ELK OF THE MONTH
Our Elk of the Month for May is John Gartz
John Gartz is a staple of the Lodge and the epitome of a great Elk. John can always be found around the Lodge making repairs, mowing the lawn, and just doing general check ins.
John is also the King of Logistics when it comes to our large events such as convention, Fluke Tournament, and Elkfest! He is always willing to lend a hand to any event and supports every event 100%. John also recently worked very hard to oversee the repairs in the upstairs meeting room and kitchen after the flood.
As a trustee, he was part of the team instrumental in seeing that we received insurance monies to pay for the repairs. He’s the man who would give you the shirt off his back if it meant helping you out of a jam. John is an all round great man, and Elk.
Congratulations on being May’s Elk of the Month!!
Our Elk of the Month for April is Stephanie Prezioso
Stephanie is an active member of the House Committee and has been generously volunteering her time in the kitchen and serving for Friday Night Dinners and Sunday lunches for the past several months. She is always willing to lend a hand to help support all of our events. One of her specialties is with gift auctions and has helped tremendously with those at all of our Elk events!
Stephanie always has a ‘can-do’ attitude and good sense of humor that is greatly appreciated when working with her. Whether it is our Elkfest, Fluke Tournament, Special Children’s Picnic or anything in between, Stephanie is always quick to volunteer and help in any way needed.
Thank you for always stepping up and giving your time and energy for Point Pleasant Elks Lodge #1698. We appreciate you and congratulations on this well-deserved honor of Elk of the Month, Stephanie.Stephanie Prezioso
Our Elk of the Month for March is Eddie McDermott
has been a member of our Lodge for 38 years. He is an active
member of the House Committee and always working behind the scenes to
lend a hand in the kitchen and at our many events.
Our Elk of the Month for Febuary is Ed Sholander
Also known as “Quiet Ed”, he has a dry sense of humor and quick wit that keeps us laughing in the kitchen. He often shares stories about the Lodge from over the years. Ed’s daughter Carol was the first female Exalted Ruler at Point Pleasant Lodge and Ed was very active in our bowling teams back in the day.
Ed is also known for his generous spirit. Not just with his time and energy but his wallet too. Ed has donated money to pay for Friday Night Dinner food (since he claims cooking is not one of his talents), towards the Grille Room TV’s and even for food for Super Bowl so that everyone can enjoy a free buffet that day.
Ed, we are all proud to call you Brother and Friend. Thank you so much for all that you do for Point Pleasant Elks #1698 and for the smiles and laughs. You always put the Lodge's best interests first and we appreciate your support.
Congratulations on a well-deserved Febuary Elk of the Month
Our Elk of the Month for January is Christine McIvor
She is also a member of the House Committee and you can find her working the beer trucks at Elkfest and helping with and supporting our other Elk events throughout the year.
She recently organized and ran Point Pleasant’s first Designer Bag Bingo which brought in much needed funds for our Lodge, thank you! The event was sold out and people are already talking about the sequel for next year!
Christine, we appreciate the liveliness and smiles that you bring to the Grille Room and our Lodge events.
Thank you for all that you do for Point Pleasant Elks and congratulations on a well-deserved January Elk of the Month
Our Elks of the Month for December are Joan & Harold "Hockey" Schmidt
Both are members of the House Committee and help out at all our big events such as the Fluke Tournament and Elkfest. Joan is usually shucking clams at the Fluke and helping recruit new members at Elkfest while Hockey is serving beer and helping out where needed. He is also part of our elite crew that cleans and maintains our grills and equipment that are needed for our big events. If these two aren’t behind the lines helping at a function, they are the first in line to support it and attend.
Joan and Hockey are also regulars in the Grille Room and bring a sense of humor and good attitude to our Lodge and our missions as Elks. Both are very generous with their time and efforts in supporting our Lodge.
As “Snow Birds” the Schmidt’s will be leaving us at the end of December for a few months and they are always missed until their return in the Spring. Please wish them congratulations on being Elks of the Month when you see them.
Joan and Hockey, thank you for all that you do for Point Pleasant Elks and for being good friends and generous hearted people.
Joan & Hockey Schmidt
Our Elk of the Month for November is Hugh Hild
Hugh is also a member of the House Committee who helps keep the kitchen well equipped by buying our supplies when needed. Hugh is on this House Chair's speed dial as my "On Star" contact when I have a question about equipment, a request for help with an is-sue at the Lodge or to meet with our Community Service workers.
Hugh, thank you for all that you do for Point Pleasant Elks #1698, we appreciate all of your efforts
Our Elk of the Month for October is Karen
Karen also stepped up to make food for the Lodge's Bingo Night with what has now become Karen's Famous Pizzas!
Karen is also in charge of our Antler newsletter, gathering information from committees, officers and members every month to keep the Lodge informed on all of our activities.
She is a always around helping, Karen is a very hard worker who is always willing to support the Lodge. Karen is also a regular in the Grille Room and a member of the House Committee. So when you see her, please congratulate her on being our well deserved October Elk of the Month.
Karen, thank you for all that you do for Point Pleasant Elks #1698, we appreciate all of your efforts
Our Elk of the Month for September is Manny
Manny is always willing to lend a hand around the Lodge and at our events. He and his wife Ann are regulars in the Grille Room and provide the snacks for the bar. Manny also recently made his debut as the guest host for Wednesday Bar Bingo!
Manny volunteers his time at our events like Fluke Tournament, Special Needs Picnic and ElkFest and is always willing to assist with getting supplies and fixing things around the Lodge.
And beyond all that he does for Point Pleasant Elks, Manny always has a smile and friendly attitude which is appreciated just as much as the help he gives.
Thank you Manny for all that you do for Point Pleasant Elks #1698 and congratulations on a well deserved September Elk of the Month.
Our Elk of the Month for August is Ellen
Ellen has been very active at Point Pleasant Elks Lodge, especially in her role as Elks National Foundation Chair. The mission of ENF is to help Elks build stronger communities by investing in those communities where Elks live and work. Ellen has joined this mission with a lot of enthusiasm and creativity on ways for our Lodge to raise that money. Please save the date of Saturday Nov. 16th at noon for the State Chili Cook-Off that Ellen is running at Point Pleasant Elks Lodge.
She is also our Grant Writer and always looking for opportunities for our Lodge and Committees to make use of funds that may be available to us.
Ellen is also very involved with one of our biggest fundraisers, the Fluke Tournament, along with her husband John. Ellen is always willing to help anywhere it is needed whether it be running a 50-50, helping in the kitchen, or offering to pitch in at any event or fundraiser.
Ellen is a member of the House Committee and brings a lot of great ideas and good energy to those meetings. And besides all that Ellen does for our Lodge, she is just a very sweet and nice person who likes to help.
Thank you Ellen for all that you do for Point Pleasant Elks #1698 and congratulations on a well deserved August Elk of the Month.
Our Elk of the Month for July is Terry
Terry has been a member for over 5 years and is always working behind the scenes to help. He can be found serving beer and working at Elkfest, cooking amazing Friday Night Dinners, mowing the Elks lawn, marching in parades or making food for events that, because of his work schedule, he isn’t even able to attend.
Terry is a regular in the Grille Room and always greets everyone with a smile, a hand shake, and a funny remark. Terry’s schedule keeps him very busy but he always finds a way to support our events. Many of his days off are spent in the kitchen cooking or helping with something for the Elks. He is also the official caterer of The Lido Deck at convention every year!
Terry is a member of the House Committee and as the husband of the House Chair, he has been very involved for years in planning for the success of all House events, trips and parties, even before becoming an Elk. His focus is always that people have a good time so they keep coming back to the Lodge to continue the great work that Elks do.
Thank you Terry for all that you do for the Point Pleasant Elks and congratulations on a well deserved July Elk of the Month!
Our Elk of the Month for June is Linda Gartz
Linda is always behind the scenes helping at all of our major Elk events. She organizes the bar for our Fluke Tournament and Elksfest and is a major part of the planning and success of both. Linda is also running convention this year and it is sold out! She and her husband John recently bought a trailer so that the Lodge doesn't have to rent one for convention and our other events, giving our Lodge free use of that equipment. Everyone knows that if Linda is in charge of an event, it goes smoothly and is a lot of fun!
And when the Lodge needed members to step up and fill officer chairs, Linda was the first to put up her hand and take the position of Esteemed Lecturing Knight. Linda also paid for our bathrooms to be fixed out of her own money and held onto the bill until the Lodge had the money to pay for it.
he always keeps the best interest of the Lodge in mind and is always willing to help support the Elks in any way. Linda is also an animal lover; especially dogs, cats and squirrels!
Thank you Linda for all that you do for the Point Pleasant Elks and congratulations on a well deserved June Elk of the Month!
Our Elk of the Month for May is Donna Rotunno
Donna is one of our very active members who helps with all events at the Lodge and attends
all of our meetings and ceremonies. She is also one of our Facebook Admins who
helps promote our Elk events online and has become one of our official flyer makers
thanks to her creativity and fun graphics!
As a member of the Fluke Tournament Committee and House Committee, Donna has lots
of great ideas to help the Lodge and for our members to have fun. She is always willing
to try new events and ideas to help our Lodge make money so we can continue to
help our community.
Donna is also married to our esteemed Leading Knight, Jerry, and they are both regular
participants at Sunday Funday in the Grille Room. Donna is also a champion Wii
Bowler and has recently become a Nascar fan!
Always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need, she gives a lot of her time and support
to the Point Pleasant Lodge. Donna, thank you for going above and beyond and always
keeping the Lodge's best interest in everything you do.
Congratulations Donna for a well deserved May Elk of the Month.
Our Elk of the Month for April is Nancy
Nancy is our Veteran's Committee Chairperson and has been involved with the Elks for 30 years and with the Veterans for over 15 years. Nancy is an honorary commander in the Air Force and spends a lot of time at the Joint Base McGuire-Dix in Lakehurst supporting our veterans and active duty military. Nancy is also a past Ladies Auxiliary President and a former NJ State Elks Veteran Volunteer of the Year.
Most recently, Nancy has also been volunteering her time and talents in the Elk's kitchen. Nancy and her helpers have cooked for several Friday Night Dinners, the Coast Guard Dinner, the Officer Installation/Elk of the Year Dinner and organized the repast for our beloved member, John Kaufman.
Nancy also spends December touring as Mrs. Claus for all the military and base Christmas parties, always with joy and generosity. Nancy and her committee also cook at the base for troops and their families, visit veterans in nursing homes, take them on fishing trips and send care packages to our troops overseas in addition to many other events and support.
We appreciate all of your hard work and dedication to Point Pleasant Elks #1698 and thank you for leading the way in honoring our veterans and military every day.
Congratulations Nancy for a well deserved April Elk of the Month.
Our Elk of the Month for March is
As everyone knows being the wife of an ER is a task in itself. Not only are there meetings-charity events and conventions.
But Carolyn also volunteers for all of the fundraisers at our lodge. Makes baskets to raffle off for Special Needs Children—volunteers for Friday Night Dinners—donates food and time for all events.
Carolyn also heads our Americanism Committee. And is on the House Committee
Thanks for all you do Carolyn. It is truly appreciated by your fellow Committee members and our lodge members.
Congratulations Carolyn for a well deserved March Elk of the Month.
Our Elk of the Month for February is
When our previous Sunday bartender was leaving for Florida we all thought Sunday’s would never be the same. In steps Christine, and Sunday Funday’s are better than ever! She has stepped up over this past year with the daily operations of the bar, keeping the Grill room open.
Always cheerful and willing to help with bartending, Friday night dinners and all lodge functions.
Your popcorn donations and drink specials are truly appreciated:)
Congratulations Christine for a well deserved February Elk of the Month.
Our Elk of the Month for January is Rita
As one of our newest members, Rita has stepped up in the true spirit of Elkdom. First by helping with preparations for our Thanksgiving feast the week prior and then being there to serve our guests. Recently cooked a Friday Night Dinner. Helped with banquets and dedicated extra time to help at Lodge events. You are an inspiration. We are thankful for members like you.
Welcome and thank you Rita for your dedication to our lodge.
Congratulations Rita for a well deserved January Elk of the Month.Rita Jacoby
Our Elk of the Month for December is John
A special thanks to the guy that sits in the corner, speaks little, sneaks in and out in a flash, the one who is always stepping up to be the local dj, bar back, dishwasher, event supporter and all around lodge historian. We love you and appreciate all you do!! Congratulations elk of the month.
Thank you John for your dedication to our lodge.
Congratulations John for a well deserved December Elk of the Month.John Toole
Our Elk of the Month for November is Peter Glen
Pete can always be found with the guys of the Grill Room. He is there supporting all Elks and School fundraisers. Recently the lodge was looking to purchase new bar stools. Pete took it upon himself to reach out to local businesses for donations. What he found was 75 bar stools free of charge. They look great in the grill room and hall.
Thank you Pete for your dedication to our lodge.
Congratulations Pete for a well deserved November Elk of the Month.Peter Glen
Our Elk of the Month for October is Bill Hart
Not sure how many of our members know that the owner of Bubbakoo’s, Bill Hart, became a member of our lodge a few months ago. Since he joined he has not let an event go by without asking if help was needed, from donating food for Cinco de Mayo and other events to coming on his day off from work to help with Elk Fest. Bill is a hands on member and has been an asset to our lodge and we are so happy that he joined. Thank you so much Bill from the bottom of my heart as Exalted Ruler, you truly are one of the few. You are not just about donations you are about working. It has been our pleasure and honor to have you as a member.
Congratulations Bill for a well deserved October Elk of the Month.Bill Hart
Our Elk of the Month for September is Terry La Du
As it should come to no surprise September’s Elk of the Month is our Scholarship Committee Chairperson. The man works effortlessly on this committee each and every month. Not to mention the scholarship 50/50 fundraiser that he does quarterly. You may see him in the Grill Room sitting in a chair at a table while changing our LED sign every month so that all our membership and visitors can see what is going on during each month. He also finds time to run and fill the pull tab machine Terry is a hands on member who is willing to lend a hand whenever it is needed!!! He is very dedicated to the Scholarship committee and all that he does!! And lets not forget about the “Dawn Patrol”! This is group of members and non-members that meet in our Grill Room on a Sunday Morning once a month. At the end of each season they make a donation to the Special Needs Childrens Committee. We have Terry to thank for this wonderful group of guys!! He is also the coordinator of the Antler and steps in whenever we need help. So the next time you see Terry La Du sitting in the Grill Room relaxing with his glass of wine, take a moment to go over and say hello and thank you for all he does!! He truly takes every effort to put his heart and soul into the Point Pleasant Elks!!!
