Calendar Winners for December 2020

DAYFirstLastCityState AMOUNT TICKET No
1FrancesAllenOOBME$25.000254
2Paul LMorrissetteWinslowME$25.000464
3StephanieIngrahamSouth PortlandME$25.000286
4RickRideoutMillinocketME$25.000797
5CarolBurchillPortlandME$50.000020
6RickyAdamsHermonME$50.000690
7PamSchulzAppleteinME$25.000096
8SundaeRobbinsWalthamME$25.001324
9HeatherAndersonBrooksvilleFL$25.000298
10LouiseFeeleyKissimmeeFL$25.000927
11DannyHowesLewistonME$25.000258
12JoanBowleyPittsfieldME$50.000833
13BarbChaseNorth BerwickME$50.001082
14JeramieLedgerJ.B. AndrewsMD$25.000718
15Jo SpielvogelStrongME$25.000505
16J.OliverLevantME$25.000648
17CoreyMansolilliSouthwest HarborME$25.000917
18LoriArsenaultWoolwichME$25.000038
19CarolBachofnerRocklandME$50.000068
20RickeyOverlookHermonME$50.000669
21ChristineGoodwinShapleighME$500.001081
22LloydGray Sr.FriendshipME$25.000072
23MarkSimonBangorME$25.000554
24NitaTherriaultPresqueisleME$25.000806
25DianneRichardsonLamoineME$100.001035
26CherylSnowHermonME$50.000668
27The KelleyKidsProspect HarborME$50.000938
28MarieMc CallumOcean ParkME$25.000236
29DanielleTaskerLevantME$25.000602
30SharonCahillTopshamME$25.000035
31PennyRich HopeME$25.000111

Calendar Winners for November 2020

DAYFirstLastCityState Amt Tkt #
1AlecArsenaultWoolwichMe$50.000054
2PeterLedgerHoultonMe$25.000720
3Sharon RowlingRockportMe$25.000125
4LeoSiroisFairfieldMe$25.000429
5JohnCaronSanfordMe$25.000169
6PaulMorrissetteWinslowMe$25.000464
7KellyPlourdeMillincketMe$50.000799
8AmandaOuelletteBangorMe$50.000561
9ToddBlankenshipSun PrairieWI$25.000880
10AprilBomesLake ButterFL$25.000617
11NitaTherriaultPresqueisleMe$100.000806
12JackZukSanfordMe$25.000184
13KrisMillerBangorMe$25.000654
14TerryMosherFarmingtonMe$50.000521
15AmandaHoultonEllsworthMe$50.001054
16JoAnnCormaciHancockMe$25.001053
17SadiRussActonMe$25.001125
18AaronAllumbauglFarmingtonMe$25.000519
19Todd HoglondFranklinMe$25.000859
20RoxanneFrenetteOOBMe$25.000237
21BelindaDoucetteOld  TownMe$50.000572
22EvaMorelandSouth BerwickMe$50.000330
23AlanHarding presque IsleMe$25.000814
24DarelynKearnsGardinerMe$25.000479
25GailPollardAdrianGA$25.000350
26MaynardPushawHopeMe$100.000086
27PaulMartitzVassalboroMe$25.000394
28GaryCooperSidneyMe$50.000449
29RoriCrossmanBiddefordMe$50.000201
30MorganRobsonWoolwichMe$25.000053

BANGOR MOBILE HOMELESS VETERANS STAND DOWN

On November 3rd members of Bangor Lodge #244, and Old Town Lodge #1287 teamed up with the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services, VA Maine Homeless Veteran Program, and several other charitable agencies to provide much needed assistance to local homeless Veterans in Bangor and the surrounding area.

Bangor Lodge Volunteers. Left to right; Skip Black, Janet Wright, Jean Oliver, Gary Turner Leading Knight, Scott Monroe MEA Pres. Elect, Bud Kimball, Monika Monroe, Joe Kimball, Randy Ellis (Not Pictured Greg Hall PER and Steve Winkler Trustee)

The day started off in Maine fall fashion with a fresh 2 inches of snow on the ground, along with wind and a morning temperature of 25 degrees. But this didn’t slow this team of volunteers which assisted with the objectives of the stand down. While the other charitable agencies were connecting the Veterans with resources, winter clothing, toiletry kits and non- perishable meals the volunteers from the Bangor Lodge were busy preparing a hot lunch for the Veterans, and volunteers alike.

Donation of Food from Old Town Lodge #1287.

The day would not have been complete without the contributions from the Old Town Lodge #1287. Utilizing their Freedom Grant, the Lodge purchased over $2000.00 worth of non-perishable food which was distributed to homeless, and needy Veterans who attended the Stand Down.

