BY MELANIE WADE –
Deputy Jim Smith has been named the Mena Elk’s Lodge “Deputy of the Month” for the month of July 2017. Smith is shown with Elk’s Exhaulted Ruler, Brian Thompson. Deputies chosen through the Elk’s program receive a Certificate of Appreciation and a gift certificate for themselves and a ‘plus-one’ to a local eatery. Thompson said they began the program because they “really appreciate what they do and we would like to honor them.” Deputy Smith will be entered into the Elk’s Deputy of the Year program, with that honoree to be announced next spring.