On Monday, March 27, Fullerton Elks served dinner at the beautiful new Fisher House, located on the Long Beach VA Medical Center campus.
The 16-bedroom house is home to families of veterans receiving care at the hospital when they don't have and/or can't afford to pay for accommodations in the area. Elks were given a tour of the house by manager Lana Toenjes, who explained that any family member who lives more than 50 miles away from the medical center is eligible to stay at the Fisher House.
While the government provides for the basics, Fisher House depends on the community for donations such as food and the Target gift cards that are given to family members who sometimes arrive with just the clothes they are wearing.
Thank you to our cook extraordinaire PDDGER Mike Mathers for the delicious spaghetti dinner and helpers Carlene Mathers, Exalted Ruler Mike and First Lady Dona Spratt, Dave Lawhorn and Irene Imhof.
Co-chairman, Veterans Committee
In Recent years, Member Richard Alban has requested that left over Christmas Tree Lane trees be donated to a Veteran in need.
This year, you might call the story for one family, "A Miracle at Christmas"
Upon returning home from his third deployment of duty to Iraq and Afghanistan, recovering from war wounds and looking to get his life back in order, he was informed by his local employeer that he was not welcome back to work. His wounds made him a liability.
Our Veteran is a married man with two young children. This news was devastating. He was forced to take residence with his wife and young family in a private home, and rented the living room as the new family home.As Christmas Tree Lane was winding down, Richard was asked about the family, when told of their needs, members started to open their wallets. A considerable amount of money was raised, gifts were purchased for the family, and the Lodge Santa with several Lodge Elves visited the home and put smiles on everyone's face.
Richard Alban and Elk Members made sure that this year, this wounded warrior and his family will have a Merry Christmas, proving once again that Elks Care - Elks Share.
NOVEMBER 11, 2016
Fullerton's Veterans Day celebration started with a parade at the Downtown Plaza and commenced with the Ceremony at Hillcrest Park.
The Keynote speaker was Gunner Gene Coughlin, CWo3, USMC, and Retired. He is one of a select group of Marines specifically designated a "Marine Gunner" and authorized to wear the Bursting Bomb rank insignia. Marine Gunners are the infantry weapons and tactics experts in the Marine Corps. His unit led the assault into Baghdad and pulled down the statue of Saddam Hussein.
After the Ceremony the Veterans were invited to a luncheon at the Fullerton Elks Lodge,1993. The food was plentiful and delicious.
The Veterans served in places like Korea, Viet Nam, Desert Storm, and Enduring Freedom as well as two young ladies that are ROTC and are awaiting their next assignments upon graduation.
This is the land of the free because of their sacrifice.
Thank you for your service to this great land.
August 8, 2016
Thank you to the following Fullerton Elks and volunteers who joined us at Long Beach VA Hospital visit to play bingo along with Newport Harbor on Monday August 8th Manny Castillo, Gene Schumski, Steve Vartanian, Jim Murray, Dave Lawhorn, Irene Imhof, Steve Marciano and Janene Ortega.There were 35 Veterans and some family members ready to play. They're the reason that this is the land of the free. Steve Vartanian was the caller for the evening while the rest served the vets and helped them play. We held a raffle for seven handmade afghans that were donated for this visit. Tee shirts, sox, personal care items, book and puzzle books were some of the items available for the Vets to choose. The cookies were a big hit. I would like to thank the members of Elks and Emblem for the delicious cookie donations. Many of the guys took some extra for a midnight snack. We can't thank you enough for supporting this rewarding activity.
On Nov. 11, 2016 Fullerton Elks Lodge No. 1993 will be having a Veterans Day Lunch. Veterans will be served a complimentary lunch. Veterans Day is a day we honor all our Veterans that have served our country to make it the home of the free. Thank you for your service.
Please come up and join us as we honor "Our Home Town Hero's". "So long as there are veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them."
Mariann Aita and John Paine
On November 11, 2015 the Fullerton Lodge recognized lodge members, and their family with a slide presentation from provided pictures.
A lunch was provided and all Veterans ate free. (Cheese Burgers, Hot Dogs, French Fries and dessert. The event was well attended by members and family. The Veterans Committee wants to thank all the volunteers who gave their time to make this a great event.
Date: Oct. 24 2015 (Saturday)
Event: Stand down - Tustin South Blimp Hanger
15700 Victory Road, Tustin
Time: 6 a.m.
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, sausage/gravy and biscuits. (Orange juice, ect.)
Funds: $100 check sent to Dave Leonard
Fullerton will take the lead on Saturday
Date: Oct. 16, 2015 (Friday)
Event: Wounded Warrior Project - FBI Range
(Old El Toro) 1 Magazine Road (Acton Prkwy / Irvine)
Time: 11 a.m.
Volunteers: 5 requested
Requesting a cake to be purchased
Funds: $50 check sent to Harvey Langham (Hamburgers, hot dogs & cokes)
Date: January 16, 2016 (Saturday)
Event: N.V.S.C. Veterans dinner
Buena Park Elks Lodge
Time: Happy Hour 5 p.m. Dinner served at 6:30 p.m.
Food: Mexican catered
Cost: $20 (Each lodge Chair will be provided with 15 tickets.
Expecting to get 125-150 people
Raffle: 50/50 drawing & Silent Auction (Baskets?)
Fifth Marines Color Guard to be contacted (Dave Perry)
D.J. to be contacted for event
WWII old guns will be on display provided by Chairperson.
December 12, 2015 (Saturday)
Event: Santa Ana Elks Army/Navy Game
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