In the end the day was a huge success. The members of the Maine Elks Association Northern District truly displayed the true meaning of “Sharing and Caring”” by ensuring our Veterans know that, “so long as there are Veterans the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them”. Thanks to all who volunteered.

Maine Elks’ Work with Vets

by BOB KEYES STAFF WRITER PORTLAND PRESS HERALD

Carl Olsen and Jim Gehring of the Presque Isle Elks Lodge, which collects furniture to help formerly homeless veterans. Courtesy photo

With the postponement of the annual Homeless Veterans Stand Down, regional service agencies and others who support veterans in Maine are scrambling to cover the loss of a centralized event where the state’s homeless veterans could gather to receive the support they need.

The coronavirus pandemic has forced the event, held at Togus VA Medical Center in Augusta, to take on a new form. In past years, Veterans Affairs staff and volunteers provided food, clothing and health screenings to homeless and at-risk veterans, who also received referrals for employment, housing, health care, substance use treatment and mental-health counseling.

This year, thanks in part to an infusion of federal money to address homelessness, other agencies across the state are stepping in by focusing their work on veterans who need assistance with things like medical care, food security and employment services.

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In addition, the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services is partnering with Maine Veterans in Need to arrange multiple mini-Stand Downs across the state this fall, in an effort to bring supplies and services closer to those who would benefit from them. The events, which were still being scheduled, would involve the distribution of items like hygiene kits, care packages and cold-weather clothing.

But they will not involve personal medical services such as flu shots, medical checkups and mental health evaluations, as in the past.

“The way we are looking at it right now, anything is better than nothing,” said Jarad Greeley, homeless veterans coordinator at the bureau. “The advantage of doing multiple locations instead of one is that it limits the transportation of veterans. If we can go to the veterans themselves, it eliminates a lot of travel.”Advertisement

David Hassen, who oversees veterans activities for the Maine Elks, said lack of health check-ups and administrative assistance would be the biggest loss. The mini-Stand Downs will help, and their success will depend on service organizations supporting the new effort, he said.

Jim Gehring of the Presque Isle Elks, Lodge #1954, welcomes the concept of a regional Stand Down.

“The Stand Down was great, if you were in walking distance of the Togus campus or if you were in a community with the ability to get veterans transportation to Togus,” he said. “But there’s no veteran transportation up here, so we get by with a little help from our communities.”

The Elks used to arrange transportation to the annual event, but for a variety of reasons – a lack of trust in government and fear of admitting to being homeless chief among them – many veterans didn’t bother to make the trip, Gehring said. The Elks and other groups have improvised.

“Instead of doing a Stand Down, we are coming in through the back door with our own supplies,” Gehring said. “We can give the veterans what they need, and they don’t identify us as the government, so they trust us.”

There are about 140 homeless veterans in Maine, according to state statistics. That number is up from about 100 before the pandemic, Greeley said.Advertisement

In an interesting twist caused by the pandemic, the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services has “a ton of extra money” to spend on homeless services through the CARES Act, Greeley said. The bill funneled $17.2 billion to the Veterans Health Administration and increased funding for homeless programs.

“Pre-COVID, those funds were hard to find. I always had to ask other organizations – the Elks, the Legion, the VFWs – if they could put up the tab to put someone in a motel for a couple of nights,” Greeley said. “Now, I don’t have to ask them, which means they can do other things.”

Those agencies and others like Goodwill Northern New England, Easter Seals and Pinetree Legal are filling needs based on their specializations, said Jonathan Barczyk, acting public affairs officer for the VA Maine Healthcare System.

“We’re not replacing the Stand Down, but we are continuing to go about providing services and connecting veterans with the resources that best suit their needs, and a lot of that is through a number of community partnerships that we have with different organizations across the state,” he said.

Goodwill is focusing on job services by pairing veterans with both a career adviser and life navigator – “a social-worker type position” – said Heather Steeves, external communications manager.

“We know, for veterans, it’s often not just resume that gets in the way of long-term success,” she said. “It can be other life factors, such as mental health, homelessness or food insecurity. If they need to be connected to food stamps, we will help them with that. Any issue they might have in their life, we will work with them holistically, so they can succeed in the long run. We will stay with them until they reach stability.”

The Goodwill life navigator helps mitigate the barriers at home that inhibit productivity at work. The focus is timely. Goodwill served 74 veterans between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019. The following calendar year, which included job losses because of the pandemic, the number of veterans seeking job services through the nonprofit nearly doubled to 132, Steeves said.

