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Dr. J. R. Casanova



01 23       Approximately 240 Elks from Watertown Lodge No. 666 and other lodges in the southern Wisconsin district turned out last night for the testimonial dinner honoring Dr. J. R. Casanova, this city, district deputy grand exalted ruler of the southern district.  The district is made up of 12 lodges, including No. 666 here.  It was one of the largest Elks gatherings held in Watertown in a number of years.  The upper ballroom, where the dinner was served, was filled to near capacity.


     Bethesda Lutheran Home, c.1957



02 28        Dr. J. R. Casanova, a past exalted ruler of Watertown Lodge No. 666, B.P.O.E., and a past district deputy grand exalted ruler for southern Wisconsin last night was elected to honorary life membership to the Elks at a meeting of the lodge.  Dr. Casanova was nominated for the honor by the group of past exalted rulers of the lodge.  The vote last night was unanimous to extend the life honorary membership to Dr. Casanova who is still active in the affairs of the lodge.   WDT



05 14       Dr. J.R. Casanova, Watertown dentist and former district deputy exalted ruler of the Elks, today was elected president of the Wisconsin Elks Association at Green Bay for the term beginning in May of 1961.  Dr. Casanova was placed in nomination at the state convention this morning.  His election followed.  Dr. Mel Junioin, Green Bay, was installed today as state president of the association for the term ending next May.   WDT



01 23       Dr. J. R. Casanova, president of the Wisconsin Elks Association, was the guest of honor of the Milwaukee Elks Lodge, No. 46, last night.   WDT


07 25       master of ceremonies, dedication of new post office   WDT




04 10       Dr. J. R. CASANOVA:  ELK OF THE YEAR

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Presented by James Clifford, exalted ruler, in appreciation and recognition for services to Elkdom.



02 16       Boy Scout and Cub Scout leaders in Watertown and Dr. J. R. Casanova were guests at the Monday evening meeting of the Kiwanis Club at Welcome Inn.  Vice president Dennis Johnson said Kiwanis Clubs in the United States and Canada have long been partners in scouting.  The organization sponsors more than 2,000 units, making the Kiwanis the largest scout sponsor by percentage in the state.  At the meeting, the local leaders were recognized for their involvement with youth. Very active in community affairs, Dr. Casanova has been chairman of two public drives to raise money for the hospital and is a member of the Elks Lodge, Rotary Club, Jefferson County Dental Society, Catholic Knights Insurance Society and scouting organizations.  In 1968, he was named "Citizen of the Year" by the Watertown Chamber of Commerce.   WDT



07 17        Dr. J. R. Casanova, a long-time Watertown dentist, was elected Monday as Grand Esteemed Lecturing Knight for the Elks during the organization's Grand Lodge Convention in Chicago.  Casanova was chosen for the honor for his many years of service and leadership among the Elks, the state and the Watertown community.  Casanova has been a member of Watertown Lodge 666 since his initiation in 1940 and has served for 42 years at the lodge, district, state and Grand Lodge levels.   WDT


1985       REDECORATED DINING ROOM  /  The Casanova Room

03 11       The Watertown Elks Lodge formally dedicated its redecorated dining room in honor of the late Dr. J.R. Casanova in a special program Saturday evening at the lodge.  The dining room is now known as The Casanova Room in honor of Casanova and the many accomplishments he had in the Elks.  In addition, The Wisconsin Elks Association announced Saturday evening that the trophy for Ritualistic Excellence, presented to the top lodge in rituals each year, will be renamed the "Dr. Casanova Champion Trophy."  Dr. Casanova's wife, Leanor, and members of his family were present for the dinner and program.  Dr. Casanova died in January of this year after having served the Elks in a wide variety of local, state and national positions.    WDT




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