WINSTED — Elks Lodge #844 held a party for 2019 Elk of the Year Ken Kazlauskas and 2020 Elk of the Year Tim Angell at Mausser Park on Saturday, Sept. 11.
Angell has also been named 2020 Connecticut Elk of the Year.
The party was held to honor both Kazlauskas and Angell for all they have done for both the community and the Lodge.
It was also held as makeup to celebrate Kazlauskas, whose Elk of the Year party was canceled last year due to the pandemic.
Angell has been a member of the Elks organization for 35 years.
“I joined because a good friend of mine came to my house one evening and asked me to be a member,” Angell said in an interview with The Winsted Phoenix. “To me, the Elks are like a huge family. I’ve met the best people over the years all over the state and the country. I think my favorite people are right in this lodge. It’s a great fraternity.”
Angell described the lodge as “a fraternity of brothers and sisters who are all very service and charity oriented.”
“It’s not a service organization, but it does a lot of good around the town,” Angell said. “I have a lot of great memories from my years with the Elks, including having my wife [Debbie Angell] become a district deputy and being state president. To me, being honored is humbling. I am surprised that I have been given this award and it feels very nice to know my fellow Elks saw fit to give me this award. The people in this lodge are so great, great to each other, and great to the town.”
Kazlauskas, who has been a member of the lodge for the past 13 years, said he too is humbled by being named an Elk of the Year by the lodge.
“I look at the individuals in the past years who have been named Elk of the Year, and to me, being part of that group is a real honor,” Kazlauskas said. “I enjoy the comradery of this lodge, along with the opportunities that this lodge has given to me to give back to the community. If you don’t know what the Elks are about, come on down to the lodge. There are so many things this organization does. No matter what your particular spot might be, you will find a niche. There are so many different opportunities to volunteer. Whatever your skills are, you will be able to find a space to fill.”
Kazlauskas added “I am proud to be part of such a fantastic group. It’s such a great organization to be part of.”
For more information about Elks Lodge #844, go to its Facebook page at this link or call (860) 379-8045.
Full disclosure: Editor Shaw Israel Izikson has been a member of Elks Lodge #844 for the past six years.