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Elks 2477 Welcomes New Trustee Dan Martyn

With the resignation last evening of our 3 Year Trustee, Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge was pleased to find that the vacancy was quickly filled with an able and willing candidate. Nominated by member Dick McCann, Dan Martyn was voted in as our newest trustee.

Dan has been a familiar face at the lodge for some time as a guitarist for One Last Dance Band here in Southern California. Moreover, he can also be seen working for Ed and Ken on the Cutups BBQ team 2x per month.  In his words, “You can recognize me by the combined smell of smoke and dead meat.”

A lawyer with Danner & Martyn, L.L.P., we are grateful that he brings a new energy and perspective to our Board of Trustees in addition to a high level of continued support for the lodge and the Order.

Be sure to share your appreciation the next time you see him at the lodge.

Pictured is PDDGER Greg Metzgus installing Dan Martyn into his new position.

Photos courtesy of Jerry Serota.

Dan Martyn 001     Dan Martyn 002

By | 2011-09-15T06:01:18+00:00 January 20th, 2011|Blog, Elks Lodge 2477, Members, Officers|Comments Off on Elks 2477 Welcomes New Trustee Dan Martyn

New Look to Weekly Updates

Recapping last week….ritual practice started with a bang, we had a great attendance for the Officers/House Meeting, the meals were terrific and…we were busy!

As you can see there is a new look to the weekly updates and I hope that you will find it easier to access the information that is important to you.

Thank you for being part of the world of Elkdom!

Sincerely,
Kira Wagner
Lecturing Knight, Keeper of the Calendar, Co-Webmaster and Resident Cheerleader!
Thousand Oaks Lodge #2477
http://www.elks2477.com/

This Week Upcoming Events Ongoing Opportunities Sickness and Distress Links

Questions? Office (805) 496-2477 Lounge (805) 496-4550

This Week

Monday

· Atom’s Club Meeting w/Dinner available for members

Tuesday

· AA Meeting in the Conference Room

Wednesday

· Philly Steak Sandwich Dinner by Fred and Bob

· GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING (Initiation will be NEXT WEEK as we have gone to 3 regular meetings per month in addition to the Officers/House Meeting)

· Officer Training after the meeting (not JUST for Officers J)

o (Note the change as it is on the print calendar for Thursday)

Thursday

· Ritual Practice

Friday

· Dinner – Homemade Italian Meatloaf by Nydia

· Open Jukebox

Saturday

· BBQ by The Cut-Ups

Sunday

· Breakfast by Leo & Bob

· Ritual Practice

Upcoming Events

January 28th

Friday Night Dinner will be with Chef Mike Lodi and a special presentation on Fusion – Italian/Asian. You met Executive Chef Mike Lodi, a retired Mess Specialist Master Chief who supervises the Ventura County Rescue Mission when Chef Carter joined us for a Holiday presentation. Now join Chef Lodi for an evening that’s about food and fun! “Fusion Cooking is about experimentation. Pushing the boundaries of cooking styles by combining ethnic ingredients and techniques. It’s about having fun with your food and the enjoyment you get from the taste of your food.” http://www.buy-ebook.com/fusion-cooking-recipes/

January 29th (the last Saturday)

Get comfortable with navigating our website and blog. Additionally, find out about a service that we’re incorporating to make information gathering and imparting a LOT easier! Come and get YOUR questions answered. ALSO, if you own a laptop PLEASE bring it with you so that we can make sure there are no issues blocking your access.

February 2nd (First Wednesday)

Nominations for Officers open

February 5th (Saturday)

Ladies Buccaneer Bash with Entertainment by KC Philips – proceeds serve as a fundraiser for CHEA Major Project (also known as the Purple Pig)

February 25th (Friday)

Police & Firefighters Dinner – Details coming soon!

March 11th (Friday)

Elk of The Year Celebration

Ongoing

Thank a Veteran – free postcards provided by Xerox and the link is on our Veteran’s Page http://www.elks2477.com/veterans.html – a moment of your time will give someone…who is laying their life on the line for your freedom…the knowledge that someone cares

Even though we think of this most often during the holidays – these notes are appreciated year round…

iGive – for those of you that shop online OR EVEN SEARCH for items online…since 2006 the BPO Elks has partnered with iGive. Using this service provides donations for the Elks National Foundation go to www.iGive.com/Elks and sign-up today!

