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Happy Birthday Cal Vet Home – Ventura

by Jerry Serota

On Thursday, April 28th, the T.O. Elks lodge celebrated its first complete year of service to the (California Veterans) Cal Vet Home – Ventura. Normally, the fourth Thursday every month is karaoke night (with snacks) at the home. Four to seven volunteers have been showing up every month for a year, driving 50 miles round-trip. This month, the crew also prepared a beef & chicken kabob dinner for the 46 residents, plus the staff and friends of the home.

At the request of the administration, PER Bill Sternberg, also district scout leader, built 3 extra-large bulletin boards and an entertainment center for electronic devices. In April, a portable dance floor was delivered to the home, courtesy of the lodge.

At the one-year celebration, a permanent plaque was mounted over one of the bulletin boards showing the Elks motto towards veterans, “So long as there are veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will not forget them.” Also, in another room where banners are displayed, the T.O. Elks banner will also be on display. The plaque and banner were designed by current Lecturing Knight (and computer magician) Paul Wagner, also the Public Relations contact for the lodge.

Carl Lanterman, Chairman-Veterans National Services continually points to the support of other volunteers and the monetary support of the lodge for the success of the Thousand Oaks veterans program. Long-time esquire and current inner guard Robert Jones provides his first-class karaoke equipment, current Loyal Knight (and singing teacher and web-site administrator) Kira Wagner was the first terrific singer to volunteer, followed by new member (and caterer), JB Bre (and what a duet the two of them make), and PER Terry Gicking is always there for support. Elk member and former marine Gerald Feldman frequently brings gifts with him to the home. Without the dedication shown by these Elk members, there would be no program for the Cal Vet Home residents.

This kind of dedication to our veterans, along with the long-standing monthly visit to the Sepulveda V.A. Hospital for bingo and snacks, and participation in the annual Ventura County Stand-down, playing cards and other gifts for the veterans represent the epitome of Elkdom service to our veterans.

By |2011-09-15T06:00:58-07:00July 4th, 2011|Blog, Elks Lodge 2477, Members, Veteran's|Comments Off on Happy Birthday Cal Vet Home – Ventura


Pictured below are a few of the recent donations at the lodge. The Elks Ladies donated several new picnic tables that expanded our out doors seating capabilities and we look forward to the summer and the increased crowds at the BBQ!

Johnny D’ delivered two monetary donations from the El Konejo Kampers to the lodge. The first for $300 to the Major Project and the second for $700 to the Christmas Baskets

Benches    Camper Donate

By |2011-09-15T06:00:58-07:00July 3rd, 2011|Blog, Donations, El Konejo Kampers, Elks Lodge 2477, Purple Pig|Comments Off on Donations

New Member May 2011–John La Rhu

Each new member brings a unique perspective and energy to the lodge when they join. They have experiences and goals that fill a void, bolster the lodges presence in the community and help the lodge continue to thrive.

Forgetting to share the excitement of their joining is not an option…it is however, sometimes delayed.

This author missed the post for our new member John La Rhu who joined in May and was sponsored by Sam Frankl. Please be sure to let John know how much we appreciate his presence and Sam’s effort in bringing in a new member.

La Rue - Frankl

By |2011-09-15T06:00:58-07:00July 2nd, 2011|Blog, Elks Lodge 2477, new members|Comments Off on New Member May 2011–John La Rhu

In Honor of Flag Day

By Jerry Serota

Sunday, June 11, 2011 the Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge #2477 conducted a Flag Day Ceremony and Flag Retirement Ceremony with 50 members and guests present. A history of our Flag was read and each one was on display from the very first until today including the an MIA Flag.  Brownie Taylor Spira sang the National Anthem.

We then adjourned outside and Exalted ruler retired the first Flag. The Scouts were then encouraged to each retire a Flag.

An ice cream and cookie social was provided and the scouts loved it.

By |2011-09-15T06:00:58-07:00July 2nd, 2011|Blog, Boy Scouts of America, Elks Lodge 2477, Flag Day|Comments Off on In Honor of Flag Day

New Members–June 2011

As quiet as things have been on the blog life has been moving forward at the lodge!

