Erie Lodge 67 held our ENF Hoop Shoot on Saturday, January 27th. This year the Lodge used many resources for marketing and distribution of flyers which aided in the great turnout for both youth and volunteers. The Lodge had a total of 36 youth registries across all age brackets for both girls and boys. The Lodge turned out in force with over 20 volunteers along with 8 high school girls from Cathedral Prep athletics. Erie Lodge is proud of all the youth that competed and look forward to the 6 that are advancing to the NW PA District Shoot.
On Saturday December 16th, (6) Erie Lodge 67 members volunteered for the National Wreath Laying Ceremony, at the PA Soldiers and Sailors Home. After a national moment of silence and ceremony, volunteers laid wreaths on gravesites to commemorate our fallen veterans.
Erie Lodge 67 Auxiliary, sponsored their annual Holiday Angel Tree event. Lodge members selected Angels from the tree and purchased gifts for the youth served by Harborcreek Youth Services, a trauma-informed behavioral healthcare agency that provides a wide range of residential and in-home services to children.
Without the Lodge support, spearheaded by the Auxiliary, the youth served most likely would not have any gifts on Christmas. This year Lodge members and Auxiliary were extremely generous. The Lodge Auxiliary wrapped 328 gifts for Harborcreek Youth Services.
On Saturday December 9th, Erie Lodge 67 once again had 16 members volunteering for the full day to the Salvation Army kettle drive. Members took 1 hour shifts ringing the bells, collecting money, passing out candy canes to the youth and wishing all a Merry Christmas. This event, affectionately known in the Lodge as "Bucky' Bell Ringers" named after William Bucky Buchanon, PER who organized this event and partnered with the Salvation Army for many years. Erie Lodge also donated $500 into the kettle.
Pictured left to right: Lodge Members, Pat Masterian and Larry Stadler
On Saturday, December 9th Erie Lodge 67 hosted a breakfast for Lodge Members and their younger families. Over 22 kids and 24 adults had a great time playing reindeer games, singing, craft time and a great breakfast. The highlight was Lodge 67's special guest all the way from the North Pole! Yes, Santa was able to visit the Lodge providing all the kids the opportunity to sit on his lap and each child received a special gift from Jolly Old St. Nick! It was a great morning!
Erie Lodge 67 performed the annual Memorial Service for all those members we lost this last year.
We acknowledged 29 Lodge 67 Members and 5 Lodge 67 Auxiliary Members on Sunday December 3rd with a beautiful service.
Pictured left to right, PDDGER, Marine Les Owens, Cpl Willard Malott, 1stSGT Derek Patrick, Commandant Marine Corp League and Lodge Member Rick King, Esteemed Leading Knight Becky Feronti
Erie Lodge 67 hosted the local Lake Erie Marine Corp. League Detachment to a combined fundraiser and Toys for Tots drive. The event was held at Erie Lodge and members and guests were invited from 1-4. Admission was reduced if the guest brought a new, unwrapped toy. Participants enjoyed food prepared by Lodge Chef, refreshments and games. Two bins of toys plus bikes and water tables were collected. Erie Lodge 67 donated $1,400 to the Lake Erie Marine Corp League to be used for the Toys for Tots event.
During the week of November 13th, Erie Lodge 67 utilized their ENF CIP Freedom Grant to help subsidize and provide the Erie VA Medical Center 125 complete Thanksgiving baskets of food. These baskets contained a 15-18 lbs turkey and all the fixins for a complete Thanksgiving meal, so these Vets and their families could prepare and enjoy their Thanksgiving meal in the privacy of their own home. Lodge volunteers coordinated with a local grocer all the items needed, picked up the boxes and delivered them to the VA, who handled all the logistics with the recipients. A few of the recipients shared with the Lodge volunteers that this would be the first Thanksgiving meal they have been able to prepare at home.
Erie Lodge 67 donated $500 to the Erie Otters' Military Appreciation Night, November 11th. The donation provided 50 tickets to veterans, active-duty military in Erie, tickets were also distributed to the VA Medical Center in Erie, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Veterans Miracle Center and the Soldiers and Sailors Home. The overall program provided over 1400 tickets to those that served. The Ontario Hockey League is regarded as one of the top player development Leagues in the world and continues to be a leading supplier of talent to the NHL and Canadian National Teams.