Thank you Terry for always being there!!
Congratulations Terry for a well deserved September Elk of the Month.Terry La Du
Our Elk of the Month for August is Sharon Haugh
Everyone who has been involved in any actiity or function at the lodge has seen Sharon always in the mix. The Fluke Tournament and Special Needs Picnic is especially true. Sharon took charge of the food outside AND when the events were cancelled due to bad storms, Sharon was who you called if you wanted to buy some of the unused food for yourself so that we could make some of our money back from the events. Sharon has also always been the one to turn to if we needed that certain person to be there when hall renters needed to come in early or even the day before to set up for their event.
Thank you Sharon for always being there!!
Congratulations Sharon for a well deserved August Elk of the Month.Sharon Haugh
Our Elk of the Month for July is Lester Hill
What can I say about our Lester. Here I was outside one day, sweating to the point I could wring my tee shirt out and here comes Lester walking into the parking lot. Without even asking or being asked, he just joins in and starts working with me. This joint venture went on for days. Here is the best part that grabbed me, I am getting ready to go to Wildwood for convention, (which Lester also helped load the trailer for) this man comes up to me and says, "I want to see how much more I can get done before you guys get back." And he did...
Also in case members do not know, Les comes in at least twice a week and waters all the flowers, both out front and in the Veterans Park. Need I say more.
Congratulations Les for a well deserved July Elk of the Month.Lester Hill
Our Elk of the Month for June is Georgianna Walsh
As everyone knows, "G"
is around for just about every event we
Congratulations Georgianna for a well deserved June Elk of the Month.Georgianna Walsh
Our Elk of the Month for May is Karen Laudisi
There is so much to
say about this dedicated lady. As everyone knows, Karen is at the lodge
just about everyday.
Congratulations Karen for a well deserved May Elk of the Month.
Our Elks of the Month for April are Ron
Panuska & Mike Travisano
those of you who know Ron and Mike they have been our building and
grounds chairmen for many years and will be stepping down this year. As
most of us are on our way to work in the morning, these two guys are
hard at work at our lodge taking care of all sorts of miscellaneous
tasks that help keep our lodge in decent order. Whether it may be an
outside or inside “fixer upper”, without
jumped right in and took care of it. You will also see them around the
lodge working fundraisers and enjoying an occasional Friday night
Thank you Ron and Mike for your many years of dedicated service.
Congratulations Ron and Mike for a well deserved April Elks of the Month.
Ron Panuska & Mike Travisano
Our Elk of the Month for March
is Christine McIvor
or as our members refer to her, Moe, is always willing to help, whether
its in the kitchen, hall events and fund-raisers. A member of the house
committee, Christine can always be counted on if needed. Always wearing
a big smile and cracking a joke, Sunday is truly
FUN-day when she is behind the bar.
Thank you for all that you do.
Congratulations Christine for a well deserved March Elk of the Month.Christine McIvor
Our Elk of the Month for February is
has worked tirelessly all year to ensure our fund-raisers and events
were successful. Karen has a special knack for decorating and
organizing inside and outside the Lodge. She has been a part of every
event we've done starting with Fluke, SNC picnic, Oktoberfest and
Tailgate party. She singlehandedly put together a beautiful float, and
tribute to Our Lodge Veterans for Wildwood convention, in which we won
Peoples Choice Award! She serves as a member of the House Committee.
Always there to lend a hand.
Thank you for all that you do.
Congratulations Karen for a well deserved February Elk of the Month.Karen Laudisi
Our Elk of the Month for January
is Karen Towney (Navarro)
referred to as Kartoon Karen for her constant smile, laughs and
knowledge of Snapchat! Karen usually enters the Lodge with a Hello and
her "single finger salute". Always willing to lend a hand as server for
Friday night dinners, banquets and all events and fund-raisers. She has
been such a tremendous asset to Our Lodge serving as chairperson of
Membership, Editor of the Antler, member of House Committee and our
Banquet Manager! She also has started our new mid week favorite
Wednesdays Pizza! Pasta! Pool! Tournament.
Thank you for all that you do.
Congratulations Karen for a well deserved January Elk of the Month.Karen Towney (Navarro)
Our Elk of the Month for December
is Barbara Romano
minute our friend enters the grill room she makes her presence known.
As she "makes her rounds" with a smile, a hello and usually a joke. As
many of you may know this will be the final appearance of my wife of
the month Mrs. Clause, Larry she's all yours.
been volunteering to be Mrs. Claus for over 25 years and I have had the
privilege of sitting besides her at the Christmas parties for the last
15, I will miss you Mrs. Clause
Thank you for your dedication to the SNCC.
Congratulations Barbara for a well deserved December Elk of the Month.Barbara Romano
Our Elks of the Month for November
are Al De Silva and Manny Regateiro
Al and Manny usually can be seen at the lodge as a pair, or partners in crime. These guys are always there to lend a hand. Working this year at our Fluke tournament, Special Children's picnic and Oktoberfest, while participating and attending most of our fundraisers and events.. Al and his wife MaryAnn generously donate a large supply of snacks and soft drinks to Camp Moore annually. While Manny and his wife Anne supply our Grill room with treats.
Thank you both for
your enthusiasm and support of OUR Lodge.
& Manny on a
well deserved November Elks of the Month.
Our Elk of the Month for October
As some of you remember, 4 years ago we lost a great member and a great friend, Jimmy Cusick. Jimmy and his company Industrial Welding supply donated all the propane for not only the Special Needs picnic, but more importantly, our Octoberfest; which many of you know can be a great expense. Every year since, Gary has stepped up and made sure that the tradition keeps going; Gary has been a member for years and is also a member of our local Moose. With this partnership that we share between Elks & Moose we manage to help our community together. Say hello to Gary when you see him.
Congratulations Gary on a
well deserved October Elk of the Month.
Our Elk of the Month for September
is Bill Leinweber Sr.
Congratulations Bill on a well deserved September Elk of the Month.
Bill Leinweber Sr.
Our Elk of the Month for August
is John Flynn
A long time lodge member and new addition to the House Committee, John has been very busy. Always willing to help. John started with yard and leaf clean-up. Then began much needed masonry work beginning with the front stairs and walkway, pavers to sidewalk areas and filling a huge hole in the yard with 32 bags of concrete!!
John can be often spotted in our Grill Room, give him a wave and a thanks for all his hard work and efforts.
Congratulations John on a well deserved August Elk of the Month.
Our Elk of the Month for July
is Joe Macchi
Always with a funny story and laughs in the Grill Room, Joe is an asset to our Lodge.
Congratulations Joe on a well deserved July Elk of the Month.
Our Elks of the Month for June is the
Special Children’s Committee
This month’s selection is a little different. We are acknowledging and honoring our Special Children’s Committee. They are a group who may not always be seen around the Lodge, but when events as the Camp Moore Picnic, Tailgate Party and Christmas parties come around they come out in force. Not only bringing out committee members but all Elks, from Point lodge and from around the State. Reminding us, why we do what we do. We want to say thank you to this committee and also thank our Elks who continue to have fundraisers and donate portions of monies raised to help our Special Children.
Congratulations, Special Children’s Committee, on being our June Elks of the Month!
The Special Children’s Committee
Our Elk of the Month for May is John Moffit
John as been and Elk for 18 years. You will see him behind the bar at Oktoberfest and helping on the food line for the Fluke Tournament. He was very involved helpling with the repairs of the building with the electric issue, and our recent plumbing leak he was there the next day and fixed it with his partner.
He is that one person you may not see every day, but everyone knows him. He will always greet you with a smile (and a glass of wine) and a helping hand if needed, or will just make you laugh with his jokes and personality.
Now you will see him tending bar both upstairs for events and in the Grill room!
Congratulations, John, on being our May Elk of the Month!
Our Elk of the Month for April is Barbara
As a new member, Barbara Lloyd has jumped in head first! Not lonely has become Lecturing Knight, she is also the ENF Chairman. She ran the Shamrock Fundraiser and currently started the Easter Egg Sale with all proceeds going to ENF. When you see her at the lodge, she will always greet you with a smile and a big HELLO!
Congratulations, Barbara, on being our April Elk of the Month!
Our Elk of the Month for March is Gary
Gary has been a positive energy around the Lodge for years! He lights up a room with his wit and humor. Gary’s knowledge of the Lodge and maintenance history shows his spark of loyalty to #1698. As we faced our darkest hour with the power failing he was our beacon of hope! With an electrifying thank you we cannot express enough how grateful we are for you and all your work!!
Congratulations, Gary, on being our March Elk of the Month!
Our Elk of the Month for February is Terry
Terry is the master communicator of the Lodge! He keeps our website up to date, keeps the schools posted on scholarships, and keeps the emails coming! Terry is also the Scholarship Committee chairperson. He also organizes the Thanksgiving feast for the community. Terry is great at keeping the fundraisers going for scholarships and keeping the Lodge informed of selection processes. Terry is also a member of the Dawn Patrol; a golf group that uses our Lodge for meetings. The Dawn Patrol has donated $200 this year to the Special Needs Childrens Committee. Terry thank you so much for all your work and congratulations!!
Congratulations, Terry, on being our February Elk of the Month!
Terry La Du
Our Elk of the Month for January is Donna
For those that don’t know Donna, she is always around with a smile on her face! She has been at every special ritual, fundraiser, and event! Whether she is there to cook, clean, participate or just support! Donna also ran the Wonderland Bus trip in December and has many great ideas for future events!! Donna is also the lovely wife of our Lodge Esquire Jerry Rotunno and proud mother of our Esteemed Lecturing Knight Tyler Rotunno
Congratulations, Donna, on being our January Elks of the Month!
Our Elks of the Month for December are John
& Linda Gartz
So much to say about these two I don’t know where to start! John and Linda Gartz are always working to improve the Lodge. They were also instrumental in putting together Oktoberfest I and II. John and Linda can also be found supporting the many events the Lodge holds. Thank you John and Linda for all you do!! Congratulations on being December’s Elks of the Month!!
Congratulations, John & Linda, on being our December Elks of the Month!
John & Linda Gartz
Our Elk of the Month for November is Hockey
Hockey can always be found around the Lodge! He was one of the volunteers who put in countless hours cleaning, organizing, and putting away equipment after the Fluke Tournament and Oktoberfest. He has also been seen working solo to keep the Lodge tidy! Hockey also does a great job in helping his lovely wife Joanie organize the Doo Wop Show (Saturday November 12th) which is sold out again!
Congratulations, Hockey, on being our November Elk of the Month!
Our Elk of the Month for October is Lester
Les can always be found working around the Lodge. He helps to maintain the landscaping, set up/break down Fluke Tournament and Oktoberfest. He’s also been found working in the kitchen! Thank you Les for all your hard work and congratulations again!!
Congratulations, Les, on being our October Elk of the Month!
Lester "Les" Hill
Our Elk of the Month for September is Karen Haycook
Karen has been a member or a little over a year and had earned her antlers!! Karen’s nickname should be the Flash because of all the running around she did at the Fluke Tournament! I barely got to tell her thanks for volunteering! She has also volunteered to work the last two Special Children’s Picnic for kids from Camp Moore. Karen is a hard worker and truly a great asset to our Lodge!
Congratulations, Karen, on being our September Elk of the Month!
Our Elk of the Month for August is Charlie Scanlan
Charlie has been a member of the Lodge for many years. He is also the Motorcycle Committee Chairman and does and excellent job representing Point Pleasant at may motorcycle fund raisers and events around not only the district but the state. He is always cooking up something good in the kitchen; personally this ER can't get enough of the brisket. Charlie is also always willing to share the blessings of the motorcycle committee such as extra toys with other committees. Just goes to show that not all bikers are tough but some are teddy bears.
Congratulations, Charlie, on being our August Elk of the Month!
Our Elk of the Month for July is Daniel “Danny” Navarro
Dan is a newer member of our Lodge having just come in last Fall! He can
always be found in the kitchen helping to cook, clean, serve whatever is needed!
Dan is very active with the Motorcycle Committee as well. He can be found
representing our Lodge at other Lodge’s Motorcycle events or just going for a
Congratulations, Danny, on being our July Elk of the Month!
Daniel “Danny” Navarro
Our Elk of the Month for June is Christine McIvor
Christine is a key person on House Committee. She has helped with decorating the Lodge for various occasions and holidays. She has also waitressed Friday Night dinner, and helped with some Sunday NFL lunches. You can also find her at the beer trucks during Oktoberfest and supporting all the Lodge events.
Congratulations, Christine, on being our June Elk of the Month!
Our Elk of the Month for May is Jack Secor
For the past eight years Jack has been Inner Guard here in Point Pleasant. While the Inner Guard sometimes gets over looked you can’t overlook Jack! He’s the one giving officers clues to the next step when they need guidance. He prepares the room for ritualist work; did you think the stations prepared themselves? He is also early to meet new candidates, make them feel at home, and assist the Esquire in leading them through ritual.
Congratulations, Jack, on being our May Elk of the Month!
Our Elk of the Month for April is Karen Navarro
Our Elk of the Month for April is Karen Navarro. Karen is a newer member of the Lodge
coming in in the fall of 2015! Since becoming a member she has been very active. She is
involved with the House Committee. Karen’s husband, Dan is involved with the Motorcycle Committee. Karen is always willing to help for events around the Lodge. She has cooked a few Sunday NFL lunches with Dan and waitressed several Friday night dinners. There is great faith that she will do a fantastic job as the Membership Chairperson for 2016-2017.
Congratulations, Karen, on being our April Elk of the Month!
Our Elk of the Month for March is Susan Flickinger
Sue has been a member for several years and quickly jumped into Elkdom by joining the House Committee. She is one of the “go to” people on the committee and can always be counted on to help. Whether it is working the kitchen for NFL lunches, waitressing for Friday Night Dinners, decorating for Christmas or parties, kitchen cleaning, reorganizing the bulletin boards or volunteering to work at our numerous events and activities, Sue is always there supporting our Lodge.
Sue is also our spiritual compass at our meetings in her role as the Lodge’s Chaplain, leading us in prayer.
Thank you, Sue, for your generous spirit and kind heart and living by our motto of “Elks Care, Elks Share.” Your time and efforts in supporting our Lodge and helping to make all of our events successful is greatly appreciated.
Congratulations, Susan, on being our March Elk of the Month!
