Barnstable County Sheriff's inmates have re-roofed four outbuildings at the Eastham-Orleans Elks property off Route 6 in Eastham. The structures, located next to the actual lodge, include a shed, a barbecue cooking area, a pavilion, and a combination bar area and restrooms. Lodge member Arthur Amerault has a foolproof recollection of how old the roof being replaced was; it was hammered into place when he joined the organization – 38 years ago.
The five-man crew, working three days at the site, re-roofed all four outbuildings and left behind about $3,250 worth of donated labor. “We [the lodge] are short on funds,” says Amerault, “so we couldn’t have tackled the project without them.”
The Elks lodge does bountiful good works in the community with examples aplenty: Area kids having just received donated Christmas gifts; local veterans being treated to summertime fishing trips and outings to Fenway Park; and last month 287 diners enjoying a Thanksgiving meal, courtesy of the Eastham/Orleans Elks.
Concluded county Sheriff Jim Cummings: “The money we save them amounts to dollars that can go to causes like this. My hat is off to the Elks, the Eagles, and dozens of other fraternal organizations on Cape that do such wonderful service in their communities.”