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Events > 2017 Events > Officers Ritual Contest

Officers Ritual Contest Weekend

Mission Viejo Elks Scores 6 Awards at Ritual Contest Weekend

By Mike Klinger
Seventy-two officers and candidates competed in the 2017 BPOE Orange Coast District Ritual Contest May 6-7, hosted at the Santa Ana Elks #794. When the weekend was complete, congratulations to our Mission Viejo / Saddleback Valley Elks #2444 Ritual Competition Team winning 6 Awards! First Place went to Lane Keran-Chaplain, Second place Loyal Knight to Jamie Camunas, Third Place to Mike Long for Exalted Ruler and Third Place Leading Knight to Mike Klinger. Mission Viejo Elks then receive the Most Improved Team Award and Third Place Team Award Overall. This year was the first time in the history of the Mission Viejo Elks that an officer has ever placed FIRST…Congrats to Lane!


Our competition started promptly at 10am on Saturday and within 45 minutes all our hard work was complete and a sigh of relief was heard by all officers and coaches. Looking back at that intense 45 minutes of competition in the huge, quiet Santa Ana Elks lodge room, it was our best performance to date. Sunday morning led to a grand-party atmosphere at the Santa Ana Elks lodge as all 9 competing lodges set-up EZ-Ups, drove in motorhomes, loaded-up tables with snacks, fired up BBQs and the Tailgate Party was on! Great food, ice cold drinks, visiting with new friends from our sister lodges and even Elroy the Elk made his annual appearance at Ritual Weekend. After one last competition on Sunday, the Leading Knight 11 o’clock Toast, the awards ceremony took center stage at 2pm in the Grand Ballroom of the Santa Ana Elks. Ritual Contest Chairman, Rick Hatch PER Orange Elks, opened the ceremonies thanking all the lodges for competing in the Ritual Contest and then introduced the Master of Ceremonies, Allen Kelly PER Fullerton Elks. Garden Grove Elks (96.3270) took top honors in the Team Competition with Huntington Beach Elks (96.1991) not far behind. Mission Viejo Elks (94.6567) rounded out the top three on the podium. Of the ten lodges in the Orange Coast District, five lodges competed with memorization and 4 lodges read the Ritual. Congratulations to all the lodges!

It was an amazing weekend for the Orange Coast District Elks and thank you to Santa Ana ER Buck Kuhns
and his team of members and supporters for the hospitality at your lodge. Truly first class. Thank you to our Head Coach, JackieLynn DeFries PER for all of her hard work and dedication to our successful year. And thanks to coaches Kevin Hughes, Harvey Boelts PDDGER, Richard Williams PER and our perpetual candidate, Laura Lumley. The team could have not been successful without all the support.