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The person I have chosen for my first "Elk of the Month" has been a member of our lodge since 1968. Also, a Life Member. He has been a very active member in the Elk-Enders, our camping committee and the largest committee in our lodge. As an Elk-Ender member he consistently steps up to help around our Lodge. Most recently, since he retired, he has joined our lodge's "Maintenance Committee" and is always helping to fix things around the lodge. He has also been The Elk-Enders dedicated Recording Secretary since 2010. In this position he takes minutes at every meeting and distributes them to all the members in a very detailed fashion. He also keeps all the members up to date on events, obtaining volunteers, keeping all informed of the health and welfare of the members.

It is my pleasure to name Jim Young PER, member #5412 as my May 2018 Elk of the Month

2018 - 2019

Sherrie was born in Memphis, Tennessee to Clues and Dorothy Powell when her father was stationed on a Navy Base. After three years the family was transferred to a Naval Station located on Whidbey Island in the state of Washington. As they crossed the bridge onto the island, her father said that they were entering into God's Country and that they were never moving back to the South. So, Sherrie grew up and lived in Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, population of 7,500, where her father worked until he retired from the Navy. As an only child, she grew to adulthood, got married and had two daughters born in Washington, one in New Orleans, and two more after she moved to California in 1983. That was a total of five girls whose names are Erica, Jessica, Monica, Jairica, and Danica.

After that prior marriage, Sherrie went to work as a dental assistant, where she worked with Dr. Lance Larson who owned the Dental Office. They fell in love and have now been married for 21 years. Lance, a famous Gold and Silver U.S. Olympic Medalist in Swimming, was very involved with the University of Southern California's Cardinal and Gold Committee. They both became very involved in USC and Sherrie was elected as the President of the Long Beach Trojan Club. They traveled all over the United States with the USC teams.

Lance and Sherrie loved to camp. Sherrie loved quilting and met and made friends with an Elk-Ender Camping Club member of the Garden Gove Elks Lodge who told her about a wonderful camping group. So, Lance became a member of our Lodge so they would have friends to camp with. Sherrie wanted to be more involved in the Lodge and after three years, she also became a member and stepped up to be in the Elk-Ender Officer Corp. She was named Elk-Ender of the Year in 2010. She was elected as the Elk-Ender President for the year 2012-2013.

In 2014, Exalted Ruler Randy Eldridge asked her to join the Lodge's Officer Corp as his Esquire. The following year she was elected by the members to become the Esteemed Lecturing Knight. That year she was named "Officer of the Year" by Exalted Ruler Joe De La Luz. She continued through the chairs and was elected as Esteemed Loyal Knight, Esteemed Leading Knight, and currently serves as our Lodge's Exalted Ruler, a position she has worked hard to achieve<./p>

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