Our Elks of the Month for February are Mike Travisano & Ron Panuska
Mike and Ron are long time Elks that are very active at our Lodge. They have chaired and been members of numerous committees over the years; both recently having served as Trustees. This past year they co-chaired a new committee, Buildings and Grounds. They have taken on the monumental task of identifying and prioritizing much needed repairs and projects around the Lodge, finding contractors to come in and bid on the work and managing the process every step of the way. They and their committee have had a great partnership with the House Committee this year and we can’t thank them enough for the commitment of both time and patience in taking on these projects.
From painting of the front of the Lodge, sealing the front porch, painting and removing mold from the liquor storage room, installation of security cameras, a new drop ceiling in the bar area and entry hallway, to the realization (finally) of a brand new downstairs men’s room. These guys worked very hard to make it all happen. Of course, it takes a village and their committee and our Trustees and Exalted Ruler were there to support them also.
Mike and Ron, thank you for your efforts in getting these much needed improvements completed this year and we know you are always looking ahead to what is next on the list. Your love of the Point Pleasant Lodge and your dedication to keeping the building and grounds to a standard we can all be proud of is greatly appreciated.
Congratulations, Mike & Ron, on being our February Elks of the Month!
Mike Travisano & Ron Panuska
Our Elk of the Month for January is Charlie Scanlan
Charlie has been a member of the Point Pleasant Lodge for over 25 years. During that time he has served in many offices and committees. Charlie is currently the Motorcycle Committee Chairman and he has helped build one of our new committees into one of our strongest in a short time.
Charlie and his committee support our Lodge through several events throughout the year. All of the funds raised by these events go directly to the Lodge for much needed improvements to our building and grounds. The Beach Party, Poker Run & Southern BBQ, and Toys for Kids Run are always a good time and successful fund raisers. The Toys for Kids Run in November also brings in a huge amount of toys for our Special Needs Children, children in our community, and, this year to the Children’s Specialized Hospital in Toms River that Charlie and the committee formed a partnership with. They even did a special motorcycle run to deliver the toys to the children at the hospital complete with police escorts and Santa along for the ride.
Charlie and his committee have also been recognized for their outstanding participation in the Miracle Run each year. Charlie and his wife, Carol, support the many MC events around the state as well as our own Point Pleasant Lodge events and are regulars at the Convention in Wildwood each year, always pitching in to make it a good time for everyone; Charlie usually at the grills. Charlie is well known for his cooking skills and has also volunteered in our kitchen for Sunday NFL lunches a few times this year.
Charlie, we appreciate your hard work in ensuring that Point Pleasant events are well attended and well organized. We are proud to call you brother and friend. Thank you for your dedication to the success of our Lodge.
Congratulations, Charlie, on being our January Elk of the Month!
Our Elk of the Month for December is Joe Leo
If you don’t know who Joe Leo is, you are missing out. Joe joined the Elks in May 2014 and jumped right into Elkdom. That November was the first Doo Wop Show which Joe suggested. With the help of his in-laws, Joan and Hockey, it was a great success and Joe wanted to do it again this year (and it looks like next year too). Joe and his group, the Jukebox Legends, generously donated their time and talent for those performances. Those 2 shows brought in over $9,000. to the Lodge Building Improvement Fund!
You can also find Joe volunteering at the beer truck for Fluke Tournament and Oktoberfest and behind the grill for the Special Children’s Picnic. He always has a big smile to greet you at the Lodge.
Joe is always more than happy to help with a project and many of us have benefitted from his good nature. He’s become our own “Ticketmaster,” printing tickets for other Lodge events like the Tailgate Party and the New Year’s Eve Party.
Joe, thank you for the generosity, good-heartedness, and brotherhood that you share will all of us at the Point Pleasant Lodge.
Congratulations, Joe, on being our December Elk of the Month!
Our Elk of the Month for November is Nancy DeVito
Nancy is our Veterans Committee Chairperson and her committee is one of our most active at the Lodge. Nancy has been involved with the Elks for almost 30 years and involved with the Veterans for 15 years. Nancy is an Honorary Commander in the Air Force and spends a lot of time at the Joint Base McGuire-Dix in Lakehurst supporting our Veterans and active duty military.
Nancy and her committee represent Point Pleasant Lodge #1698 proudly and do so much for Veterans and active military that it is too numerous to mention - From cooking at the base for troops and their families, to visiting Veterans in nursing homes and taking them on fishing trips, to sending care packages to our troops overseas.
Nancy is also a past Ladies Auxiliary President and a former NJ State Elks Veteran Volunteer of the Year.
Nancy, thank you for reminding us all what Elkdom is about in serving Veterans and military personnel that have served our country. You truly live by the motto: “So long as there are Veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks will never forget them.”
We appreciate all of your hard work and dedication and thank you and your committee for honoring our Veterans and military in such an outstanding way.
Congratulations, Nancy, on being our November Elk of the Month!
Our Elk of the Month for October is Hugh Hild
Hugh is one of our most active members around the Lodge. Hugh is a member of the House Committee and Building and Grounds Committee but gives his help to all committees. He is vital to the set up and break down for our big events like Fluke Tournament, Special Children’s Picnic, and Oktoberfest. Hugh is also one of our group of members that take care of our grills and equipment so that they are maintained and ready for use when needed.
Hugh also volunteers in the kitchen for Friday Night Dinners every week and is a regular in the Grill Room supporting all our Lodge events. He also picks up supplies for the Lodge to keep things running smoothly.
As House Chairman, I rely on a lot of people for assistance and Hugh is one of those people that I could not do my job without his help.
Hugh, we appreciate all of your hard work and time that you put into keeping our Lodge running and making our events successful.
Congratulations, Hugh, on being our October Elk of the Month!
Our Elk of the Month for September is Gus Schipani.
Gus aka “Mr. 50-50” has been an Elk for almost 40 years. He is an active member of the House, Veterans, and Building & Grounds Committees. Gus continues to do an amazing job at keeping the outside of our Lodge looking nice. From mowing the lawn, watering, weeding, planting shrubs and flowers, to cleaning and painting our Elk statue, Gus volunteers a lot of time ensuring that the outside of our Lodge matches the pride that we feel inside.
You’ll find Gus in the Grill Room every Friday selling 50-50’s to help raise money for our charities as well as making everyone laugh with the promise that their ticket is “the winning ticket.”
Gus is famous for his hot dogs and you can see him at our major events like Fluke Tournament, Special Children’s Picnic, and Oktoberfest wearing a wild outfit and hat while working the grill.
Gus was also one of the honorees at our recent Testimonial Dinner for his volunteerism and active participation as an Elk for the past 34+ years.
Gus, for these and many more reasons, we are proud to name you Elk of the Month. Thank you for all your hard work and time that you give to the
Congratulations on being the September Elk of the Month!
Our Elk of the Month for August is Gary Laudisi.
There’s still a lot of hot Summer left and we can thank Gary for keeping it cool inside the Lodge. In addition to fixing the air conditioning, he was also one of the members who helped install our new ovens. Gary has been an Elk for a long time and a former Elk of the Year, who is always generous with his time and talents.
Gary is also a major part of the set up for and running of the Fluke Tournament and Oktoberfest every year. He has also done an amazing job overseeing the pull tab machines and making them more profitable for our charities than ever.
Gary is a regular in the Grill Room, supporting our many events and helping to fix things around the Lodge. There isn’t anything he can’t fix. He is one of those people that we can truly say the Lodge literally could not run without his help.
Thank you, Gary, for all of your hard work around the Lodge. We appreciate your time and dedication to Point Pleasant #1698.
Congratulations on being the August Elk of the Month!
Our Elk of the Month for July is Terry La Du.
Terry has been an active member at our Lodge for many years. He does an amazing job as our webmaster; keeping our website up to date with all of our information including weekly Friday Night Dinner Menus and publishing the Antler online. With the world trying to move to a paperless environment, Terry’s job has become increasingly demanding and important so that all of our members can stay informed as to what is going on at our Lodge.
He also programs the electronic sign in the Grill Room with upcoming events and fun facts to keep our members and guests in the loop. Terry also sends out the Lodge’s weekly email with the Friday Night Dinner Menu and reminder of upcoming activities.
Terry is a regular in the Grill Room supporting our many Lodge events. Also, after years of volunteering at BPOE 1698’s annual Thanksgiving Dinner, last year Terry took the lead as chairman and helped organize a great day for our community.
Terry, thank you for your fast, efficient work as our webmaster and for all that you do to support the Point Pleasant Lodge.
Congratulations on being the July Elk of the Month!
Terry La Du
Our Elk of the Month for June is Joe Chickene.
Joe has been a long time active member at our Lodge. He’s held numerous offices and committee chairs over the years. Joe is probably best known lately as the Flag Day Committee Chairman for the past 8 years. He leads his committee and keeps the event organized and running smoothly every year. Joe and his committee along with the Veterans Committee, Officers, Military Color Guard, Boy & Girl Scouts, and other guests make the Flag Day Ceremony one of the most anticipated and emotional services of the year.
Joe and his wife, Marianne, also support our many Lodge events and you will find them Friday nights enjoying dinner in the Grill Room.
Joe, thank you for your positive attitude, team work, and all that you continue to do to strengthen the legacy of the Point Pleasant Lodge.
Congratulations on being the June Elk of the Month!
Our Elk of the Month for May is Dave Francis.
Dave has been a valuable member of the House Committee for several years and is always quick to offer to help at Lodge functions. He helps out at work projects, kitchen cleanups, and House Committee Events, often behind the scenes working hard towards the team effort.
Dave also volunteers at our annual Lodge events like the Fluke Tournament and Oktoberfest. You can find Dave working non-stop on the front lines at those events making sure that guests are being helped, getting their food orders, and making sure things are running smoothly. Dave is also a regular in the Grill Room and supports all of those events too.
Dave, thank you for embracing the true spirit of volunteerism and for your dependability and dedication to Point Pleasant Lodge! .
Congratulations on being the May Elk of the Month!
Our Elk of the Month for April is Bob Scott.
Bob has been our Membership Chairperson for the past 4 years and has done an amazing job. He has taken his dedication to that role even further by serving as the Southeast District Member and Member Retention Chairperson.
You can always find Bob at the Lodge helping with all events, usually cooking up something good in the kitchen. Bob assists all the committees to ensure that our events are successful and everyone has a good time. He’s also known to be very lucky on the pull tab machine!
Bob, thank you for all you do for Point Pleasant and the Southeast District and the laughter and brotherhood you bring to the Lodge. And, thank you for doing such great work as the Membership Chair.
Congratulations on being the April Elk of the Month!
Our Elk of the Month for March is Joan Schmidt.
Any of you that went to the Doo Wop Night can appreciate all the hard work that Joan put into this event to make it the great success that it was.
Joan’s hard work and many hours made this event a huge success. The event was sold out! And, we are all looking forward to next year. Joan has already booked a date to hold another Doo Wop Night.
Joan can also be seen shucking clams at Oktoberfest and working hard at all of our lodge events.
Joan heads south for the winter but when she returns, Joan is always ready to help.
Thank you, Joan, for all you do for our Lodge.
Congratulations on being the March Elk of the Month!
Our Elk of the Month for February is John Toole.
John Toole a/k/a Johnny Bones is our February Elk of the Month.
John is a long time member. He can be seen helping at any event this lodge runs. John sets up for line dancing every Thursday among many other things.
You can see him in the kitchen helping on Friday nights and helps whenever he is asked. John is the first one to run if you need anything, be it help or something from the store.
I have never heard him say “no” to anyone.
Although John seems shy, he is full of Elk knowledge. He remembers everything that has gone on in the past as well as the present. If you need any answer about our Elk Lodge, he is the “go to guy.”
Congratulations and thank you, “Bones,” for all you do for this Lodge. You are a true Elk!
Congratulations on being our February Elk of the Month!
Our Elks of the Month for January are Linda & John Gartz.
As everyone knows, running the Oktoberfest is a monumental feat. It is all hands on deck and not just for the day of the event. For months prior to the event, you would see Linda and John at the lodge daily. Not only do they work constantly, they also had lots donated this year. And, John is always available to fix equipment.
Linda and John are a big asset to the lodge. They not only get their friends to lend a hand but can be seen at all of the events at the lodge-before, during, and after the events take place.
Neither Linda nor John hesitate when asked to help and are always willing to help members and friends at the drop of a dime. They exemplify the meaning of Elkdom.
Thank you, Linda and John, for your constant support of our lodge.
Congratulations on being our January Elks of the Month!
Linda & John Gartz
Our Elk of the Month for December is Sean McGrath.
Sean, aka Tile Head, is one of the funniest people around the Lodge. If you have come to his Bar Bingo, you know first hand that he makes us all laugh.
When you look around at any event, you will see Sean flipping burgers as well as helping to set up or break down after events.
Sean is on the House Committee and is always willing to volunteer and help out at anything the House is in charge of running.
If you would like to see someone who truly believes in Elkdom, Sean is that person.
Thanks for all your help, suggestions, and for making us laugh.
Congratulations on being our December Elk of the Month!
Our Elks of the Month for November are Donna Cappuccio and Joe Pesany.
Anyone who attended the Tailgate Party saw how much time and effort was put into this event by Joe and Donna (aka Tarzan and Jane).
There was an abundance of food. Joe was behind the grill and Donna was at the front tables for most of the day. With all their hard work, this event was a HUGE success! Over 100 tickets were sold. Everyone there had a great time. And, the weather held out, no rain.
As true Elks, Joe and Donna are both there to support the Lodge for all the events. They are either cooking, attending, or donating.
Thank you for all you do all year long. You are both a great asset to the lodge..
Congratulations on being our November Elks of the Month!
Donna Cappuccio and Joe Pesany
Our Elk of the Month for October is Ed Kennedy.
Ed has been a member for many years. Over that time he has continued to volunteer and help out at the lodge.
Recently you have seen Ed at the Oktoberbest flipping burgers, at the Special Needs Picnic, and anywhere else he is asked to help.
Ed has been helping the Special Needs Golf Outing with the sponsorship and anything else he can do.
Of course, when you see Ed you see his wife, Alice, right alongside helping.
Ed is a kind and caring person with a big heart. He truly is what Elkdom is about. Thanks for all you do and your support.
Congratulations on being our October Elk of the Month!
Our Elk of the Month for September is Carolyn Watters.
