The Elizabeth “Liz” Sicard
Spouse of the Year Award
The Spouse of the Year Award originated with John Rioux, then President of the Maine Elks Association from Rumford Lodge #862. He presented the first MEA “Spouse of the Year Award” in 1988. This award was created to recognize the outstanding efforts and commitment of wife who supported her husband’s contributions to the Elks.
In 2004, then President Louis Morales, of Rockland Lodge #1008, dedicated and renamed the award, the Elizabeth “Liz” Sicard MEA Spouse of the Year Award. The award was presented posthumously to her husband and family that year. Liz was the late wife of PGLIG Roger J. Sicard from Biddeford – Saco Lodge #1597.
Since the mid-1990’s, more and more women became Elk members. In 2012, then MEA State President Wayne Cotterly reminded the Association that the award is aptly named “Spouse of the Year.” In that year, he presented the award to the first male recipient.
Since 1988, the award has been presented at the MEA State Convention held the first weekend in May of each year. The names of the recipients of this prestigious award can be found here.