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Vincent DiClementi, Exalted Ruler of the Westerly Elks Lodge B.P.O.E. 678, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. | Tim Martin,The Westerly Sun

AGE: 59.

OCCUPATION: Assistant casino shift manager; exalted ruler, Westerly Lodge of Elks.

RESIDENCE: Westerly.

BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Philadelphia, South Jersey Shore.

RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Learning the process of running the Westerly Elks.

I COPED WITH THE PANDEMIC BY: Spending time outdoors with our dogs.

MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: My children.

TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: Travel and explore. I would like to experience different cultures from around the globe.

I ALWAYS WEAR: A watch.

WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: Accountant.

MY HEROES ARE: Anyone who took the time to share their knowledge with me.

FAVORITE AUTHORS: Mark Twain.

BOOKS ON MY NIGHT STAND: Night stand is empty but the cocktail table is littered with cookbooks.

TOP THREE SONGS ON MY PLAYLIST: "Beginnings" (Chicago), "Cortez" (Dave Matthews), "Romeo and Juliet" (Dire Straights).

LAST THREE SONGS I ASKED ALEXA/PANDORA/SPOTIFY TO PLAY: "Get Me to the Church on Time" (Sinatra), "Gimme Shelter" (Rolling Stones), "Warehouse" (Dave Matthews).

FAVORITE THREE MOVIES OF ALL TIME: "Casablanca," "The Legend of Bagger Vance," and any James Bond 007.

FAVORITE TV SHOWS: I enjoy watching Formula 1 racing and football games.

FAVORITE RADIO STATION/SHOWS/PODCAST: The Spectrum (SiriusXM satellite).

TOP COMFORT FOOD: Sunday gravy.

SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES I MOSTLY USE: Facebook (for the Elks posts).

TRAITS I MOST ADMIRE: Loyalty and honesty.

PET PEEVES: Political arguments on social media, because most people's social media contacts are friends and nobody has ever changed her or his political beliefs because of a social media post.

FAVORITE QUOTATION: "Anything is possible if you put in the effort."

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: Being from the big city I really enjoy the sense of community in New England.

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: My family and support group.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I truly love to be on the water.

BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: Work harder than everyone else.

ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: Do unto others as they will do to you.

IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Fight hunger and homelessness. I don’t understand how there can be so many children in our own country that go to bed hungry.

IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Make sure my family was all set then explore and experience the world.

I DRIVE A: Black 2016 BMW 320 XI.

I WISH I DROVE A: Ferrari Enzo.

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Fruits and vegetables.

IF I COULD INVITE ONE SPECIAL PERSON TO JOIN ME FOR DINNER AND CONVERSATION, I WOULD INVITE: Ben Franklin. He helped with the Declaration of Independence. He also was a writer, an inventor, a scientist, a diplomat, and he was a great thinker. It would be interesting to get his opinion on how the country has progressed to present day.

— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro

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