March Is Major Project Month

The CHEMPI Mission Statement states “The California-Hawaii Elks Major Project, Inc., a committee of the California-Hawaii Elks Association, pledges its commitment to addressing the unmet needs of children with disabilities throughout the states of California and Hawaii by developing a program of supporting services to aid these children at no cost to the families and without discrimination.”

Since this unique program funds 32 paid therapists and preschool vision screeners that are all hired by CHEMPI, again a program that is funded by YOU the donors throughout California and Hawaii, we would like to honor our organizations most recent donors by sharing their names with you.

WCCD Congratulates Santa Clarita Elks Lodge #2379 on Ritual Contest Outcome

Nearly 150 years ago, in 1867, a group of actors and entertainers joined to create a group known as the Jolly Corks. Within a few months, a few members of this group lead by Charles Vivian, created a spin off group with the primary intent to serve the community by supporting other service organization and individuals such as Scouting, Veterans, and even educational scholarships.

They did this with the foundations of Brotherly Love, JusticeCharity, and Fidelity. Known as the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, members worked hard to ensure the well-being of families, friends, and associates.

Like many organizations, they created a rite of passage through an initiation that spoke to the four virtues as well as patriotism, all of which served as the ground work for their efforts and ethics.
With a flair for the dramatic and to inspire the hearts of the new initiates, each premise of Brother Love, Justice, Charity and Fidelity has been presented in such a way as to create a lasting impression on the new member.

Today, there are still lodges whose dedications to these principals fire the imagination with the initiation process. Moreover, no small amount of practice is devoted to the Ritual Contest event. Once a year, the lodges that still hold this process in high regard, compete within their district and awards are presented based on the abilities to execute, deliver, and inspire both as an individual (each officer may be awarded high marks based on their performance) and as a team. As in many other competitions, the winning team then proceeds to their state association to compete and finally, a National Champion is awarded during the Grand Lodge Convention.

With busy schedules and demanding lives, the time that each officer devotes to memorizing their charge and learning to work as a team regardless of their competition placement, is worthy of commendation (yes, there are many elements involved including enunciation of specific words, body angles and synchronization – think Olympics and you’ll be on the right track  :)). Should you happen to be privileged to observe this event – I hope you will take the time to consider what transpired to create this hour of honor and renewed sense of purpose.

This year West Central Coast District would like to congratulate the Ritual Team from the Metropolitan District, Santa Clarita Elks Lodge #2379 for their well-deserved 5th Place National finish.

Santa Clarita Elks Ritual Team

Seated: All-State, Gerald Strohm Award Winner, Exalted Ruler Tina Jackson with CHEA President Lance Erickson

Standing Left to Right:

  • All-State Coach, PDDGER Jay Larkins, CHEMPI Trustee /
  • All-State Coach, PDDGER Kelvin Swanson /
  • All-American, All-State Lodge Chaplain, John Rivetti, PER /
  • All-State Lodge Esquire, Rick Veiga /
  • Esteemed Loyal Knight Roger Lowe /
  • All-American, All-State Esteemed Lecturing Knight Gary Keener /
  • All-American, All-State Candidate Michael Lowrance /
  • Esteemed Leading Knight Maurice Hamilton /
  • Lodge Tiler Don Greenwood /
  • Lodge Inner Guard Richard Snyder

West Central Coast District Hoop Shoot

1 Drew ArdouinOnce again, the WCCD had an exciting Hoop Shoot.

The 2015/2016 District contest was held at the Page Youth Center in Santa Barbara on January 17, 2016, with Santa Barbara Lodge # 613 hosting for the 9th consecutive year. For the first time ever, the WCCD had 2 California-Hawaii Association champions, and 1 of these champions is advancing to the National Hoop Shoot in Chicago!


There were 9 out 12 Lodges that participated in the Hoop Shoot. The Lodges sent 27 participants to the District contest (13 girls and 14 boys). There were an additional 16 children who were no-shows.


2 Carly LetendreThe WCCD champions are:

  • 8-9 Girl: Carly Letendre (Santa Barbara Lodge)
  •        Boy: Elias Gibbings (Santa Maria Lodge)
  • 10-11 Girl: Jaylee Cantu (Santa Maria Lodge)
  •            Boy: Jakob Garcia (Santa Maria Lodge)
  • 12-13 Girl: Macy Nitzel (San Luis Obispo Lodge)
  •            Boy: Drew Ardouin (Santa Maria Lodge)

All of the champions were invited to compete at the Southern California State semi-final contest on El Segundo on January 30, 2016. The WCCD had 5 children place in the semi-finals, including 2 first place winners.   What a showing by the WCCD!

