ELK OF THE MONTH
Bill has been a member since 2015, and has shown a strong desire to become involved in helping our Lodge. He became involved in our Lodge's activities right away. Bill became a greeter and is always ready to assist as needed with his enthusiastic smile and warm handshake. When someone is out sick or unable to cover the door during lunch, Thursday nights, or Friday nights he is always available to jump in and cover those spots at a moment's notice. Bill helped out when the USO had their picnic in the park when we didn't have enough Tilers to cover the doors. It is always nice to see Bill at our Lodge meetings.
It is my pleasure to congratulate Bill Flores as our May Elk of the Month for his dedication and willingness to help our Lodge.
Mark is a native of Anaheim, and a graduate of Anaheim High School just like his parents and grandparents. Orange County has been the home of his family since 1881. Mark attended Fullerton College after high school, went to work in Anaheim in the accounting field, and restored Model T Ford's on the side for others for some 20 years, and is still employed full time. Mark met his future wife Debbie, now First Lady, in 1988 at a Model T Club function. They married in 1990, and the rest is history.
Mark was initiated into the Garden Grove Lodge in 1992, and is now starting his 25 year here. He and Debbie became part of the Elk-Enders camping group, and served as its president 2008-2009, as well as general wagon master 3 different years. A pet project of Mark's is the Do it in the Dirt semiannual outing to the high desert to operate a poker run and raise funds for the Purple Pig, and the Pig is usually well fed that weekend. Mark has participated in the Orange Coast District Ritual contest as an officer, with 2 second place rankings, and a first place and Most Impressive Officer awards as Leading Knight
The goal's set forth this year by Mark is the continuation of upgrading and modernization of our Lodge building and property. With the help of our fantastic maintenance committee we hope to keep the improvements going during this year. As well, the challenge has been given by Mark for every member to get a member. Membership is the life blood of our Lodge, and even if a fraction of our members come through on this challenge, just imagine how we can grow once again. If everyone moves forward together, success will take care of itself.
So, get on board with Mark, and "Enjoy The Ride With Elkdom."