Jr. Livestock Auction AV Fair 2016

    Your weekly Good of the Order donations are used for just two thing, helping Elks in distress and the Jr. Livestock Auction at the A.V. Fair. Each year, the community comes together to support the youth who raise animals in our area. They come from independent families, FFA clubs at local High schools, Grange and 4H Clubs. The kids choose and raise animals, handle all their care (feeding and grooming) and then solicit buyers to come to the auction.

    This year, our Lodge was able to purchase 4 animals. We then have them "bought back" by the slaughter houses and the monies all go back to the kids to cover their costs. This is an amazing learning experience for the youth who participate. It was very educational and emotional for me as well. We had a family with three kids come in to the Lodge and submit a "buyer's letter" for us to consider their animals. Each of them had a market swine. We were able to donate some money to each of them. We had several others who sent letters requesting us to consider their goats, lambs, and steer.

    Two young ladies from Quartz Hill 4H Katherine S. and Kayla S. came in and had a formal meeting with the ER and I to discuss their plans, their experience and submitted a letter. We purchased a lamb from one of those young ladies.

    Thank you to Barney Williamson, PER & Johnny Costa for going with ER Bill Brehm and I to the event! (Bottom Picture) Since it was my first, and Bill's second time, it was nice to have some experience behind us!

Elks Annual Theme Child 2016-2017
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Elks Annual Childrens Christmas Party 2015

    Lancaster Elks Lodge was the setting for the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus (December 12th), courtesy of Los Angeles County Fire Department Station No. 129. To the delight of the local youngsters, Santa visited them individually and presented a personal gift to each. In addition, various games were played, a drawing held and a hot dog or hamburger lunch served. One hundred children and adults enjoyed the festivities with the assistance of 20 volunteers; and with lodge PER Jerry Sheridan serving as Santa for his twentieth year. The lodge has enjoyed presenting this community event for the past 36 years. 
Submitted by:  Jay Jenkins, Lancaster Elks Lodge #1625, Public & Media Relations

    Lancaster Elks were again proud to host its annual Childrens' Halloween Party, a tradition going back over 45 years.   Children and parents comprised the 402 attendees who were entertained by a haunted house, games of skill and amusement and a hot dog or hamburger meal.  Community enthusiasm for this event inspires the great lodge volunteerism not only from Elks, but the AV Emblem Club #76, the Antlers and friends of the lodge.  ER Sean M. Hickey thanked all who contributed to this successful event. Pictured are some of the "normal" attendees.

Elks Inland District Hoop Shoot
Lancaster Elks on 17 January 2015 once again
hosted the District Hoop Shoot.
The following listed Boys and Girls are the Winners of this event:

Boys ages 8 & 9:
1st Place: Jose Oceguera of Mojave Lodge #2059;
2nd Place: Noah Cathey of Bishop Lodge #1603.
Girls Ages 8 & 9:
1st Place: Danielle Vanderwerf of Ridgecrest Lodge #1913.

Boys ages 10 & 11:
1st Place: Camden Stewart of Lancaster Lodge #1625;
2nd Place: Bobby Usher of Ridgecrest Lodge #1913;
3rd Place: Jose Gonzalez of Mojave Lodge #2059.
Girls ages 10 & 11:
1st Place: Clarisse Angeles of Lancaster Lodge #1625;
2nd Place: Lauren Allen of Bishop Lodge #1603.

Boys ages 12 & 13:
1st Place: Aaron Celestine, Jr. of Ridgecrest Lodge #1913;
2nd Place: Blaine Spoonhunter of Bishop Lodge #1603.
Girls ages 12 & 13:
1st Place: Gabriel Rogers of Lancaster Lodge #1625;
2nd Place: Veronica Vanderwerf of Ridgecrest Lodge #1913;
3rd Place: Andrea Romero/Oceguera of Mojave Lodge #2059.

All the Elk members of the Inland District wish all the
Winners “Good Luck” at the State Competition.
Hopefully they will advance to the Regional Competition in Nevada.

