Eureka Elks 652

Lodge Secretary's Corner...

  by Ernie Nunes

Welcome to new members!

Congratulations to Nelson Gomes who attended the Lodge Meeting on Wednesday, June 21. His name was one of the four randomly drawn for the $200.00 membership pot. By attending the meeting when his name was drawn, he won!

Ernie Nunes, PER
Lodge Secretary

Flag Day Ceremony


Eureka Elks Lodge No. 652 and Eureka Emblem Club No. 298, on June 18th, held a ceremony honoring the Birth and History of the American Flag. The ceremony gives the history from the Pine Tree Flag carried by Continental forces in the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775, to the present 50 stars and 13 stripes of today. This event is held annually in honor of Flag Day, on June 14th. Pictured from left to right: Joann Mell; Janet Smith; Mary Mahoney; Nita Vallerga; Elks Exalted Ruler, Jennifer Cory; Emblem President, James Barry; Nelia Goodwin; LeAnne Morini; Pamela McFarland and Joanne Loureiro. Visit the lodge website at

Who Are Elks? -

Membership News  

Elks are a community. No matter where you go in the country, an Elks Lodge is right around the corner. With more than 850,000 members and 2,000 Lodges nationwide, Elks are providing charitable services that help build stronger communities.

Do you know someone who would become a good Elk member? To be eligible for membership in the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, one must be a citizen of the United States over the age of 21 who believes in God. Applications for membership are available in the Lodge office and at the bar. Keep some with you. Make it a goal to bring in a new member this month.


Trustees Corner

  by Mark Householter

At the Trustee meeting on June 6, 2017, we voted to eliminate lodge charge accounts. We only had about 12 active accounts and it was becoming an accounting nightmare for Nina. All lodge charge accounts will be closed effective August 31, 2017.

We will be having our quarterly budget review on August 1, 2017. If you are interested in the budget process, please plan to attend. The meeting will be in the library/conference room at 5 pm with the Trustee meeting following immediately.

Our District Vice President, Mark Giosso, will visit our lodge on July 28, 2017. Please come out to rib night on the 28th and meet Mark. There will be surprise cooks in the kitchen, for this one time only event, since most of the normal rib crew is on vacation. I can say there will be a special dessert and if we are lucky cornbread muffins with honey butter. Please plan to attend.

Fraternally yours,
Mark Householter
Chairman, Board of Trustees

Veteran's Corner


White House/VA Veterans’ Complaint Hotline

A Veteran’s Complaint Hotline, promised by the President during his campaign as a way for veterans to report issues to the Oval Office without interference from the VA went live on June 1, 2017. The hotline number is 855-948-2311. The initial activation is considered a soft-launch. VA Secretary David Shulkin promised that the hotline will be up with live-answer agents covering veteran complaints 24/7/365 by August 15th of this year. Calls will be kept confidential, but some information may be shared with VA officials to improve delivery of care and benefit services to all veterans.

Veterans’ Stand-down Dinner

We will be hosting a fundraising dinner at the Lodge on Thursday, August 17th. Tickets are $35 with cocktails at 6 pm, dinner at 7 pm and a live auction at 8 pm. Contact Anne Poole for tickets (707)267-0873. Don’t forget October 6, 7, & 8 are the dates for the Humboldt County Veterans’ Stand-down at the Ferndale Fairgrounds. If you would like to donate new or lightly used sleeping bags, warm clothes, coats or blankets con- tact Anne Poole or Dave Suchar.

For tickets to the North Coast Stand-down Dinner, mail checks ($35) to: P.O. Box 1012 Arcata, CA 95518.

Dave Suchar
Veterans Service Chairman

Redwood Roamers


The Roamers are in the middle of a very active travel season. As reported, the April trip to Benbow was in lieu of the planned Ft Bragg outing because of the slide on 101. May found us in Florence, Oregon where the locals have their own Rhodie Festival which was also well attended by 1000 bikers who took up most of the parking. They didn’t slow the Roamers down however, as we hiked up Sweet Creek and enjoyed lots of local events. With lots of new Roamers in our club, an event like Florence allows us to really get to know one an- other and enjoy RV’ing together.

