NEW YORK, NY -- For six years in a row, the Maine Elks Association Ritual Team won the Area I Interstate-Relations Ritual Roulette Championships. The event was held in New York on September 17, 2006 at the Watervleit Elks Lodge #1500. The purpose of the contest was to promote excellence in the performance of the Elks initiation ritual, and to foster better relations among the State Elks Associations.
Four teams from across New England and New York competed in this unique event, which involves four of the Lodge's seven officers drawing for their ritual parts only 5 minutes before their team competes. This is extraordinarily difficult, as those four officers must memorize all four parts, including the position of Exalted Ruler, Leading Knight, Loyal Knight, and Lecturing Knight positions.
Once the four chair officers are determined, the team must perform before several judges, who evaluate them on Impressiveness, Pronunciation, Word Accuracy, Deportment (movements), and Appearance. Deductions are made for each mistake, starting with a perfect score of 100 points and working downward. The team from Maine earned a score of 96.730 points, beating out second place New York with a score of 95.5593. The team scores are based on a perfect score of 100.
Earning recognition as Area I Champions are: Exalted Ruler Wayne Cotterly. (Lewiston), Leading Knight: Bruce Brunelle (Sanford), Loyal Knight: Rick Williams (Biddeford-Saco), Lecturing Knight: Robert Drisko (Augusta), Esquire: Christine Cote (Sanford), Chaplain: Floyd Howes (Chaplain), Inner Guard: Debbie Hamblen (Portland), Candidate: Gail Howes (Biddeford-Saco), and Coaches: Harry Desjardins (Biddeford-Saco), Frank Ricker (Sanford) and Phil O'Brion (Farmington).
In addition to winning the overall team competition, several individual awards were earned as well. These awards were presented to: Wayne Cotterly, Bruce Brunelle, Rick Williams, Christine Cote, and Gail Howes for achieving the highest scores in their respective positions.
|Front L-R: Harry Desjardins, Rick Williams, Bruce Brunelle, Wayne Cotterly, Robert Drisko, Christine Cote, and Phil O’Brion. Back L-R: Roger Normandeau, Roger Sicard, Debbie Hamblen, Gail Howes, Floyd Howes, and Past Grand Exalted Ruler Sponsor Amos McCallum|