NEWRY – The Maine Elks Association installed officers for the association year on May 4 at the Sunday River Ski Resort. The session also served as the kickoff for the Maine Elks 75th anniversary.

Serving as installing officer was Walter Morrison of the Presque Isle Lodge. Installed as state president was James Ferland, representing the Presque Isle Lodge. Ferland, in his opening remarks, thanked outgoing President Claris Ranger of Wilton for his commitment and dedication.

Ferland outlined his goals for the coming year, one of which was to raise $190,000 for the Maine Children’s Cancer Program. Last year the association raised $186,712.53 for the organization.

He also set the goal of raising $7 a member for the Elks National Foundation. The foundation is the charitable arm of the Elks.

Also installed as officers were: first vice president, Luis Morales; second vice president, Elmer Berry, third vice president, Gregory Daniels, secretary, Philip O’Brion; treasurer, Roger Normandeau; chaplain, Walter Morrison; tiler, Arnold Byers; administrative assistant, Claris Ranger; and sergeant-at arms, William Givens.

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