This is a personal testimony since I’ve been using this for less than 8 weeks —I use the search feature and to date, according to iGive, I’ve raised $5.59 for the Elks National Foundation just by using the service and this isn’t a result of any additional purchases. It isn’t a lot as a stand-alone amount but imagine how much we could do for ENF if everyone that uses the internet to search would use this service!

Email – Please feel free to forward this to other members that may not be on the list. Also, encourage them to send in their information (at least their name and email) if they would like to receive updates on happenings at the Lodge!

Sickness and Distress…as well as Good News!

· We’re pleased to have Coach David back and doing great!

· Please keep Brother Dick Flittner in your prayers.

· Remember those in our military as well as our country’s leaders

Let us know if there is anyone to add to this section.

Links

Thousand Oaks Lodge Website

Thousand Oaks Lodge Blog

Thousand Oaks Calendar(s)

Facebook

LinkedIn

By | 2011-09-15T06:01:19+00:00 January 17th, 2011|Blog, Elks Lodge 2477, weekly update|Comments Off on New Look to Weekly Updates

The Passing of Brothers Ted Lipka and Steve Gettleman

lipkaPER Theodore Leon Lipka

Theodore Leon Lipka was known as "Ted" to his friends. Born July 29, 1946 in New Egypt, New Jersey, Ted was initiated into our order at the Whittier Lodge #1258 August 6, 1980. Ted took a demit to our lodge January 26, 1984 during the time that John Nau was the Exalted Ruler and proceeded to join the officer corps as our Lecturing Knight in Elk year 85-86. Skipping over the position of Loyal Knight he then moved up to Leading Knight and became our Exalted Ruler in 1988-1989. Taking a very short break Ted then got back into the officer corps and completed the chairs assuming the Loyal Knight position in 1991-92 and was our Officer at large in year 93-94. By profession Ted Lipka was a Deputy Sheriff and moved to Las Vegas in March of 2004. Ted passed away December 21, 2010.

Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge will miss our two brothers.

GettlemanSteve Gettleman

Steve Gettleman was born July 13, 1943. He joined the US Air Force after high school where he was stationed at Hahn Air Base, West Germany, with the "Home of the 50th Air Police, K-9 Section" in the early 1960s. Steve joined our lodge on January 27, 1987 and took a Demit to Canoga Park lodge #2190 in 1991. He later was reinstated into our lodge in 2002 then moved up to Paso Robles and became an associate member of Paso Robles. Steve kept his ties here at our lodge and in January 2006, when he heard of the need for a new log splitter for our BBQ team, he sent down a cashiers check for $350.00 to get the fund started. Steve passed away on Dec. 4, 2010 in Thousand Oaks.

 

“The clock of their day has stopped and across its dial motionless shadows mark the hour of eleven. With us, the golden hour of recollection.”

We shall meet, but we shall miss him,
There will be the vacant chair,
But though we no more possess him,
Still our hearts his memory bear,
But a while ago we gathered,
Friendship beaming in each eye,
Now the golden cord is severed,
He has passed to realms on high.

By | 2011-09-15T06:01:19+00:00 January 10th, 2011|Blog, Elks Lodge 2477, Members, The Vacant Chair|Comments Off on The Passing of Brothers Ted Lipka and Steve Gettleman

Manna

“There but for the grace of God…..” How often do we say this when we are faced with some ones else’s adversity and breath a sigh of relief that it is not us.

You are driving your car and come to a stop sign and see a poor creature with a sign that says “lost my job, lost my house, am homeless…..” Do you feel repulsed and drive away or do you throw a buck out the window, feel better and say “There but for the grace of God…..”

Go by Manna and see people less fortunate than ourselves and say I feel better because I had a hand and helped. The next time you attend a meeting we will pass the hat for Manna and you can leave a buck or a can of food and you can feel better by saying to yourself “There but for the grace of God…..”

