In Memorium: Phil O’Brion

Obituary for Philip Edward O’Brion

AUGUSTA – Philip “Phil” Edward O’Brion, 81, of Jay, died Saturday evening, April 1, 2017, at the Togus VA Hospital in Augusta, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on Jan. 19, 1936, in Portland, Maine, the son of William E. and Bertha V. (Bean) O’Brion. He graduated in 1954 from Deering High School and following one year at college, entered the US Coast Guard.
On April 4, 1970, he married Marceline Melcher in Jay. They worked together as owners of O’Brion’s Electronics/Radio Shack in Farmington , later known as Lynn-Hom Electronics Radio Shack.

After joining the Farmington Elks Lodge #2430 in 1983 his love and dedication to the Elks Association saw him achieve many accomplishments, including State President, State Elk of the Year, Lodge Elk of the Year, Past District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler, Past Grand Lodge Committeeman, Area I Ritualistic Chairman, Lodge Treasurer, Grand Lodge Appointee Special Oversight Committee, and Honorary Life Member. As well as still holding positions of State Secretary and Lodge Secretary, up until his passing.

Through their involvement with the Elks, Phil and Marcie travelled throughout the United States, making many great friends and memories. He was a former member of the Jay Fire Dept. and was a member of the American Legion. He will be remembered for his gentlemanly ways and for his patriotism.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Marcie on Feb. 6, 2010. He is survived by his children: Linda Walter(David) of Readfield; Homer Ambrose (Louise) of Jay; Cheryl Smith and her significant other, Randy Staples of North Jay, Wendy Cain (Craig) of Florida; P. Edward O’Brion, Jr. of Hollis and Thomas O’Brion (Roberta) of Windham, several grand and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Dorothy Dobson.

The O’Brion family invites to share your condolences and tributes on his memorial wall at

Family and friends are invited to call at the Wiles Remembrance Center, 308 Franklin Rd. (Rte. 133), Wednesday evening 6-8 PM.

An Elks service, conducted by members of BPOE #2430 will be held during Wednesday evening visitation at 7PM.

Funeral services will be held at the Center on Thursday morning April 6, 2017 at 11 AM.

Following services, a comfort reception will be held at the Farmington Elks Lodge School St, West Farmington. All are welcome.

Remembrance gifts may be given to the Maine Children’s Cancer Program, c/o the Farmington Elks Lodge, PO Box 526, West Farmington, Maine  04992.

Notice to Lodge Secretaries

Under the direction of State President J. Andrew Bolz we have put together a team to cover Phil’s duties for the near future.

Frank Ricker Past State Secretary and current secretary for Sanford, Dwayne Guy current secretary for Rockland, Wayne Cotterly past secretary for Lewiston, Claris Ranger and John Nicholson. Frank will coordinate the team.

Lodge Secretaries please send the year end MEA Dues and Credential report you recently received from Phil directly to Frank by April 10. (Frank Ricker ℅ Sanford Elks Lodge 1470 P.O. Box 624 Sanford, Me. 04073)

Send all Car Raffle money and tickets directly to Jim Ferland (Jim Ferland 7 Littlefield Trail Sidney, Me. 04330)

ALL OTHER Correspondence send to Claris Ranger, P.O. Box 230, Farmington, ME 04294-0230.

Thank you all for your cooperation.

January 2017 News

SP visit and MEA meeting at Gardiner Lodge

The official visitation of State President J. Andrew Bolz and First Lady Trish at the Gardiner Elks Lodge will be on Saturday, Jan. 7, the night before the Maine Elks Association State Meeting.

There will be a dinner and Country Show with the meal served at 5:30 p.m. Dress is casual and tickets are $12 per person.
MCCP “Beacons of Hope” 2017 calendar money due

Back in August 2016, the 2017 “Beacons of Hope” calendars were distributed to Elks Lodges and members, and they were asked to only take what they were willing and able to sell. It is now 2017, and time to wrap up the program.

It is requested that all lodges/members that have not turned in their money for the calendars to do so at the State Meeting that will be held this weekend (January 8, 2017) at the Gardiner Elks Lodge.

