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A request from the Cal-Vet Home, Ventura to Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge #2477

A request has come to the Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge from the Cal Vet Home – Ventura for a flag retirement.

After the veterans brunch and flag retirement in November 2012, attended by some of the CalVets, the administration asked if we could share our ceremony with their residents.  The home in Saticoy, Ventura County, is a 60-bed facility for veterans over 62 years of age, and is run like a 4-star hotel with extras.  The staff goes all out to make the residents happy with their home.  It is a pleasure and honor that the administration was so taken by the Elks flag retirement ceremony as to ask for this favor, which we are happy and honored to provide.

On Sunday, February 24th, comencing at 1:00 pm, 10900 Telephone Rd. in Saticoy, a Viet Nam veterans group will provide a color guard for the ceremony.  This will be followed by the Elks honor to the flags of our country that have served their time flying over homes and facilities of our country.  Then, proceeding to the outside facility suitable for the burning of these flags, the flag retirement will commence with all veterans who wish to retire a flag coming to the circle of honor.

The only method of retirement of United States flags that is recognized by our government is through burning.  The Boy Scouts of America have developed one of the most recognizable ceremonies, and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks follows a very similar service; both having been in effect for many years.  Please find the time to attend this ceremony in honor of our veterans and our flag.

In Elkdom,

Carl Lanterman
National Veterans Services Chairman,
Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge #2477

“So long as there are veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will not forget them.”

By | 2013-01-24T01:02:48+00:00 January 24th, 2013|Blog, Boy Scouts of America, bpo elks, elks 2477, elks activities, Elks Grand Lodge, Elks Lodge 2477, Flag Day, Lodge Activities, Scouting, Veteran's|Comments Off on A request from the Cal-Vet Home, Ventura to Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge #2477

Thousand Oaks Elks assist with Eagle Scout Project

The Scouts who worked on the project are:
Christopher Fields, Andrew Clements, Justin Clements and Conrad Petlin

The Adults overseeing the project are:
Tom Hartin, Tom Fields, Rick Petlin and Grey wolf

By | 2012-12-04T03:39:45+00:00 December 4th, 2012|Blog, Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout, Scouting, Youth Activities|Comments Off on Thousand Oaks Elks assist with Eagle Scout Project

Thousand Oaks Lodge #2477 Sponsors Eagle Scouts at Recognition Dinner

On the night of Tuesday May 15, 2012 the Ventura County Council of the Boy Scouts of America honored 176 scouts with a recognition dinner for achieving the highly coveted rank of Eagle Scout during the past 12 months.  The dinner was held at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel in Ventura, California.

Delivering his award winning speech was Eagle Scout Andrew DeFatta of Troop 633.  The evening was highlighted by Joe Wiegand, regarded as the premiere Theodore Roosevelt impersonator, delivering his keynote speech in Teddy’s famous “Bully” style.

Four members of the Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge #2477 attended as sponsors of four Eagle Scouts pictured below.

Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner 2012

Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner 2012

Pictured L-R:  Eagle Scout Allen Matheson, Trp 9682 with Terry Gicking, President PER Assoc.; Eagle Scout Taylor Wooley, Trp 2777 with Bill Miller, Lodge Scouting Chairman; Eagle Scout Andrew Brown, Trp 622 with Steve Smith, PER; Bill Sternberg, Lodge Member (and an Eagle Scout) with Eagle Scout David Wolfe, Trp 730.

By | 2012-05-24T01:31:50+00:00 May 24th, 2012|annual events, Blog, Boy Scouts of America, bpo elks, Eagle Scout, elks 2477, elks activities, Elks Lodge 2477, Lodge Activities, Scouting, Youth Activities|Comments Off on Thousand Oaks Lodge #2477 Sponsors Eagle Scouts at Recognition Dinner

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+00:00 July 2nd, 2011|Blog, Boy Scouts of America, Elks Lodge 2477, Flag Day|Comments Off on In Honor of Flag Day

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

A New Eagle Scout

Dion Kucera 011On Sunday December 20, 2009 a Boy Scouts of America, Court of Honor was held for Dion Kucera at the Teledyne Scientific Center in Thousand Oaks, CA. with more than 200 friends, family and guests. Dion is a member of Troop 754 sponsored by the Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge #2477. Dion was presented with a plaque, American Flag, and his name was inscribed in a permanent plaque that hangs in the ante room of the Lodge.

Eagle Project

With the help of 29 volunteers totaling nearly 230 hours of work,
Dion’s Eagle Project repaired an 80 foot trail at the Conejo Valley
YMCA. The project entailed adding 14 railroad ties as “steps”, and
clearing brush along the side of the trail and adding woodchips for
beautification. The project was an incredible success, and it couldn’t
have been possible without the help of donors, scouts, adults, family,
and friends. I would also like to thank Mr. Reynolds for his guidance
on my Eagle Project.

L-R

Bill Miller, Com. Scouting Chair
Bill Sternberg, GL Scouting Chair
Dion Kucera, Eagle Scout
Terry Gicking, Exalted Ruler BPO Elks #2477
Greg Metzgus, DDGER

By | 2011-09-15T06:02:28+00:00 December 21st, 2009|Blog, Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout, elks 2477, Elks Lodge 2477, Scouting|Comments Off on A New Eagle Scout

Eagle Scout Kevin Ryan

L-R Mike, Kevin and Sheila Ryan, Terry Gicking, ER, Greg Metzgus, DDGER, Bill Sternberg, GL Scouting Chair. and Bill Miller Scouting Chair

L-R Mike, Kevin and Sheila Ryan, Terry Gicking, ER, Greg Metzgus, DDGER, Bill Sternberg, GL Scouting Chair. and Bill Miller Scouting Chair

On Sunday August 2, 2009 a Court of Honor was held for Eagle Scout Kevin Ryan at the Teledyne Scientific Center in Thousand Oaks. Kevin is a member of Troop BSA 754 and sponsored by the Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge #2477. Honoring him was Terry Gicking, ER, and three Marvin M. Lewis scouting award recipients, Greg Metzgus, DDGER, Bill Sternberg, GL Scouting Chairman and Bill Miller, Com. Chair. A plaque, American Flag was presented and is the 50th Eagle Scout to spread his wings from this Troop to have his name inscribed on the Honor Roll housed at the Lodge.

Kevin is the son of Mike and Sheila Ryan. He is a graduate of Crespi Carmalite High School and participated in cross country track 3 years in a row. He is now attending University San Diego and is majoring in buisness.

He started in scouting as a Cub in Pack 3730 then joined BSA Troop 754. His Eagle Scout Project was to provide a storage facility for the outdoor play equipment of St. Pascal Baylon Grade School. After 193 volunteer hours, a 3 foot by 8 foot by 11 foot shed was completed on the schools property. Special thanks to Home Depot of Camarillo who gernerously supplied all the of the building supplies for the structure. A thank you to Frank Pagano, Kevins grandfather whose engineering skills helped Kevin draft the plans for the structure. Special thanks to Brian Bayne for the use of his wood shop. Special thanks for the family and friends for their help.

By | 2011-09-15T06:02:54+00:00 August 5th, 2009|Blog, Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout, elks activities, Elks Lodge 2477, Scouting|Comments Off on Eagle Scout Kevin Ryan