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North Arlington Elks Lodge Awards Citizens Of The Year

From left to right: Mike Hrazanek (Exalted Ruler), Elizabeth Rodriguez (Elk Officer of the Year), Allison Sheedy (Distinguished Citizenship Award) and Robert Whittaker (Elk of the Year).
From left to right: Mike Hrazanek (Exalted Ruler), Elizabeth Rodriguez (Elk Officer of the Year), Allison Sheedy (Distinguished Citizenship Award) and Robert Whittaker (Elk of the Year). Photo Credit: Cindy Capitani

NORTH ARLINGTON, N.J. -- The North Arlington Elks Lodge No. 1992 recently had its annual Appreciation Night and honored three people with Citizen of the Year, Elk of the Year and Officer of the Year awards.

The Citizen of the Year title is bestowed upon a local citizen whose actions are consistent with the mission of the Elks as an organization.

This year’s award was presented to Allison Sheedy, a borough councilwoman and active volunteer. She has been involved for more than 30 years in recreation sports, parent/teacher organizations, the high school booster club and the North Arlington Emblem Club.

The Elk of the Year Award was presented to Robert Whittaker. The award recognizes a member who always is willing to help and a member you can rely upon to get things done. The attributes of the nominee should exemplify "Elks Care - Elks Share." Loyalty, dedication and willingness to work are essential to this consideration.

Whittaker has been an active member of the North Arlington Elks for 20 years. He is a Past Exalted Ruler for North Arlington, past district deputy for Grand Lodge, past vice president for North Central District and currently is a ritual judge.

The Officer of the Year Award was presented to Elizabeth Rodriguez. Rodriguez was one of the first females to join the Elks in North Arlington. The Officer of the Year Award is presented to an officer who has contributed over and above the duties of office toward the improvement of the lodge and the order. This officer must be someone who has shown leadership, contributed voluntarily to services and committees and is always willing to help.

The Elks was established nationwide to cultivate good fellowship and to invest in “communities through programs that help children grow up healthy and drug-free, by undertaking projects that address unmet need, and by honoring the service and sacrifice of our veterans.”

The Elks Lodge is at 129 Ridge Road, North Arlington.

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