by Jerry Serota
Wednesday July 6, 2011 the CHEA Vice President, Christine Moyers from San Luis Obispo Elks Lodge #322 made her official Visitation to the Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge $2477.
She complimented our Lodge for 34 dollar per capita member to the Major Project Purple Pig. Also gave credit to Carl Lanterman for the work with the veterans,
The main thrust of the Presidents message was Aloha to everyone and the importance of membership retention.
Certificates for donations to the Purple Pig went to Richard Goldner, PDDGER, Christine Moyers in appreciation of her visit and JB Bre for her donation to the Purple Pig.
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
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.
Let me re-introduce myself to you. I am Terry Gicking, PER and this years WCCD Piggy Bank Chairman. This is a very busy & exciting time for you and your lodge. You are learning & preparing for the upcoming year with ritual practice, budget meetings, Installation & Inaugural balls and ordering your Blue Jacket. How can you possibly add another challenge to your schedule? Well, speaking from experience, you can! And the rewards far out-weigh anything that you do in your first few months as Exalted Ruler!
I am talking about the Leading Knight Challenge! This is your opportunity to help increase your Lodges donation to the Purple Pig and you get to walk across the stage and announce it to all in attendance! What a rush! Ask this years E.R. about how He or She felt walking across the stage last year, and I am sure they will tell you how proud they felt!
We as Elks, took an Oath before the alter that we would become a better person in becoming an Elk, and one of those ways is helping others. “A coin a day so they can walk, talk, see and play”, is CHEA’s way of helping those who fall between the cracks. In participating in the Leading Knights Challenge, You, Your Lodge, and the WCCD can have some good spirited fun in competing for the trophy, but more important, providing the funds to help the children of our Major Project.
As Christine Moyer, the incoming State Vice President, pointed out in her e-mail last week, she gave some great ideas on how to raise donations.
* 10% donated back from a Pizza Parlor or Restaurant. These businesses are just waiting for us to ask them to do this. They do it for the high schools sports or band programs, they will definitely do it for us! And let the radio station or newspaper know you are doing this, and they will help inform the public! It’s a win, win, win for everybody!
* BBQ’s always work.
* 50/50 on your big dinner nights always help!
* Or have a big dinner, invite a CHEA therapist, and raffle off some donated gift baskets…
I could go on and on, and some of you know that I do, but I am passionate for the Purple Pig Program and I want you to catch some of my excitement!
As Elks, we believe every child should have a chance at getting the help they need no matter what!
That is why I am an ELK, and I am sure you feel the same way!
Here are the rules again for the 2010-2011 L K “CHALLENGE”
1. No monies from existing Lodge Piggy Bank Accounts
2. Include information about 52 Club and/or Century Club recipients
3. Checks should be made out to CHEMPI
4. Start collecting March 1, 2011
5. Turn monies in to Debbie Hosted or Bill Williford at the convention Piggy Bank Table by 1:00 pm on Thursday, May 19th.
6. Raise the most – win a trophy
I have also sent this to your current ER and would love to send this to your Piggy Bank chairman as well but I need their address! if you could please send it to me, I would appreciate it!
Between the 3 of you, I am sure great things can happen!
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me or Christine or Sander Moss SVP or Richard Goldner, DDGER, CHEMPI Trustee.
Terry Gicking PER WCCD Piggy Bank Chairman 2011-12 805-231-9788 firstname.lastname@example.org
Christine Moyer SVP Designate 805-868-5811 email@example.com
Richard Goldner CHEMPI Trustee805-491-2790 firstname.lastname@example.org
Continuing to support CHEA Major Project, Richard Goldner,PDDGER, and CHEMPI Trustee receives his certificates for his donations from incoming District Chairman Terry Gicking.
An ongoing option for all Elks is to guarantee a monthly donation – download this form to make arrangements.
A little more about the Century Club:
The Century Club is an exclusive club for Elks and their spouses or friends of the Elks who donate $100 to the Century Club. This is done either through the Lodge or directly to the California-Hawaii Elks Major Project, Inc.
An online donation can be made at CHEA website or a check can be sent to the CHEMPI office in Fresno (5450 E. Lamona Avenue, Fresno, CA 93727-2224) along with the members, spouse’s or friend of the Elks name and Lodge name and number. When received in Fresno, a certificate will be signed by the CHEA President and along with a special Century Club gold pin, sent to the Lodge for presentation. Cash or a check, along with the donor’s name and Lodge name and number can be given directly to any CHEMPI Trustee, the Association Piggy Bank Chairman or Vice Chairman, or the Lodge. They will forward this to Fresno for the donor.
A list of Century Club members will be published in “The California-Hawaii Elk” magazine. The intent of this program is for a member to belong to the Century Club by repeat donations.
The Elks Ladies continue to step up and serve the lodge with donations as shown below. In the second picture the ladies receive a certificate of appreciation for their donation.
From left to right in the is Tom Ryder, ENF Chairman, Pat Peterson, Elks Ladies President and Exalted Ruler Harry Brockwell.
Take a moment and welcome our newest members to the lodge.
Meet Alan Van Cleave and Joe Palmer both long time residents in the Conejo Valley we are sure they will be an asset to the lodge and we’re thrilled to have them join us!
Dave Anderson also received his 52 pin for donations to the Purple Pig from our incoming District Purple Pig Chair Terry Gicking.
“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
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” condition. 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!