The hard work of the 2008 Golf Committee of Southampton Elks resulted in sufficient funds to donate a medical transport van for area veterans after the 2008 Golf Tournament. Last year's van is used to transport veterans to Northport VA Hospital and other medical destinations originating on the South Fork of Eastern Long Island.
Almost ubelievably, this year's (2009) Golf Committee raised enough, despite the economic hard times, to purchase yet another van, which will be used for similar transport for veterans from the North Fork, primarily.
The van above was donated to DAV Transportation Services in 2008 and has been used over the past year to transport Veterans to medical appointments near and far.
The new van was on hand at the Presentation Celebration held at the Lodge on Sunday, November 1st, and a fine specimen it is (more photos at the bottom of this article).
The new van above was donated to DAV Transportation Services from Southampton Elks Golf Tournament proceeds in 2009.
L to R: Exalted Ruler Tom Daily, Past District Deputy & Lodge Sponsor Joe Pinkus, Golf Co-Chair Artie Orlowski, committee member Bob Shea, Co-Chair Pete Magnuson (who is also a volunteer van driver for DAV), and Golf Journalmeister Bob Lella.
Town Councilman and Lodge member Chris Nuzzi attended with some friends. L to R: Golf co-chair Pete Magnuson, Theresa Kiernan (Town Tax Receiver's Ofc.), Robert Ross (VP of Community Relations for Southampton Hospital),Chris Nuzzi, Jim Malone (candidate for Town Council then, who was elected two days later), Golf co-chair Artie Orlowski, and Exalted Ruler Tom Daily.
L to R: Exalted Ruler Tom Daily, Golf Committee "Godfater"/Past Exalted Ruler Ken Dow, Past District Deputy/Southampton Elks Lodge Sponsor Joe Pinkus, and Golf Committee co-chairmen "Big Artie" Orlowski and "Tiny Pete" Magnuson.
The van can carry up to eight passengers, and is driven by a volunteer, who in our area is Golf Committee co-chair Pete Magnuson.
"Uncle Pete" Nickolich (second from left) joins, L to R, Past Exalted Ruler Ken Dow, Exalted Ruler Tom Daily and Past District Deputy/Lodge Sponsor Joe Pinkus, at the "Van Presentation Celebration".