Eureka Elks 652

Trustees Corner

  by Mark Householter

The Trustees will be holding their quarterly budget review on August 1. If you are interested in lodge finances please plan to attend, all are welcome. The budget meeting will be in the Library at 5:00 pm followed by the Trustee meeting.

I would like to encourage everyone to come to the lodge on August 6 at 10:00 am. The House Committee has organized a “clean up the outside of the lodge day.” We need volunteers for weeding, painting curbs red and general outdoor maintenance. Additionally, bartenders will be removing everything from the back bar and cleaning the walls, mirrors and washing all of the glasses. Donuts and pizza will be provided. If you can’t make the event please consider volunteering at the lodge another time. Contact the Volunteer Coordinators, Jeanne or Dorris.

The Trustees have agreed to sponsor the Humboldt Heroes program for another six months. If you know of a deserving veteran please nominate them for the award. Forms are located on the table next to the cloakroom. What better way to say, “Thank you for your service,” than nominating a veteran for the award.

Installation of the sound system in the bar area should be complete. Upgrading of the bar system is the first phase of a four-step plan to improve the lodge sound and video system. Future phases will be undertaken as funds permit.

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 held their monthly meeting on July 5th. We discussed and scheduled up coming outings: Diamond Lake, OR August 3rd thru 6th; Sisters, OR August 26th thru 27th; Apple Hill, CA September 7th thru 10th; Sonoma County Fair Grounds, October 6th thru 8th. Other outings considered that don't have dates yet are Benbow RV Park (in November) and Olema Campground - Point Reyes National Park.

A note to all seniors that go RVing or visit National Parks. The senior pass that gets 50% discount at Federal campgrounds and other places is going to go up on August 28th, 2017. Now you can get a lifetime pass for $10, after August 28th it will be $80 for a lifetime pass. The Golden Age Passport is still honored at federal parks.

If you are interested in joining the Roamers or any of the outings, our next meeting will be August 2nd, at 4:30 in the Lodge, please feel free to attend.

Joseph Tato Biography

District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler - “Great” Northwest District   

Joe was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He spent his first 18 years growing up all over the world. Joe is Registered Respiratory Therapist, with a BA in Business Management. Joe has worked as a respiratory therapist; business owner and partner with several home care companies in northern California and Hawaii, providing medical equipment, pharmacy and rehabilitation services. Joe also served as a healthcare auditor for accrediting organizations; a consultant to fortune 500 companies in healthcare and manufacturing; and speaker at national healthcare conferences. When Robyn and Joe decided to start a family, Joe gave up his million-mile flier lifestyle to stay closer to home. Joe currently serves as a Department Manager for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan in Terra Linda where he oversees Respiratory and Communication services. He is actively involved with teaching CPR, First Aid and Baby Sitting Safety.

Joe met Robyn while they both were attending college at the University of Hawaii; they were married in June 1988 and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in July 1988.

Robyn & Joe have a daughter, Gabriella, who was born in 2000. Gabriella is a senior in High School. She enjoys dance, theater, speaking French and playing guitar. She enjoys participating in lodge activities and the “Great” Northwest District Jamboree.

Joe joined the San Rafael Lodge #1108 in 2004. He has been Lodge Esquire, Loyal Knight, Leading Knight, and Exalted Ruler. He has also served as Lodge Activities Chairperson, Community Chairperson, Indoctrination Chairperson, and House Committee Chairperson. He is a member of the Activities Committee. Joe has been the District Convention chairperson from 2010 to present. He is currently serving his third year as the District ENF chairperson. He is a proud reoccurring participating member/donor of the Elks National Foundation and CHEMPI.

Joe has volunteered as a Board Member of the American Lung Association, the American Heart Association, American Association of Respiratory Care-Home Care Division, California Association Respiratory Care, Special Olympics, Hospice Association, Homecare Association, Ignacio Rotary, Self Help for the Elderly, Marin Opera, Marin Ballet, PIKO and a member St. Rita’s Church. Joe’s leisure activities include spending time with his family, cooking, painting, fishing and watching Marvel Comics Super hero movies.

Grand Exalted Ruler 2017-2018

Malcom J. McPherson, J.R.  

Malcolm J. (Mac) McPherson, Jr. was born in Newark, New Jersey on December 7, 1955, to Malcolm J. McPherson, Sr. and Miriam (née Murray) McPherson. Malcolm has one sister, Susanne McPherson. He attended Sacred Heart Grammar School, Lyndhurst High School, Seton Hall University, and Seton Hall Law School, graduating law school in 1981.

Malcolm met his wife Patricia (Pat) (née Schember) in high school and they were married on August 15, 1981. They have two daughters, Meghan and Mallory, both of whom are officers of Lyndhurst Lodge No. 1505. Upon graduation from law school, Malcolm joined the law fi rm of Edwards and Antholis as an associate until becoming a partner in 1986, remaining there until 1990.

In 1991, he opened his own private practice specializing in civil law, including matrimonial, municipal land use, wills, and estates. He was also a former attorney for the Passaic County Elks Cerebral Palsy Treatment Center. In 1992, he was appointed the attorney for the Lyndhurst Rent Leveling Board and presently still holds that position.

Malcolm was initiated into Lyndhurst Lodge No. 1505 in March 1981, proposed by his soon to be father-in-law, Walter Schember, Sc He was installed as Lodge Esquire in March 1982 and continued on as Esteemed Lecturing Knight, Esteemed Loyal Knight, Esteemed Leading Knight and elected as Exalted Ruler in 1986-1987. Following that, Malcolm served his Lodge in many capacities including Justice of the Subordinate Forum from 1987-2005. He achieved Honorable Life Membership in April 1997.

On the State level, he served as Chairman of the North Central District's Ritual Committee as well as being a certified Ritualistic judge, which he continues to be to this day. He served as attorney for both the New Jersey State Elks Association Convention and Special Children's Committee. Malcolm was also Chairman of the New Jersey State Laws Committee. He was elected President of the New Jersey State Elks Association 1999-2000.

At the Grand Lodge level, Malcolm was appointed District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler of New Jersey's North Central District in 1995- 1996, Grand Lodge Ritualistic Committeeman in 2002-2003, Grand Lodge Committee on Judiciary in 2003-2005, member of the Grand Forum from 2005 until 2010, serving as its Chief Justice, and Chairman of the Pardon Commission in 2009-2010, Special Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler for the state of New Jersey from 2009 to the present.

On a personal level, Malcolm was a member and coach of the Little Falls Athletic Club. He coached basketball and softball in Little Falls from 1989 until 2001. He was a member of the American Bar Association. He and his family are parishioners of Our Lady of Mount Carmel R. C. Church.