Being the wife of the Exalted Ruler is a big enough job but you will see Carolyn at every event the Lodge is running. Fluke, Oktoberfest, and, of course, the one that is dearest to her heart—The Special Needs Picnic. And, Carolyn is an active participant at both of the Lodge Christmas parties.
Our children, Tommy and Alyssa, are involved as well. Carolyn is teaching them the meaning of being a true Elk.
Aside from all of the things on her plate, Carolyn is always supporting the activities of the Lodge. Many can learn from the example Carolyn has shown.
Congratulations on being our September Elk of the Month!
Our Elk of the Month for August is Gus Schipani.
Gus Schipani is also known as “Mr. 50/50” and is one of the hardest working volunteers at Point Pleasant Lodge.
Gus took it upon himself to do the landscaping around the Lodge. From the weeding of the islands in the parking lot to the make over around and in front of the building.
Gus painted the bricks around the Elk statue and gave the statue itself a good cleaning. If you look close, you can see a renewed twinkle in the Elk’s eyes.
Gus also replaced the sign over the back door. He is always there to help and I thank him for all the hard work.
Congratulations on being our August Elk of the Month!
Our Elk of the Month for July is Hugh Hild.
Although Hugh (Double H) is co-housechair he is non-stop at the Elks.
Hugh makes sure that he is there for every Friday night dinner. He helped at convention and was a great help for the clean-up.
If equipment has be to cleaned, Hugh makes sure this is done. During clean-up, not only did he bring tools, but he worked hard all day.
Hugh has been a hard working Elk since he joined the Lodge and continues on a daily basis to help wherever he can.
Thanks for all you do. You are greatly appreciated. Keep up the great work.!
Thank you for all you do, Hugh!
Congratulations on being our July Elk of the Month!
Our Elk of the Month for June is Phyllis Willever.
You will see Phyllis at the lodge helping out all the time. Phyllis is not one to stand back and not participate.
Phyllis is always pitching in, whether it be for Friday Night dinners, the Easter Egg Hunt, or anything else she is asked to do. And, most of the time, Phyllis will volunteer before being asked.
Phyllis hosted the Paddle Auction this past January and has already set a date for another one later on this year. It was a very successful event and people are looking forward to the next one.
She is also very active at Veterans events and the Motorcycle Committee events.
Phyllis is a true Elk and a great asset to our Lodge!
Thank you for all you do, Phyllis!
Congratulations on being our June Elk of the Month!
Our Elk of the Month for May is Charlie Scanlan.
Charlie (Chaz) has been an Elk for many years. He and his family are dedicated to the Elks.
Charlie has formed the Motorcycle Committee for the lodge. He has put together a great group of people. His committee has already done a great job with their “Toys for Tots” benefit. They collected a virtual ton of toys. It was really amazing to see all the people come out for this event. The benefit of this event put smiles on the faces of a lot of children. Thanks for making this past Christmas special for them!
Charlie has already picked a date to run this event again. He also did a Southern BBQ Buffet on April 27th and his committee has taken over the “Beach Party.”
Please come out and support all of these events that Charlie and his committee are working on to benefit our lodge and others.
Congratulations on being our May Elk of the Month!
Our Elk of the Month for April is Chris Resotko.
Upon joining our lodge last year, Chris immediately became involved, first serving as an officer and most recent as our banquet manager. With bookings up, he has already proven his importance.
Our youngest member displayed wisdom beyond his years in a letter written by him that was read at our last lodge meeting. Thank you, Chris, for reminding us of the true spirit of Elkdom.
Chris can always be found helping out at the lodge, whether it be a party, an event, or in the kitchen.
I am proud to call Chris a fellow Elk and look forward to his future leadership and involvement in Our Lodge.
Just a reminder, Chris, “stay away from the Machine.”
Congratulations on being our April Elk of the Month!
Our Elk of the Month for March is Susan Longo.
Susan, also known as Susie or Sushi, has been a proud Elk for about 10 years. She always has a smile and a hug to greet her fellow Elks at the Lodge.
Sushi has been an essential member of the House Committee this past year and very active around the Lodge helping out at all House sponsored events. She is also a regular in the Grill Room and at Convention and helps out every year at our big events like the Fluke Tournament and Oktoberfest. She is one of our “go-to” people on the House Committee and has helped us achieve our goals this year by bringing more fun events to the members while raising funds for our Lodge.
Susan also organized and ran our Elks Yard Sale in June to raise money for the Lodge and has helped decorate and set up for our many parties including being part of our amazing Christmas Decorating Crew for the past two years. She’s also volunteered her time as server upstairs for Lodge Benefits and has been part of our monthly kitchen cleanup crews. And, when Hurricane Sandy hit the area, Susan was part of the team of Elks to collect food and organize clothing to donate to those in need.
Sushi is one of the kindest, friendliest, and most genuine people and truly embraces the principles of Elkdom.
Thank you, Susan. We appreciate your great attitude and commitment to the Point Pleasant Elks Lodge.
Congratulations on being our March Elk of the Month!
Our Elk of the Month for February is John Toole.
John Toole, also known as Johnny Bones, spends a lot of time at the Elks Lodge and is always quick to offer a helping hand.
John has been a member of the Point Pleasant Elks for over 25 years. He knows a lot about the history of our Lodge as well as the town of Point Pleasant Beach and other interesting facts. If you are ever on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, I would recommend having John as your “phone a friend!”
“Bones” is a big help to the House Committee with his assistance in setting up and breaking down for Meetings, Line Dancing, and other events at the Lodge. John has also become a regular part of our amazing kitchen crew on Friday nights and we appreciate his time and hard work.
John is one of the friendliest and most observant people you will find at our BPOE and he goes out of his way to help everyone at the Lodge: bartenders, kitchen crew, and Lodge Committees.
Thank you, John. We appreciate your help and spirit of brotherhood at the Point Pleasant Elks Lodge.
Congratulations on being our February Elk of the Month!
Our Elk of the Month for January is Brian Coyle, House Chairman.
Brian, our House Chairman, has been an Elk for only a couple of years, but he has jumped right into Elkdom and surely impressed our membership. Brian has volunteered numerous amounts of hours to not only our lodge programs, but has also spearheaded many events. Brian embodies the ideal of fraternity and is always keeping our member’s plates full of activities. Since taking the house over in April, Brian has: executed the installation of officers, worked numerous amounts of Friday night dinners, organized periodic kitchen deep cleanings, ran two bus trips to Atlantic City, DJ’d convention, organized a yard sale, cleaned out the attic, held a TAM’s training, put together a crew for Flag Day food, held a yard clean up, threw a tailgate party, managed an appetizer party, mustered volunteers for Fluke, Oktoberfest, and Thanksgiving, held an Eggnog Party, planned a New Year’s Eve event, and in his “spare time” raised over $11,000 for the bathroom fund.
Brian, my hat is off to you. The membership and myself could not ask for a better House Chair. Your fire inspires many, including myself, to be a better Elk each and every day. I am proud that I can consider you a great person, a fellow Elk, and, most importantly, a friend.
Congratulations on being our January Elk of the Month!
Our Elk of the Month for December is John Sportelli.
John Sportelli, better known as “Johnny Unda,” spends a lot of time at the Elks Lodge. In addition to his duties as Lodge Custodian, you can always find Johnny in the kitchen. Johnny loves to cook and loves to see people happy and having a good time.
Johnny draws a big crowd on Thursday when he bartends and serves up his famous Thursday Lunch Buffet! He is also donating his time for Friday Night Dinners for shopping, preparing, and cooking up delicious dinners. He has really stepped up the variety and quality of our Friday Night menu.
Johnny is also a big supporter of house events and always puts the interests of the Lodge ahead of his own even when it takes him out of the kitchen at times. He does his best to make every event he cooks for us special and tries to ensure that everyone is enjoying themselves.
He is one of the nicest and most generous hearted people that I have had the honor to work with this year at the Elks. He has a smile and a “Hi Sign” to greet everyone and tells you to eat or “Mangia! Mangia!”
Thank you, Johnny. We appreciate your hard work, generosity, and spirit in all that you do to support the Point Pleasant Elks Lodge.
Congratulations on being our December Elk of the Month!
Our Elk of the Month for November is Eddie McDermott.
Eddie has been an Elk for a long time in Point Pleasant. He is an active member of the Lodge and of the House Committee. Eddie is a “behind the scenes” guy, always jumping in to help in the kitchen and at events. Most times you don’t even know that he has been there or done that, helping for the sake of supporting his fellow Elks, not for thanks or praise.
Eddie is a vital part of our House Committee and helped with Kitchen Clean Up Projects as well as working in the kitchen for Friday Night Dinners. He’s a regular in the Grill Room and is always there to support House events. Eddie always has a smile and friendly greeting for everyone.
Thank you, Eddie. We appreciate your great attitude in all that you do to support the Point Pleasant Elks Lodge.
Congratulations on being our November Elk of the Month!
Our Elk of the Month for October is Gus Schipani.
Gus has been an Elk for 37 years! He is an active member of both the House Committee and Veterans Committee. He always offers his help for cooking, his specialty being Hot Dogs, which is why you will find him at the Fluke Tournament, Special Needs Picnic, and Oktoberfest behind the grill wearing some kind of themed outfit or wild hat. Gus is a big help to Nancy DeVito and her Committee with their events and is requested by name at the Military Bases where he cooks for troops and Veterans. Gus recently helped raise over $500 for the Bathroom Fund with his Italian Hot Dog Night.
Gus is “Mr. 50-50” and is our go to guy for selling tickets which he does a great job at...who can say no to him?! You can find him at the lodge every Friday Night selling 50-50 tickets to help raise money for the Elks and our charities. He’s also a regular at our Tuesday night Lodge meetings.
Gus has also been a big help this year with keeping the outside of our Lodge looking beautiful. He was a leader in our Yard Clean Up Project in June as well as cutting the front lawn this summer and pruning the trees and shrubs around the Lodge. Gus takes great pride in our Lodge and in being an Elk.
Thank you, Gus. We appreciate your time and efforts in all that you do to support and instill pride in the Point Pleasant Elks Lodge.
Congratulations on being our October Elk of the Month!
Our Elk of the Month for September is Harold "Hockey" Schmidt.
Our Elk of the Month for September is Harold Schmidt but we all know him as “Hockey.” Hockey is very active at our lodge. He is a vital member of our House Committee and participates in many work projects and Lodge events. You can always find Hock at the Fluke Tournament, Special Needs Children’s Picnic, and Oktoberfest helping out anywhere he can, usually behind the grill. He was also Co-Chef for our Flag Day Services! He and his wife, Joan, attend all our Grill Room events including Friday Night Dinners. Many times Hockey is in the kitchen helping on the cooking line or washing pots and pans on Fridays. Hockey is very generous with his time and efforts at the lodge and is also a regular at our Tuesday night Lodge Meetings.
Although he may be a “Snow Bird” for a few months in the Winter, Hock more than makes up for that time by helping at and supporting every event at the lodge the rest of the year. His great attitude and sense of humor are traits that make him such a likeable guy and valuable member of our organization. He is definitely one of our “go to” people on the House Committee for input and assistance.
Thank you, Hockey. We appreciate all that you do to make Point Pleasant Elks the great Lodge that it is!
Congratulations on being our September Elk of the Month!
Harold "Hockey" Schmidt
Our Elks of the Month for August are Lorraine and Rosemary DiGiovanni.
The DiGiovanni Sisters have been members of the Elks for almost 2 years and are always quick to offer help for Lodge events and activities. Although mostly behind the scenes, Lorraine and Rosemary have really come into their own this year as valuable members of the House Committee and regulars on the Kitchen Crew for Friday Night Dinners. You may have seen them washing pots and pans or working the dishwasher, reminiscent at times of an I Love Lucy episode. Both ladies have also given their time for Mother’s Day and Flag Day Services, Fluke Tournament, and Special Needs Children’s Picnic as well as many other Lodge and Grill Room events.
Beyond their dedication to supporting the Elks, both Lorraine and Rosemary add so much joy and laughter to any event they participate in. They brought a lot of laughs to the Atlantic City Bus Trip too! Lorraine and Rosemary have a great sense of humor and a generous attitude that makes you smile when they are around.
As newer members, their enthusiasm and ideas are greatly appreciated and set a fine example of getting new members involved. Both women offer their time and support and do it with a smile and a generous heart.
Thank you, Lorraine and Rosemary. We appreciate your support and great attitude. Congratulations on being our August Elks of the Month!
Congratulations on being our August Elks of the Month!
Lorraine and Rosemary DiGiovanni
Our Elk of the Month for July is Steve Flickinger.
Steve is one of our newest members who joined last fall and has volunteered to help at many events and projects at the Lodge since day one.
Steve is a valuable member of the House Committee who has helped with cleaning projects in the kitchen and the yard as well as helping for Mother’s Day and Flag Day. Steve loves to grill and I am sure we will see him out there again with spatula in hand at the Oktoberfest and other upcoming Lodge Events.
Steve and his wife, Sue, are also regulars around the Lodge supporting Friday Night Dinners and events in the Grill Room. Steve is a very generous guy and is always offering his assistance around the Lodge to help out.
Thank you, Steve. Welcome to the Elks and we appreciate your support and great attitude.
Congratulations on being our July Elk of the Month!
Our Elk of the Month is: Hugh Hild!
Hugh has been an “official” member of our Lodge for about 3 years but had been volunteering and supporting Lodge Events even before he became a member.
Hugh is part of our great kitchen crew that works tirelessly to support Friday Night Dinners at the Lodge. He’s also a fixture at our Fluke Tournament and Oktoberfest contributing his time and talent to their success. Also, Hugh is always willing to help out with fixing things around the lodge.
Hugh is a regular around the Lodge who supports our events in the Grill Room. He’s also an active member of the House Committee and is always lending a hand and volunteering for projects and events around the Lodge to help keep it clean, safe, and running smoothly.
Thank you, Hugh. We appreciate your time and support of B.P.O.E. #1698.
Congratulations on being our June Elk of the Month!
Our Elk of the Month is: Gary Laudisi!
Gary is what I call our “first responder.” Whenever something breaks down at the Lodge, he is always the first person on the scene to check it out and fix it. He can fix anything.
Gary is a previous Elk of the Year and an active Elk for a long time. He keeps our Lodge running and is always working on something whether it be electrical, plumbing, broken equipment, and/or appliances. On April 1st, my first official day as House Chairman, our ice machine was leaking all over the back room. Gary was there as soon as he got the call and fixed it. He also recently repaired our dishwasher and is getting it running better than ever.
