48th Annual Lodge Anniversary BBQ

On Saturday September 15, the Mission Viejo Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge #2444 celebrated their 48th year of service to the community under beautiful sunny skies in their backyard patio.  Back in September of 1970, a determined group of community minded individuals petitioned and were granted a Lodge Charter by the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.  The Mission Viejo Elks are a strong and vital part of the Saddleback Valley community and since their beginning have donated nearly than $10 million dollars in gifts and services to the community.

The Lodge Past Exalted Rulers hosted the 48th Annual Lodge Anniversary Barbecue with delicious BBQ tri tip and chicken and all the fixings. The Lodge Past Exalted Rulers hosting this event included Richard Williams, Norm Jones, Bill James, Irene Romero, Charles T Hart, Hal Mattson, David McLeod, Harvey Boelts, and Mike Long.

The crowd of 150 Lodge members rocked and danced to great live band entertainment by Rock of Ages.  Hand-made potato and macaroni salads were lovingly prepared by Basia Bills, Vicky Long and scrumptious corn on the cob was expertly grilled by Bill Bongartz, Mike Zaic and Laura Cook.  Special thanks to Janelle Robinson for her homemade gift basket and Sheryn Howlett for her raffle ticket sales which were added to the Lodge’s charity funds. Raffle winner Shelly Kirsch remarked the gift basket contained many lovely items.

By Mike Long, PER



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