WILDWOOD, NJ - Nutley Elks Lodge 1290 marched their way to South Jersey for the 2017 NJ State Elks Convention in Wildwood. The annual event was held in early June. Over 100 lodges from all over the state gathered together for four days of festivities and a very long parade down Atlantic Avenue.

Lodge Chaplin Lucille Mulligan was chosen by Exalted Ruler Robert Heiser as the 2017 Nutley Elk of the year. Her son Robert J. Mulligan Jr., also of Nutley, is this year’s state vice president. “We are proud to be represented by one of our own as this year’s state vice president, Robert Mulligan Jr.,” said lodge member Adam Jernick. Both Lucille and Robert are past Nutley Elks exalted rulers.

According to lodge member Jernick, the organization took home five of six awards presented to the North Central District. Four of those honors were state awards. Mulligan Jr. said, “State awards are higher than lodge membership awards. If you win a state award for that category you cannot win a lodge membership award.”

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The organization received two first place awards, one for marching and another for Sr. Drums and Bugle. The Color Guard ranked third out of 113 New Jersey lodges that participated. The lodge also earned fifth place for Best Exalted Ruler. All were state awards.

Furthermore the organization received second place in the Lodge Membership Award for 251 to 500 members.

The Nutley Elks Lodge 1290 was established in 1911 and is the largest in the North Central District. They meet the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at their headquarters, 242 Chestnut St.

The Elks sponsor many fundraisers and charity events. “New Jersey Elks major project is Camp Moore, a camp run by the Elks in Haskell. It is a camp where we send kids with special needs to for one week,” said Mulligan Jr.

For more information on the Elks visit Elks.org, and Nutley Elks Lodge 1290 visit nutleyelks.org.