Gary also supports all our Elk events and is vital to the success of our Convention weekend, Fluke Tournament, and Oktoberfest.
Gary’s generosity with his time is not limited to inside the Lodge walls. When Hurricane Sandy hit, Gary was helping fellow Elks and neighbors to get their homes repaired to restore a sense of normalcy after that devastating storm.
Gary is also in charge of the pull tab
machine and under his supervision they have made more money than ever
Gary, thank you for your commitment to Point Pleasant Elks #1698. We appreciate your time and all your hard work. Congratulations on being Elk of the Month for May!
Our Elk of the Month is: Tim Jennings, but we all know him as “Spanky.”!
Tim has been a proud Elk for about 3 years. Most recently, he has been behind the scenes helping at the Lodge and does it with a smile.
“Spanky” has been a part of our great kitchen crew that has been working so hard for us all year. He has been helping with Friday night dinners, banquets, and special events. When not in the kitchen, you may find Spanky in the Grill Room with a friendly greeting for everyone. He is always willing to help to ensure everyone else has a good time.
Tim, thank you for all that you have done and continue to do for the Lodge.
Tim "Spanky" Jennings
Our Elk of the Month is: John Gartz!
Maybe we saved the best for last…
John has been a member for a good amount of years now. He is a must to have around for the Fluke Tournament and Oktoberfest. All the equipment we have at the Elks is old, and somehow every year John keeps it working. And let’s not forget about Convention. John is instrumental in setting up for Convention and breaking down afterwards at the motel. And any time that John is fixing something at the Lodge, not far behind is his wife, Linda, pitching in and helping out too! Whenever something breaks at the Lodge, we always turn to John for his advice before we call someone in and spend money. I just can’t say enough about everything he does. If I had to list everything John did this past year, it would take up all the pages in the Antler!
Thanks for all that you do, John, and CONGRATULATIONS on being our March Elk of the Month!
Our Elk of the Month is: Charlie Cantalupe!
ECharlie has been a member for quite a few years now and always shows up at all of our Lodge events ready to work. Our biggest events, the Fluke Tournament and Oktoberfest, Charlie helps set up and clean up after each one. And then, spends his entire day at the events helping wherever needed! Charlie and his wife, Liz Smith, show up and support our Friday Nite Dinners every Friday night. No matter what event it is at the Lodge, you will always see him there supporting that event. And, whenever we have trouble with the locks, or when the locks need to be changed, Charlie is right there donating his time to help with that too.
Thanks for all that you do, Charlie, and CONGRATULATIONS on being our February Elk of the Month!
Our Elk of the Month is: Ed “Quiet” Scholander!
Ed has been a member of the Elks for a long time and belongs to the House Committee. His daughter, Carol, is a Past Exalted Ruler. Ed showed up at the Fluke Tournament and the Oktoberfest and asked what job he could do. For both events he stayed most of the day. Ed shows up every Friday night to help in the kitchen. We never have to call him, he just shows up to help. He does the job that no one else wants to do in the kitchen. He washes all the dishes and scrubs all the pots. He stays in the kitchen until the last pot is clean and everyone else is done. You have to tell him to go home!.
Ed-thanks so much for all your help with everything and CONGRATULATIONS on being the Elk of the Month!
Our Elk of the Month is: Bill Matthews...also known as “Wild Bill”
Bill is a new member in his first year of Elkdom, and immediately after becoming a member he became involved and joined the Special Needs Children’s Committee. He has volunteered his time working at the Fluke Tournament and Oktoberfest and at both events he was everywhere helping at doing anything that was needed. He was running around crazy, and this is how he became known as “Wild Bill”! He helps with every Special Needs Children’s breakfast and he is a big help assisting the Chairman Tom Watters with whatever is needed. One Sunday during football there was no one available to cook in the kitchen so “Wild Bill” called his friend and the two of them did it. Whenever any help is needed, you can let “Wild Bill” know and he will be there to help.
“Wild Bill”- thanks so much for all the good works and CONGRATULATIONS on being the Elk of the Month!
Our Elk of the Month is: Jim Brogan
Jim has been a member of the Lodge for a good many years. At the beginning of the April 2012 Elk year, we found that the previous Oktoberfest Chairperson, through circumstances beyond his control, was unable to run the event this year. Although a great help in providing records of years’ past, he was able to provide help but would not be able to completely chair the event.
When Jim found out that we needed a Chairperson for our biggest fundraising event of the year, he spoke with Exalted Ruler Dawn and volunteered to do it. He was getting ready to retire from the Post Office and in the past had run many large events for them. Since he was retiring, he would have time to form a Committee and get to work on all the various facets of running the event, ie, volunteers, food, drinks, rentals of space, tickets, licenses, etc., just to name a few. He did a lot of planning and put in a lot of his time regarding the overall running of the event.
The weather couldn’t have been more beautiful...it turned out to be a nice day and people came out in droves. Luckily, we had many volunteers who helped and supported Jim and it turned out to be one of the best yet. Thanks, Jim, for volunteering and doing such a great job and for all the hard work you put into the Oktoberfest!
And, not to mention, you can almost always find Jim around the Lodge, always willing to help with whatever work needs to be done. Thanks for all your help around the Lodge too!
CONGRATULATIONS Jim on being the November Elk of the Month!
Our Elk of the Month is: Harold Schmidt
Our Elk of the Month is: Harold Schmidt...better known as “Hockey”
Hockey is a great person to have around the Lodge. He is there every Thursday morning to help Bob Scott with the Thursday Breakfast Club. He has helped with our new ramp, our new fence, he volunteered his time for the Fluke Tournament, the Special Needs Children’s Picnic, and, most recently, Oktoberfest. He is willing to help with everything that goes on at the Lodge. When he shows up with his wife to eat at a Friday Night Dinner, he sometimes ends up in the kitchen doing dishes or washing pots or helping with anything else which needs to be done. And, you can always find Hockey at a Tuesday night Lodge Meeting.
Hockey...thanks so much for all your time and all your hard work and CONGRATULATIONS on being our Elk of the month!
Our Elk of the Month is: John Sportelli!
Our Elk of the Month is: John Sportelli...better known as “Johnny Unda”
Johnny has been a pleasure to have around the Lodge. He helps Bob Scott, House Committee Co-Chair, do just about everything that needs to be done. Including, most recently, putting up the new fence on the side of the parking lot. He has brought new members into the Lodge and when he bartends on Thursday’s, he cooks food for everyone and pays for it from his own pocket. We now have a big crowd around the bar on Thursday. Some are old faces of friends, which we haven’t seen in a while.
Johnny brings a lot of fun to our Lodge on Friday’s where you will find him volunteering his time to cook Friday Night Dinners. You can see the impact he has made on Friday’s by stopping in for dinner. Just trying to find a seat has become difficult! And, the bar is packed
Johnny...thank you so much for all your hard work, and, CONGRATULATIONS on being our Elk of the Month for September! kitchen, the Lodge has made a nice profit on the Friday Night Dinners!
Our Elk of the Month is: Bob Scott!
Bob has been retired from the railroad for 2 years and he has been putting in more hours at the Lodge than when he worked!
He has been the Membership Chairperson for the past 2 years and has done a great job. Last year he had Point Pleasant at a plus for membership! He is continuing to work hard this year to do the same.
He is also the Co-Chair of the House Committee. He is at the Lodge every day between 6:30 and 8:30 am checking on everything. He sometimes is at the Lodge 3 or 4 times a day. And you can’t miss that beautiful ramp on the side of the building. And, soon enough, our fence will be fixed too.
Bob has also taken over the kitchen. On Thursday’s he cooks breakfast for about 15-20 business people. This has brought the Lodge some additional income. He drives all over checking prices and purchasing food for Friday Night dinners. This has made our members very happy having fresh food every Friday. And, Bob is also in the kitchen helping cook the dinners. Since taking over the kitchen, the Lodge has made a nice profit on the Friday Night Dinners!
Bob, thank you for all your help and CONGRATULATIONS on being August’s Elk of the Month!
Our Elk of the Month is: Rosemary Tassie!
Rosemary Tassie has spent many years and has been a very active member working on the Veterans Committee.
Rosemary organized and ran a Lodge trip to the Battleship New Jersey and a bus trip to Atlantic City. Although she has attempted to run other trips and other events and had to cancel, she still keeps on trying. She volunteers to sell raffle tickets for the Veterans Committee and the Lodge raffles. Rosemary is always seen at the Fluke Tournament and Oktoberfest in the ticket booth selling tickets. She joins the Veterans Committee with cooking and serving the military at their picnics. Anything you ask of Rosemary when help is needed, she is always there. Most recently, she organized and ran a very successful cruise to Bermuda as a fundraiser for the Lodge. Her efforts raised enough money for the Lodge to purchase (much needed) new tables for banquets upstairs.
Rosemary, for all that you do for the good of the Lodge, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Please keep up the good work always, and, “Congratulations” on being Elk of the Month for July!
Our Elk of the Month is: Hugh Hild
Hugh has been a member of our Lodge for the past 2 years. However, for many years he has always helped volunteer at the Fluke Tournament and Oktoberfest. Even before he was a member, Hugh was helping fix things around the Lodge. Most recently, he put in a lot of hours tearing down the ramp and building the new one. When the kitchen staff was let go, Hugh helped clean the kitchen, and assisted with cooking the Friday Night Dinner. He has a very good mechanical background and has said that whenever we need him, just give him a call and he’ll be there.
Thank you, Hugh. It is nice to know we can depend on you whenever we need you.
What a good addition to our Lodge! Good work, Hugh, our June Elk of the Month!
Our May Elk of the Month is: Eddie Zaidel...or as we know him…”Eddie Z”!
Eddie Z has been the owner of U.S. Subs for years, and, the Point Pleasant Elks have reaped the benefits of this!
As a member of the Elks for the past 7 years, Eddie Z has donated delicious sandwiches and salads for Lodge events including the Special Needs Children’s Picnic; the Beach Party; and the Super Bowl Party, just to name a few. Tuesday Night Lodge Meetings are always a favorite when you get downstairs after the meeting and see all the delicious food!
Eddie is always there; ready to help in a pinch when we forget to give him notice that we’ll be needing food for an event. And, as a member of the Police Department, Fire Department, First Aid, and the Elks, Eddie Z gives a deep discount when ordering from his store. Eddie is a true inspiration to our community.
Thank you very much for the delicious food and all that you do to help the Elks and the community. Congratulations Eddie Z!
The “50/50 man” as we know him; he works each and every Friday selling 50/50 tickets ...he even had his own apron made up advertising the prices!
Gus is a long time member of the Point Pleasant Elks and he has given so much of his time to help with just about everything that goes on at the Lodge. As a member of the House Committee, whether it is an outside project, or a project inside the Lodge, you will always find Gus Schipani there ready to lend a helping hand.
He is a member of the Veterans Committee and contributes a great deal of his time visiting with vets and cooking for them, playing games with them, and, of course, playing cards with them!
As a member of the Convention Committee, Gus was in front of that grill, day and night, so all that attended had something delicious to eat.
He has attended just about every fund-raising event the Lodge has had over the past years. It is difficult to stop in at the Lodge and not see Gus!
Gus Schipani, mere words could never express my gratitude and thanks for all that you do and all that you give so unselfishly for the good of everyone around you.
Thank you so very much and Congratulations Gus Schipani!
March 2012 Elk of the Month goes to Rich Vanata. Rich and his talents have been a great asset to our Lodge. Rich has done remarkable handiwork on our front porch, kitchen, and many other projects that have been completed this year and last year.
Thank you, Rich, for donating your time and unconditional commitment to Point Pleasant BPOE #1698!
Please join me in congratulating Rich Vanata as our March Elk of the Month.
February 2012 Elk of the Month goes to Phyllis Willever! Phyllis led our 2011 Casino Night Team to a very fun and successful event, Two Years Running!! And, we hope we can place another shore bet that she’ll lead the team again in 2012.
You can always count on Phyllis to volunteer for as many events as she can and, Phyllis can always come up with some awesome donations for the gift auctions!
Thank you, Phyllis, for donating your time and for your unconditional commitment to Point Pleasant BPOE #1698! You ROCK!
Please join me in congratulating Phyllis Willever as our February Elk of the Month.
January 2012 Elk of the Month goes to Tim Haley! Tim is our 2011-2012 House Chairman. You and I have been privileged to have Tim as the House Chair.
Tim has embraced this challenging, demanding, and thankless position with great enthusiasm and unconditional commitment. He has stepped up to the plate in countless situations and in wee hours of the morning and late at night.
Tim, the Membership and I thank you for all your hard work, time, and great ideas to help make the Lodge fun, safe, and profitable!
Please join me in congratulating Tim Haley as our January Elk of the Month.
December 2011 Elk of the Month is Greg Smith. Greg, Thank You again for running another Great Hoop Shoot! Greg has been Chairman of the Hoop Shoot for our Lodge since the beginning of our Hoop Shoot Program. Greg has also been the Southeast District Hoop Shoot Chairman.
Every March you will see Greg FREEZIN’ FOR A REASON. Greg is a Brave Elk who plunges in the Atlantic Ocean every year for the New Jersey State Elks Miracle Plunge. Greg has not missed one Plunge!
And, you can always see Greg volunteering for as many Lodge events as best he can!!
Greg, Point Pleasant Lodge #1698, the children that you help through Hoop Shoot and Plungin’, and I Thank You for all your hard work and dedication!
Please join me in congratulating Greg Smith as our December Elk of the Month.
I am honored to announce that the ELK of the Month for November 2011 is: Carolyn Watters.
Carolyn has been volunteering and helping with the Lodge even before she became a member. She has taken the Gift Auction for the Special Needs Children’s Committee Golf Outings to a new level. Every year Carolyn gets more and more prizes and they are all AWESOME!
Carolyn not only helps the SNCC, she is very active on the House Committee and she helps out with as many Lodge events as she can!
I can honestly say that I am honored and proud to have Carolyn as a fellow Elk. Thank you, Carolyn, for all that you do!
Please join me in congratulating Carolyn Watters as our November Elk of the Month.
BPOE #1698’S October 2011 Elk of the Month is Jim Cusick! We all need to thank Jim for donating his time and talents to fix and refurbish the back deck and stairs off our Banquet Hall. He was assisted by a fellow Elk: Pat Foley, and a neighboring Moose member: Jim Paone. Thank You, Gentlemen!
