Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge #2477 Proudly Salutes Our Veterans

You will find the BPOE has a long history of support for our Veterans.  Our involvement in the Ventura Co. Stand Down, Karaoke visits at the Cal-Vet Home in Saticoy and Bingo at the Sepulveda VA Hospital are just a few of the programs we support.

In 1917, the world was at war.  The Order of Elks was only 49 years old.  In April of that year, Grand Exalted Ruler Edward Rightor appointed a committee to study what the Order of Elks should do in this crisis to assist U.S. Veterans. The Committee was ordered to present its findings to the Grand Lodge Session in Boston that July. Today, numerous Veterans Programs continue to grow and evolve as needs change. Thousands of Elks and their families give generously of their time, energy and resources to enhance the lives of our ill and aging veterans. Hundreds of thousands of hours and like numbers of dollars are devoted to programs designed to keep us true to our pledge:  “So long as there are veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them”

Below is a link to a PowerPoint download which highlights some of the efforts members of Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge have accomplished.  Please take the time to review the presentation and continue to support our Veterans.

Download PowerPoint Presentation Here

Carl Lanterman

Chairman, Veteran Services Committee
Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge #2477

Every year since July 29, 2010 members of the Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge #2477 have supported and participated in the Ventura County Stand Down.  During that first experience with the Stand Down one issue that was not yet resolved was the provision of bag lunches for Sunday, as the veterans are all taken back to their pickup points after 12:00 noon on Sunday.  Phone calls to the other three Elks lodges in Ventura County, i.e., Ventura, Oxnard & Simi Valley, readily yielded commitments for 200 bag lunches.  Upon delivery on Sunday, there were more than 200 lunches, and added items included playing cards, shirts & caps.

(from the Ventura County Star)

“Stand Down is named after the military’s practice of giving soldiers as much time as possible to rest and recover when they return from the battlefield.

Ventura County Stand Down, and others like it across the country, offer a weekend of food, shelter, showers and clean clothes as well as access to various services: medical care, substance-abuse counseling, job referrals, legal advice and information about permanent housing.”

2010 was the first time members of Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge were involved in the Stand Down, but it was seen as “only the beginning” of a long relationship.

Elks have pledged not to forget hospitalized veterans, and each year they visit hundreds of thousands of patients at VA medical centers and veteran’s hospitals, hosting parties and providing companionship. They invite patients who can leave the facilities to events at Elks Lodges, on fishing trips, to ball games, and more.