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Elks Lodge Remembers Fifteen Departed Members at Annual Memorial Service

by: Leading Knight Mike Klinger
Posted: December 11, 2017

MISSION VIEJO...Mission Viejo / Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge No. 2444 ("Elks Lodge") held its annual memorial service ("Program") to remember fifteen of its members that passed away during the past year.

Scout Troop 603 Presentation of Colors


Honored members included: James Scott Clough, Alex Ercolano, Warren Heer, Robert Kerr, David Kinney, Betty Kolstoe, Sam Landers, Henry McMahon, Morris Silver, Thomas Spry, Thomas Storey, Allan Strubb, Laura Toohey, Robert Wisniewski and Victor Ziebelman.

Departed Member Laura Toohey's daughter, Karen Chaklos, lit a candle for the family as her brother and Chaplain Lane Keran look on.


The Program was attended by Elks Lodge members, friends and family of the loved ones that we lost. In Front the podium in the lodge room was a beautiful floral arrangement, a large poinsettia, fifteen white candles, all adorned by the Elks Lodge Emblems: Antlers of Protection and the Holy Bible.

American Legion member, Lou Tirado played Taps.


The Program was opened with the presentation of the colors by Lodge sponsored Boy Scout Troop #603 and a welcoming message from Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler Mike Long. The lodge Secretary, Laura Lumley, read the name each departed Elks member name and a candle was lit by family members with Chaplain Lane Keran assisting. Lodge Inner Guard, Rick Capotosta struck the chimes one time as each absent member name was called. Symbols of Remembrance were presented by Exalted Ruler Mike Long, Alter Memory "Forget Me Not" by Lodge Leading Knight Mike Klinger, Immortality Amaranth by Loyal Knight Jamie Camunas, and Symbol of Brotherly Love "Clinging Ivy" by Lecturing Knight Dave McLeod PER. Taps were sounded by American Legion member, Lou Tirado and member Sheri Scott sang Amazing Grace.

Elk member Sheri Scott sang Amazing Grace


Throughout the Program, the lodge room was filled by the sweet sounds provided by Elks Lodge organist Andy Costello. Exalted Ruler, Mike Long, expressed a wonderful verse of "I Am Free" followed by the reading of the Elks Eleven O'clock Toast. Refreshments were served, and members and families mingled to exchange stories and remembrances of the absent member we have all lost.

Exalted Ruler Mike Long leads the ceremony with a packed lodge room


Charles T. Hart PER and Gloria LeCouvre PER organized the Elks Memorial Ceremony


The Mission Viejo/Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge #2444 is celebrating 48 years of service to Saddleback Valley Communities. It is one of 10 lodges in the Orange Coast District of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) whose headquarters is in Chicago, Illinois. The BPOE is a charitable organization with a 149-year history of giving. "Elks Care Elks Share" For information regarding Elks programs or membership, call 949-830-3557. Photos:Mike Klinger


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