  • 8-9 Girl: Carly Letendre (Santa Barbara Lodge) -1st place
  • 10-11 Girl: Jaylee Cantu (Santa Maria Lodge)- 3rd place
  • 10-11 Boy: Jakob Garcia (Santa Maria Lodge)-3rd place
  • 12-13 Girl: Macy Nitzel (San Luis Obispo Lodge)-3rd place
  • 12-13 Boy: Drew Ardouin (Santa Maria Lodge)-1st place

The Northern California State semi-finals were conducted one week later, which determined the California-Hawaii champions, and of course, the WCCD had two State winners. Both Carly Letendre and Drew Ardouin were invited to participate in the National Elks Region 7 Hoop Shoot Finals, held in Las Vegas on February 7, 2016. There, they competed against State champions from Arizona, Nevada, and Utah.   Carly Letendre had a fantastic day, and took 2nd place. Drew Ardouin had an even more fantastic day, and took 1st place. Drew will be competing at the National Hoop Shoot finals in Chicago on April 16, 2016.

Good luck and best “swishes” to Drew!

Thank you, District Chairman David Bianchi for your work and dedication, which ensured the WCCD had a very successful Hoop Shoot!

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The Passing of Bill Jansen, PER

bill jansenOceano/Five Cities Elks Lodge is saddened to announce that we have lost another wonderful brother – PER Bill Jansen.

Bill was a Past Exalted Ruler of Oceano/Five Cities Elks Lodge (1982-83) and a 58 year member of the Elks. He served on numerous committees lending his expertise and support whenever needed taking note that he even served as editor of the Clam Tide until weeks before his passing. His dedication to the Elks continues to shine through as he passed his love for the organization down to his family who continues to serve and support the causes promoted by the BPOE.

William “Bill” Jansen passed on January 29, 2016, at his home in Arroyo Grande. He was a wonderful loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather, Veteran, Boy Scout Leader, and Little League Coach.

As an editor of our website I look to find more than the “facts” when one of our own has passed and I discovered this public post on Facebook. This speaks volumes to the care, love and dedication he shared with his family and everyone who had the honor to have known him.

“Mr. Handsome Bill Jansen passed on to the other side yesterday….but what he passed on in this life was so much. He passed on devotion to his wife, Doyle Jansen, for over 60 years. He passed on to his family love. He passed on kindness & integrity to his daughters, Mari Black, Kristi Jansen Dupler & Becky Silva. He passed on hardwork, respect & loyalty to his sons, Roger Jansen, Dennis Jansen & Patrick A. Jansen. He passed on gentleness to his grandchildren & great grandchildren. To me he passed on a wonderful husband.” M. Jansen

To our absent brother – Rest In Peace dear friend.

Be still and listen one and all, cease your gaiety and mirth.
Eleven strokes are tolling to Elks throughout the earth
Their music softly pealing their message far and near
Like the throbbing heart of Elkdom they speak justice and good cheer.
For an Elk is never forgotten wherever they may roam
What’er their lot in life may be, eleven brings them home.
The sunshine finds them busy the evening holds no time
But the eleventh hour is sacred for the sake of Auld Lang Syne.
And for those whose race is ended their course run true and well.
Those eleven strokes are chanting sweet memories saddened knell.
So cease your mirth and laughter it is the hour so dear yet dread
When we toast our absent members the living and the dead.

Bill Jansen Officer Coprs

The Passing of PER Harry Brockwell

Gone but not forgotten ER Harry Brockwell, Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge #2477We are saddened to announce the passing of PER Harry Brockwell on December 26, 2015. Harry was a 35-year member of the Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge No. 2477 and served as Exalted Ruler in 2010. Harry leaves behind his wife, Madeleine of 54 years along with their two children, Scott and Yvonne, their families and many friends.
Harry had been elected Exalted Ruler in 1987 but due to demands that required leaving California, he continued his support of the lodge from a distance. When he returned to the area Harry desired to complete his obligation in the role of Fidelity, and when the opportunity presented itself in 2010, he stepped in and took the reins.
Among his accomplishments, Harry was also inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame in January of 2015. A corporate consulting chef whose career spanned more than 40 years he was also awarded the Antonin Careme Medal by the ACF San Francisco Chapter in 2007.
Bringing his culinary talents to the lodge during his year as ER, 2477 also beheld some of the best dinners and culinary education experienced by the lodge membership. Having a friend who just happened to be the then Playboy Executive Chef William Carter at the lodge is one example of the fine dining experienced by some of the members (see photo below).
Harry was always looking for ways to help others, and inquiring into their health and happiness exemplifying the creed of goodwill within the Elks.
We will remember Harry for his service and consideration for others, gone but not forgotten the 11 O’clock Toast will always bring memories of our absent brother.

