Courtesy photo/Ken Curto
Pictured from left to right: (front row) Bill Thompson, Andre Paez, Alan Lafferty, NSEA President-Elect Bill Bohnett, Sid Beckwith. Back row: Gayle Bartlett, Matt Roman, Julie Paez, Nichole Baldwin, Sarah LeDoux, Juliet Noyes.

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 Alan Lafferty expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the members for a very successful year. He praised his Corps of Officers and committees for the numerouscharitable accomplishments of the past twelve months. He also offered his congratulations to the incoming Corps of Officers, pledging his 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, 2018.

They are:  Exalted Ruler Alan Lafferty, and Leading Knight Andre Paez, Loyal Knight Sid Beckwith PER  and Lecturing Knight Bill Thompson.  Also installed were: Secretary Julie Paez, Treasurer Gayle Bartlett PER, Esquire Matt Roman, Chaplain Juliet Noyes, Inner Guard Sarah Ledoux, and Trustee Nichole Baldwin.

In his acceptance speech, returning Exalted Ruler Lafferty thanked his parents for their support and thanked the members for electing him to this office. Exalted Ruler Laffertyalso 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, Ron Taylor PER, Bill Wiseman PDDGER/DL/PSP, Louis Martin DDGER, Art Olson PDDGER, PSP, PGELK, Charles Lum Kee PDDGER, Tony Carr PER, Ken Curto PDDGER/PSP, Dom Buffamonte PDDGER, Bill Bohnett PDDGER, NSEA President-Elect and Bob Marcum PER.

A dinner was prepared by Denise Beckwith and Julie Paez before the public installation. The Ely Elks Lodge #1469, celebrating 95 years of service to Ely and White Pine County, isone 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 150 year history of giving, “Elks Care — ElksShare.”