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On Sunday December 7th Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge #2477 held their annual Elks Memorial Service

Every year, on the 1st Sunday of December, Elks Lodges throughout Elkdom remember Elks who have passed on to a higher place.  On Sunday December 7th, 2014 members and friends of Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge #2477 gathered together to remember and honor their fellow Elks who will never be forgotten, never forsaken.

below are pictures highlighting this event.  click on any thumbnail below to view a larger image or slideshow.

By | 2016-12-10T08:48:21+00:00 December 11th, 2014|Blog, bpo elks, El Konejo Kampers, Elks Lodge 2477, Lodge Activities, The Vacant Chair, Uncategorized|Comments Off on On Sunday December 7th Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge #2477 held their annual Elks Memorial Service

Happy Birthday Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge #2477

Birthday_candlesHappy Birthday to the Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge #2477

Born March 25th, 1972

Elks Memorial Ceremony 2013 held at Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge #2477

Members of the Thousand Oaks Elks lodge #2477 gathered Sunday, December 1, 2013 to memorialize the passing of Elks lost from our lodge.  The following pictures chronicle the event.

click on a thumbnail to view a larger image or view a slide scroll.

By | 2016-12-10T08:53:17+00:00 December 4th, 2013|Blog, bpo elks, elks 2477, elks activities, Elks Lodge 2477, Lodge Activities, The Vacant Chair, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Elks Memorial Ceremony 2013 held at Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge #2477

The Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge #2477 is in Bereavement

The members of the Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge #2477 are saddened by the  passing, yesterday afternoon, of a very dear and gracious friend, and Past Exalted Ruler, Sally Claunch.  We ask for your prayers and respect of privacy for her family until arrangements for services are announced.

Sally, we love you and we will miss you.

Sally Claunch

By | 2013-11-28T18:54:04+00:00 November 28th, 2013|Blog, elks 2477, Elks Ladies, Elks Lodge 2477, The Vacant Chair|Comments Off on The Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge #2477 is in Bereavement

A WWII LOVE STORY

A WWII LOVE STORY

Jim Wallace was nineteen years old and it being the tail end of the depression had to drop out of college in 1941. He joined the Navy February 17, 1941 in Houston, Texas shortly before the attack at Pearl Harbor.

He was then stationed in San Diego and took training as a corpsman at the U.S. Naval Hospital.  He served on the newly commissioned aircraft carrier U.S.S. Kalinin Bay. He was later transferred to Kanohoe, Hawaii.

The Kalinin Bay went on to serve heroically in the longest single naval engagement in the war at Leyte Gulf, 1944. During that engagement we lost two of her sister carriers, two destroyers, and a destroyer escort and the Kalinin Bay came through with 25 gaping holes in her skin as witness to the terrific pounding she took. Five of her brave crewmen lost their lives.

While on duty in Astoria, Oregon he met and fell in love with a beautiful young lady named Grace Moe. In 1944 they were married in San Diego attended by Captain C.R. Brown who would later become the Commander of NATO. They had 3 girls and a boy and after 62 years they are still together. He retired as Chief Petty Officer (HMC7Ret) after 20 years of service.

Jim is a Past Exalted Ruler of the Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge #2477.  He served as Exalted Ruler during the1993-94 Elk Year and current Chairman of the Elks National Foundation for the West Central Coast District. ENF is the scholarship arm of Elkdom making it the 2nd largest sponsor of scholarships next to the Federal government.

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Some of you have heard while others have not, Jim Wallace passed away Sunday, May 22, 2012. Jim, along with Grace and their son have asked that we have the Elks Ritual done for him at the lodge on this Friday, the 25th. His service will be at 11am at Ascension Lutheran Church, followed by his burial at the Conejo Mountain Memorial Cemetery in Camarillo by the Navy at 1pm, and then we will have the Elks Ritual performed by the PER’s at 3pm at the lodge.

The Ritual will be followed by a reception served by lodge volunteers providing us all with an opportunity to remember Jim’s friendship and service.

By | 2012-05-24T01:01:01+00:00 May 24th, 2012|Blog, bpo elks, elks 2477, Elks Lodge 2477, Elks National Foundation, Members, PER, The Vacant Chair, Veteran's|Comments Off on A WWII LOVE STORY

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

The Passing of Dick Flake, PER 1974-1975

One of the driving forces from State Farm in the inception of  BPOE #2477. He was a leader in every respect. Old timers remember him as Leading Knight for his sharp pen when noting infractions and fining the members for the good of the order. He would fine you for being very correct just so you would not feel left out. He was a member of the Conejo Brothers that helped secure the loan to buy our present Lodge by using his home as collateral and wanted to make sure we did not default on the loan.

Dick was our 3rd PER 1974-75 and Editor of the Antler Antics and while living in Newbury Park his house was struck by lightning sending his TV and appliances in chaos. He later moved and transferred to Green Valley Elks Lodge, Arizona and went through the chairs again. He and Carolyn were married for 25 years and was 80 years old when he passed away from pneumonia.

Respectfully,
Jerry Serota1972-73

 

 

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 | 2011-09-15T06:01:42+00:00 December 29th, 2010|Blog, Elks Lodge 2477, The Vacant Chair|Comments Off on The Passing of Dick Flake, PER 1974-1975