Jim not only did a great job with the deck and stairs, he also fixed some needed repairs at the bar! Jay and the Bartenders are very grateful.
Jim has a tall order now to defend his title at the next Golf Outing as: “Pin Seeker!” Jim won the “Closest to the Pin” at the 2011 Summer Golf Outing.
Thank you, Jim, for all your hard work, time, and unconditional dedication!
Please join me in congratulating Jim Cusack as our October Elk of the Month.
This Month’s EOM is Eileen Miller! Eileen has done a FANTASTIC job with taking over the Antler! She has been very patient with everyone in getting their articles in on time, even ME! But, she still gets the Antler out in time!
Eileen not only is our Antler Chairperson, she is a dedicated committee member with Special Needs Children and co-chairs the outstanding Charity Ball!!!
She is very active with the Girl Scouts and can always be found lending a hand at all our events at the Lodge.!
Eileen, thank you for keeping the Antler alive, and for your dedication!
Please join me in congratulating Eileen Miller as our September Elk of the Month.
August 2011 Elk of the Month is Jan Picarell. Jan has taken the Scholarship Committee to a new level. Jan ran a fun and successful Triple Crown Fundraiser that made over $1,500.00 for our Scholarship Fund! She helped run a Pot-O-Gold during the Haskell that went to the Special Needs Children’s Committee and is running another P.O.G. during the Travelers this month.
Jan has been a huge help for all of the Golf outings for the past 4 years. She also brings in at least 10 sponsors per outing!
And, Jan is always available to pinch hit for an Officer who cannot make a Lodge meeting!
Please join me in congratulating Jan Picarell as our August Elk of the Month.
July’s Elk of the Month is Bob “Scotty” Scott. Bob has been a constant instrumental part in all Lodge events since he has joined our Lodge.
Scotty is our new Membership Chairman and has taken this responsibility with much heart and dedication. He has personally called every delinquent member and he is on pace to make this year a “plus one” or even more year!
I and the Lodge thank you, Scotty, for all your hard work, unconditional dedication, and serving our Country as a Vietnam Veteran!
Please join me in congratulating Bob Scott as our July Elk of the Month.
Bob "Scotty" Scott
Ladies and Gentlemen, I am honored to announce that Geno Nigro is June’s Elk of the Month! Gino is a GREAT addition to our Membership from that little hole in the wall Lacey Lodge!
Geno has volunteered to help renovate our downstairs Men’s restroom! He has made every member and guest’s visit to the “Loo” much more pleasurable, and, I mean visually and aesthetically, not literally, you silly Elks!
And, I am personally thankful to Geno for improving my Second Office at the Lodge!
The Members, guests, and I thank you very much for your time, talent, and dedication. You are a true ELK!
P.S. If someone is parked in your EOM parking spot, it could be our Chaplain!
Please join me in congratulating Geno Nigro as our June Elk of the Month.
The Elk of the Month for May 2011 is Past Lodge #1698 Trustee, Gary Laudisi. Gary has literally put a new shining light on our Lodge.
At the request of many Members, Gary has illuminated the front porch, fixed the lights of the BPOE on the front of our Lodge, and has made all of us even prouder to be an Elk and American Citizen by directing the Elk Statue’s stern light onto the American Flag in the front yard! Take a look at Gary’s amazing talent when you get a chance to see what our Lodge looks like after dusk. It looks like we are “open for business!” To my knowledge, this has not been done over the past 25 years!
Gary has also made some important improvements to the lighting in the hallway upstairs and some important repairs to the breakers in the kitchen. Gary says there is more electric and lighting repairs and improvements to be done throughout our Lodge and property, and, he will take the time to make sure it is done properly and convenient to all!;
So please, all Members, when you have a chance, thank Gary for his time and efforts!
Please join me in congratulating Gary Laudisi as our May Elk of the Month.
Victor Castronova is no stranger to Elkdom and is a past recipient of the Elk of the Month honor.
What makes Victor such a valued member of our lodge and our Order is that Victor truly embodies the spirit of Team Work. Victor’s pride comes from helping others run successful events. Victor can be found lending his support to events like our annual Beach and Halloween parties. Or, you may find Victor shucking clams, flipping burgers or tapping kegs at our lodge’s largest events like Fluke and Oktoberfest. And anyone who has run our annual State Convention in Wildwood knows how important it is to have Victor on your team. Victor is truly a team player!
Victor also helps our lodge streamline costs by donating his time and talent as a printer to help us publicize and market our lodge events. Victor’s recent donations include signs and tickets for Officer of the Year, Installation and Convention as well as lodge manuals for our Officers.
Elkdom is a family thing for the Castronova’s. Victor’s wife, Colleen, was our 2011 March Elk of the Month as well as Past Lodge Treasurer. Brother, Dino, is a Past Exalted Ruler and recent retiree of our Board of Trustees.
On a personal note, good luck with the Yankees this year and I hope to see you in Philly!
Please join me in congratulating Victor Castronova as our April Elk of the Month.
Colleen Castronova is our March Elk of the Month. Colleen is no stranger to Elkdom she has been a member of our lodge and our Order for over ten years and is a past Lodge Treasurer. Currently, Colleen chairs some of our lodges most popular events like the ENF Beach Party and Halloween Party. Colleen is also launching an event to benefit ENF - our lodges first ever “Young Female Health and Fitness Expo” which will have mini classes of Zumba, Kickboxing and Yoga while partnering with Meridian Health and Walgreens to further promote good health for our youth. Colleen and her husband, Victor also design and print many of the signs, placards and tickets you see for a lot of our events…most recently, Elk/Officer/Citizen of the Year. And, I believe, that they haven’t missed a convention since they’ve become members! A great tradition indeed!
Elkdom is a family thing for the Castronova’s, husband Victor and brother in-law, Dino are both proud members of our lodge.
Please join me in congratulating Colleen Castronova as our March Elk of the Month.
Tim Haley is our February Elk of the Month. Tim has been very visible at our lodge this year. Tim is a member of our house committee and has been instrumental in helping the house achieve its goals for this year. This year Tim headed our first horseshoe challenge and didn’t let a little thing like weather stop him….when God gave him rain he threw darts at them by bringing our challenge inside and turning it into a dart tournament. We went head-to-head with members of the Moose – and although we didn’t win – a rematch will certainly be in the making. Tim has attended almost every fundraiser and has been a staple at lodge meetings helping to set-up and breakdown the room.
Tim has been has been diligent about notifying the Officers and House Chair when things have been needed in the lodge and was an advocate in bringing a jukebox and ATM to our lodge. We are so thankful that he has gotten involved and have enjoyed working with him.
Please join me in congratulating Tim Haley, our February Elk of the Month
Tim Haley is our February Elk of the Month. Tim has been very visible at our lodge this year. Tim is a member of our house committee and has been instrumental in helping the house achieve its goals for this year. This year Tim headed our first horseshoe challenge and didn’t let a little thing like weather stop him….when God gave him rain he threw darts at them by bringing our challenge inside and turning it into a dart tournament. We went head-to-head with members of the Moose – and although we didn’t win – a rematch will certainly be in the making. Tim has attended almost every fundraiser and has been a staple at lodge meetings helping to set-up and breakdown the room.
Elkdom is a family thing for Georgianna. Husband Jack, sons John and Sean are both members and it won’t be long before her newly arrived grandson, Logan, is running around our lodge as an Elk!
Finally, as many of you know, Georgianna was my sponsor and I thank her for allowing me to be involved with this great organization. .
Please join me in congratulating Georgianna Walsh, our January Elk of the Month!
November & December 2010
Both Phyllis and Melissa are new members of our lodge and have really embraced the spirit of Elkdom.
Melissa was the Chairman of our highly successful Casino Night. Melissa gave this event her all and ran a well-planned, well-executed event. Melissa’s attention to detail combined with her committee’s desire to control costs and market their event well in advance of the date are some of the reasons they were so successful. Melissa comes from good ole Elk stock – her granddad is a PER of Belmar lodge.
Phyllis, also a member of this committee did an outstanding job of soliciting donations from local and out of town vendors. The gift auction ranged in gift baskets from $25.00-200.00 in value and we had a variety of different gifts. Phyllis is a valuable member of any committee looking to run a gift auction.
Congratulations Phyllis & Melissa!!!
Phyllis Willever (November) & Melissa Aker (December)
Our October Elk of the month is Eileen Miller. Eileen who has been a member of our lodge for many, many, years has come back this year in full force. Eileen serves on our Special Needs Children's committee and has been volunteer at both the Octoberfest and Fluke Tournament. Eileen has played and supported both golf outings hosted our lodge and, from what I am told, a very good golfer (for a girl!).
Eileen and her husband, Joe, are big contributors to our pull tab profits! And, I am sure they will be VERY happy when the machine is soon up and running. Elkdom is a family thing for the Miller's. Joe is one our current Trustees and a Past Exalted Ruler; daughters Diane and Ellen have recently become Elks and their youngest daughter, Laura, is sure to follow in their footsteps.
Many of you may remember the “Have a Heart for Jesse” benefit held at our lodge last year – Phyllis assisted in coordinating this very special event and we did our best to recruit her and bring her into the Elks fold. Phyllis often attends lodge meetings and helps out whenever need and whenever asked. Please join me in congratulating Phyllis and Melissa – our Elks of the Month for November and December.
Please join me in congratulating Les Hill as our September Elk of the month. I have really gotten to know Les this year so when his name was suggested, I couldn't agree more. Tim Haley has such wonderful things to say that I asked him to write this months tribute. Here is what he had to say.
Les is a long time Member of the Elks and an active member of the House, Veterans and Fluke Tournament Committees. Les works for the Point Pleasant Foodtown and he also Volunteers at a local food pantry.
Les is always willing to help during any and all Elk events. He is an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan as well as car racing.
Les was instrumental in the recent repairing of the lodge’s grill room and could always be found helping in the kitchen with various crews.
Les exemplifies all the good traits of being a member of the Elks and our lodge is fortunate to have him.
Please join me in congratulating Les on being our September Elk of the Month
Rob is one of our new members and has embraced Elkdom. Rob works as an attorney in Princeton, serves as our Presiding Justice for the lodge and hopefully we’ll never need to use his services! Rob generously donated his legal expertise and was instrumental in writing the Independent Contractor Agreement now being used for leasing of the kitchen. Rob has a love for Philadelphia sports – especially, Phillies baseball which makes my Leading Knight very happy….but the thing I like best is that every time you see Rob he has big smile on his face and he’s always willing to lend a hand when asked. You can see his son James’ artwork on display on one of the columns in the grill room.
Rob lives in Point Pleasant with his wife Bridget and his children, Kathryn, James, Mary and Sara
Please join me in congratulating Rob on being our August Elk of the Month
Linda Muir has been a member of our lodge for many years. Linda began running convention back when Cus Dalik was ER (Wow!… did they have electricity then?). Two years ago, Linda very happily turned the job of committee chair over to the Leading Knights so that they could see first-hand what a job it is to put a convention together. Let me tell you it ain’t easy! Linda has always been there to answer a question or lend a hand. Linda is currently on our house committee and fills in as secretary for that committee. Linda volunteers for all our major events and you will often find her with a huge smile and contagious laugh at Fluke and Oktoberfest.
Linda has two daughters, Heather and Erin and recently became a first-time grandmother to Dakota. Linda is also the proud mother of three pooches, Virgina, Bubba and Oscar!!
Please join me in congratulating Linda for all her efforts and for being our July Elk of the Month.
Jean has been a member of our lodge since 2002 and truly embodies Elkdom. Shortly after becoming a member, Jean joined the Veterans Committee. Jean was instrumental in forming a group to play cards at the Burnt Tavern Convalescent Center where they play cards every Friday with the Vets. During her time on the Veterans Committee, Jean has assisted in the 50/50 Octoberfest raffle spending countless weekends on the boardwalk as well as selling tickets during the event. Jean has assisted the Vets with their summer fishing trips staying back at the lodge and helping prepare lunch and serving lunch when they return from fishing. Jean marches in the Memorial Day Parade on behalf of our Lodge on both Saturday (Point Pleasant Beach Parade) and Sunday (Point Pleasant Parade). Most recently, Jean helped with the Vets at the Annual Elks at the Blue Claws Day.
Jean can be found at our lodge most Fridays enjoying a Friday Night dinner with her sisters, Margie and Lois and her dear companion Bob. So, please come down and join me in congratulating Jean Collins for being our June Elk of the Month.
Rich has been a member of our lodge since January of this year and has hit the ground running! Rich currently serves on our house committee and has assisted in the “deep cleaning” of our kitchen. Rich also assisted Bob Scott in the cleaning and repair of the fryers and spearheaded the finishing of the duct work in the grill room. Rich has assisted in patching of the roof and will be part of Saturday’s painting crew. Very shortly, Rich will undertake a project doing some brick repair to our lodge. Before retiring, Rich worked in the field of carpentry and offered to put his skills to good use as we undertake the challenge of lodge restoration.
Rich and his wife, Carmen, also a new member, retired to Point Pleasant from Morristown, NJ, they have a daughter and two granddaughters whom we hope to meet very soon.
When you see Rich and Carmen at the lodge please stop by and say hello and……
Please join me in congratulating Rich Vanata as our May Elk of the month.
Jessica is one of our newest members and currently serves on our House and Special Needs committees. Jess has jumped into “volunteering” with both feet. Since joining us, Jess has attended every fundraiser, served with her crew at Friday Night Dinner and Sunday Breakfast and has graciously offered to help run our Pajama Party in April.
Jessica also wears the hat of busy mom to Ava, Brynn and Reese and wife of our Lecturing Knight, Cliff. When not at the Elks volunteering or being wife and mother, Jess works as a an Occupational Therapist with Special Needs Children.
We are lucky to have someone so committed to Elkdom. Please join me in congratulating Jess on being our April Elk of the month.
Jessica Van Nest
Over the years, Bob has held many positions in our Lodge. He is a past exalted ruler, past treasurer, and past trustee. Most recently, he has held the difficult position of House Committee Chairman. Under his great leadership, the committee was able to repair and replace old equipment, such as the ice machine, the bar stools and bring in new endeavors, such as the horse shoe pits and happy hour.
