WATERVILLE – The Maine Elks Association held its 75th annual State Elks Convention on April 30 to May 2 at the Elks Lodge. Lewiston Lodge of Elks 371 was presented the All-American Lodge Award, recognizing it for its outstanding charitable works, at the awards banquet.

Receiving the award on behalf of the lodge was Exalted Ruler Robbie Gagne of Lewiston.

This is the third year in a row that the lodge has achieved the award, which is presented to lodges that excel in promoting the Elks programs.

To earn the award, each lodge earns points based upon participation in the Elk programs. Lodges receiving the highest point total in their respective membership division are declared the winner. The programs cover areas such as Americanism, veterans/national service, youth programs, membership, and support of the Elks National Foundation. The award was received for the work accomplished under then-Exalted Ruler Christopher Gendron of Auburn.

Wayne Cotterly received the Maine Elks Association “Elk of the Year” award for his outstanding service and dedication to the Elks and the association. This is only the second time ever that a member from the Lewiston Lodge of Elks has received the award. It was presented in 1999 to Elmer Berry of Greene. Berry serves as chairman of the trustees at the Lewiston Lodge, and was elected to the office of first vice president of the Maine Elks Association at the convention.

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