Elks 1625 Local Free Throw Hoop Shoot

There were 16 Elk Volunteers and two from Lancaster Emblem Club #76 and Eight members of our Antlers Program.  Opening Flag ceremony was conducted by five members of Boy Scout Troop #1625. We must not forget the Guests,  Parents,  and  Grand Parents who there in support of the candidates.  Much thanks to you all.
Local Hoop Shoot Results:
Lancaster Elks Lodge announces the First, Second and third Place Winners in both the Boys and Girls age groups
Boys ages 10 and 11:
1st Place: Camden Steward, Columbia Elementary,
2nd Place: Henry Janczewski, Sacred Heart School,
3rd Place Jessie Lucero, Amargosa School.      

Girls ages 10 and 11:
1st Place:  Clarice Angeles, Sacred Heart School,
2nd Place: Jolie Ronquillo, Ocotillo Elementary , 3rd Place: Madison Steward, Columbia Elementary.

Boys ages 12 and 13:
1st Place:  Justin Hill, Amargosa School,
2nd Place: Eric Baalcazar,
3rd Place: Angel Asebedo, Piute Middle School.

Girls ages 12 and 13:
1st Place:  Gabriel Rogers Piute Middle School,
2nd Place:  Marriah Summers, Amargosa School

Antelope Valley Sea Cadets get awards from Elks Lodge 1625
At the May 20, 2014 Elk's meeting, the Antelope Valley Sea Cadets presented a ceremony prior to the meeting. During this ceremony, very much to his surprised, Nancy Jo Costa (ER) presented Cadet Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicholas Finks with a $2,000 scholarship from the Lancaster Elk's Lodge #1625.  Also presented to him were a Certificates of Recognition from R. Rex Parris, Mayor of Lancaster (presented to him by Sean Hickey, Leading Knight), Senator Steve Knight (representing Steve Knight was Issac G D Barcelona, District Director, Senator Steve Knight 21st District) and Supervisor Michael Antonovich of the County of Los Angeles (representing Michael Antonovich was Norm Hickling, Sr. Deputy To Supervisor Michael Antonovich of the County of Los Angeles).  Cadet Nicholas Finks will be graduating from Quartz Hill High School this month.  In July, he will attend the Naval Academy.

Nancy Jo Costa (ER), Petty Officer 3rd Class
Nicholas Finks, Sean Hickey (Leading Knight)

Nancy Jo Costa (ER), Petty Officer 3rd
Class Nicholas Finks, Issac Barcelona

Nancy Jo Costa (ER), Petty Officer 3rd
Class Nicholas Finks, Norm Hickling

J ody Finks (Mother of Nicholas Finks), Petty Officer
3rd Class Nicholas Finks, Nancy Jo Costa (ER)

Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicholas Finks Speaking

Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicholas Finks Speaking

Standing ovation from the audience

Lancaster Elks Youth "Antlers Program"
The Lancaster Elks Lodge #1625 has started a new youth program called the Lancaster "Antlers". It is all for youth, both male and female, from the ages of 12 to not yet 21. Meetings are held at the Lodge at 240 East Ave K, Lancaster, on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month from 7:00 to 9:00pm. The first hour is the meeting and the 2nd hour is for games. Soda and Popcorn are available.

The program will consist of fun, fellowship, and community service. While being an enjoyable program for youths, it will also help to teach you to be patriotic.

The Antlers of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America has as its major objective the following:

* To quicken the Spirit of American Patriotism.
* To teach repect for parents and love of home.
* To inculcate the fundamentals of good citizenship.
* To aid in a worthy cause.
* To establish foundation of character.
* To promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of character.
* To respect the conviction of others in the matters of worship and religion is true Americanism.

Our first project is to help build the "Haunted House and to be of some of the "Freaky People", and to help with the games for the kids. In November, we are planning to feed a family for Thanksgiving. Our first program was hosted by Antelope Valley Credit Union. They explained the importance of savings accounts and gave us coupons to start a savings account. Please bring a friend. Officers were initiated and dues were approved.

