk, Pete Schott, Greg Scarlato and the 2 girls working the door, Nicole and Erica.

Thank you Marge and Nick Semersky for always helping out.

Dave Gusk, Chairman

Community Activities


The Grill Room 
Monday - Friday  3PM-1AM 
Saturday 12PM-1AM 
Sunday 12PM-8Pm 

Friday Night Dinners 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Joe Melillo and
Dave Gusk
House Co-Chairpersons


Elk of the Year

Pete Schott

Officer of the Year

George Phillips

Lady of the Year Pat DePaola
Past Exalted Ruler Bob Lutkiewicz


Murray Seltzer, 
DMD, Dentistry 

Dr. Tom Reizer 
Dr. Lori Reizer 
Ramtown Chiropractic 

Steve Jankowski 

Atlantic Printing 
Printing & Publishing 

Our Friends 

Lo Mark Landscaping 
Lawn Service 

Tuers Aluminum 
Nick Tsoukalis 

Wayne Lucey 
Genral Contractor 

Rich Bessette, CPA 
Tax Preparation 

Frank J. Howley 
Attorney at Law 


National Veterans Service Commission

On April 15th, the Veterans Committee paid a visit to Victorian Gardens Nursing home for an Easter Social. We treated over 40 Veterans to a catered lunch prepared by Corsi’s. Each Vet was presented with an Easter Basket filled with candy and then the Committee presented the home with a boom box radio, clothing and books. Following lunch, all residents of the home were entertained by the very talented dancers from the Ocean Center of Performing Arts while munching on candy, cookies and refreshments. Their performance was enjoyed by everyone! Thank you girls and Nicole Woitkowski.

The day was enjoyed by all because of the caring, support and help of our Exalted Ruler Ken and Candy, Bob Andrews, Marge Semersky, Austin McCabe, Bob Heater, Carol Borucki and Jim Slendorn. Thank you all.

On Saturday, May 20th, we visited the Viet Nam Memorial in Holmdel. The Committee laid a wreath in honor of those who fell in combat for Armed Services Day. Special recognition plaques were presented in honor of Lcp. Paul Handerhan, PFC John Barca and PFC John Byrnes. Very special thanks to the over 30 Elks and friends who braved the inclimate weather to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our way of life.

For God & Country, Debbie Sexton, Chairperson, Veterans Committee

Youth Activities Spring Soccer Shoot

On April 29th, the Howell Elks Youth Activities Committee sponsored the open to all boys and girls through the age of 13.     The shoot was held at the Howell Pinelanders Youth Soccer Club Fields from 9:00 A.M. through 1:00 P.M.  This year's turnout was one of the best yet with approximately 140 kids in the 4 age groups competing.  We are currently in the process of scheduling the fall Shoot Out with the Howell Soccer Club. The first place winners in each age group will go on to the Elks District Shoot in the fall.   The winners will be announced shortly after the fall shoot out is completed.

I want to thank Ken Kinelski, President of the Pinelanders Youth Soccer Club and his volunteers for making this event a success; it is really a pleasure to work with them. The Pinelanders always treat us with the best hospitality.

Thanks also to all the Elks and the other helpers who volunteered their time and services in making this a success, including ER Ken and Candy Chittick, PER Bob and Linda Lutkiewicz, Bill and Patty Gray, Gene and Sue Pilot, Debbie Sexton, Nick Semersky, Bob Lawson, Tom Blum, Nick Tsoukalis, and my wife, Kathy.   Special thanks to our young ball chasers and goal keepers, the 2 Kelly's, Sexton, and Schott along with James Schott who made his ball chasing debut this year.  Very special thanks Austin McCabe for soliciting the donation of the letters for the kick board and for supervising the lettering of the kick board with the utmost of precision.  Well, except for the one crooked 5.

Again, thanks to all the volunteers, without you we would not be able to do any of the Community and Youth related events that we do. I am looking forward to working with you on the other activities planned throughout the year.

Pete Schott, Howell Elks Youth Activities Chairman.

Hoop Shoot, Youth, and Community Activities Committees

The Youth Activities, Hoop Shoot, Soccer Shoot and Community Activities Committees are currently planning the upcoming events for the year. The committees will be meeting on Monday, June 19th at 7:00PM to begin planning. Committees are looking for VOLUNTEERS to help out in making these events successful!

The events include:

*  BBQ for Howell Senior Citizens - tentatively June 27th.
* Howell Elks Family Picnic—date and location to be determined.
* Day at the Races—Monmouth Park, August 27th, 2000.
* Fall Soccer Shoot with Howell Soccer Shoot—September 2000.
* Howell Elks Kids Olympics—September 16, 2000.
* Howell Elks Hoop Shoot—date and location to be determined.