To you Harry, thank you for your mentoring and friendship, here’s a cup raised with my personal favorite 11 O’Clock Toast:

Be still and listen one and all, cease your gaiety and mirth.
Eleven strokes are tolling to Elks throughout the earth
Their music softly pealing their message far and near
Like the throbbing heart of Elkdom they speak justice and good cheer.
For an Elk is never forgotten wherever they may roam
What’er their lot in life may be Eleven brings them home.
The sunshine finds them busy the evening holds no time
But the eleventh hour is sacred for the sake of Auld Lang Syne.
And for those whose race is ended their course run true and well.
Those eleven strokes are chanting sweet memories saddened knell.
So cease your mirth and laughter it is the hour so dear yet dread
When we toast our absent members the living and the dead.


PER Harry Brockwell’s Memorial Service will be held Monday, January 25, 2016 11:00AM at the  Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge – 158 North Conejo School Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
The family request in lieu of flowers to donate to Harry’s favorite charity in memory of him:
IFAW (International Fund of Animal Welfare) 290 Summer Street, Yarmouth Port, MA 02675

From left to right: Chef William Carter, and assisting chefs: Tom Hartin, JB, Catherine Koeritz, Chef Harry Brockwell, Sally Claunch, Chef Mike Lodi and Brock Younker

From left to right: Chef William Carter, and assisting chefs: Tom Hartin, JB, Catherine Koeritz, Chef Harry Brockwell, Sally Claunch, Chef Mike Lodi and Brock Younker


The Passing of Ashley F. Fittz, PDDGER, PAVP, PER

Ashley FitzzIt is with heavy hearts that we are announcing the passing of Ashley F. Fittz, PDDGER, PAVP, PER. Ashley was Exalted Ruler of the Santa Maria Elks Lodge #1538 in 1995-1996, VP of the district in 2005-2006 and DDGER of the district in 2007-2008.
A member of 45 years, he believed strongly in what the Elks stood for. His service with the Elks started as an Officer in the Santa Maria Lodge 1538 where he began as an Inner Guard, going through the Officers Chairs to becoming Exalted Ruler 1995-1996.
He previously expressed his good fortune to have been blessed with a very supportive wife, Eddie, of 45 years. He is survived by his wife Eddie, two beautiful daughters, a wonderful son, their spouses and numerous grandchildren.
Ashley began his life in Chicago, Illinois; then relocating to Seattle, WA via a stay in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. After graduation, he joined the United States Navy and received an honorable discharge as an FTG3.
His civil career began with the Boeing Company as an Electronics Technician and he obtained his degree in Industrial Electronics while there and continued his education earning Associates Degrees in Science, Art, Communication Technician, Industrial Service Technician and Industrial Electronics. A licensed Ham Radio Operator Ashley was active in the Siren testing and retired as a Systems Analyst.
Ashley Fittz passed away on Sunday, December 27, 2015. There will be a graveyard service on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 1:00 pm at the Santa Maria Cemetery with a Memorial reception to follow at the Foxenwood Club House, 110 Foxenwood Dr., Santa Maria, 93455. Please keep his widow Eddie and their family in your prayers.

The Passing of William M. “Stan” Stanford, PER, PAVP

It is with great sorrow that we learned of the death of William M. “Stan” Stanford, PER, PAVP, who passed away on November 28, 2015. At his request there will not be any services.  Please keep his wife Roberta and their family in your prayers and thoughts.  If you would like to send a card of condolences please send it to 524 De Armond Pl, Santa Maria CA 93454.  Stan was Exalted Ruler at the Santa Maria Elks from 1992-1993 and VP for the district in 2001-2002.

A Presidential Golf Tournament

The West Central Coast District will be hosting “A Presidential Golf Tournament” at Alisal Ranch Golf Course on Saturday, February 6, 2016.

As a little background on our incoming State President, Lance was born in Jamestown New York joining the Navy after graduating high school in 1966. He served aboard the U.S.S.Ticonderoga as an Aircraft Support Supervisor and Master of Arms Officer. A Vietnam Veteran, Lance also served in the Gulf of Tonkin during the 1968 Tet Offensive. After being discharged he continued his education and earned his B.A. in Personnel Management and continued his service to the community as a CHP Officer in Glendale. Joining the Santa Maria Elks Lodge in 1994 and transferring to Atascadero in 2004 Lance has continued to show his dedication to the Elks at every possible turn.

A B-B-Q Dinner with awards and silent auction will follow the tournament at the Solvang Vets Hall and hosted by The Santa Ynez Valley Elks Lodge #2640.