Thank you to everyone who helped with this project!

Wayne Cotterly, PDDGER, PSP

Beacons of Hope Calendar Coordinator

 Honor Flight Maine
Benefit Variety Show
Saturday, Jan. 28, 6-8 p.m.

Le Club Calumet
334 West River Rd.

Vocalists, Comedians and Special Appearance by Elvis Presley!

For tickets and other information, call 512-8210 or 240-1398
Admission is free for all World War II, Korea and Vietnam veterans

Elks caring for our veterans

Augusta Elks members put together a Christmas party for the Mental Health Ward at the Togus VA Hospital. Shown in the top photo with the tray of food and musical instruments are, left to right, Elk Members Maria Hassen, Dennis Gagne and the multi-talented musician Dick McAuslin (Lefty).

The Elks and DAV provided clothing, the Gardiner Middle School provided hand written Christmas Cards, the VA the tray of food and the Stand Down Committee donated jackets, mittens and underwear. Shown in the bottom photo are Maria Hassen on the left and Elizabeth Marrone, Recreation Director, looking over the handmade cards. The VA Recreation Division supplied coupon books for the canteen. There were 17 patients on the ward who enjoyed the food, gifts and joined in the Christmas spirit with the musician. (Photos courtesy of David Hassen, MEA Veterans National Service chair)

Wanted: E-News editor for 2017-18

By Mike Lange, PER

E-News Editor

I will be stepping down as E-News Update editor effective May 1 and I’d like to find a replacement as soon as possible.

As many of you already know, my wife Ronda, has serious health issues and I’m caring for her at home for as long as possible. Thankfully, I have some assistance from a home health care agency to take some of the burden off.

However, I don’t have as much free time or flexibility to travel as I used to. I am also still working part-time as a writer and copy editor for a weekly newspaper in Dexter.

The job is relatively easy. You’ll receive 90 percent of your material via email and normally publish an E-News Update once a month.

We use Constant Contact and the fees are paid by the Maine Elks Association. So the position doesn’t pay anything – but it doesn’t cost you anything, either.

The only requirements are a decent computer and email system and a sharp eye for details. Some press releases can be run almost untouched. Others need a little TLC and corrections.

If you’re interested, drop me a note at Please don’t call my cell phone number listed on the MEA website (592-5941). I live in one of those notorious “dead zones” and reception only improves when I’m two miles away from home.

PI Elks, Governor’s Restaurant Red Ribbon Week

National Red Ribbon Week was the third week in October. During that week, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks encourage school age children throughout the nation to make a life pledge to remain drug free.

It was appropriate, therefore, that during the month of October, Governor’s Restaurant and Bakery of Presque Isle, in cooperation with the Presque Isle Elks Lodge 1954, held a coloring contest featuring the Elks’ Drug Awareness Program mascot, Elroy the Elk, and the current Drug Awareness slogan, “Just Say No.”

Each winner received a Governor’s gift card and was entered in the Elks’ lodge contest with winners from other locations.

According to the Presque Isle Elks Drug Awareness chair Alan Harding, “The Presque Isle Elks were so pleased to be able to partner with the owners of Governor’s Restaurant and Bakery in Presque Isle, Tony and Sherry Sullivan, as well as the parents who visited Governor’s in Presque Isle with their children during the month of October.”

“All parents are concerned about the dangers of drug abuse which their children face today. A simple coloring contest can open a conversation between parents and children about those dangers at an early age when children are so impressionable and are able to appreciate the message of “Just Say No” throughout their lives.”

“It is the hope of Elks nationally that these coloring contests and the conversations resulting therefrom during children’s most formative years will reduce future drug abuse,” Harding concluded.

Full house for Presque Isle Christmas dinner
Guests filled the Presque Isle Elks Lodge at 508 Main Street in Presque Isle to full capacity, approximately 230 people, for the 12th Annual Elks Family Christmas Dinner on Christmas Day. The Presque Isle Elks Lodge 1954 picked up their guests needing transportation, by limousine, courtesy of Ace Rent-A-Car, or a wheelchair-accessible van. At the lodge, the Elks served their guests, who were predominantly elderly citizens, a five-course, sit-down, traditional Christmas dinner, and provided live, musical entertainment to ensure that these guests would not be celebrating Christmas alone.

