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VAN WERT - Van Wert Elks Lodge 1197, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks recently installed their new officers for the 2013-2014 lodge year. Gerald T. Mazur of Van Wert was installed as the new exalted ruler for Van Wert Lodge.

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks are known for their promotion of Americanism, Drug Abuse Education and support of youth activities and our nation's veterans. The Elks are second to the United States Government in providing scholarships each year to students. The Ohio Elks major project is the treatment of Cerebral Palsy.