 We invite all teenagers to come to our meetings. Bring your parents on your first visit so both of you will understand our program. Applications are available at the Elks Lodge. All youth from age 12 to not yet 21 are invited to join. For further information, please call Mr. Bill Brehm, Advisor, at 661-724-0529, or the Elks Lodge at
Annual Youth Olympics Cancelled
Our 62nd Annual Invitational Jr. Youth Olympics cancelled?
    Yes, it is a shame that something like this can happen after all these years. Due to budget retraints by the California and the U.S. Governments, our twelve middle schools in the Antelope Valley could not participate in this annual event.
    The purpose to have this annual event was to give these students an opportunity to compete between the schools. Otherwise they wouldn't have had this oppotunity to compete among themselves. The schools and children always looked forward to participate every year.
   Mainly it has encompassed all track events from the 100 meter dash, up to the 1,000 meter relay and run. It included in-field events of the high jump, run and jump, and shot-put. This has always been open to all our Antelope Valley Middle Schools for both Girls and Boys.
    More than 40 volunteers from the Lodge gladly give up the second Saturday of May to put this event on every year. In addition, the Ladies of Lancaster Emblem Club #76 traditionally held the opening flag ceremony. Our own Naval Sea Cadets (see our Links Page) and others have gladly volunteered to help.
    It appears that our public and independent schools are losing interest in participating in our Elk Events, such as Soccer and Hoop Shoot.
"It's a Shame!! Elks do Care - Elks do Share!
(Please scroll down to see images from our last event)

   Since the beginning of the Annual Invitational Junior Youth Olympics Track Meet in 1948, the event has continued to be one of the most popular sponsored, hosted, and operated by the members of Elks Lodge #1625 in the Antelope Valley. This year was no different.
   On May 9th, 2009, Elks Lodge 1625 hosted the 61st Annual Junior Youth Olympics at Quartz Hill High School athletic field. This year eight separate middle schools competed in today’s events. This has given the middle school 7th and 8th grade boys and girls a chance over past years to compete in inter-mural track and in-field events. The track events included the 4X400 Meter relay, 1600 Meter Run, 200 Meter Dash, 400 Meter Dash, 800 Meter Dash, 100 Meter Dash, and the 4X400 Relay. The in-field events included the Long Jump, High Jump and Shot Putt. Records continued to be broken from previous years.
   This event today was put on by 54 Elk volunteers and friends who traveled approximately 1,433 miles and devoted approximately 340 hours of their time. The day’s event started out with the flag ceremony conducted by the Emblem Club #76 ladies, our own US Naval Sea Cadets, and PVT Michael “Mike” Grubbs, USMC, from 29 Palms, CA who raised and lowered our flag.
   Eight middle schools from throughout the Antelope Valley competed this year with approximately 348 competitors taking part. 8th grade Vanessa Lopez from Endeavor Middle School broke all past school records in the 800 meter run with a running score of 2:34.31.We are very proud of these youngsters and their accomplishments.

The following schools were awarded medals based on the achievements of their students:
Hillview Middle School: 13 Gold, 17 Silver, 14 Bronze, Total 44
Cole Middle School: 10 Gold, 6 Silver, 7 Bronze, Total 23
Joe Walker: 8 Gold: 5 Silver, 8 Bronze, Total 21
Del Sur Middle School: 5 Gold, 7 Silver, 6 Bronze, Total 18
Endeavor Middle School: 2 Gold, Total 2
Desert Christian Middle School: 1 Gold, 2 Silver, 3 Bronze, Total 6
Parkview Middle School: 1 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze, Total 4
Sacred Heart School: 1 Silver, Total 1

(Pictured above and right:flag ceremony
conducted by the Emblem Club #76
ladies, our own US Naval Sea Cadets,
and PVT Michael “Mike” Grubbs, USMC)

(Pictured Below:Some of the many great
volunteerswho Make this event possible!

Contestants this year were exceptional!