The used-furniture warehouse of the Presque Isle Elks. Courtesy photo

Up north in Presque Isle, the Elks Lodge operates a warehouse-size furniture bank, providing free furniture, appliances and other items for veterans who are transitioning from homelessness to safe and secure housing, Gehring said. The Elks collect furniture by donation and through a company that secures used hotel-room furniture.

“They often have no clothes, no furniture – basically nothing, including no money,” Gehring said. “We can take a vet and his family and get them completely set up in an apartment, including everything you need to start your life over again. That is what we do.”

Calendar Winners for October, 2020

DayFirstLastCityStZip   
1StephenSpielvogelStrongMe04983$25.000504
2CelenaRangerPortlandMe04103$25.000498
3ScottStorerWeldMe04285$50.000506
4JoanLapierreBuxtonMe04093$50.001361
5ShirleyQuimbySanfordMe04073$25.001359
6LauraGrosskurthSurryMe04684$25.000896
7SusanPiperHancockMe04640$25.000915
8TomRizzoSpruce HeadMe04859$25.001001
9BobBurnsHampdenMe04444$25.000639
10CliastaBitherHoultonMe04730$50.000721
11RoxanneFrenetteOOBMe04064$50.000237
12MatthewBardanzaOwlsheadMe04854$100.000104
13NitaTherriaultPresque IsleMe04769$25.000806
14JenGardifBiddefordMe04005$25.000238
15SundaeRobbinsWalthamMe04605$25.001324
16BradWingOaklandMe049633$25.000351
17KathyFarrellLamoineMe04605$50.001325
18Bobby LeeKleinFranklinMe04634$50.001058
19ScottAdamsOrringtonMe04474$25.000910
20JeffHingstonNobleboroMe04553$25.000126
21ZaneLittlefieldWinterportMe04496$25.000691
22JustinDuncanBangorMe04401$25.000067
23AnthonyRichardsonTrentonMe04605$25.001034
24SadieRussActonMe04001$50.001125
25BarbaraPerkinsAnnapolisMD21403$50.000930
26EllenSchulmanPalm BayFL32905$25.000931
27JoeBongiornoSelmourCT06483$25.001030
28RandyGerryWinslowMe04901$25.000358
29BrittanyDuncanBangorMe04401$25.000069
30LizBerganSmyrnaMe04780$25.000706
31ChristopherRandNaplesFL34105$50.000070

GER’s Visit to Maine

On Tuesday November 10th, 2020 our Grand Exalted Ruler the Hon. Paul R. Ryan and First Lady of Elkdom Stacey will make their official visit to Maine.

A reception and dinner will be held in their honor at the Augusta Elks Lodge #964 starting at 6:00 p.m. Information and costs will be sent out by the Lodge shortly, please make your reservations with them.

Also during their stay in Maine they will visit the Gardiner Elks Lodge #1293 for lunch Tuesday November 10th, and the Waterville Elks Lodge #905 Wednesday evening. These Lodges will send out notices with pricing.

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MEA Calendar Winners for September 2020

DayFirstLastCitySt Amt Ticket
1NadineCasperSidneyMe$25.000451
2RichardFeeleyKissimmeeFl$25.000928
3GerryInkelPlantsvilleCt$25.000205
4SharonDarlingMillinocket Me$25.000970
5EricHoardStoningtonMe$50.000912
6FrancesAllenOOBMe$50.000254
7BarbaraPileggiPortlandMe$100.000006
8PatTaitBrewerMe$25.000552
9LoriPeltrenHancockMe$25.001050
10DavidGuayOOBMe$25.000186
11MaryMcKernW.GardinerMe$25.000483
12ReneeO’RourkeTewksburyMA$50.000496
13ShawnHubbardShapleighMe$50.000176
14ErthelVienneauVeazieMe$25.000611
15TristanMcKenneyWalthamMe$25.000885
16SueRobinsonWindhamMe$25.000983
17ChrisCowperthwaiteProspect HarborMe$25.000941
18HayleyBerganSmyrnaMe$25.000705
19Tyler BryantSouth PortlandMe$50.000293
20MarieHuckabeyBangorMe$50.000696
21DanRichandsGouldsboroMe$25.000897
22StephenDuPusSacoMe$25.000189
23DianneRichardsonLamoineMe$25.001035
24DoloresFrancisOld TownMe$25.000622
25William J.DavisPresque IsleMe$25.000804
26TimCalahanStrongMe$50.000511
27Robert RayEllsworthMe$50.000870
28ToddHoglondFranklinMe$25.000859
29MarilynGilbertWinslowMe$25.000393
30PennyCollinsMillinocket Me$25.000958

Presque Isle Junior Golf League

On Sunday, August 30, 2020, the Presque Isle Junior Golf League at the Presque Isle Country Club completed its sixth-consecutive successful season under the guidance and leadership of Barry Madore, a member of the Presque Isle Elks and the Presque Isle Country Club golf pro.  This year twenty-six area youth attended golf league sessions over the course of eleven weeks beginning on June 7, 2020. Golf instruction was offered on Friday mornings with league play occurring Sunday evenings over the eleven-week season.

