Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks
Howell Lodge #2515 Monthly Newsletter
Robert Jani - Editor
EXALTED RULERS MESSAGE
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!
Ken Chittick, Exalted Ruler
AUXILIARY PRESIDENT MESSAGE
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!
THE SECRETARY'S CORNER
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!
The following candidates are awaiting
Howell Howler Articles:
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
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.
3—5 yrs old;
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 EMSCRS@aol.com.
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
July 25th—Dirty Water Dogs $1.00
Help needed to make this work! Joe
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!
Chairperson, Lodge Activities (Email ConnieC929@aol.com)
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
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
Dave Gusk, Chairman
The Grill Room
Monday - Friday 3PM-1AM
Friday Night Dinners 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Joe Melillo and
|Elk of the Year
|Officer of the Year
|Lady of the Year
|Past Exalted Ruler
Dr. Tom Reizer
Dr. Lori Reizer
Printing & Publishing
Lo Mark Landscaping
Rich Bessette, CPA
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
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
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
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
The events include:
* Howell Elks Family Picnic—date
and location to be determined.
* BBQ for Howell Senior Citizens - tentatively June 27th.
* 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,
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
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.
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
|1999-2000 Lodge Officers
|Est. Leading Kt.
|Est. Loyal Kt.
|Est. Lect. Kt.
|| Bob Lawson
|| Nick Tsoukalis
|| George Pankewytch
|1 yr. Trustee
|2 yr. Trustee
|3 yr. Trustee
|4 yr. Trustee
||George Adams, PER
|5 yr. Trustee
Pat DePaola, President
Peggie Phillips, VP
Maureen Shapiro, Rec. Secy
Sue McKenna, Cors. Secy
Adele Marriccoli, Treasurer
Ann Testa, Chaplain
Nydia Tice, Sgt.-At-Arms
Past Exalted Rulers
Howard Collins, Jr. PDDGER
Daniel T. Libonati, Jr.
Robert Jani, PDDGER, PVP
Cliff Handerhan, PEY
Jim & Connie Cantwell
The Pinto Family,PEY
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
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
Nick & Suzanne Tsoukalis
The DePaola Family
Rich & Jan Thomas,PEY
Steve & Thea Clark
The Owens Family
The Sexton Family
Pat & Michelle
Pat & Marion Ruane
The Blom Family
The Lutkiewicz Family, ER Bob & PP Linda