Springfield Elks Lodge 1560 hosted annual awards night

Exalted Ruler Vicki Siliski awarding Eugene Siliski as “Elk of the Year.” Photo provided.

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – On Saturday night, Feb. 10, Springfield Elks Lodge 1560 celebrated their Membership Recognition night for 2017/2018 with a Valentine’s Day theme dinner and dance party. It was one of the biggest nights with more than a hundred members and guests in attendance. It was made even more successful due to the 24 members of the Bellows Falls Lodge 1619 joining in on the celebration. The two lodges will be pledging the proceeds from the night to the Vermont Elks Major Project, “Silver Towers Camp” in Ripton, Vt.

Exalted Ruler Vicki Siliski of Springfield Lodge was overwhelmed with the big turnout for her final big night as Exalted Ruler. Siliski has been Exalted Ruler for 2.5 years for her lodge. After dinner, Siliski handed out many awards.

Carolee Murchie accepting her “Officer of the Year” award from Exalted Ruler Vicki Siliski. Photo provided.

Anniversary pins of five year increments were given out, with Raymond Latelle receiving a plaque for 75 years and Citizen of the Year. Latelle joined the Elks in 1942 before he left for the Army Aircorps as a pilot serving in World War II.

Charley “Bob” Brent was given a plaque for 72 years of service to his Elks Lodge. Bruce Sanderson was given the “Pot Stirring Spoon” award that is always taken in fun. Jacky Driscoll-Page and Gloria Gunn were awarded a Grand Exalted Ruler’s “Outstanding Service Commendation” for their efforts helping out at the lodge during the year.

Final awards of the night went to Carolee Murchie as “Officer of the Year” and Eugene Siliski for “Elk of the Year.”

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