Rochester, NH Lodge News

District No. 5400

Rochester PER wins State 11 O'Clock Toast Contest

Gerald Skidds, Jr, Rochester Elks #1393 - Kelly Dorgan Cote, Nashua Elks #720


The annual NH State Elks Ritual Committee 11 O’Clock Toast Contest was conducted at the Concord-Epsom, NH Elks Lodge #1210 on Sunday, February 16th, 2020 at 10 am. Contestants must recite the Elks 11 O’Clock Toast from memory and are judged on word accuracy, pronunciation and impressiveness of delivery. The 11 O’Clock toast is a tribute to our departed members and is normally performed at Lodge gatherings and social events at the hour of 11 PM.

Gerald Skidds, Jr. of the Rochester, NH Elks Lodge #1393 won the Past Exalted Ruler category with a score of 92.6560. He bested four other entrants in his category.Kelly Dorgan Cote of the Nashua Elks Lodge #720 won the Exalted Ruler Category and also had the high score of the day. She will compete in the National 11 O’Clock Toast Contest on July 6th, 2020 in Baltimore Maryland.


Contest Results:

PER Contest:

Winner:            Gerald Skidds, Jr., Rochester Elks Lodge #1393 -  Score  92.6560

2nd place:         Ken Brown, Dover Lodge of Elks #184                 -   Score   91.1598

3rd place:          Mike Norway, Nashua Elks Lodge #720              -   Score   89.3440

4th place:          Gina Lincoln, Plymouth Elks Lodge #2312           -   Score   88.8318

5th place:          Jeanne Bernard, Rochester Elks Lodge #1393     -   Score   87.7897


ER Contest:

Winner:            Kelly Dorgan Cote, Nashua Elks Lodge #720       -   Score 95.1160 (High Score of the Day)

Runner Up :       Brian Dailey, Dover Elks Lodge #184                   -     Score 88.3593


Judges for the contest – (From Maine) - Frank Ricker, Andy Bolz, Roger Normandeau, Kathy Cotterly, Wayne Cotterly and Robert Shaw.

Judges for the contest -  (From NH) -  George Labonte. Bill Roy was the Contest Tiler for the day.

My thanks to all of these judges that supported this contest. Their help was greatly appreciated! And thanks to all those who attended today in support of this event! Special thanks to the Concord-Epsom Elks #1210 who hosted the event.

Picture Caption – Gerald Skidds, Jr. – Rochester, NH Elks #1393 and Kelly Dorgan Cote, Nashua, NH Elks #720


Don Chesnel

NHSEA Ritual Chairman

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