CHEA Committees

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Debra Mello, Chairman
Woodland Lodge No. 1299

Thomas Smith, Vice Chairman
Vista Lodge No. 1968

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Robert A. Pickett, Chairman
Santa Monica Lodge No. 906

The AMERICANISM Committee shall formulate ways and means by which the State Association, its Lodges and members, can most effectively preserve patriotic feeling toward the government of the United States of America, and to supervise and promote programs in furtherance of said objective.

The goal of the Americanism Committee of the California-Hawaii Elks is to increase patriotism in our Lodges, homes, schools, communities and nation. As members of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, it is our sacred duty to see that our glorious Flag ever flies; that proper tribute is paid to our Military and that the spirit of Freedom never dies.

CONTEST 2021-2022

Rules – What Does It Mean to Love Your Country?


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Barbara Knox,  Chairman
Palm Springs Lodge No. 1905

Lynn Glick, Vice Chairman
Alameda Lodge No. 1015

The creation of the BLT Legacy Giving (BLT) Committee in 1984 set the stage for ensuring the financial future of the Major Project. Amounts under $500 go directly to help underwrite Major Project expenses for the year in which they are given. The establishment of the BLT Legacy Giving Fund in 1991 designated gifts of $500 or more to be placed in a special account.

BLT gives all Elks an opportunity to participate in the Major Project through a living trust fund. There are also other options available through the BLT Committee.

Click here to see articles about Special Presentations for the Commitment Trust

Interested in further information? Click here to read more, or download the following BLT information:

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Rick Adams, Chairman
Glendale Lodge No. 1289

The Blue Coat Committee shall work with the vendors and Exalted Rulers in purchasing and ordering their Blue Coats to be worn at functions and events such as the Annual CHEA Convention, Grand Lodge Convention, Mid-Term Conference and other Elk functions.

Blue Coat & Badge Forms 2021-2022

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Joe Tato, Chairman
San Rafael No. 1108

Rick Blake, Vice Chairman
Newport Harbor Lodge No. 1767


The BUSINESS PRACTICES Committee shall formulate ways and means to assist the Lodges of the Association to maintain sound financial operations. It will disseminate information and provide supervisory coordination to ensure fiscal responsibility and financial stability.

The Business Practices Committee exists as a resource to Lodges for achieving sound financial conditions in all facets of their operations.  When requested, we will provide training to Districts on various typics to ensure compliance with all laws and CHEA mandates.

POWERPOINT Presentations from November 2016 Mid-Term


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Sandy Gowan, Chairman
Vacaville Lodge No. 2638

The CLMS Committee shall provide training and support in the use of the CLMS program. It shall disseminate all information received from Grand Lodge concerning the CLMS program.

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Dave Provan,  Chairman
Auburn Lodge No. 1691

John McEntire, Jr., Vice Chairman
Duarte Lodge No. 1427


The DRUG AWARENESS Committee shall actively participate in promoting the Grand Lodge program of educating the nations youth on the dangers of illicit drug use.

See more about Elks assisting with Drug Awareness. Click here.





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                  Tom Lemm, Chairman
                  Huntington Beach Lodge No. 1959

                  Betty McClellan,  Vice Chairman
                  Watsonville Lodge No. 1300

                  The GOVERNMENT RELATIONS Committee shall develop a well organized “grass roots” network of informed members throughout California and Hawaii who will be responsive to calls for assistance in combating all matters adverse to the Order of Elks on a national, state or local level. Personal relationships with government officials and legislators are to be encouraged and developed wherever possible.

                  Government Relations Manualclick here to view on the Grand Lodge website

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                  HOOP SHOOT

                  Mike Rittenhouse, Chairman
                  Walnut Creek Lodge No. 1811

                  Henry “Rick” Ross, Vice Chairman
                  Garden Grove Lodge No. 1952

                  The ELKS HOOP SHOOT Free Throw Contest Committee shall serve to highlight the Elks Commitment to the nations youth, encourage family participation and help develop the character of our youth to better qualify them to become good citizens and the leaders of tomorrow.

