Massapequa Elks Lodge #2162 held its 6th annual PDDGER Richard T. Smith Golf Outing at Timber Point Golf Course in Great River, NY. Event Chairman Tom Harrington (Lodge Treasurer) and Co-Chairman Kathy Harrington hosted the outing. Lunch back at the Lodge with chef Exalted Ruler Richard Milhaven. We had another successful event and awarded “The PDDGER Richard T. Smith Scholarship” of $1000.00 to a local High School senior toward their college education, as well as $500.00 to N.Y. Major Projects.
Massapequa Elks 2162 Collected non perishable items at their Halloween Party Fundraiser. Every person that walked in the door with a donation recieved a free raffle ticket for a door prize. Our lodge took in $450 dollars worth of food. The food will be donated to the local food pantries.
On Thursday September 19, Massapequa Elks Lodge 2162 Veterans committee went to Northport VA hospital to make Halloween crafts with the disabled women’s group of disable Veterans. Crafts were purchased with funds raised through out the year.
Massapequa Elks lodge 2162 partnered with Massapequa Takes Action and Yes Community Council to provide drug awareness material for Massapequa High School Safe Halloween Event. Massapequa Elks 2162 donated 900 Drug Awareness coloring books to be put in tote bags that will handed out to children in grades k-3 by Massapequa High School's SADD Club
For Red Ribbon Week Massapequa Elks Lodge #2162 held a Halloween Party Fundraiser to help raise funds for their drug awareness program. Members made Red Ribbons and gave them to each guest with literature about Red Ribbon Week. Massapequa's Drug Awareness chair, Margaret Motis asked all attendees to wear their ribbons proudly to help spread the word to our families and friends about the dangers of opioid abuse. She stated "If we save just one person then all our efforts were worth it " . There were 91 people in attendance including members, friends and family, Frank Hunt Past District Deputy and members from New York Lodge 1 also attended to show their support. . Even their skeletons wore their ribbons for the event.
Massapequa Elks Invite Families And Concerned Community Members for Drug Awareness Seminar and Narcan Training
Our Drug Awareness Committee held a seminar on the Dangers of Vaping, Opioid Abuse and Overdose prevention along with Narcan training. Margaret Motis, Massapequa’s Lodge Drug Awareness Chair and her co chairman Steve Monty brought in guest speakers from St Joseph’s Hospital, Nassau County District Attorney office, and Yes Community Council for this informative presentation. Every family received Narcan training and a free kit. There were over 68 people in attendance ranging from ages 15 years old thru adult. South East District Deputy John Nuzzi and Past District Deputy Frank Hunt came to the seminar in support of the program. The Drug Awareness Committee Nancy Parente, Julie Argueta, Margaret Keogh, Nancy Black, Edgar Shepherd, Annmarie Brown, Dean Brown, Dan McCann, Joann McCann, Lisa Donohue, Eileen Sabella and Danny Rendina greeted members of our community and handed out goody bags with cookies and drug awareness material. Refreshments and bottled water were served and donated by its members.
On July 11th Members of Massapequa Elks Lodge honor our nations Veterans by attending the funeral of five Veterans that had no families or were homelss. The funeral was held at the Long Island National Cemetary. These veterans have made tremendous sacrifices for our country and deserve to be honored.. We are grateful to be able to do our part in honoring our nation’s veterans during their funeral service. It is our way of giving back to those who have put their lives on the line to defend our freedom.
On June 20,2019 Members of Massapequa Elks Lodge 2162 went to the VA Hospital in Northport, Members Kathy Harrington and Margart Keogh Lecturing Knight met with the female veterans during their monthly meeting at the Community Living Center to create Forth of July decorations. The lodge provided the crafts from funds raised throughout the year.
For the year 2018-2019 Massapequa Elks Lodge 2162 was awarded second place in the state in membership gain. Our lodge brought in 22 new members through out the year. Award was presented by John M Nuzzi Sr, DD Elect to our Lodge Secretary James Justice PER and Pete LaRosa PER
For the elk year 2018-2019 Massapequa Elks Lodge 2162 acheived over $10.00 per person for major projects (Cerebral Palsy) per capita. Award was presented to Peter LaRosa PER by John M Nuzzi Sr, DD Elect, Frank Hunt District Deputy and William Schmidt Past DD
Massapequa Elks Lodge 2162 members collected and put together care packages for its Adopted Active Troops. Six boxes were shipped out to our "adopted" Active Duty Troops containing items that they specifically requested - coffee, laundry detergent, chocolate bars, Girl Scout Cookies and Cup O Soup!