Bob could be found once a week wearing an apron and cooking for Thirsty Thursdays, Friday night dinners or Sunday breakfasts. No project was too big, e.g., organizing a local community fund raiser to serve over 650 dinners or too small, like changing AC filters or light bulbs. Don’t forget it was Bob who arranged Italian Hot Dog nights, or the Super Bowl Sunday party. Job well done. Bob, thank you for all your hard work and dedication throughout the years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Linda Regec is in charge of our monthly bulletin "The Antler". She has done a great job adding a touch of her creativity to the publication. For many years, Linda could be spotted serving burgers on the food line during our Fluke Tournaments and Octoberfest. She doesn't mind putting on an apron and helping out Nancy on Friday nights.
Thank you Linda for all your hard work and dedication. Keep up the good work!!
Gus has been a member of Point Pleasant Lodge for many years. He is a valuable member of the house committee. He is a man with many talents and just as many hats to match. Gus spends a lot of time cooking in the Kitchen. He has prepared food for Sunday breakfast, Friday Night Dinner, Italian hot dog night, Thirsty Thursdays, Tuesday meeting nights, Egg Nog party and numerous rentals. Gus is no stranger to cooking outdoors either. He spent many hours behind the grills at Fluke Tournament and Octoberfest. His talents are not limited to cooking.
During the summer and fall, Gus worked on our property. He planted new shrubs, gathered up the leaves and lets not forget his garden of tomato plants. He has also helped around the lodge with several maintenance projects. Gus is a member of the Veteran's committee. He has spent many hours helping the committee with their events. I won't forget the day he spent at Mcguire Air Force Base flipping burgers and racing around the track.
Thank you Gus for all your hard work and dedication to our Lodge.
Mike is dedicated to visiting the local Veteran's Homes for card playing, dancing, luncheons, and delivering Christmas gifts. He has participated in taking the veterans on fishing trips and back to the lodge for the monthly fish fry. Mike has organized the Veteran's Fluke Tournament 50/50 raffle. Through all kinds of weather... along with many a missed dinner.... his evenings have been spent on the boardwalk selling tickets to help boost those sales and in turn creating a very NICE grand prize. In the spring and fall, you can catch Mike cleaning up or beautifying our Veteran's park, and at the same time trying to sell a paver to anyone passing by.
Mike has proudly represented our lodge in many local parades, while encouraging others to march alongside him. Every couple of weeks, Mike is spotted wearing an apron in the kitchen serving up Friday night dinner. Mike has chaired the Veteran's committee for many years. Under his leadership, the committee has been honored as the #1 Veteran's committee in the nation by Grand Lodge. Think about that everyone...not the state....the NATION!!
Thank you, Mike for your dedication to honoring and serving our Veterans and our lodge.
Some people know her as "Coach Donna", I know her as a dedicated Elk member willing to help out when you need her. Donna has been a coach and board member for the Golden Elks Pop Warner for many years. But her volunteering doesn't stop there. For several years, Donna has cooked and served hamburgers and hot dogs for the Special Children's Picnic. She has tended bar for the Fluke Tournament and poured beer at the Octoberfest. As a part of the Pop Warner crew, she has cleared tables and washed dishes for Friday Night Dinner.
Most recently, she accepted the title of Drug Awareness Chairman. As chairman, she represented the Point Pleasant Elks lodge at the "National Night Out" event in community park. Donna spoke to children and parents of the dangers of drugs. She handed out packets containing Elk sponsored drug awareness pamphlets and candy.
So let's give a big cheer to Donna for her dedication to our lodge and it's programs.
Congratulations Donna !
While we all loving refer to Gus Adamo as “Godfather”, our elk of the month for October refers to him as grandfather.
Michael is a fairly new member of our lodge and an electrician by trade. In the couple of years of his membership he has offered his electrical expertise in many ways. He did a great job on the lighting for our Veterans Park, along with various electrical jobs in the lodge itself.
The assistance Michael offers our lodge
isn’t limited to his electrical expertise. He helped set up
on Saturday Am for the Octoberfest.. Stayed to assist with the
food… and helped clean up afterwards. He is always willing
to lend a hand where needed. Thank you Michael.
Congratulations Michael !
Bob Scott Some know him as "Scottie" and some know him as "Bob".....but either way he is known as a great elk. He started his elk career out on the Veteran's committee, which he is currently still a member. As a member of the committee, Bob has prepared ham sandwiches for the visiting veterans and traveled on the boat to help with the fishing. He has worked his way into being an important part of the kitchen. Bob was head chef for the kitchen on Friday and Saturday of the Fluke Tournament.
During the special children's picnic, He could be seen around running errands. Bob was one of the featured chefs during Italian Hot Dog night. Let's not forget....He served up delicious omelets and pancakes during our monthly Officer's breakfast. His culinary skills seem to be never-ending. He has assisted Dino with Pasta night and in the making of Dino's famous sausage.
His wife, Dawn,
would tell you that his dedication to our lodge is best shown during
the countless hours of listening to her ritual parts.
Thank you for your hours of devotion to our lodge "Bob"!
Not only is Mike married to our esteemed Antler editor, (who by the way is doing a great job), he also holds the title for August Elk of the Month.
Mike has been a member of the lodge for 8 years. When you see the lawns being mowed every other week and before a function takes place, it’s Mike. Although he participates in the actual fluke tournament, as soon as he gets back to the lodge he takes off his fishing hat and throws on an apron to help “man the grills”. He is also behind the grills for Oktoberfest every year. In true Elkdom fashion, anytime an event is being run, Mike steps up and volunteers to help any he can.
Michael and Linda will be enjoying one of our delicious Friday Night
Dinners, so give him “Hey, Great Job!” cause he
Michael "Mike" Regec
Bob has contributed to many, many functions and fundraisers for our lodge. He is a vital part of Gourmet Griller’s catering team.
His contributions to our lodge have been many, such as mid winter barbeque, super salad bar and several installation dinners.
assistance with our annual convention in Wildwood is invaluable. He
works all the week before assisting w/ the “prep”
while in Wildwood he’s up and working all hours of the day
night. After the “all night” grill sitting and
day…he STILL greets you w/ a smile. Bob is active with
on the Mountain and in turn Camp Moore. Bob is a vital part of our
organization and the we all say Thank you!
Bob "Curley" Conway
In the past victor has been a member of our House Committee and chairman of our Elks national foundation. Being “behind the scenes is where Victor really shines. In addition to assisting Colleen in whichever event she is currently involved in, Beach party, Halloween Party, or Armed Forces Day,. You will also find him “workin the clams” at the Octoberfest and Fluke tournament. Whether it’s loading the truck or cleaning grills beforehand, as well as the many other tasks necessary for the success of our annual Wildwood convention. Victor is always a big part of our weekend.
noticed the nice postcards we have on every table that announce our
various events, along with the flyers on the walls? Well, we can thank
Victor for them! He has been responsible for a great deal of printing
for the lodge. By donating his graphic talents, the savings to the
lodge have been considerable.
It seems anywhere you look in the lodge or at lodge event…. You can always spot Bob. Whether he's manning the grill after a fishing trip...packaging items for our care packages to Iraq....selling 50/50s...playing cards with the residents at Burnt Tavern Care Center...or just doing his utmost to brighten Christmas for those in care centers...his dedication to our veterans knows no boundaries.
Bob is definitely one of the reasons we are so very proud of our veterans committee. (not to mention their being #1 !!!)
On Friday night Bob and Jean can be seen supporting the lodge enjoying one of our delicious menu items for the night.
Please be sure and give him a hearty congratulation for a job always well done!!!
What can we say about Charlie??
Besides having chaired the Americanism Committee for many years, he is very active with Miracle on the Mountain. He has been a member of the state Miracle Run Committee for (7) years. With his help, they have raised thousands of dollars for Camp Moore.
His past contributions to the lodge have known no boundaries. You could find him at the Lodge meeting as Chaplain, and the following weekend he was Frosty or Rudolph for the kids. Actually...anyone who has had a conversation with Charlie is sure to hear "It's for the kids" at least once!!
Charlie and his faithful cooking crew have been known to serve up a super salad bar for Friday night dinner, grill a delicious mid-winter barbeque fundraiser, and cater several installations. His most recent contribution having been the awesome pulled pork at the annual Beach Party. The past few years Charlie and his crew have become a staple at the convention in Wildwood working for days on a delicious Saturday dinner. Needless to say, his devotion to both our lodge and the Elks in general is unsurpassed.
Charlie has been an enthusiastic member of the lodge for 21 years, and is the perfect example of elkdom at it's finest. The membership thanks you for your time and dedication to this lodge.
Bob is one of the Lodge’s newer members and he exemplifies the spirit of Elkdom and Volunteerism.
From the night of his initiation he became a constant figure at all of our major events. He immediately joined the Veteran’s committee and became active in all of their events. He is also active as a member of one of the Friday Night dinner crews and when he’s not working, he and his wife, Dawn, are enjoying dinner each week, usually with Dawn’s parents at the Lodge.
Bob is always willing to help when he can for the benefit of the Lodge. His contributions to our Lodge are appreciated by our members, and we are proud to honor him this month. Thank you, Bob.
Gus has been a member for many years. During his early years he was very active on the House Committee and many other committees, as well as supporting events at the Lodge. He then drifted away from the Lodge for a period of time. This summer he came back and immediately went into action. He helped out with the major fund raiser during the summer. He then turned his experience to helping the Vets Committee with the trimming and landscaping of Veteran’s Park.
Later he took on the job of trimming all of the trees and bushes and straightening the landscaping around the Lodge, building and parking lot. He has helped me out with Friday night dinners and has become a member of the House Committee.
Gus’ contributions to our lodge is appreciated by our members, so we are proud to honor him this month. Thank you, Gus.
Joe is one of our unsung heroes at the Pt. Pleasant Elks. He works countless hours for our Veteran’s and Special Needs Committees. He does the purchasing of gifts for the annual Veteran’s Christmas appeal and the Special Needs Charity Ball, Carnival of Fun, Annual picnic and Jersey Shore relay. He also shuttles the members of the Veteran’s committee to and from the boardwalk in the summer so they don’t have to deal with parking while selling the 50/50 chances every weekend.
In addition, Joe takes care of the Special Needs Bank Program and collects and delivers the canisters from the drop off points at local businesses. He is one of the three musketeers who loyally takes care of the Weigh Station at Dales Basin for the Fluke Tournament.
So, if you see him...say “Thanks, Joe for a job well done”.
Ken has been a member of our Lodge for many years and has served as a Trustee, was Chairman of the Investigating Committee and is a long time member of the Veteran’s Committee.
He has always volunteered at the Fluke Tournament and Octoberfest. He has helped with the Thanksgiving Dinners for the guests of our Lodge.
You can see him most Friday Nights at our dinners and attending most other events at the Lodge.
All you have to do is ask Ken and he will help on almost any event
Thank you, Ken.
As one of the Elk’s newest members, Janice exemplifies the spirit of volunteerism. From the night of her initiation, she became a consistent figure at all of our major events.
Often, when she is not performing her duties as a flight attendant for a major airline, you’ll fine her assisting the Friday Night dinner crews. Her own background in the catering business in California brings her expertise of efficiency to our kitchen.
She’s pleasant, pretty and most of all, a caring individual whose kindness to her fellow Elks has already been demonstrated.
Janice’s contributions to our Lodge are appreciated by our members, so we are proud to honor her this month.
Thor is always available to give you a hand in the kitchen or anywhere else, whether its an outside event or a Friday Night Dinner or a Sunday morning breakfast/brunch.
He also helps Pop Warner Golden Elks at their home games in the snack stand and the other events they do.
Congratulations, Thor, an honor well deserved.
Many times I look for advice on certain things, either at the Lodge or for my own personal reasons and I can always turn to Joe and get some pretty good advice.
He headed the Flag Day ceremony this year and I was very proud to be a part of it.
Joe is on the Audit Committee as well as the Veteran’s National Service Committee.
If you ever need help and he’s available, you won’t be sorry for asking.
This Elk is around whenever you need him. He helps with dinners, outside events, and whatever you need him for, all you have to do is say “hey, Ray, can you give me a hand?”
He single-handedly power washed the front porch and sidewalk.
Keep up the good work, Ray, thank you and .............
You might not see these two people in the Lodge every time you come down, but every Monday, rain or shine, these two Elks are shaping America’s future. They are the troop leaders of the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 3 of Point Pleasant.
They start off our youngsters as tenderfoots, and they can achieve the honor of being an Eagle Scout. This troop has 19 Eagle Scouts to their credit so far.
My hat is off to them for the countless hours and hard work they devote to training our youth. I thank them both!
Dennis & Betty Torode
You can always see Richie doing something around the Lodge; either washing the pots from Friday Night dinners or helping to set up or break down for a Lodge function.
He has helped out at the Fluke Tournament, our Octoberfest and you might see him fixing little things which need to be done. He’s been a coach in Pop Warner for our Golden Elks and, if he can help you, all you need to do is give him a shout.
Recently, I think he gave every woman who comes to the Lodge a very warm feeling when he repaired the heating in the Ladies’ room.
THANK YOU RICH!
There is nothing worse than a sibling rivalry! A home becomes a house...the Elks becomes just a bar and a best friend for life becomes a foe forever and a Mother’s heart breaks!!! Consequently, by the power vested in me, I now name GREG SMITH Elk of the Month. The aforementioned notwithstanding, Greg now joins his brother Gary as an Elk of the Month 2008-2008 and I can see Mrs. Smith smiling already.
Greg is currently in charge of our Hoop Shoot Program. For four years Greg has made road trips to Wilkesbarre for regionals and Springfield MA. for the finals with the winning participants sponsored by our Lodge. Prior to these sojourns, Greg organizes the local schools in order to create the local competitions and spends many hours on the hardwood. During the off season, he is always on the scent helping with our two main fundraisers, the Fluke Tournament and the Octoberfest.
At this juncture, Greg is one of the fundraisers for Elks’ Camp Moore and Cooley’s Anemia. How??? By taking the Polar Bear Plunge, I just know Gary is going to say he’s the bigger man!!!!
February has always been known for Valentines Day. As Elks it should also remind us that the great Heart of Elkdom swells and throbs 365 days a year. One of our members to whom this attribute can be quickly reconized in is Tom Watters. Tom is the Chairman of our Special Needs Committee. While Tom has kids of his own, he always finds time to help put together the wildly successful Special Needs Picnic. It involves boat rides, fire truck rides as well as the Lodge picnic. Also, Tom has also initiated the 1st annual Special Needs Benefit Golf Outing.
Finally, as all of you know, the Elks has long been the charitable recipient of equipment previously used by former rehab patients.
While all is appreciated, Tom's patience with dumping in the "Area of The Garage" has grown inversely short as compared to his Fu Man Chu.
