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.
A great way to start off the new year is with new members!
Last night Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge was honored to welcome in new members JB Bre and Robert Teasdale.
JB is a familiar face around the lodge having worked hard to help raise funds for the Purple Pig as well as a number of other charities and serving up some fine food from our kitchen. Robert is new in every aspect so be sure to say hello and welcome them both when you see them!
Initiation this month saw our officers move into their new positions as they delivered their respective charges to our newest members.
Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge saw 4 new members along with one transfer join our ranks. When you are down at the lodge be sure to look for John Puckett, Luis Reis, Rick O’Bryant, Brad Knupp and Frosty [Forrest] Godfrey (not pictured) and welcome them!
A special thank you to all of the members who have invited others to become a part of our order – without members we can not serve others.
Pictures curtsey of Jerry Serota.
February traditionally sees the PER’s handle the initiation – this allows our incoming officers to focus on the dialogue for their next part and not confuse themselves and the candidate with the a possible laps in memory.
This year the PER’s not only conducted the initiation, they also conducted the entire meeting. A special thank you goes out to: BR L-R PER’s John Kelly, Terry Gicking, Jack Panczak, Greg Metzgus, Tom Ryder, Bill Sternberg, George Meehan, Front: Catherine Koeritz and David Naccarato.
Here’s is our esteemed group pictured with our newest member James Porter Jr.
Finally, here we have James with his sponsor Jim Porter, Sr.
Be sure to welcome him when you see him at the lodge.
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.
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!
November has been a busy month at the lodge with the Charity Ball, Spirit of America Award Ceremony presented to Abby Sunderland, the Holiday Hors D’oeuvres, Veteran’s Appreciation Brunch, Flag Retirement – all in addition to the regular meals, music and more.
Part of that more was the exciting opportunity to welcome in five new members.
Be sure to take the time to greet JDee, Lee, Nydia, Pam and Sue the next time you’re at a lodge event. Moreover, a big thank you to all of the proposers this year for helping to spread the word about the Elks and all the good they do thorough out the USA!
Pictures courtesy of Jerry Serota.
And they keep coming to be a part of the lodge here – Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge #2477 is honored to have new members Jill Williams, Rodney Bennett, Ronda Olsen, and Sylvia Guerro as part of the team.
Please be sure to say hello the next time you see them at the lodge!
Pictures courtesy of Jerry Serota