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Published May 11, 2011

Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520 had its 37th installation of new officers ceremony March 26, with Mary E. Ford, past district deputy grand exalted ruler, officiating.

New officers include: Lucille Marino, exalted ruler; Velma Ryder, leading knight; Paul Weston, loyal knight; Herman A. Bello, lecturing knight; John Nejedlo, past exalted ruler and current secretary; Muirlyene W. Hayward, treasurer; James M. Amenta, tiler; and Leo Jackson, five-year trustee.

Appointed officers include: James Walsh, inner guard; Joseph Steyer Jr., chaplain; and Rosalie Hubbert, esquire.

Jack Sproul, past district deputy grand exalted ruler, installed the Past Exalted Rulers Association's officers, including: Mary E. Ford, president; Wayne Getz, vice president; John Nejedlo, secretary; Harley Grace, treasurer; and James Braiden, chaplain.

Sproul also installed the Ladies of Aripeka Elks Lodge officers, including: Gayle Haberkorn, president; Annabella Renninger, vice president; Jerene Maxwell, recording secretary; Toby Ann Franz, treasurer; Barbara Lyon-Hall, corresponding secretary; Fran Sproul, chaplain; and the executive committee members, including Ethel Andes,Jennie Burger,Phyllis Grace and Mary Knoph.

Following the installation, past exalted ruler Robert Stoner presented the Citizen of the Year plaque to Jerry Spaulding and the Officer of the Year plaque to Barbara Cowan. Phyllis Grace presented the lodge with a $2,500 donation to benefit both the lodge's new carpet fund ($2,000) and various charities ($500).

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