MV and SA Elks Play BINGO with Vets
November 9, 2015
BINGO With Vets at VA Long Beach
May 11, 2015
A Day On the Lake With Our Troops
Lake Mission Viejo, Saturday, April 25th 2015: Over 800 Marines and family members from Camp Pendleton, Headquarters, 1st Marine Division attended the annual Lake Day, sponsored by the city of Mission Viejo’s Marine and Sailor Adoption Committee, Elks Lodge # 2444, and V.F.W. Post 6024. Family members were treated to an “All You Can Eat” Lunch, consisting of Burgers, Hot Dogs, Italian Sausage with all the fixins. All children in attendance received a toy and a flying Disc. All expenses were waived for the days event, including boat rentals. A good time was had by all. Elks Veterans Services chairman David Perry said of the event, "It’s always great to share a fun experience like this with our fighting forces of Freedom." Elks in attendance were Dennis Lumley, Kathy Andrews, Veterans Chairman David Perry, Katy Link and Andy Dumont.
Mission Viejo/Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge #2444 is celebrating 45 years of service to Saddleback Valley Communities. It is one of 10 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 147 year history of giving. "Elks Care Elks Share"
Photo Left to right: Gayle Wood, Mission Viejo Marine & Sailors Adoption Committee, Sargent Major Marcus Chamberlin, USMC, David Perry, MVSV 2444 Elks Veterans Chairman, Colonel Paul Nugent, USMC, Michael Miller, Family Readiness Officer, USMC, Wendy Bucknam, Mission Viejo City Council, Bill Ernisse, Mission Viejo Planning Commisioner.
MV Elks Power-Up for VetNet
Your Mission Viejo Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge #2444 just spent a week with Veterans who are attending a transitional program called Power Up sponsored by Working Wardrobes/VetNet in Costa Mesa CA. The Elks are sponsoring lunch for the group each day this week as a small way to thank these Veterans for their service. Each of these Veterans is out of work and this program through VetNet is free to the Veterans and is designed to help Veterans transition from Military to Civilian life. The program includes speakers each day whom are also mostly Veterans who had many of the same issues migrating to civilian jobs. The program enhances job interview skills, has resume workshops, and also is a starting point to other training offered by VetNet. The Mission Viejo Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge Charity Committee is funded by our weekly Open to the Public Bingo Game. Thanks for the support of our local community through bingo play, we are able to offer services to those in need.
Past Exalted Ruler Derek Randles attended the graduation ceremony where more than 100 men whom graduated through the 6 weeks of career training program. VetNet Veteran graduates Lee and Anthony were taking part in the graduation day ceremony which included services provided by hair stylists, several masseuse therapists, and a shopping spree of dress to impress clothing. Each graduate was given a suit bag full of items needed to impress for their upcoming interviews.
The Mission Viejo Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge recently partnered with VetNet at the Orange County Stand Down which helps homeless Veterans obtain the services they deserve. The Elks Lodge received a $2000.00 Gratitude Grant from the Elks National Foundation which they used to build more than 200 backpacks with toiletries and other health related items.