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Garden Grove Elks Lodge No. 1952 Distributes 3,383 Dictionaries
California-Hawaii Elks Association ELK Magazine, January/February 2016
Volume 63, No. 1

The Garden Grove Elks Lodge No. 1952 Dictonary Program Committee completed this year's annual distribution of over 3,384 dictionaries. Committee Chairman Berry Kelly states, "They were given to every 3rd grade student in the Garden Grove School District. We conducted a twenty-minuted assembly at each of the 43 elementary schools, explaining the following: the major contents of the dictonary, the importance of an education, and a short verbal quiz on California and the history of our nation."

Mary French of Charleston, SC, founded the Dictonary Project in 1995. It has been determined that third-graders are transitioning from learning to reading to reading to learn. Many schools teach dictionary skills in the third grade. in 2004-2005 the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks first partnered in the program and has since purchased and distributed 2,917,218 dictionaries nationwide. For mare information, go to

Garden Grove Elks Lodge No. 1952 Food Delivery
Orange County Register, December 23 2015

On Sunday the Garden Grove Elks Lodge, with the help of several other local groups, delivered holiday meals to 200 families in the area. Families received hams, potatoes, pies and more. Children also received toys. Amoung the groups that help the Elks were the Emblem Club 279 and Boys Scout Troop 111.

Garden Grove Elks Lodge No. 1952 Donates Nearly $27,000 To State Major Project
The Elks Magazine, September 2015

The Garden Grove Elks Lodge donated nearly $27,00 to the state major project during the California-Hawaii Elks Association's National Convention. The state major project provides vision screening to preschool children and in-hone therapy at no charge to children with special needs.


The Elk Call, February, 2015

Chicago, IL - Local Elks Lodges throughout the United States and in Guam, Puerto Rico and the Panama Canal will be celebrating 147 years of community service on January 16, 2015.

Last year alone, the Elks donated approximately $320 million in cash, gifts and time to make our communities better places to live. The Elks are one of the premier patriotic and charitable organizations in the United States of America.

The Elks vow "So long as there are Veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them." Elk volunteers visit thousands of hospitalized Veterans each year in support of both active military forces and retired Veterans. Elks furnish food, comfort care items, therapeutic items and gifts; provide recreational activities at bases and hospitals; and, stand ready to fulfill any need when called upon. Last year alone, the value of Elk' contributions to our nation's heroes provided more than $33.4 million to more than 300 Veterans Administration medical centers, clinics, and state care facilities, as well as to the homeless Veterans.

Annually, the Elks award college scholarships across the nation totaling more than $4 million.

The Elks Community Investment Program awards more than $8 million towards enriching our communities.

There are nearly 2,000 Elks Lodges across the country with a total membership exceeding 800,000. Elk's members must be American citizens who are at least 21 years of age and must believe in God.

Food Drive
Orange County Register, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014

The Garden Grove Elks Lodge, with help from other local agencies, recently delivered 576 boxes of food to 192 families in need. Each family received three boxes of food, which included a ham, a bag of potatoes, cans of vegetable and pasta. Children also received toys .

Garden Grove Elks Lodge No. 1952 Hosts A Community Event
The Elks Magazine, December 2014/ January 2015

Lodge and the LA Galaxy Major League Soccer team hosted a soccer clinic and Soccer Shoot for children 13 and younger. The event featured soccer skills instruction by LA Galaxy representatives, appearances by Elroy the Elk and the LA Galaxy mascot, lunch, and a display of the Major League Soccer championship trophy. Following the competition, the Lodge awarded trophies to the top three boys and girls in each of four age-groups.

In other news, the lodge hosted a dinner in honor of lodge-sponsored U-15 girls American Softball Association team to congratulate them for winning a national championship. The Lodge provided dinner to the players, their families, and their coaches.

In more news, lodge members distributed 3,500 dictionaries to third-grade students in the local school district.

Off-Roading To Raise Money
Anaheim Bulletin, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014

The Garden Grove Elks Lodge No 1952 traveled the road less traveled to raise money to help with medical expenses for children.

More than three dozen off-road enthusiasts rode in a 10 mile poker-run, stopping to draw a card at checkpoints along the way until they had a hand of five cards for poker.

Whoever had the best hands won prize money.

The event raise more than $440 for the "Purple Pig", which is a California-Hawaii Elks Association program for raising money to support children with disabilities.

Garden Grove Elks Lodge No. 1952 Hosts A Community Event

The Garden Grove Elks Lodge No 1952 hosted a "Down Syndrome Association of Orange County Family Fun Day" for all ages! The Lodge held their annual Family Fun Day for the developmentally disabled having Down Syndrome. The event, held in the Elks Park directly behind the lodge, was the ideal venue for this day of fun. Even the weather cooperated with lower than normal temperatures.

The Fun day included activities for the kids such as ladder ball, T-ball, slides, dancing to their own DJ, clowns doing face painting, food, drinks and the "Summer Santas".About 150 participants took advantage of the fun along with their parents and/or guardians. The 50 or so Garden Grove Elks and the members of DSAOC in attendance who staged the event also had a great time while helping the kids. The Guests were treated to "Pizza by Pedro" in the early afternoon. It was probably the best pizza anyone ever tasted from the Lodge's kitchen and head chef. For those who couldn't or wouldn't eat pizza, there were taquitos, fruit and veggie trays and of course, soft drinks for all.

Lodge members Karen Lewin and Jack Whitwarn, the DSAOC President Kelly Perez and Administrative Assistant Ali Forvlcr Organized the event

Garden Grove Elks Lodge No. 1952 Hosts 11th annual Orange County Veterans Fair

The Garden Grove Elks Lodge No. I 952 hosted about 300 veterans of all conflicts since WWII for a Veterans Fair. The purpose of the Fair is to aid those veterans who may be searching for help with health, vocational and daily living problems, as well as to recognize and thank the many OC veterans who have served or those who remain serving our country.

Many different Organizations participated in this event such as the California National Guard, the Fleet Reserve Association, the Garden Grove Police Department, the EDD, the VA Long Beach, the Red Cross and too many others to be able to name them all.

Lodge members Karen Lewin and Jack Whitwarn, the DSAOC President Kelly Perez and Administrative Assistant Ali Forvlcr Organized the event

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