Veteran’s

Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge Flag Day 2010

Let’s start with a little background: the first flag, called the Grand Union, was first flown at the headquarters of the Continent Army on January 1, 1776. Then on June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress proposed that the United States have a national flag instead of the British Union Jack. The 13 stars of the flag represented the 13 new states.

Patriotism has been an integral part of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks since the early days of the organization. Allegiance to the flag is a requirement of every member. In 1907, the BPO Elks Grand Lodge designated by resolution June 14 as Flag Day and subsequently adopted mandatory observance of the occasion by every Lodge in 1911, and that requirement continues to this day.

There were few public ceremonies honoring the Stars and Stripes until June 14, 1877 when it was flown from every government building in honor of the centennial of the adoption of a national flag. The first official Flag Day was observed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1893. New York also proclaimed June 14 as Flag Day 1897. Other states were slow to follow. Some people thought that the day was too close to Memorial Day and Independence Day.

The Elks prompted President Woodrow Wilson to recognize the Order’s observance of Flag Day for its patriotic expression. But it was not until 1949 when President Harry Truman, himself a member of the Elks, made the proclamation that henceforth June 14 would be a day of national observance for the symbol of our country.

Since then the President proclaims the commemoration yearly, and encourages all Americans in the country to display the Stars and Stripes outside their homes and businesses.

On June 14, 2010 Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge were privileged to continue that tradition accompanied by a Flag Retirement Ceremony. We’d like to thank the members of the Lodge, the Cub Scouts and the community for their participation.

By | 2011-09-15T06:02:28+00:00 June 23rd, 2010|Blog, Elks Lodge 2477, Flag Day, Members, Veteran's|Comments Off on Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge Flag Day 2010

Elks Lodge #2477 Donates to Veterans Rehabilitation

Elks Help Vets With Spinal Cord Injuries

In response to the following letter The thousand Oaks Elks Lodge voted to donate to veterans $600 .

Dear Elks Members:

The Elks interest in our Spinal Cord Injury patients at the VA Medical Center, Palo Alto, is truly appreciated. Your support in our Recreation Rehabilitation program has been an important part of the team effort in integrating our veterans back into the community.

I am contacting you regarding the 24th National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic. We will be taking over 40 Spinal Cord Injury Veterans to the NDVWSC – 2010. The event will be held this year in Snowmass, Colorado from March 26th to the April 3rd.

Once again we are requesting your continued support through a financial donation that would be used in sending our FIRST TIME SPINAL CORD PARTICIPANTS TO THIS EVENT. This year over 50% of our team of 40 SCI Veterans are first time novices. We are asking for a $600 donation to help send our SCI Palo Alto Veterans to this rehabilitation program.

This request is for 20 first time novices X $30 ea. = $600

If you are unable to donate this amount, whatever you can provide will be appreciated.
Your continued financial support is truly appreciated. If you are able to assist us, please make the check payable to the VA – GPF 2276 and in the memo part of the check put SCI WC Sports.
Enclosed please find a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope tSASE)for your convenience.

The mailing Address
VA Medical Center
Recreation Therapy (11K – PAD)
C/o Tom McCarthy
3801 Miranda Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Past participation has proved to be effective in facilitating acquisition of physical leisure skills, which improve strength, coordination and manual dexterity. We have also observed the increase in SCI veteran’s personal confidence, self-esteem, interpersonal skills, leisure planning and decision-making. Travel to these Recreation Therapy Events has provided a positive measure of physical and emotional mastery over the environment for the SCI individual. This has been the impetus for change in attitudes and behavior. upon the patients’ return home.
Once again, “Tank You” for the support over the years. If there are any questions please feel free to contact me at (650) 493-5000 X64353.

Sincerely ,

T• McCarthy, TC, CTRS Lead Recreation..1st Spinal Cord Injury Center

By | 2011-09-15T06:02:28+00:00 January 18th, 2010|Blog, Donations, elks activities, Elks Lodge 2477, Veteran's|Comments Off on Elks Lodge #2477 Donates to Veterans Rehabilitation

Awards and Prizes

Jerry Serota - Best Image In Elkdom Award Recipient

Jerry Serota

Simi Valley ER Hector Morales, Heather Flittner, Ted Polinski and Thousand Oaks Lodge ER Terry Gicking

Donation Presentation

It’s fun with the awards and prizes come our way and last night was no exception! Brother Jerry Serota received a plaque in commemoration of his Second Place award for the Best Image In Elkdom. He is shown here receiving his plaque with ER Terry Gicking.

And then, back on October 17th the Thousand Oaks Lodge and Simi Valley Lodge got together and had a bus trip. While touring several lodges in the area, the intent was to promote camaraderie and raise funds for the Vet’s.

A huge success they had a full house, rather bus, of local members sharing stories and making memories. Shown here is the couple that initiated and promoted the event Ted Polinski and Heather Flittner. On Veteran’s Day they had the honor of presenting 1/2 of the proceeds to Elks Lodge 2477 ER Terry Gicking along with Simi Valley ER Hector Morales (who received their portion of the proceeds Tuesday evening).

Pictures Courtesy of Jerry Serota and Rick Herrera

By | 2011-09-15T06:02:42+00:00 November 12th, 2009|Blog, charity event, elks activities, Elks Grand Lodge, Elks Lodge 2477, Members, Veteran's|Comments Off on Awards and Prizes

Veteran's Remembered

November 1st the Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge #2477 remembered our veterans by inviting them to a Bunch in their honor. It is fitting that the November 11th is Veterans Memorial day and we took this opportunity to treat them to a special brunch. Twenty four of them came in 2 buses in order to accommodate the wheel chaired veterans from the VA Communal Center and Day Care Program.

They were treated with ham, sausage, bacon, potatoes, biscuits and gravy, tapioca, and sweet rolls. A special treat was pianist, Susan Huff, who played a medley of sentimental songs of the forties as well as the songs of their service. The members and their ladies served those who needed help as well as catered to those on the serving line.

The Elks pledge adopted in 1946 is “As long as there is a Veteran in our hospitals the Benevolent and Order of Elks will never forget them.”

By | 2011-09-15T06:02:42+00:00 November 2nd, 2009|Blog, Elks Lodge 2477, Members, Veteran's|Comments Off on Veteran's Remembered

Simi Parade and Veterans Lunch Labor Day

The traveling miniature Vietnam Memorial visited Thousand Oaks.

Under the special guidance of our National Services Chairman, Jim Kellogg, 20 veterans, along with Nurses from the Sepulveda V A Hospital were treated to our award winning Tri-Tip sandwiches for lunch before venturing over to see the traveling Vietnam War Memorial at our local cemetery on Saturday of Labor Day weekend.

Additional pictures include the parade in Simi Valley!

By | 2011-09-15T06:02:54+00:00 September 23rd, 2009|Blog, bpo elks, elks 2477, elks activities, Elks Lodge 2477, Veteran's|Comments Off on Simi Parade and Veterans Lunch Labor Day