            In the course of the junior golf league program, golfers between the ages of eight and fourteen are introduced to the game of golf, an outdoor recreational activity, which the young people will be able to enjoy for the rest of their lives.

            In addition to learning the fundamentals of golf, participants also learn useful fundamental values, especially respect, respect for other players, respect for the golf course property and respect for the rules of golf.

            Alan Harding, past exalted ruler of the Presque Isle Elks and current chair of the Presque Isle Elks Drug Awareness Program, stated, “The Elks Junior Golf Program, together with the Elks Junior Bowling program, may be the only drug awareness programs which the Presque Isle Elks are able to hold his year on account of the current Covid-19 restrictions.  Each of these programs are important to youth drug abuse prevention because of the positive impacts they have upon the healthy development of a young person.  Through participation in these recreational activities, young people build better socialization and communications skills, improve their self-esteem and learn the importance of following established rules.  All of these skills have been demonstrated to significantly reduce the likelihood of inappropriate or unlawful drug and alcohol use by young people.”

            Popular drug awareness programs, which the Presque Isle Elks, Lodge #1954, have been unable to hold to date on account of the Covid-19 restrictions, have been the “Hooked on Fishing, not Drugs” Youth Fishing Derby and the Soccer Shoot.  Whether the Presque Isle Elks will be able to hold its annual Hoop Shoot program will be determined in the next few weeks.

Reuben Caron, Exalted Ruler of the Presque Isle Elks, Lodge #1954, said, “The Presque Elks are committed to implementing as many Drug Awareness Programs as the existing circumstances will allow.  The Elks appreciate well the importance of all programs designed to prevent drug and alcohol abuse and addiction.  They will offer as many programs to this community as possible in the future.”

Shown above are participants in the 2020 Presque Isle Elks Junior Golf League: Davin Bua; Tucker Lamoreau; Riley Thomas; Bella Albert; Wilder Young; Kason Bua; Cody Baser; Collin Robertson; Ethan Collins; Cruze Casavant

Second row: Darren Donovan, Mentor; Teddy Donovan; Tyler Dean; Evan McEachern; Silas Baser; Carter Vigue; Nick Lavigne; Denver Miller; Charlie Peers; Brennan Bugbee; Patrick Collins; Meredith House; Isaac Manion; Libby Boone, Instructional Assistant; Barry Madore, Presque Isle Country Club Pro and Elks Junior Golf League Chair;  Third row: Moe Collins, Presque Isle Elks, Board of Directors Chair; Steve Hanning, Sponsor; Jack Lamoreau; Michael Collins, Mentor and Sponsor.  Absent from the photo were Charlie Doyen; Duke Deschesne; Cameron Locke; Sidney Smith, Mentor; and Brody Smith, Mentor.

MEA Calendar Winners for August 2020

DayFirstLastCitySt AmtTicket
1AllisonBryantSouth PortlandMe$500291
2PaulineRoyBiddefordMe$500242
3GarrettPlaceoaklandMe$250420
4MatthewBardanzaowlsheadMe$250104
5RoxanneFrenetteOOBMe$250237
6CliastaBitherHoultonMe$250721
7Bob BurnsHampdenMe$250639
8TomRizzoSpruce headMe$501001
9RickyLemoineEllsworthMe$501338
10DonnaSmithHermonMe$250667
11ChristaQuintBrooklynNY$250825
12MaryHoultonHancockMe$251036
13SusanSoperProspect HarborMe$250937
14KevinAmesOrringtonMe$250631
15PeterDuffBangorMe$500655
16CoreyDeWittWellsMe$501161
17MikeAlbertLitchfieldMe$250490
18JaredDrownHopeMe$250099
19vanessaDoughertySacoMe$251077
20AmyLalimeSacoMe$251078
21DianeGilpatrickSanfordMe$251079
22KimCroteauPalmyraMe$501080
23JonWebberDover-FoxcroftMe$500662
24JeffGuillemetteSanfordMe$250166
25JohnMercerYork BeachMe$250313
26MattBurgessCarmalMe$250778
27SandiRandallFarmingdaleMe$250489
28JamesNyman JrLees SummitMO$250777
29Jeffrey J.DoucetteRochesterNH$500828
30LeroyHartFarmingdaleMe$500488
31LeanneHoardStoningtonMe$250916