Winslow Elks Lodge No. 536 celebrates centennial
On Saturday, September 23 the Elks celebrated their 100th year, 1900-2000, at the local lodge on Third Street.
The evening began with a social hour. It was during this time that many members and guests enjoyed visiting the "'Heritage Comer" in the auditorium. The corner consisted of many pictures and stories depicting the lodge's history.
Of special interest, also exhibited in the corner was the #536 banner dating back to the pre-1940's.
With the assistance of Janice Griffith and Old Trails Museum, the lodge exhibited an original lodge chair dating back to 1913 and a mannequin adorned with an original 1900's lady's hat, blouse and skirt.
A delicious western style dinner, prepared by the Trustees immediately followed the social hour.
During the dinner, Master of Ceremonies, Past Exalted Ruler, Bill Barris and his wife Maxine conducted the program. They dedicated the Centennial Jubilee to the "departed members" of Lodge 536 who worked so hard to ensure the legacy of Elk's Lodge 536.
Highlights of the program included a short history of the local lodge. It was also during this time guests were presented with a copy of the "Centennial Jubilee" and a reprint of the 1955 BPOE Meteor article describing how Winslow Lodge was instrumental in bringing the Elk herds into Arizona in 1913.
Exalted Ruler, 2000-2001, Dudley McGonagill welcomed and thanked everyone for their participation.
Special guests Mayor Jim Boles and wife Bonnie presented the Elks with a Centennial Proclamation given by the City of Winslow.
Don Waggoner, North District Leader, of the Elk's State Association and his wife Joyce presented the lodge with a "Centennial Plaque" given by the Elk's Grand Lodge.
Past Exalted Ruler Gordon Combs, 1960-61 gave a short speech. He and his wife Connie traveled all the way from California.
Other special guests included First Vice President Manny Rodriques and his wife Patt from Flagstaff and Assistant North District Leader, John Pipes from Jerome, all representing the Elk's State Association.
District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler, Wayne and Patricia McIntire from Page represented the Grand Lodge Assn.
Immediately following the dinner an auction was held with proceeds benefit Elk's charities.
The evening ended with dancing to the Silver Spurs band from Albuquerque, NM.
The local lodge would like to thank all who worked hard and participated. Also, special thanks to Janis Griffith and the Old Trails Museum for the stories, pictures and exhibits that helped make the Elk's centennial party so successful.