Fulton Lodge # 830 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks held its Annual Lodge Installation of Officers and Inaugural Dinner on March 31 for the Elk year 2012-2013. The ceremony was well attended by Elks members, families and their guests.
Under the direction of William ‘Bud’ Shinnick who served as Grand Exalted Ruler, all new officers took a pledge to uphold the charitable goals of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks. They were reminded that Elks must continue to invest in their community through dedication to youth, veteran and many other programs that are supported.
The new officers will be serving the Lodge for a term of one year starting April 1, 2012. They are:
Ross A. Belfiore, Exalted Ruler
Raymond Caprin, Leading Knight
Jean Paternoster, Loyal Knight
Elana Brinkerhoff, Lecturing Knight
Dawn Thompson, Tiler
Terri Proud, Chaplain
Mary Ann Lopedito, Esquire
Joyce Coady, Inner Guard
Following the installation, officers and guests enjoyed a dinner prepared and served by Elk’s volunteers. Outgoing Exalted Ruler, Christine Hawksby, gave remarks and presented her membership awards for the 2011-2012 lodge year. Elk of the Year was presented to Mary Ann Lopedito for her loyalty, dedication and willingness to work for the good of the Lodge. It should be noted that Mary Ann is the first woman chosen to receive this honor in the Fulton lodge’s 109-year history!
Officer of the Year went to Jean Paternoster, while Leslie Kistner and Jerry Lopedito received Dedicated Service awards. In addition, the members of the Ladies Auxiliary were recognized for their devoted service to the lodge.
Ross A. Belfiore, newly elected Exalted Ruler, commended Christine Hawksby for her leadership this past year and extended his congratulations to the 2012-2013 lodge officers. He noted that recognition is also deserving to the Trustee’s; John Paternoster, David Brinkerhoff, Charlie Diefenbacher, Jack Pickard and Christine Hawksby; and to Lodge Secretary Dean Salisbury and Treasurer James Warren.
He then presented the goals and expectations for the Lodge for the coming year. ER Belfiore noted that he will strive diligently to be worthy of the trust and confidence placed in him and will extend every effort to conduct the affairs of the office to an honorable and successful conclusion. He said, “The most important thing to remember is that we are a team. We must all band together as one for the good of the lodge and the Protective and Benevolent order of Elks. I am proud you have chosen me to help guide our lodge into the future and with the cooperation of everyone, I will not let you down, because good cannot fail.”
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks was founded “To promote and practice the four cardinal virtues of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity; to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its members; to quicken the spirit of American Patriotism and cultivate good fellowship.”
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