                  Find out more about how Elks are helping kids have fun, build relationships, and gain recognition for skills in the Hoop Shoot Program.

                  The upcoming California-Hawaii semi-state contests will be conducated on the following dates:

                  Saturday, February 2, 2019 – Northern California semi-state in Modesto, CA
                  Saturday, February 9, 2019 – Southern California semi-state in Redlands, CA
                  Hawaii Contest TBD.

                  The NorCal and Hawaii final scores will be compared to determine the winning scores, and then the scores will be compared with the SoCal final scores to crown the six California-Hawaii state champions.  The winners move on to Las Vegas on Saturday, March 9, 2019 for the West Region 7 finals.

                  Saturday, April 20, 2019 – Elks National Finals, Chicago, IL

                  See the Elks National Hoop Shoot Free Throw Program by clicking here!

                  Order basketballs and soccer balls  directly from the manufacturer! Download the order form.
                  For more information on the Hoop Shoot program, please visit the Grand Lodge Hoop Shoot page.

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                  Shelley Gonzales, Chairman
                  Oxnard Lodge No. 1443

                  The INSURANCE AND SAFETY Committee shall preserve and protect the property, assets, and members of our Subordinate Lodges. The Committee participates in four insurance programs; property plus, liability, workers compensation and directors and officers coverage. The Committee monitors the accidents and lawsuits against the Lodges, their Officers and members, and assists with safety issues. Each District has an Insurance and Safety Committee Chairman available to assist the Lodges with questions of insurance, claims and safety.


                  INSURANCE & SAFETY NEWSLETTERS (GL Insurance Department)

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                  Insurance & Safety Update December 7, 2018



                  A Lodge has full benefits from the program only if the coverage is at least 80% of Fair Market Value (FMV) at time of loss. Failure to have this is mismanagement, unless the Lodge members vote for less coverage for reasons that include no plans to rebuild, or to rebuild smaller. Call the broker, Aon at 1-800-421-3557, and ask for a free appraisal. If the Lodge has 80% coverage of FMV, it will be eligible for an additional 50% of coverage for municipal code changes and upgrades. Grand Lodge recommends a deductible, which will result in a 13% reduced premium from your previous year.


                  Every Lodge should carry Directors and Officers Insurance, which protects line officers, Secretary, Treasurer, Trustees, and volunteers acting on behalf of the Lodge. It is cheap.

                  Any questions, contact your District Insurance and Safety Chairman or the Association Chairman.


                  The self inspection reports should be timely and accurately performed to make the Lodge aware of dangerous conditions and to make immediate corrections. This report is in the Grand Lodge Accident Claim Prevention Manual.

                  If you have any questions regarding accidents, claims, injuries or safety, please contact the Association Chairman or your District Chairman. All are listed in the CHEA Directory.

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                  Hugh Scanlon, Vice  Chairman
                  Glendale Lodge No. 1289

                  Anthony Mauro, Vice Chairman
                  Hollister Lodge No. 1436


                  The INVESTMENTS Committee shall consist of seven (7) members who shall be chosen from the following: one (1) Trustee from each the Association and Major Project Boards; four (4) members chosen from the membership at large who have a financial and investment background and experience; and a Past Grand Exalted Ruler from CHEA. This committee may select and use Advisors as they deem necessary. The CHEA and CHEMPI members shall each serve a one (1) year term; the four (4) at-large members a four (4) year term with one (1) such member being appointed each year. The first four (4) at-large members shall determine their initial terms of offices, i.e., 1, 2, 3, or 4 years, by lottery.The committee shall select one (1) of its members as Chairman.The committee is responsible to monitor, oversee and make recommendations for the investments of CHEA and CHEMPI, and shall have the overall responsibility therefore, in accordance with the investment policies and objectives established by the individual Boards. They shall meet at the annual Association Convention and Mid-Term Conference and report to the respective Boards and Budget Committees. Special meetings may be called by the Chairman of either Board or the Committee Chair.

