Huge Crowd “Hops In” for Easter Brunch
April 5, 2015
By Mike Klinger, Event Chairman and Lodge Esquire
“Zero to six years old, when I say go, run to find all the Easter Eggs that are hidden”, shouted House Committee Chairman Karen Barbagus as the Mission Viejo Elks presented their Easter Brunch and Kids Easter Egg Hunt under beautiful blue skies April 5th. The lodge opened at 9am to begin serving brunch, but some of the 186 guests could not wait for the omelet pans to strike-up and the waffle irons to get hot. Kitchen Manager, Pam Mackey, had the kitchen team of Mike Fenton, Lodge Lecturing Knight Mike Long, Dennis Boeltz and John Feitz hitting on all eight cylinders as the wonderful smells of brunch began to fill the air Sunday.
It all started early Saturday morning, as Pam’s husband Ed Mackey prepped the gravy for the biscuits and Pat Martino seasoned and prepared his very popular lamb for Sunday serving. Decorating Team of Lodge Chaplain Dave Tucker and his wife Cheryl, Vicky Long, Event Chairman and Lodge Esquire, Mike Klinger and his wife, Judy, and Pam Mackey all spent their Saturday morning wrapping silverware with pastel napkins, tied with flowered pipe cleaners handmade by Pam’s daughter. Saturday finished on a high note as the Lodge officers positioned all the tables in the hall and centerpiece flowers were delivered by Klinger’s brother Scott Klinger. Then Decorating Team made the final touches on 27 beautifully prepared tables for the guests with Easter grass and candied eggs.
As Sunday morning progressed, the main hall and Birdroom filled to capacity with hungry guests. They dined on Martino’s seasoned lamb, waffles prepared by John Feitz, Eggs Benedict cooked to perfection by Lorene Tierney and Norm Jones, hand crafted omelets served by Tom Banning and Lodge Inner Guard Kevin Hughes and made-to-order pasta dishes by Dennis Boeltz. On the serving line, guests were greeted by Howard Sergeant carving the lamb and cured ham, Lodge Tiler, Diana Wilson, Julie Thomas, Paul Miller and Sidney Scott. All guests were greeted with friendly smiles of Gail Pattie as they entered the Lodge, cashier Sheryl Pierce and Rosemary Miller who helped with plates. Guests were invited to win a beautiful flower centerpiece in a raffle along with an Easter basket filled with goodies donated by Pam Mackey. And finally at 11am sharp, the Kids Easter Egg Hunt got underway with over 1,000 eggs filled with candy and prizes were snatched-up by all the eager kids. Karen’s team made the egg hunt memorable for kids of ages.
(above) Dennis Boeltz (red) serves handmade pasta dishes and Howard Sargeant carves the lamb and ham for guests.
Thank you to all the guests that attended this year’s Easter Brunch and to all the MV Elks volunteers that put in countless hours to make this fundraiser a complete success. If I missed anyone, thank you for your help too. Hope to see you next year!
(above) Lodge Inner Guard, Kevin Hughes, demos his omelet skills along with Tom Banning. (left) All the kids had plenty of candy and prizes.