An overview of the details are provided below and please join us in support and celebrate the honor soon to be bestowed on one of our own. Download the registration form here

FORMAT: 4 Person 18 Hole Scramble (No handicaps required)

PRICE: $125 per person** – Includes: green fee, cart fee and BBQ lunch

PRIZES: Number of payouts depends on participation
Last Place Team Prize
Best Dressed Team – Get out your best golf outfit and impress!!
(Please call course for dress code)

EXTRAS: Photo opportunity with Lance & Karen
Putting Contest – $5 per player
Closest To Pin Contest – $5 per player – (Men & Woman Division)
Closest To The Line – $5 per player – (Men & Woman Division)
Mulligan – $5 per person, max 4 per team
(*Please bring cash to pay for any extras*)



Elks Logo On Shirts

Here’s an opportunity to have the logo on a shirt. The order from can be downloaded by clicking here
Elk Order FormAttach a PDF or Word file to the order form for all embroidered information so they can get it right.

Shipping can be combined but separate order forms for each shirt or no shipping can be charged if picked up at the Tri-Valley address or at clinics in Santa Barbara. Link for Tri-Mountain shirt

Tri-Mountain 718 Size Chart:
Sizes Body Length Chest Neck Sleeve Length
S 30″ 42″ 15.5″ 10.25″
M 31″ 56″ 16.5″ 10.75″
L 32″ 50″ 17.5″ 11.25″
LT 34″ 50″ 17.5″ 13.25″
XL 33″ 54″ 18.5″ 11.75″
XLT 35″ 54″ 18.5″ 13.75″
2XL 34″ 58″ 19.5″ 12.25″
2XLT 36″ 58″ 19.5″ 14.25″
3XL 35″ 62″ 20.5″ 12.75″
3XLT 37″ 62″ 20.5″ 14.75″
4XL 35.5″ 66″ 21.5″ 13.25″
4XLT 37.5″ 66″ 21.5″ 15.35″
5XL 36″ 70″ 22.5″ 13.75″
6XL 36.5″ 74″ 23.5″ 14.2″
5XLT 38″ 70″ 22.5″ 15.75″
6XLT 38.5″ 74″ 23.5″ 16.25″
Measurement Notes: Length is measured from highest point of shoulder. Sleeve length

810 Executive Long Sleeve

SIZES (Measurement in inches) XS S M L XL 2XL 3XL 4XL 5XL 6XL CHEST (1” below armhole) 19 21 23 25 27 29 31 33 35 37 SLEEVE (From center back neck) 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 BODY LENGTH (From center back neck) 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 36.5 37 37.5 NECK OPENING (button to button hole) 14.5 15.5 16.5 17.5 18.5 19.5 20.5 21.5 22.5 23.5 TALL SIZES (Measurement in inches) LT XLT 2XLT 3XLT 4XLT 5XLT 6XLT CHEST (1” below armhole) 25 27 29 31 33 35 37 SLEEVE (From center back neck) 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 BODY LENGTH (From center back neck) 35 36 37 38 38.5 39 39.5 NECK OPENING (button to button hole) 17.5 18.5 19.5 20.5 21.5 22.5 23.5

Tri-valley link put the shirt your interested in their search box. The Polo does not show any measurements anywhere on the net.

The Passing of PSVP Edward Rogers

Edward RodgersEdward Rodgers, Past State Vice President 2003-2004 from Oceano/Five Cities Elks Lodge #2504 passed away on February 8, 2015.

Edward Milton Rodgers was born and raised in the San Louis Obispo California
area attending public school. He joined the Army in September 1946 and recieved an honorable discharge having received the rank of Sergeant.

After attending the University of San Francisco he pursued a career in sales – seeing more a vocation he excelled as he operated several wholesale and retail businesses including insurance, real estate and food specialties.

Edward joined the Oceano Lodge in 1973 as a charter member and served as Exalted Ruler in 1978-1979.

He will be missed but never forgotten. Additional details will be forthcoming.

You have heard the tolling of 11 strokes.
This is to remind us that with Elks, the hour of 11 has a tender significance.
Wherever Elks may roam, whatever their lot in life may be, when this hour falls upon the dial of night, the great heart of Elkdom swells and throbs.
It is the golden hour of recollection, the homecoming of those who wander, the mystic roll call of those who will come no more.
Living or dead, Elks are never forgotten, never forsaken.
Morning and noon may pass them by, the light of day sink heedlessly in the West, but ere the shadows of midnight shall fall, the chimes of memory will be pealing forth the friendly message,
“To our absent members.”