Anyone interested in helping out, please contact Pete Schott, Dave Gusk or Paul Zulin. We hope to see you on Monday, June 19th!


The Elks National Foundation

Congratulations! The year end results are in! Your generous contributions to the Elks National Foundation amounted to $9.64 per member for our Lodge. That places Howell Lodge in second place in our District and 24th in the State!

Applications for the NJ Elks Legacy Awards are now available from the Secretary’s office. The State Legacy Award is a scholarship funded by the National Foundation and is available to the children of Elks (2 years minimum). Children or step children of Elks in good standing who are high school seniors, college freshman, sophomores and juniors at a 2 or 4 year college and a full time student are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Please call the Lodge at 458-2515 or Secretary Nick Tsoukalis at 458-2031 for more information or to receive an application.

The Elks National Foundation is second only to the United States Government in the amount of scholarships granted each year.

Our own PDDGER Robert Jani is the State Chairman of the National Foundation for the New Jersey State Elks Association. If you would like more info on the ENF, please see Bob.

Golf Outing

Monday, June 12th

Gamblers Ridge Golf Course

$65.00 per person

Refreshments, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Spare Ribs, Chicken, Baked Beans, Salads

Prizes Tee off 1PM

Wildwood Convention 2000

The Howell Elks will be staying at the Crusader Hotel in Wildwood.

All rooms have been sold out, however, there is a waiting list in the Grill Room for those members looking to participate.

All members are certainly welcome to visit for the day (a daily hospitality charge may be necessary), please speak to the Convention Committee.


1999-2000 Lodge Officers 
Exalted Ruler    Ken Chittick
Est. Leading Kt. Gene Pilot
Est. Loyal Kt.  Tim Sexton
Est. Lect. Kt. Paul Zulin
Esquire  Maryann Jankowski
Inner Guard  Bob Lawson 
Chaplain  Connie Cantwell
Tiler Austin McCabe
Secretary  Nick Tsoukalis
Treasurer George Pankewytch 
1 yr. Trustee Rich Pistolese
2 yr. Trustee Joe Melillo
3 yr. Trustee Sal DePaola
4 yr. Trustee  George Adams, PER
5 yr. Trustee  Bill Gray


The Auxiliary 

Pat DePaola, President

Peggie Phillips, VP 

Maureen Shapiro, Rec. Sec’y 

Sue McKenna, Cors. Sec’y 

Adele Marriccoli, Treasurer 

Ann Testa, Chaplain 

Nydia Tice, Sgt.-At-Arms 


Linda Lutkiewciz

Fran Marmo

Cherie Maxwell

Suzanne Tsoukalis

Pat Adams


Past Exalted Rulers 

Edward Sammons 

Alfred Kulpa

James Zbozny 

Howard Collins, Jr. PDDGER 

Gerard Conner 

Thomas McCauley 

Joseph Rinaldi

David Newsome 

Daniel T. Libonati, Jr. 

Joseph Marmo 

Sean Parks 

Ron Campos 

Frank Rakowski 

Robert Jani, PDDGER, PVP 

Arthur Morello 

Ron Barca 

Glen Blue

George Adams

Steve Jankowski

Bob Lutkiewciz



Robert Lawson 
Cliff Handerhan, PEY 
George Howlett 
Jim & Connie Cantwell 
The Pinto Family,PEY 
Lorraine Thomas 
Rob & Joanne McCoubrey 
The Schott Family 
The Kennedy Family 
Sal & Adele Marroccoli 
The Butterworth Family 
The Steakin Family 
Stanley & Marie Shearman 
Don & Joyce LeRoy 
The Gusk Family,PEY 
Mom Pilot 
The Tennent Family 
The Jani Family, PDDGER, PVP, PER, State Chairmen ENF 

Marty Kelly, Jr., PEY 
Geo. & Pat Adams,PER, PEY 
Steve & Maryann, PER 
Jason R. Jani 
Joe & Fran Marmo,PER,PEY 
John & Carol Brooks 
Charlie Barrow 
Nick & Suzanne Tsoukalis 
The DePaola Family 
Rich & Jan Thomas,PEY 
Steve & Thea Clark 
The Owens Family 
The Sexton Family 
Pat & Michelle 
Stanley Eckert 
Pat & Marion Ruane 
The Blom Family 
The Lutkiewicz Family, ER Bob & PP Linda