By Jerry Serota

By | 2011-09-15T06:01:19+00:00 January 10th, 2011|Blog, Donations, Elks Lodge 2477, Manna|Comments Off on Manna

Weekly Highlights January 10-16

As we move into the second week of January, we have expanded the information in this notice to include Upcoming Events to help members plan for activities they may be interested in but it just slipped their mind Smile I KNOW how that happens!

Highlights for this week

Monday

  • Football will be on the big screen tonight
  • Mexican Sloppy Joes by Ed Bianchi

Tuesday

  • Ladies Computer Class

Wednesday

  • Dinner – by Fred & Bob – Monster Burgers
  • Trustee’s Meeting
  • Officers / House Meeting

Thursday

  • Ritual Practice
  • A.B.A.T.E. Meeting

Friday

  • Bingo w/Sepulveda Hospital Vets
  • Dinner By Boyd & Fred Steak and Sweetbreads
  • Entertainment by Pier 101
  • Konejo Kampers at Travel Village Valencia

Saturday

  • BBQ by Herb Jellander’s "JV" Crew
  • 3-E Seminar 10-11:30 AM No Charge
  • Hearing Loss with w/Nancy Bozarth from Harmony Hearing Center. If you or someone you know, is dealing with hearing loss you’ll want to be here to hear what Nancy has to share!
  • Konejo Kampers at Travel Village Valencia

Sunday

  • Breakfast by Billy G
  • 12-5 PM Cribbage Tournament W/ Patty Serota $25 Donation
  • Ritual Practice

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • January 19th (Wednesday) After the meeting Terry Gicking will be wrapping up our "Officer Training". ***** NOTE****** This is NOT for Officers only! Want to know more about the ins and outs of Elkdom – join Terry for a short presentation and find out!
  • January 28th Friday Night Dinner will be with Chef Mike Lodi and a special presentation on Fusion – Italian/Asian. You met Executive Chef Mike Lodi, a retired Mess Specialist Master Chief who supervises the Ventura County Rescue Mission when Chef Carter joined us for a Holiday presentation. Now join Chef Lodi for an evening that’s about food and fun! "Fusion Cooking is about experimentation. Pushing the boundaries of cooking styles by combining ethnic ingredients and techniques. It’s about having fun with your food and the enjoyment you get from the taste of your food." http://www.buy-ebook.com/fusion-cooking-recipes/
  • January 29th (the last Saturday) Get comfortable with navigating our website and blog. Additionally, find out about a service that we’re incorporating to make information gathering and imparting a LOT easier! Come and get YOUR questions answered. ALSO, if you own a laptop PLEASE bring it with you so that we can make sure there are no issues blocking your access.
  • February 5th (Saturday) is the Ladies Buccaneer Bash with Entertainment by KC Philips – proceeds serve as a fundraiser for CHEA Major Project (also known as the Purple Pig)

ONGOING:

  • Thank a Veteran – free postcards provided by Xerox and the link is on our Veteran’s Page http://www.elks2477.com/veterans.html – a moment of your time will give someone…who is laying their life on the line for your freedom…the knowledge that someone cares. Even though we think of this most often during the holidays – these notes are appreciated year round…
  • iGive – for those of you that shop online OR EVEN SEARCH for items online…since 2006 the BPO Elks has partnered with iGive. Using this service provides donations for the Elks National Foundation go to www.iGive.com/Elks and sign-up today! ——- This is a personal testimony since I’ve been using this for less than 8 weeks —I use the search feature and to date, according to iGive, I’ve raised $5.59 for the Elks National Foundation just by using the service and this isn’t a result of any additional purchases. It isn’t a lot as a stand-alone amount but imagine how much we could do for ENF if everyone that uses the internet to search would use this service!
By | 2011-09-15T06:01:19+00:00 January 10th, 2011|Blog, Elks Lodge 2477, weekly update|Comments Off on Weekly Highlights January 10-16

Back in the saddle again

January 5, 2011 our first meeting back for the new year and we started with a full plate! In addition to several awards we had 2 Vacant Chairs (more on those later). Reports from committees such as the Christmas Tree Lot, Charity Baskets, Veteran’s activities,  Membership, Scouting (our 61st Eagle Scout will be honored later this month), Americanism and Scholarships (40 submitted this year and the District judging is this Sunday) and more highlighted all of the efforts going on behind the scenes.