June 7th was a very busy day for the Massapequa Elks Lodge #2162. James Justice, Lodge Secretary attended Boy Scout Eagle Award Ceremonies in both Wantagh and Massapequa. Margaret Motis, Trustee and Margaret Keogh, Lecturing Knight attended the Girl Scout Gold Award Ceremony in Massapequa. Our officers presented Certificates of Honor on behalf of our Exalted Ruler Richard Milhaven and the Massapequa Elks Lodge #2162.
Nancy Parente presented three Gold Awards recipients from the Wantagh/Seford association wiith a Certificate of Honor from Exalted Ruler Richard Milhaven on behalf of Massapequa Elks Lodge #2162. The Girls Scout Gold Award is the highest achieved award in Girl Scouts The Eagle and Girls Scout Gold Award is the highest achieved award in Scouting. It was our pleasure to attend these ceremonies in recognition of these scouts
Massapequa Elks Lodge 2162 celebrated flag day at Birch Lane School in Massapequa . The Students, school band and the orchestra participated in this event. The Elks represented the flags through the ages from the pine tree flag carried by the continental forces in the battle of Bunker Hill to present day. Participating Elk Members were Dan McCann, Eileen Sabella, Greg Vogel, Art McQuillan, Edgar Shepherd Jr., Candace Shepherd. Joe Russo, Kathleen Harrington, Tom Harrington and Frank Delaney. In additon to the Birch Lane celebration the lodge had a flag day celebration at our members meeting in honor of Flag Day.
Massapequa Elks Lodge 2162 reaches out to Community Libraries to help raise awareness about drug prevention. Our Drug Awareness Committee brings 100 Drug Awareness coloring books and 100 book marks to Wantagh, Seaford, Plainedge, Massapequa, Amittyville and Copiague Libraries for their summer reading programs. In addition to the color books and book marks Massapequa Elks gave educational material about opiod abuse, dangers of vaping, drinking and driving to the copiague library for their parent section.
Massapequa Elks Lodge 2162, in conjunction with lodges from the South East District, held a Elks Major Projects fundraiser on Saturday March 2, 2019. Elks Major Projects is a program dedicated to helping children with Cerebral Palsy. Elk members throughout the district generously helped with donations and baskets. It is community service events like Major Projects that show the true meaning of Elkdom.
On Dec 9, 2018 Massapequa Elks Lodge 2162 held a Ginger Bread Making contest to raise money to send care packages to active troops.
On Nov 11, 2018 Massapequa Elks Lodge 2162 Holds their first Holiday Fair and hands out over 50 drug awareness coloring books and book marks.
Massapequa Elks Lodge donate 60 Life Vacs to each family at our Annual Cerebral Palsy Christmas Party This yearly event serves many local community organizations such as Carmen's Road BOCES of Massapequa Park, Hagedorn Little Village School of Seaford,
From left: Margaret Motis, Board of Trustee and Event Coordinator, Adrienne LoPresti, LCSW R Associate , from Yes Community Counsel Center, Steve Monty, Director of Security from St Joseph Hospital, Jade Michaels, Drug Awareness Committee Chairman, Pete LaRosa, Exalted Ruler, Frank Hunt, District Deputy of South East District, Brian Steckler, Drug Awareness chairman of South East District.
On September 26th 2018 Massapequa Elks Lodge 2162 held a Drug Awareness Seminar in partnership with YES Community Counsel and Massapequa Takes Action Coalition. There were over 65 attendees which included Elk Members, Members of the Massapequa community as well as neighboring towns. Massapequa Elks Exalted ruler Pete LaRosa opened the seminar speaking about the Elks Commitment to our community and the need to raise awareness about the Opioid epidemic. Drug Awareness Chairman of the South East District Brian Steckler spoke on the importance of bringing the Elks and community together with Elk programs such as the Red Ribbon Week. Adrienne LoPresti, LCSW R Associate Director at YES Community Council center delivered an engaging presentation on opioid abuse, overdose, and prevention. She also provided Narcan training for all in attendance. Each attendee was given a Narcan kit to take home. Narcan Nasal Spray counteracts the life-threatening effects of an opioid overdose. Steve Monty Elk Member and Director of Security at St. Joseph Hospital spoke about the opioid epidemic and the amount of overdose patients that are seen in the emergency room in his hospital. The Program was very educational and informative.