Although I laid an egg this past Easter with my mishandling of the Easter Egg Hunt (attn: Mitch) Nancy quickly told me to quit Clowning around because that was her job and get back to work as ER. After all, being a clown is just a small part of her persona. Along with being a professional clown and volunteering at almost all children’s benefits, Nancy is the coordinator of sending supplies to Iraq. She has tirelessly gathered supplies and arranged for transport overseas.
Parenthetically, Nancy was recently part of our Veteran’s committee contingent that took to the skies on a simulated refueling mission down to Virginia from McGuire Air Force Base.
Finally, Nancy is also the Line Dancing impresario which has been fiscally rewarding to the Lodge. On behalf of the Lodge, many thanks for all the wonderful work you do!!
Nancy De Vito
Gary is a long standing member of the House Committee. As everyone knows, there is a lot of free advice at the Lodge, but Gary’s offerings tend to pick up on the sensitivities of various people who are involved in a given situation. He’s always among the first to help during any event the Lodge initiates and he’s a familiar sight at the Fluke Tournament, Octoberfest and Friday Night Dinners.
Gary is always ready with a paint brush should the Lodge need any sprucing up and just this past week he installed a new tile floor surrounding the upstairs bar, making the room just right for our first catered wedding in a long time; and as Bob Barker used to say “The Price is Right”.
Gary, thank you for all you do!
may be gone but he’s not
forgotten! Connie was an Elk member we all knew and loved. He was the
one who you could count on to be involved with all major events, making
sure everything was ready and running successfully. He almost completed
his 5-year term as trustee. In the past he chaired the Octoberfest
making it the most successful event run by the Elks by combining it
with the Pt. Pleasant Beach Seafood Festival.
TO OUR ABSENT MEMBER
Ron is our September Elk of the Month! As head of Orientation and Membership, he knows well that the origins of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks had its genesis with a group of actors known as the “Jolly Corks”. Well, Ron was surrounded by all the jolly corks and bad actors he could handle during September’s Octoberfest. A crowd of some 45,000 descended upon Point Pleasant Beach’s Seafoodfest with many ending up at the Elks for some vittles and cold ones. Ron and his committee did an outstanding job and it was our most successful Octoberfest ever.
THANK YOU AND CONGRATULATIONS, RON
following members of our
Veteran’s Committee led by Mike Travisano have done Point
Pleasant proud!! For God, for Country, you folks are the BEST: Joe
Abradi, Gus Adamo, Dino Castronova, Joe Chickene, Marianne Chickene,
Jean Collins, Cus Dalik, Lee Dawson, Nancy DeVito, Lois Francello, Sue
Sandy Goldsmith, Dick Heyniger, John Kaufman, Mickey Leszczak, Ken
Mathis, Marge McGhee,
Roman Perucich, Bob Richter, John Seifert, Ray Staab, Fred Teufel, Mike
Travisano, Linda Van Duyn, Arnie Van Duyn,
National Veterans Service Committee
Joe is one of a golden circle of Elks who provide the glue that holds the Elks together. Some would say that glue is what keeps Joe stuck to the post.
Lastly, Terry, along with his great committee was the impresario of our Big Band evening which proved to be a big hit! Can Tony Bennett be far behind?
Terry La Du
Thank you Gary, your award is well deserved.
Thank you Colette and welcome to the Winner’s Circle.
Bob is a good man to have around for all these events!
Bob Pursel, PER
This is true Elkdom at work!
fortunate indeed to have such an
She is truly a caring Elk.
felt it was more than appropriate to give an
updated and warm Elk of the Month a “thank you” to
our current Editor/Photographer.
So please join me in thanking Marianne for a job well done.
Pleasant Lodge is so fortunate to have Valerie as a new member. She
relocated from North Jersey and chose our Lodge after sampling three
others and has “jumped in with both feet”.
to many of us as "Choo-Choo," Gary has that unusual
personality that grows on you after awhile. Once you get to know him,
you’ll find out that he is always willing to help with
committee jobs others might not want or aren’t able to do.
Gary is always there to help with outdoor setup/tear-down for our
fund-raising events. He’s a capable helper in the kitchen
when asked and always ready to work on the food line if called upon.
He’ll sit and lick tons of envelopes for a mailing and even
made cotton candy for the kids at Octoberfest – a job NOBODY
wanted to do.
month we recognize Nancy DiVito, someone who serves our Lodge and
Elkdom in so many ways. She is a regular head chef for Friday Night
dinners and her entrees are always delicious and much anticipated.
Nancy De Vito
they seem to be involved
in the same areas and working on the same projects, I can’t
separate these two dedicated Elks. I guess they will just have to share
the parking spot!
Bob and Linda Muir
this computer age, it seems
everyone needs a computer expert to help guide them. This Lodge is very
fortunate to be assisted in this area by our own resident cyber-wizard
– Terry La Du. Terry has been programming the crawler in the
Grill Room since its introduction. In the last few months he has become
the Webmaster of our Lodge website, and the changes have been
remarkable. Check our pointpleasantelks.org and you can get an update
on all our Lodge activities, find out how to contact people in the
Lodge and e-mail all the officers and committee chairpeople. If I ever
figure out how to get to the e-mail you might even get a response.
Terry La Du
can not think of
another member who better exemplifies the cardinal principles of
Elkdom. Joe demonstrates his
caring, charitable nature through his long-term commitment to the
Mitey-Mite team that he coaches, his stewardship of Elk Scholarships
and his active participation on the House committee.
Congratulations to Dory, Elk of the Month for April. She has been active with Pop Warner for many years and is a long time member of their board. She has done the planning for our Memorial Services and is coordinating our Installation. She has her hand in so many activities behind the scenes and is a great contributor to our Lodge.
ELKS OF THE YEAR
While this special honor has always been presented to one outstanding Elk, this year there were two: Sharon & Bob Haugh. No matter what event is held you will always see Sharon & Bob working very hard. From the Fluke Tournament, Octoberfest, Special Needs Children’s Picnic and so much more, they are always the first to volunteer their time. This year they also organized two special testimonial dinner parties for Gus Adamo and John Kaufman, which were enormous successes. Along with working on several other committees they are also members of the House Committee.
Bob & Sharon Haugh
When Colleen runs a party she really does it right. She has orchestrated the Annual Beach Party for the past few years and each one gets better. The years was no exception. Our Lodge is fortunate to have such a good organizer and as of April she will put her skills to good use as our new Lodge Treasurer.
Whatever is going at the Lodge is where you will find Ron. He helps on each committee, works Friday Night Dinners, and runs the Thanksgiving Dinner Committee with Mickey Osmundsen. Ron handles all the investigations and membership functions and is generally an all around great help to everyone. This honor is well deserved. Congratulations Ron.
He can usually be found in the kitchen either cooking breakfast on Sundays, making a "Killer" omelet, dinner on fridays or at the dishwasher on most other occasions. He is a grill man for all our outdoor functions and he started the ball rooling for the Katrina Relief Effort. Thank you for all you do.
She is all over, doing so many things. She puts so much time as Lodge Activities Chairperson, its hard to define where her job ends and the House Committee begins because she is involved with both Committees as well as Pop Warner. She has planned many successful activities and continues to come up with good original ideas. Thank you for your work and dedication to our lodge.
No matter where you look, inside or outside, you will see him working. He also does Friday Night Dinners and is always ready to lend a helping hand wherever needed.
She is everywhere, at the Seafood Fest, Fluke Tournament, Poker Run, serves on the Special Need Children's Committee and the Veteran's Committee, as a clown when needed, on the Vets Fishing Trips and working friday Night Dinners. Not only does she do all this, she travels a long way to do it and more. Congratulations and Thank you.
Two of our most dedicated workers are available for EVERYTHING! They work extremely hard at all outside events as well as Friday Night Dinners and anything else they are asked to do. They are a truly caring and special couple and Point Pleasant Elks is fortunate to have them as members. Congratulations to both of you for a well deserved honor.
Sharon and Bob Haugh
He can be found working all our major events and often toiling in the kitchen. with his background he has been an aid and guide for the Trustees with their choices of repairing and or replacing our heating/cooling systems.
He works on all the outdoor festivities, in the kitchen on two different crews, and is a member of the Veteran's Committee. He put together our recent Memorial Day remembrance which took months of planning and has put a book together which highlights this special day. Take a look at it next time you are in the Grill room and if he is there, shake his hand and thank him for all he does.
He has chaired the Convention Committee year after year and spends additional hours planning and cooking Spaghetti Dinners to help fund the Convention. He can also usually be found at the dishwasher station for Friday night dinners. This is what Elkdom is all about and thank you for all you do.
He no sooner returns from vacationing in Florida then he jumps right back into the swing of things, picking up where he left off. He is on at least two Friday dinner crews, assists the Convention Spaghetti Dinner crew and can always be found at any major function we run. Thanks Jack for a job well done.
For all her hard work and help in the Lodge. Whenever an event was scheduled, she put a crew together and got the job done. A harder worker is hard to find.
ELK OF THE YEAR - 2004 / 2005
He always volunteers his time and labor helping set up for all our major events. With his crew of helpers he prepares all the necessary equipment, such as grills, refrigerators, fryers, etc. for the Wildwood Convention, Fluke Tournament, HCC Picnic & Octoberfest and whatever else. You can usually find him riding the fork lift and during the winter he plows snow in our parking lot and drives. John, on behalf of a grateful Lodge, Thanks, for all your help and support.
Marianne is always hard at work taking pictures of Lodge events, gathering written information, editing and writing articles for the Antler. She also takes the Antler to the printer, adds labels and takes it to the post office for mailing to the membership. She also works many Lodge events by taking tickets or just helping out wherever she is needed. She also took time out of her busy schedule to pick up my Exalted Ruler Antler message at my home while I was ill and I personally thank her for it. Thank you Marianne for your time, help and continued support;
When it comes to football and Super Bowl Sunday, she is the person responsible for organizing and putting these Lodge events together. She also volunteers her time and efforts with helping the Secretary clean and organize the Lodge office. In addition we now have two high back chairs in the office. She also helps in the kitchen withy various dinners.
For a job well done and your committed efforts to make our Lodge the best, thank you Diane.
A hard working member, she volunteers her time and talents around the Lodge. she continues to run Line Dancing, cooks her own delicious homemade Friday Night Dinner. She also helps out with banquets, weddings and does clowning for the kiddies and Veterans etc. whenever she is asked (and sometimes even when she's not asked). Thank you Nancy for all you do for the Lodge.
Nancy De Vito
A Past Exalted Ruler of our Lodge Joe continues to volunteer his time and services. To date he has assisted at our big events such as Handicapped Children's functions and Octoberfest. He cooks for various functions, washes and waxes our Lodge Room, power washed the front of our building and the handicapped ramp and assisted with the renovation of our Lodge room. He also continues to volunteer his time to our Pop Warner "Golden Elks". When necessary, he sets up for Lodge meetings, Line Dancing, and then breaks down the Lodge room for the next event. On a regular basis he updates the dinner menu board in the foyer and updates the bulletin boards. Joe has volunteered to be the main chef and cook for our New Years Eve dinner. I'm sure I have forgotten some of his accomplishments and I know there are more. When you see him around the Lodge, shake his hand and thank him for all he does for our Lodge. Thanks Joe for all your help.
He is a new member of our Lodge. Already he has gone above and beyond by volunteering his time and services. He is the person responsible for donating all of the shrubs, trees ,plants etc. and providing the labor to plant and landscape the front, side and back island of our property. He also is helping in the kitchen and is helping to organize a New Year's Eve Extravaganza at our Lodge. You are a true example of what Elkdom is all about. Many thanks for your generous donations and your help around the Lodge. When you see Bob, thank him for all he has done in such a short period of time as a member.
Another member who can always be counted on to help around the Lodge when the need arises. He volunteers his time and labor for all our major events such as the Fluke Tournament, Boat Poker Run and the Octoberfest. He is always there along with his crew of helpers to prepare and set up all of the necessary equipment such as grills, refrigerators, fryers etc and he can always be found riding around on the fork lift moving this equipment around the yard.
Thanks John for doing all you do.
Aside from being a PER, and active in the Southeast District, just completing a year as Vice President and currently Region 1 Co-Chair for the Elks National Foundation, he has been and is highly active within our Lodge. He has chaired the Octoberfest for the past 6 years, takes care of our Pull-Tabs and to date is working diligently with the Lodge Auditing Committee. In addition he also heads up a crew for Friday Night Dinners and assists with all other committees where-ever he can.
Thanks, Cus, for all you do for our Lodge.
A very active member, he is Chairperson of the Investigating Committee. He carefully screens new members, send reference letters, arranges schedules for investigations and has done a wonderful job since taking over. He also had a crew for our Lunch program and was always ready to help out in the kitchen for any event. He can be found at all our outside activities such as the Fluke Tournament, poker Run and Octoberfest, usually on the cooking line. He is also a member of the Fluke Committee and constructed an "Awards Board" to show the winners of the Tournament. and has been a valuable asset of the Committee.
In other words he is always there when called upon.
A 40 year member of the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks he is always there for us. Whether working in the kitchen for various affairs, assisting with the Indoctrination Program, working with the Veteran's Committee and other committees or helping the Officers prepare for the Ritual he is always there.
Thanks Ralph for your continued support
A new member who is very helpful to our Lodge. Not only does he come down to volunteer his services as a plumber but always comes to our aid with just a phone call. He never has a problem volunteering his time and services, to just stop and fix our sinks or any other problem. Last Thanksgiving he and his family worked in the kitchen to do whatever they could to make it a good day for so many people. It's heart warming to see a member and his family jump in and volunteer.
Thanks for all you do.
He too is always willing to help out around the Lodge when the need arises. Whether volunteering his time and labor with our Lodge Room renovations, cooking in the kitchen with the PER's for a Friday Night Dinner or a Saturday Night Theme Night, running our Indoctrination Program or just giving his advise as a former PER and PVP, he's there. Through his efforts and expertise our lodge continues to grow and prosper.
Thanks Rocky for all that you do.
Jaime "Rocky" Berrios
He is always willing to help out around the Lodge when the need arises. He volunteered his time and labor on the Banquet Room renovation. The bar was wired, installed a new electric panel, replaced wall outlets, light switches, installed new ceiling lights, coffee maker, hot water heater, etc., etc., etc. In the near future he will be installing new wall sconces.
Thanks for an excellent job and your continued support and assistance to the Lodge.