The awards that were presented included Dick McCann receiving an Americanism award presented to those who fly their flag 24 hours a day and you see him pictured here with our Americanism Chair, Grant Thistle.

The second series of awards were presented to members present who had donated specific amounts to CHEA’s Major Project. Those pictured were FR: PER David Naccarato,  Heather Poliskey and Steve Finnerty BR: PDDGER Greg Metzgus, Kira Wagner, PER Bill Sternberg, ER Harry Brockwell and Jon Anderson. 

The third award, 1st Place Division II Website went to Kira and Paul Wagner for their work as the webmasters for our site.

Photos courtesy of Jerry Serota

Dick McCann receives citation for Americanism               Awards 002                    Kira and Paul Wagner recive award for 1st place Website Division II

By | 2011-09-15T06:01:19+00:00 January 7th, 2011|Blog, Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout, Elks Lodge 2477, Elks Scholarships, Members, Scouting|Comments Off on Back in the saddle again

Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge Welcomes 2011

New Year’s Eve celebrations are held around the world…it’s tradition. Each new year holds a promise of new beginnings filled with the hope of a better tomorrow, New Year’s resolutions abound and hardships of yesterday are put to rest. This year was no exception for the Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge #2477. With over 80 in attendance, family and friends gathered at the lodge to usher in the new year.

With a prime rib dinner, live music and plenty of laughter, 2011 is off to a great start. Enjoy a few of the moments captured on screen below.

Pictures courtesy of Paul Wagner.

By | 2011-09-15T06:01:19+00:00 January 7th, 2011|annual events, Blog, elks activities, Elks Lodge 2477, Members|Comments Off on Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge Welcomes 2011

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Every December the Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge organizes, manages and facilitates the , and for the last several years it has been in conjunction with Carlson’s Building Center on Thousand Oaks Blvd. This year was no exception. Over 500 trees were delivered and it took MANY hands to put it all together. The Christmas Tree Lot provides funds for a number of our charities through out the year with the primary one being the Charity Baskets.

Please enjoy this video that Paul and I created with the help of images from both Jerry Serota and Paul.

Sincerely,
Kira Wagner

By | 2011-09-15T06:01:19+00:00 December 31st, 2010|annual events, Blog, charity event, Elks Lodge 2477, Members|Comments Off on Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

More on the Charity Baskets

The planning, organization and manpower that is needed to deliver the Charity Baskets each year never ceases to amaze me. This year we made 97 deliveries, our highest count to date.

The immediate preparations are a week long starting with the room set up on Monday, food pick-up and delivery from several different sources, gift wrapping and the boxing up of each families items with the actual deliver on Saturday morning and then the room needs to be restored to it’s “normal” conditionSmile. However, the raising funds starts early in the year and the toy collection officially starts the first part of December.

The many hands that come together, from seasoned members to first timers, as well as their families, make the job something that everyone can enjoy and helps us all really get into the spirit of Christmas.

In the pictures taken by Jerry Serota and Paul Wagner you will see the lodge room as it is transformed into a “store” as well as the delivery this year…that even the rain couldn’t impede!

By | 2011-09-15T06:01:19+00:00 December 30th, 2010|annual events, Blog, Donations, Elks Lodge 2477, Members, new members|Comments Off on More on the Charity Baskets

Elks Memorial Service

Once a year, on the first Sunday in December, Elks around the nation gather to pay homage to members who have passed on during the year. This year was no exception, with the cadre of officers on board and a number of widows present, here are some of the pictures taken by Jerry Serota and Paul Wagner.

By | 2011-09-15T06:01:42+00:00 December 30th, 2010|annual events, Blog, Elks Lodge 2477|Comments Off on Elks Memorial Service