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May's "Elk of the Month" has been an Elk member since 2010. He joined the Garden Grove Elks Lodge in November 2016 after transferring from Buena Park.

Last year, he started jumping into almost everything that we had going on at the Lodge. From volunteering at the breakfasts, selling raffle tickets, 50/50 tickets at events, cooking at the Car Shows, and 4th of July and even joined the team of Pork Pullers for the Labor Day Dinner. He also stepped in to play the piano at the First Lady's dinners when our AVP and DD's came to visit our lodge. Recently he's been seen with the BBQ Pit Crew as they have started kicking off our new venture. He's willing to step in whenever asked.

I am pleased to announce Jack Stephan member #9683 as our May 2019 Elk of the Month.

Anthony Manzo
Exalted Ruler

Anthony Manzo is a native born in Santa Ana, California in April 1966 and graduated from Saddleback High School. He has a younger brother of 8 years named Eddie. He played the role of a father figure to his brother, helping him through school and coaching him in little league, and held jobs to help support the family. He met his wife Michelle in the summer of 1980. It was 1984 that he asked Michelle on their first "real" date, where they went to the Strawberry Festival. They have been together since. On May 26th this year, they will celebrate this anniversary of 35 years together. They have been married for 28 years, and have three sons, Anthony II, Andrew and Aaron.

Anthony became an Elk Member in Santa Ana in March of 2010. He quickly joined several committees and kept very active in the Lodge. He held the position of Inner Guard before transferring to the Garden Grove Elks lodge in January 2016 while entering the chair of Lecturing Knight. That year, he became the Chairman of the Car Shows and the Assistant Hoop Shoot Chairman. He also became heavily involved on the Olympics Committee as the Bowling Tournament Chairman, Pool Tournament Chairman and Referee. Anthony received the Best Foot Forward Award (2016-17) and was awarded as the All State Loyal Knight (2017-18), an accomplishment that we are all proud of.

This year, Anthony's main goal is for our lodge to become an All-American Lodge. This is a very big task and has successfully put a team in place to reach that goal. Member retention is also a big focus for Anthony. He and the corp officers will be implementing some processes for our Orientation Night that will help us get the new members more engaged. He also wants to stress to the members that change is good. Our lodge has been and continues to change for the better. He invites all members to participate at the monthly House Committee meetings that take place the first Saturday of the month, at 9 am. Member input is welcome.

"Honoring Tradition While Embracing Change". Letís do this.

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