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Kittanning Elks Lodge wins Ritual Award

| Monday, May 17, 2010

It may not be the Stanley Cup, but the Kittanning Elks Lodge on North Water Street, Kittanning, will proudly display its own trophy for the upcoming year after winning one of the Ritual Awards at the Pennsylvania State Elks Convention on Saturday at Seven Springs Resort in Champion.

Past Exalted Ruler Jason Krecota took the top prize in the state for his recitation of the Eleven O'Clock Toast, which is recited in each Elks lodge in the country at 11 p.m. to remember its deceased members.

Krecota, who had previously won the right to represent his district at the state competition, placed first out 10 competitors. The trophy for winning the ritual award for the toast has spent much of the past decade at the Elks lodge in Norristown, which had won eight of the past nine competitions.

In the competition, Krecota had to recite the toast as it would be spoken to a candidate for membership into the Elks organization. The role of the candidate was filled by Kittanning Elks Esquire Leslie Wolfe.

Winning the competition means that Krecota will recite the toast at next year's state convention during the state organization's memorial service. The convention will again be held at Seven Springs next year.

Before that moment, however, the Kittanning Elks lodge will display the trophy that comes with winning the competition - a bowl-shaped award that looks much like the Stanley Cup - at its lodge for the next year.

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