Recognizing citizens

The El Dorado Elks Lodge presented several awards during their meeting Monday evening.

The first award was for the Elks Distinguished Citizenship Award, which went to Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet.

“I’ve known Kelly pretty much all my life,” said Elks Exalted Ruler Tom Clark.

“He’s supported our Lodge the last several years with Kids Safe Night Out.”

He thanked Herzet for all of his support.

“As sheriff, I will continue to support Night Out,” Herzet said.

He said they will continue to provide a bicycle and commented on how excited that youth is each year who receives the bicycle.

“What you do for the kids and all the people who show up is a wonderful thing,” Herzet said.

The second award was Elks Officer of the Year, which went to Beverly Leach, esteemed leading knight, who had taken over the scholarship program.

Lisa Jack, one of their newer members, received the Elk of the Year Award.

“She’s been a great help and now also is part of the Foundation,” Clark said.

He said Jack has been involved helping with everything.

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