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As we quickly move to the end of the century, we thought we'd recognize one of Derby's oldest civic groups, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. The Elks formally came into existence on April 17, 1900 in the Knights of Pythias Hall on Main Street. Its first Exalted Ruler was James T. Smith and there were 61 members. The club dedicated its own brand new building on February 21, 1917, and it has been in that building ever since. Interestingly, on the night of the formal dedication, this group received a generous $20,000 gift from a non-member of the club - Friend A. Russ which paid off all debt on the building.

Correct answers were received from: Randy Ritter, Brian Piccolo, Walt Mayhew, Mayor Marc Garofalo, C. F. Douglass, John Rak, Markanthony Izzo, Tom Carey, Kimberly Shelton, Marsha Pettingill, Ann Searles, Rick Dunne, Marc Weissmna, Mary Lou Boroski, Patricia Wolfe, and Henry Wajdowicz.

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