Jerry Skidds recognized as Elk of the Year at recent awards banquet

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From left, Jerry Skidds, Elk of the Year; Peter Ducharme, Officer of the Year and James Clark, Citizen of the Year. (Courtesy photo)

ROCHESTER - The Rochester Elks conducted its annual Awards Night on Saturday in conjunction with the 120 Club Party in the Lodge Hall.

More than 200 members and their guests were in attendance to enjoy a deliciously prepared roast beef and ham dinner served by chef Lisa Edgerly and her staff.

Exalted Ruler Matt Sanborn presented Grand Exalted Ruler Special Citations to Lodge Trustee Peter Meyer and member Julie Stevens for their outstanding volunteer efforts in the last 12 months. In addition, Sanborn recognized members Victor Rivera and Ken Verhelle for their outstanding service and support of the Rochester Lodge.

Elk of the Year was presented to Jerry Skidds, Past Exalted Ruler and Past District Deputy. Exalted Ruler Sanborn stated that in his opinion and in the opinion of many people at the Lodge, that Skidds was an easy choice for this coveted award. He has been involved in so many facets of the Lodge and has worked tirelessly to ensure successful outcomes in numerous projects.

Officer of the Year was awarded to Esteemed Leading Knight Peter Ducharme. This selection is made by the Past Exalted Rulers Association and Ducharme was selected for his continuous and outstanding efforts concerning the duties of his office and many other instances where he stepped up and offered his support of Lodge activities.

Citizen of the Year went to James Clark, Past Exalted Ruler and Lodge Trustee. Clark was cited by Exalted Ruler Sanborn for his continuing efforts to reach out and get involved in community programs and events in the city of Rochester.

Exalted Ruler Sanborn thanked all who attended and also presented engraved beverage glasses to all of his Officers for their support and work accomplished throughout his year.

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