Using social media calls for setting boundaries

By Rick Gathen

Grand Lodge Membership and Public Relations Manager

Local Lodges are finding social media – including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others – an effective means of promoting their efforts to broaden their reach into their respective communities.

The watchword is to keep the messages positive. To remain on the high road, here’s a social media disclaimer for your Lodge to consider adopting:

We reserve the right to remove comments and or materials from the (Anywhere) Elks Lodge social media when those comments:

are hateful or mean-spirited.
are potentially libelous, obscene, or sexually explicit.
are personal attacks, or involve profanity or insults.
are private or public information published without Lodge consent.
violate any law or promote the violation of any law. contribute to or encourage
discrimination or harassment.
are accompanied by photos of Members drinking or smoking, or considered harmful to the Elks’ image and reputation.
contain the names of minors.
divulge Lodge business that may violate your Obligation.
are not positive and informative.
Lodges should always reserve the right to terminate someone’s ability to post when any of the aforementioned has been posted. Other tips for having a successful presence in social media:

Don’t dive in head first. Social media beginners should focus on a few things and do them well.
Don’t accept non-Members as friends.
Don’t post photos that may be “harmful” to the Elks image and reputation.
Don’t post names of children.
Don’t post Lodge business that would be in violation of your Obligation
If you have news or information of interest to the members of the Maine Elks Association, please send your articles to Assistant Public Relations Director Mike Lange for inclusion in future issues of this newsletter.

Please make sure all photos are in a JPEG format and not embedded in your text.

State President’s Message January 7, 2017

State President’s Message

Dear Maine Elks:

It’s been a while since I have posted a newsletter and I apologize for that. Well, it’s been a busy year so far and I am much honored that you gave me your support this year.Tricia and I had a great time in Houston and I am honored to have been able to carry the State of Maine Flag at the opening ceremonies.

I was also honored to have been chosen with the New England States to escort incoming Grand Exalted Ruler Michael F. Zellen to the dais. So far this year Tricia and I have visited 14 Lodges with eight left to do.

We were in Bangor in July to help with the summer BBQ for the Air National Guard and their families. We also had the opportunity to attend the change of Command ceremonies. A great job was done on the program by Kerry Dalton and Bangor Elks Veterans committee.

August was a sad month with the passing of our own Past Grand Exalted Ruler Amos A. McCallum. He will be missed dearly. It was also announced that P.G.E.R. Ronald Hicks would become our State Sponsor and Andrew Constantine would become our Special Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler

In September, we attended Sanford Lodge Chili Chowder Golf Tournament and worked the Links on the Links. We enjoyed great hot dogs and refreshment with a lot of money raised for MCCP.

Also in September we worked the chicken BBQ at Togus, celebrating 150 years of service. Boy, was it hot! Congratulations to Farmington Lodge 2430, Bangor Lodge 244, Waterville Lodge 905, Augusta Lodge 964 and all the lodges that contributed to this cause. I know the veterans and families enjoyed it.

On Monday, Nov. 7 we greeted Grand Exalted Ruler Michael F. Zellen and first Lady Donna for their visitation to Maine. We toured the Maine Children’s Cancer Facility in Scarborough.

On Tuesday we toured the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow home and the Portland Coast Guard Station. Wow, what a career that is!

Then we went to the Biddeford- Saco Lodge for the G.E.R. dinner. The meal was excellent and we had a great turnout. On Wednesday, we traveled to North Berwick for a tour of Pratt and Whitney and lunch at Sanford Lodge 1470.

I want to thank every Elk for their continued support of our Veterans, Elks National Foundation and our State Project -the Maine Children’s Cancer Program. Without you, where would they be?

Tricia and I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

See you in Gardiner for the State Meeting on Sunday, Jan. 8. Trustees Meeting starts at 9 a.m. and State Meeting at 10 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Andrew Bolz, President
Maine Elks Association

“Remember Our Children – They are Our Future”