On Saturday August 26th, Erie Lodge 67 held our second annual end of summer fundraising Luau party. Members celebrated by all things with a Hawaiian Theme, food, dress, games and music. Approximately 20 members organized this fun filled outside event at the Lodge with games, raffles, and simple donations. In less than 5 hours the Lodge raised $1,571.00 and 100% of the proceeds are being donated to the American Red Cross NW PA Chapter, for the Maui relief efforts by the Red Cross.
On Tuesday, August 29th Erie Lodge held an end of summer bash for the Erie Homes for Children and Adults at the Erie Lodge. Erie Homes is a longtime partner of the Elks and their mission is to support people with disabilities to live rich and fulfilling lives. Approximately 60 clients and their caregivers attended this event. Pizza and soft drinks were provided by the Lodge. The highlight was a special guest appearance by Elvis! Elvis sang to and with the clients who sang and danced the afternoon away!
Erie Lodge #67 PER’s awarded (2) $1,000.00 general higher education scholarships to one student entering their freshman year and one student entering their sophomore year. The students were tasked on the application to select a local nonprofit charity, research that charity and advocate for their cause. In the spirit of benevolence, each student was provided a $500.00 donation, on behalf of Erie Lodge 67, to hand to their charity. Kasey Kensill was the freshman winner, advocating for the Veterans Miracle Center, Erie. Emily Edmonds was the sophomore winner advocating for The Anna Shelter, a nonprofit, no kill shelter for needy and neglected animals.. An awesome job was done by all that applied, and the Lodge is very proud and wishes them all the best in their next chapter of higher education.
Pictured left to right:
Mike Wheeler PER, Jim Law PER, Emily Edmonds, sophomore scholarship winner, Ruth Thompson, Director Anna Shelter, Terry Witherow PER, Scott Sieb PER, Kasey Kensill freshman scholarship winner, John Hornaman Board Member Veterans Miracle Center, Erie.
On Wednesday, August 3rd, Erie Lodge 67’s Veterans Committee coordinated a Veterans outing at the Erie Seawolves AA baseball game. Six Lodge members welcomed 37 Veterans from the Erie VA Medical Center, PA Soldiers and Sailors Home and a number of nursing facilities along with 18 caregivers had a great day at the ballpark.
All were treated to the game, a hat, shirt and concessions with a soft drink.
Erie Lodge 67 held their annual Family Outing picnic on Sunday July 16th. Lodge members brought covered dishes and the Lodge prepared smoked pulled pork and chicken.
This event raised $900 in fundraising events that will support PA Elks Home Services Program and ENF equally.
On Sunday, June 11th, Erie Lodge held their summertime Sunday backyard BBQ coupled with a large meat raffle. Both events raised a total of $1,000 that will be split between ENF and PA State Association Home Services Program state major project. Lodge members enjoyed smoked BBQ chicken quarters, grilled hot dogs and burgers and everyone brought their favorite summertime dish to share. Lodge 67 members and guests once again exemplified the true meaning of Elks Care, Elks Share. More backyard BBQ's are scheduled throughout the summer months.
Erie Lodge performed the annual Flag Day ceremony outdoors on our back patio area on Wednesday, June 14th. Erie Lodge was honored to have member and Retired Brigadier General Donald "Mac" McIntosh as our guest speaker. General "Mac" tied his 30+ years of military service and his love for "Old Glory." His speech was insightful and very moving. Erie Lodge 67 was also honored and very proud to have youth from the Erie Rams Basketball team to present the flags of our history. The ceremony was attended by over 40 Lodge members.
Pictured Brigadier General Donald "Mac" McIntosh
Erie Lodge 67 utilized the ENF CIP Beacon and Spotlight Grants for $6,000 along with an additional fund-raising donation from the Lodge of $8,000 for a total of $14,000 to the Erie Meals on Wheels Veterans program. These donations provided the opportunity to move 7 Veterans from the waiting list to active delivery status. Each Veteran will receive a nutritiously prepared meal 7 days a week for a full year. These Veterans are between the ages of 55 and 90 and are homebound. With past donations from the Erie Elks 67 we have moved 30 Veterans to the active delivery status.
Pictured left to right:
Becky Feronti, Esteemed Leading Knight, Fran Milkowsi, Exalted Ruler, Jennifer Hoffman, Executive Director Erie Meals on Wheels, and Brian Sheridan, Board President, Erie Meals on Wheels
Erie Lodge 67 held our third annual Jim Feronti Lodge member and guest golf outing benefiting PA Elks Association State Major Home Services project. Over $9,000 was raised by the very generous 104 golfers, hole and tee sponsors and various raffles. A huge shout out to all those who volunteered, by planning, working the outing and those who played, made this event a huge success-Thank you all.