Community news April 11


Rochester Elks Lodge No. 1091 recently installed officers for 2008-09. Officers were installed by past exalted rulers.

New officers are: Jan Kowalczyk, esquire; Donna Mann, chaplain; Judy Wasser, exalted ruler; Sue Foster, leading knight; Al Wing, treasurer; Marann Faget, loyal knight; Cecil Carey, tiler; Flo Armstrong, secretary; Terry Sibley, inner guard; Sid Bavlnka, five year trustee; and Rob Landgraf, lecturing knight.

In addition, Dick Armstrong, exalted ruler of the Elks Lodge for 2007-08, presented the following awards at the inauguration dinner on March 29:

Don Weller, Special Commendation award; Jan Kowalczyk, Special Commendation award; Roger Berge, Citizen of the Year award; Dick Armstrong, national "Elks Make a Difference" award; Sue Foster, Officer of the Year; and Dallas Backhaus, Elk of the Year.


The awards are presented annually to members who have demonstrated leadership in the lodge and significantly contributed to community activities.

Eagle Scout

Nathan Klaus, 18, son of Zachary and Diane Klaus, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America’s highest rank.

He is a member of Troop 80, where he has been senior patrol leader and junior assistant scoutmaster. He is also a member of Order of the Arrow, an honorary camping society connected with boy scouts.

For his eagle project, he coordinated improvements at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, including restoring a bell tower, putting in a bonfire ring and removing a diseased elm tree.

Klaus is a senior at Mayo High School, where he is section leader for low brass in marching band, the lighting and construction chairman for drama, and participates in Operation Hometown Gratitude.

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