Eureka Elks 652

Loyal Knight's Corner

  by Gwen Morris

I would like to thank everyone who made Oktoberfest a great success but a very special thank you to Hans Gerstacker and his cooking crew for the fabulous meal they served all who attended. If you missed this year's event, hopefully, Hans and crew will once again do this next year for all to enjoy! That evening, we sold beer mugs with our logo and our lodge number on them. Fear not if you missed them, we will have them available for purchase at the lodge. I'd like to thank my sons, Todd and Sam Morris for being such great sports by wearing the beer mug hats when they were selling the mugs. Thank you, Exalted Ruler Jennifer Cory, for the hats and taking care of the announcing duties as I sold 50/50 tickets.

Remember the Men's Fashion Show, November 18th. This event is always so much fun and you are guaranteed some very unique beauties. Hope to see you all there.

See you there!
Gwen Morris, Loyal Knight

Redwood Roamers


The last Roamers adventure was planned for October 3-8 to Santa Rosa to attend the Sonoma County Harvest Fair. A total of six RVs made the trip south and were joined by one RV guest from SoCal. Our adventure had the most surprising twists and turns that one can imagine! First off, we arrived in time to attend the wine, food, and chocolate tasting on Friday night. Over 170 wineries, close to 20 restaurants, and more than 10 chocolate makers provided their samples. Some of us gained 5 lbs. on the food and chocolate, but did not realize it because of the wine. Saturday saw us participate in the Grape Stomp. Our team, the “Gypsy Roamers,” did not win the $1500 first prize, but did win the costume contest! Our winnings included 4 bottles of high-end wine (which never made it home.

Sunday night was to be our last night. After an enjoyable potluck dinner, we settled around the campfire, only to be driven indoors by 50+ miles per hour winds. Early Monday morning found us in the middle of what would become the Santa Rosa/Napa fire disaster. People were being evacuated into the fairgrounds (where we were staying) without food and shelter. Being the Elks that we are, we immediately offered our help. That included sharing our food, helping setting up cots, caring for animals, and helping the elderly find a place to sit/lay. The fire was burning all around us, but we remained calm and safe. Our ability to leave did not exist. Highway 101 was closed to the north and south of our location.

Tuesday morning found us tired and depressed, knowing of all the homes that had been lost. At the same time, the fires continued and posed a concern to our own safety. Once we received the word that Highway 101 was open to the north, we made a run for home. What we saw as we headed north was not a pleasant sight. Businesses and homes gone, and freeway signs still burning, as we passed. In the end, all Roamers arrived home safely and with a prayer in our hearts for all the fire victims.

The next meeting will be on November 1st in the lodge at 4:30 pm. Followed rd th by our next outing to Benbow RV Park November 3 -5 . If you are interested in joining please attend the meeting.

Leading Knights' Corner

  by Dennis Hunter

The months keep flying by and the holidays are fast approaching. We're well into the planning stages for our annual Men's Fashion Show, Dinner and Auction on Saturday, November 18th. More information is available elsewhere in this Herd Talk. I hope you'll join us for a fun-filled evening.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we're in need of three Chair Officers for our year 2017-2018. Two of these positions are elected and one is appointed. Being a Chair Officer takes a time commitment and responsibility, but it's very rewarding. If you’ve been wondering how you can get more involved in your lodge, this just might be what you're looking for. If you are interested, please contact me at the lodge or you can call me at (707) 599-4478.

Last, but not least, as you know we’re approaching the busiest season at our Lodge. Please take the time to thank our very dedicated volunteers: our kitchen crews, our servers, our bartenders, our tilers, our cashiers and many others. This Lodge could not operate without our volunteers and they do such a tremendous job. If you can volunteer in any way, please call us at 442-6652.

Dennis Hunter,
Leading Knight

Elks National Foundation Scholarship Programs

Most Valuable Student Scholarship  by Dale Stockly

The 2018 Most Valuable Student Scholarships are available starting September 1, 2017. You must be a High School Senior and a U.S. Citizen. Your application will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. You must access the application online at Deadline for completing the application online is November 27, 2017.

The Elks National Foundation Scholarship Program provides 2.44 million dollars in scholarships annually. Three boys and three girls applications will be selected from our lodge to compete at the District, State, and National levels. Five Hundred four-year awards will be presented in the spring of 2018.

Legacy Awards Scholarships are for college-bound high school seniors who are the children or grandchil- dren of dues-paying Elks. Applicants compete against other children and grandchildren from the state of the sponsoring Elk Lodge. Applications are judged on the core values of the Elks National Foundation. Applications must be accessed online at An application must be submitted online by February 2, 2018.

Thank you!

Dale Stockly

Humboldt Hero

Shirley Tomich  

Shirley Tomich of Eureka was named a “Humboldt Hero” at a ceremony held recently at the Eureka Elks Lodge #652. These presentations were started several months ago to acknowledge outstanding veterans from Humboldt County who have contributed back to the community during their lifetime.

The AMVETS Riders, Chapter 96 of Humboldt County presented Tomich with a flag for appreciation of her service in the Army from 1944 to 1946. Eureka Elks Lodge #652 and the Emblem Club supplied a luncheon for the more than 100 people who attended the event. The Lodge paid Tomich’s dues for the following year. Shirley Tomich, 94, still helps serve luncheons to the homeless, sews and does needlepoint for the Emblem Club to raise money at its fundraisers. She attends social functions and meetings at the Lodge.

A presentation and formal flag raising are held on the last Friday of each month at noon to choose our monthly Humboldt Hero. Each hero receives an American flag, an appreciation plaque and a $50 dinner certificate. For more information on the activities of Eureka Elks, go to

L to R – Eureka Elks Trustee Kevin Christie; AMVETS member Keith Wal- dron; Eureka Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler Jennifer Cory; AMVETS Pierre Carbonneau; Elks member Scott Hammond; and, Dave Suchar, Eureka Elks Lodge #652 Board of Trustees and Veterans Committee Chairman. Behind Humboldt Hero Shirley Tomich, who is seated, is Bonnie DeCarli.