Mission Viejo Honors Vietnam Veterans
ELKS Volunteers at Lake Mission Viejo NAVY & MARINE Appreciation Day
Publicity, Andy Costello
Photos, Dennis Lumley
Mission Viejo, Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge #2444 supported Lake Mission Viejo Troops Appreciation Day. The Elks led by Mission Viejo residents Dennis Lumley, Andy Dumont, Maria Mema, Maria and Ryan Jacobs. The Elks joined volunteers of the Palmia and Casta Del Sol Military Veterans Clubs who donated the food, refreshments and children’s gifts. Also participating in the event and expressing the City’s support of our military was Mission Viejo Mayor Trish Kelly.
The Marines, Sailors and Air Group of the First Marine Division from Camp Pendleton and their families were given free admission to Lake Mission Viejo to enjoy the lake’s pleasures: a pontoon boat ride around the lake, a kayak, paddleboard “cruise”, swimming, some fishing and other lake activities. Each child also selected one gift from a selection of toy vehicles, dolls, DVDs, basketballs, board games or stuffed animals. The Elks provided official Hoop-Shoot basketballs.
The troops enjoyed live music by Cappys Rock & Roll Band, a lunch of barbequed burgers, bratwurst and hot dogs, chips, cookies, cup cakes, apples, oranges, water, juice, soda and other refreshments. Other attractions included a punt, pass, and kick contest and a parachute exercise game.
The Mission Viejo / Saddleback Elks Lodge No. 2444, celebrating forty-four (44) years of service to the Saddleback Valley communities, is one of ten lodges in the Orange Coast District of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) whose headquarters is in Chicago, Illinois. The BPOE is a charitable organization with a 146 year history of giving, “Elks Care, Elks Share.”
(above) A beautiful day on Lake Mission Viejo.
(below) Elk Veteran Co-Chairmen Dennis Lumley, Col. Joe Russell, Mission Viejo Mayor Trish Kelly, Elk Maria Jacobs and Mission Viejo Marine & Sailor Adoption Committee Chairman Bruce Hunt.