Two newly elected officers of the Madera Elks Lodge #1918 have won awards in the East Central District Ritual Contest.
Exalted Ruler (President) Adam Thomas garnered first place and Doug Nelson, the lodge’s esquire, took second place in the competition. The district comprises 13 lodges within the Central Valley.
The contest requires each member to memorize and recite individual speaking parts during a ceremony without pause.
The competition held at the Delano Elks Lodge on Saturday is an annual event that brings together the newly elected lodge officers to build a camaraderie with each other and discuss fundraising ideas for Elks community betterment and youth activity projects.