SOUTH PLAINFIELD – South Plainfield Elks Lodge #2298 held a Labor Day Weekend Social on September 5 from 2p.m. to 6p.m. at their lodge located at 1254 New Market Avenue. Hamburgers, frankfurters, sausage and pepper sandwiches with all the trimmings, macaroni and potato salads, and ice cream were served to celebrate the day.
"The Labor Day social event at the Elks was a great success,” said Exalted Ruler Seesselberg. “Past Exalted Ruler Chris Sauer did an excellent job organizing this event, and I want to thank her and her team. Our lodge members had the chance to enjoy the beautiful weather and catch up with each other over some great food.”
Normally, several busloads of veterans from the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home at Menlo Park in Edison are treated to an afternoon of music and picnic foods, however, due to safety concerns, it was not possible for the vets to come. The Elks say they look forward to the time when they can see their beloved veterans again soon.
“We could not host our group of veterans from the Menlo Park Veteran's home as we have in past years due to the pandemic and their visit was definitely missed,” said Exalted Ruler Seesselberg.
The Elks promise to help veterans in any way possible and remind themselves often in their pledge, "So long as there are veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them.”
A tradition since the 1960s, the Elks look forward to honoring veterans and enjoying the holiday festivities at Lodge #2298 for Labor Day weekend. This year, the gathering was kept smaller than usual due to COVID-19 precautions. Health guidelines were closely followed for food preparation and social interaction. Attendees say they were grateful for the time they spent together listening to music, eating good food, and playing horseshoes.
Working to help the community whenever they can, the Elks are known for their humble efforts to support veterans, provide scholarships for those pursuing a trade or college, provide assistance for those with special needs, and offer countless fundraisers for community organizations throughout the year. Many said that having the Labor Day Social during this challenging year was wonderful.
“The Elks have been active during these past few months as much as we can, and we look forward to returning to full support of our programs and our community in the future,” said Seesselberg. “Since we were not able to get together and march in the parade this year, it was good to get together."