June saw Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge #2477 welcome in Michael White, Leslie Donovan and Joshua Tenenbaum (pictured below). Be sure to take a moment to welcome them when you see them at the lodge.

Michael White - Dan MatynLeslie Donovan - Bev Reis

Joshua Tenenbaum-dave Naccarato

By |2011-09-15T06:00:58-07:00July 1st, 2011|Blog, Elks Lodge 2477, new members|Comments Off on New Members–June 2011

The Passing of Shirley Kozlowski

We are saddened to pass along that Shirley Kozlowski, wife of PER Chet Kozlowski has passed away. Chet and Shirley had just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in April of this year. Shirley had been an active participant in many activities in the lodge serving faithfully with the Elks Ladies including President of the organization.

The viewing will be Tuesday July 5th 5-8 at Pierce Brothers Mortuary in Westlake, a Mass will be held Wednesday July 6th at 10:30 at Saint Pascal’s Janss & Moorpark Thousand Oaks and memorial at the Lodge that afternoon (Wednesday) from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.


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By |2011-09-15T06:00:58-07:00July 1st, 2011|Blog, Elks Ladies|Comments Off on The Passing of Shirley Kozlowski

The Butt Stops Here–Fundraiser

by Jerry Serota

The Butt Stops Here  a Catherine Koeritz and Dave Naccarato production was a very entertainment evening. There were around 50 members and guests who enjoyed the antics of the singers and was especially charmed by Dave Naccarato’s daughter Falon. 

Ed Bianchi did the lasagna which was well received. Dave and Catherine put a lot of effort into making it an entertaining show. Robert Jones managed the music as well as sang with Terry Gicking and Dave Naccarato AKA ‘The Highway man’.

Proceeds will go the ladies room remodeling.

By |2011-09-15T06:00:58-07:00July 1st, 2011|Blog, Donations, elks 2477, elks activities, Elks Ladies|Comments Off on The Butt Stops Here–Fundraiser

Joplin MO Elks Lodge 501 Destroyed by Tornado

This information was sent to us by Bud Clark with the Perryville Lodge.

The Joplin, MO Elks Lodge #501 was completely destroyed by the tornado and a bartender and two members lost their lives. If you would like to make a donation, contact Bud Clark (Perryville, MO Lodge #2701) at 573-561-4165 or – They can use the help and donations of any amount would be greatly appreciated. This is when we can show that Elks Care Elks Share.

By |2011-09-15T06:00:58-07:00May 27th, 2011|Blog, elks activities|Comments Off on Joplin MO Elks Lodge 501 Destroyed by Tornado

National Services Fund Raiser

by Jerry Serota

Tuesday April 18, 2011 National Services Com. Chairman Carl Lanterman engaged a special speaker, highly decorated Dr. Bill Peters, Marine Corps Retired. As a special fund raiser for his committee, a Chicken dinner was served and attended by members who found Dr. Peters speech both informative and inspiring. He compared our troops of today displaying the same courage and valor as the Viet Nam veterans did under fire.

As a First Lieutenant, he recalled some of his experiences in Viet Nam and gave first hand account of the courage our Marines accomplished as First Force Recon Company going deep in enemy territory to secure vital information on enemy.

National Services Chairman Carl Lanterman

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Dr. Bill Peters, USMC Retired

By |2011-10-21T07:41:47-07:00April 29th, 2011|Blog, charity event, Elks Lodge 2477, Veteran's|Comments Off on National Services Fund Raiser

Purple Pig Donation Recognition

With approximately 3 weeks to go in the “Leading Knight Purple Pig Challenge” the pigs belly is being fed nicely by donations from the members.

Acknowledged last night for his 2-Piggy Bank Century Club Donations to the Purple Pig, was Richard Goldner PDDGER / CHEMPI Trustee. Our Treasurer, Myrna Block is shown here presenting Richard with his certificates and pins.Goldner Donation

Remember that any size donation is appreciated since our Major Project motto is “A coin a day so they can walk, talk, see and play”.

By |2011-09-15T06:00:58-07:00April 28th, 2011|Blog, charity event, Elks Lodge 2477, Purple Pig|Comments Off on Purple Pig Donation Recognition