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Pictured from left to right:  (front row)  Bill Thompson, Tommy Johnson, Allan Lafferty, Andre Paez, Deanna Lerch.  Back row: Curtis Kerner, Juliet Noyes, Beverly Cornutt, Gayle Bartlett, Julie Paez, Duane Lerch and Frank  Latta.

As the nation’s capital is celebrating the Cherry Blossom Festival, members, families and guests recently celebrated the Installation of Officers at Ely Elks Lodge #1469.

Outgoing Exalted Ruler Gayle Bartlett expressed her gratitude and appreciation to the members for a very successful year.  She praised her Corps of Officers and committee workers for the numerous charitable accomplishments of the past twelve months.  She also offered her congratulations to the incoming Corp of Officers, pledging her support and wishing them success in the coming year.

The new officers will be serving the Lodge for a term of one year starting April 1, 2017.

They are:  Exalted Ruler Allan Lafferty, and Leading Knight Andre Paez, Loyal Knight Tommy Johnson and Lecturing Knight Bill Thompson.

Also installed were: Secretary Julie Paez, Treasurer Beverly Cornutt PER, Esquire Curtis Kerner, Chaplain Juliet Noyes, Inner Guard Frank Latta, Tiler Deanna Lerch and Trustees Duane Lerch and Gayle Bartlett PER.  In his acceptance speech, newly elected Exalted Ruler Lafferty thanked his parents fortheir support and thanked the members for electing him to this office. Exalted Ruler Lafferty also pledged to maintain the spirit of cooperation and involvement the Lodge has long enjoyed with White Pine County.

Past Exalted Rulers and installing officers were Bruce Lafferty PER, NSEA State President Bill Wiseman PDDGER/DL, Dan Cornutt PER, Ken Curto PDDGER/PSP, Robert Marcum PER,Sid Beckwith PER, Tony Carr PER, Lou Martin PER and DDGER Charlie Lum Kee PER.

A lasagna dinner was prepared by Beverly Cornutt before the public installation.

The Ely Elks Lodge #1469, celebrating 94 years of service to Ely and White Pine County, is one of nine lodges in the Southern district of the Nevada State Elks Association and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) whose headquarters is in Chicago, Illinois.  The BPOE is a charitable organization with a 149 year history of giving, “Elks Care–Elks Share.”