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The Elkenders Newsletter

THE REAR VIEW MIRROR
Hemet, CA and Garden Grove Lodge #1952
Wagon Masters: ELK-ENDERS

The 51st Elks California Rally was held October 10-13 at Hemet, California with more than 20 RVs and Elk Ender volunteers from our Garden Grove Lodge in attendance. We were able to enjoy a weekend to raise money for the Major Project and socialize with friends from other Lodges. We thank David Skelton for volunteering to take over as the General Wagon Master to make sure we cooked and served breakfast, hot dogs and hamburgers. Our participation included preparing and serving nearly 190 people cook to order omelet breakfast, biscuits, home-made gravy, orange juice, and fruit on both Friday and Saturday mornings. A special thanks to chefs David Skelton and Chuck O'Dey for organizing the breakfast and those who served and did all the clean-up both days, in particular Mike Mathers from the Fullerton Lodge who David Skelton recruited to help cook omelets. Bernie and Nancy Caughlin and their hamburger/hotdog cooking crew did a fantastic job preparing and cooking. In addition, our support for this major fund raising event also included Sheriff Randy Eldridge and his deputy Janice bringing justice to wayward individuals. Early reports indicate over $29,000 was raised for the Kids. Garden Grove Elk-Enders contributed over $3450 dollars of the donations raised. Good on us. The Elk-Ender family enjoyed a delicious pot luck breakfast and dinner at the Skelton's site with David and Chuck O'Dey preparing a superbly cooked dinner, supported with the delicious delights from others.

Once again the Halloween Rally, this past month, was a success for the Lodge and the Elk-Enders. Only 13 RVs gathered for a Halloween Rally, open to all Lodge members and guests. There are many members to thank for their efforts in making this past weekend a success but special mention must be made to Elk-Ender President Tim Draughon, PDDGER David Skeleton for conducting the horse races and as master of ceremonies, Janice Skelton for organizing all the various fun games all weekend. Our members Terry Watkin, Nancy Caughlin, and Margo Dobbs organized and conducted the successful Silent Auction. We thank Eileen Rasmussen for obtaining the numerous gift envelopes for the raffles and costume winner prizes, and all who coordinated the parking (Ken Moody), ticket sales (Howard Whittaker, Jay Morrissey, Terry Watkins, Carol Lawler), Halloween back drop (Bill Catlin), accounting for all funds (Bernie Caughlin), Jim Young for coordinating the event registration, and the many other members who volunteered each day. Of course the Lodge staff did a superior job of providing excellent meals and service.

A large contingent of fun followers enjoyed the ever popular Skru-Yur-Neighbor (Marge Smith the winner) and Card Bingo games on Friday afternoon. Following an excellent buffet Friday evening we danced to the music provided by Howard Wingo and David Skelton auctioned six horses for Saturday afternoon races. David also presided as MC for the evening which included a costume contest with a number of categories. The costumes were original and participation high in all categories. Saturday started with a fine breakfast by the Lodge Staff followed by a silent auction of the finest items not listed on Craig's List. The afternoon horse races were exciting and entertaining. As at all races there were majestic steeds and nags with lots of cheering and anguish for each race. Horse number Six won the most races. Names of horse owners were withheld for IRS purposes. During the evening we enjoyed an excellent buffet dinner and we danced to the music provided by Dave Ambrose with PER Randy Eldridge as MC. Drawings were conducted both evenings for raffle tickets in various gift envelopes, an overflowing booze wagon, and an opportunity drawing. We thank Jim Anderson for donating back his winnings from the Friday night Opportunity Drawing.


All of the Elk-Enders welcome new members for just $15 dues a year. All you need is a recreational vehicle and a desire to have fun. If you do not own one, consider renting one and join us for our next outing. Check the calendar on www.elk-enders.org for events throughout the year.

If you are a member of the Garden Grove Lodge or an Associate Member and you love to camp, please consider checking out our wonderful camping group. We meet in the Lodge Room on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:30pm. Guests are always welcome.
The Elk Enders are our camping group. Members are members or associate members of B.P.O.E. Lodge 1952. Meetings are held at 7:30 P.M. on the first Wednesday of each month. Come early for Family Night dinners.


RV PARK
AS WE CONTINUE TO UPGRADE OUR FACILITIES PLEASE NOTE THE PRICE INCREASE TO OUR RV PARK. EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2018
GG ELK 1952 AND ASSOCIATE MEMBERS NEW RATE IS $30.00

VISITING ELKS FROM OTHER LODGES NEW RATE IS $35.00

THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING

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