The Peddlers Fair in old Lewiston near Trinity Dam was the focus of our June outing. Over 30 Roamers and guests attended the outing with new members Don & Joyce Kudrna signing up while on the trip. We also had the pleasure of a couple of grandkids joining us though they did start a water fight among the members. Mitzi Beck whipped Bud Slagel to become cribbage champ and Mickey Land and Bonnie Walund beat the old Washers champions.

The Roamers have nearly 40 rigs enrolled in the club and we have room for more. Join us at any of our out- ings as guests or come to our meeting the first Wednesday of the month at 4:30 in the lodge.

Life’s an adventure, Live It!

Chuck Nolan, President

California Hawaii Elks Association  

Chuck Nolan was born in Cleveland, Ohio on July 11, 1940. He entered the U.S. Navy in 1960 and served four years military duty at the Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, CA before joining the federal civil service. He held many positions in the information systems and financial management fields including Resource Management Officer and Comptroller for the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station, San Diego and the Business Manager of the Defense Informational Systems Agency, San Diego. He retired in 1995 after 35 years of federal service.

He attended St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland and graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Informational Systems Management.

Chuck was initiated a member of the San Diego Lodge No. 168 in October 1973. He was immediately appointed as the Lodge Youth Activities Chairman. Other Lodge Committees chaired by Chuck include the Hoop Shoot, Major Project, Drug Awareness, Elks Training, Public Relations, the 100th Lodge Anniversary and the 125th Lodge Anniversary Committees, Ritual Coach and Chairman of the Lodge Building/New Site Committee.

He served as Exalted Ruler in 1981-1982, having filled the offices of Chaplain, Esquire, Esteemed Lecturing Knight, Esteemed Loyal Knight, and Esteemed Leading Knight. He also served as Lodge Treasurer for five terms.

Chuck served the South Coast District a Youth Activities Chairman, being first appointed in1976. He also served as the Hoop Shoot and Scouting District Chairman. He worked on past California-Hawaii Elks Association Annual Conventions as Secretary, Co-Chairman and General Chairman for the CHEA Conventions held in San Diego since 1983 through 2015, and the CHEA 2016 Mid-Term Conference.

Chuck served as CHEA Vice President in 1992-1993 under CHEA President Richard Owen. He was installed as Deputy District Grand Exalted Ruler at the 995 Grand Lodge Convention in New Orleans, LA.

Chuck served as a Trustee of the CHEA Board of Trustees 2000-2003 and was appointed Trustee of the CHEA Major Project, Inc. Board of Trustees and served from 2010-2015, serving his final year as Vice- Chairman. He served as CHEA First Vice President in 2016-2017 and has served as Co-District Leader, CHEA South Coast since 2006.

In addition to his Elks activities, Chuck is an active member of the National Parliamentarians. He belongs to the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion. His wife, Ginger, has been an active member and officer of the San Diego South Clairemont Park and Recreation Council since 1973 serving many terms as President. She operates her own dog training business and is now active in a local dog rescue organization.

Chuck and Ginger have been married for 51 years. They have three children Cheryl, Michael, and Camille. Chuck and Ginger are active in St Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, both serving as Eucharistic Ministers.

Vet Help


Thomas Hjerpe, Esq. (pronounced Yurpa), an experienced California attorney, is offering free legal information, referrals, and consultation to veterans at the walk-in Legal Clinic located in the Eureka VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic.

When: On the second Friday of each month. Sign in at 1 PM and you will be seen on a first come-first served basis.

Where: 930 W. Harris Street, Eureka

What: Mr. Hjerpe will provide information and consultation on a wide range of issues including; Estate Planning, Social Security Disability Claims, and Bankruptcy. He may also provide referrals for other legal matters.