Newburgh Elk Lodge #248 Community Interservice Luncheon
Lodge #248 of the local Elks Club held their annual Interservice Luncheon, catered by Loughran’s Irish Pub on November 22. In celebration of Thanksgiving week, local services are invited every year to come and mingle while they network with all of the other area service groups about how to best serve the greater Newbugh community. This was followed by a keynote speaker, this time being Newburgh’s new Legislator-elect Joseph Minuta.
The event was well-attended, and as seen in photos of the various speakers, the lodge’s beautiful Elk mascot clearly wanted to be included..
The Luncheon began with a recognition and moment of silence to honor our community firefighters and first responders who had just served at the Verla Explosion and Fire.
Present were the Deputy Mayor, Deacon Jack Seymour St Francis Food
Pantry, New Windsor/Cornwall Optimist Club, St Mary’s Outreach, Newburgh
Lions, Military Order of Purple Heart, Knights of Columbus Msgr. Henry
O’Carroll Council 444, Sons of Thunder, Unico of Newburgh, Meals on Wheels
of Greater Newburgh, Town of Newburgh Friends of Seniors, Newburgh Rotary,
Kiwanis of Newburgh, Newburgh Armory and the Benevolent and Protective
Order of Elks Newburgh Lodge #247.
“You have heard the tolling of eleven strokes.
This is to remind us that with Elks
the hour of eleven has a tender significance.
Wherever an Elk may roam,
Whatever his lot in life may be,
when this hour falls upon the dial of night
the great heart of Elkdom swells and throbs.
It is the golden hour of recollection,
the homecoming of those who wander,
the mystic roll call of those who will come no more.
Living or dead, an Elk is never forgotten, never forsaken.
Morning and noon may pass him by,
the light of day sink heedlessly in the West,
but ere the shadows of midnight shall fall,
the chimes of memory will be pealing forth
the friendly message —
Caption: (Photos by Bob McCormick)
3 -Luncheon attendees listen attentively