By Ken Curto
Ely Elks Lodge
Ely Elks Lodge 1469 will have its 93rd Annual Roll Call dinner on Thursday, Oct. 22 at the Elks Lodge. Twenty-three members will be honored with five years or more in Elkdom. Those being honored are: 5 years: Gayle Bartlett, Denise Beckwith, Sid Beckwith, Bryan A. Fitzner, Bunny R. Hill.
10 years: Tim Norton, Bradley Christiansen, Beverly Cornutt PER.
15 years: Henry J. Stewart.
35 years: Patrick C. Stevens
40 years: Ken Curto PSP, Lee Epperson, Dee Heckethorn, Frank Latta, Robert J. Nichols, William Noah, Tom Sanders.
45 years: John T. Oflaherty, Joseph Omar, Wayne E. Sevon.
50 years: Curtis P. Hayward, Wallace R. White.
70 years: Joseph E. Digrazia.
Recognition for more than 50 years: Neil McKnight (51), Romolo DiCianno PER (52), Donald Goodwin (52), Art Olson PER, PDDGER, PSP, PGELK (57).
Nevada State Elks President Ken Catlin and NSEA First Lady Sue Catlin will be making their official visit to Ely Lodge during the Roll Call dinner.
Also attending will be NSEA President-Elect William Wiseman and his wife Mela. NSEA President Ken Catlin is a 30 year member of the Order of Elks and was initiated in Fallon Lodge 2239 in 1985. He was raised in Mountain View, New Jersey, a town about the size of Ely. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and sports as a kid and always wanted to be a sailor. Catlin joined the United States Navy in 1961 and was trained as an Aviation Boatswain Mate on the USS Enterprise CVAN-65. After a few years, He changed rates to an Air Traffic Controller. Catlin served on 11 different ships and retired in 1989 as a Senior Chief Petty Officer. During his Navy years, he was stationed at Naval Air Station, Fallon and fell in love with Fallon and Nevada. He progressed through the chairs and became Exalted, Ruler of Fallon Lodge and later was District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler for Nevada North in 2009-2010. He has served the NSEA as a state trustee, Vice-President, President-Elect and was elected as NSEA President in April of 2015. He and his wife Sue have family and grandchildren living in McGill. Catlin met his wife Sue at the Fallon Elks Lodge and married shortly after he won her in an Elks raffle.
The Roll Call dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and the Elks Lodge will open at 4 p.m.
The menu will be pork loin, vegetables, mashed potato, salad, roll and dessert and there will be a $10 admission fee for members and guests. Membership awards will be presented after the member’s roll call.