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                  Kathy Grant, Chairman
                  Westchester Lodge No. 2050

                  The LODGE ACTIVITIES Committee shall investigate and recommend ways and means of maintaining interest in meetings, projects, and activities in the Subordinate Lodges of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks in the states of California and Hawaii.

                  The LODGE ACTIVITIES Committee assists the Lodge Secretary in accurately completing the Lodge’s “Survey of Volunteer, Youth Charitable, and Community Service Programs Report Sheet,” including the reporting of the participation by members and guests in Mandatory, Prescribed and Non-Prescribed Lodge Activities.

                  Additionally the LODGE ACTIVITIES Committee should promote the “Grand Lodge Lodge Activities/State Association Committee Program of Contest and Grand Exalted Rulers Awards” by encouraging their Lodge to participate in all Grand Lodge and State Association Contests; taking maximum advantage of all of the Grand Exalted Ruler awards of recognition for which their members and Lodge qualify.



Committees — 20 Comments

  1. Need to submit my qrtly report, I don’t know who to send it to or what the precedure is. We are having a void in our office now…but I hope I can get good advice from district.

  2. I saw that you do scholarships for people that have disabilities. I was cooking for my mom and family visiting from the east coast 7 years ago for thanksgiving and my mom had a new knife set, well needless to say I ended up slicing my right pinky and ring finger almost completely off. I have had 15 surgeries and can not bend or straighten my fingers. I have had two bone grafts from my wrist, attempted to take a tendon out of my arm and make a path with silicon as a tunnel to insert the tendon, but I am allergic to silicone, without knowing, and had a severe infection which caused me to have a pick line put in that was connected to my heart, a skin graft from the side of my hand to fill in the loss of skin from the infection, my ring finger is fused at the joint, my pinky broke twice because loss of motion, I have had two screws put in which will permanently be in place forever and the other surgeries were to try and save what I have left of half of my hand. The muscles in my palm had to be stitched back together as well. I am right handed just to top it all off. I am in continuous pain with it, but there is nothing my surgeon can do to fix them. Recently I have lost blood circulation in my two fingers and the blood supply will cut off momentarily until I elevate it. It is very difficult for me to type and write and I have developed arthritis and carpool-tunnel syndrome. I just turned 27 in November and worry what will be of my hand when I am older. I am going to Independence University in February for Respiratory Therapist despite the difficulty with typing and writing. I have never applied for any assistance and don’t even know if this is what I am supposed to be doing, but if I can get my story out and any help so I can further my education I would be forever grateful! I notice you do a lot for the community and it is something I would love to help out with! I used to dance ballet professionally and my dreams of that can no longer happen due to the loss of mobility and function in my hand. I had to quit my job as a server because of the pain and liability to the restaurant if i were to reinjure myself. I just want to put this negative situation into a positive light and I wont give up on my education and dreams but I just need a little help in taking that first leap of faith. Thank you for taking the time to read my story even if I don’t get the Scholarship. What you do for the community is amazing, and I wish more people would do the things you folks do! Don’t ever lose faith in humanity and hold on tight to your dreams! Best of luck and hope to hear from you soon!

    Brielle Scherr

  3. I do not see any committee listed as “District President’s Achievement / All American committee. Is this a brand new committee? Where can I find information on the President’s Achievement award, and the forms needed to complete?
    Bruce Carmitchel, Chairman District President’s Achievement / All American Chairman for 2014-2015. Santa Maria Elks Lodge #1538, Santa Maria, CA

  4. Could someone please tell me how a House Committee in chosen and what HIS duties are as far as runing the house committee are I can’t seem to be able to find any information on his job as Chairman!

    • Joann,

      Please refer to GLS 16.040. How the House Committee will be organized in your Lodge is set forth in your by-laws. The choices were (a) Exalted Ruler, three Knights and Trustees,(b)the Trustees alone, (c) the Exalted Ruler appoints 3 to 13 Members (as specified in the by-law) who serve at his/her pleasure or (d) the Board of Directors.

      The duties and responsibilities of the House Committee are fully described in 16.040, the Opinions and Decisions under the same statute. Your Lodge might have a local operating manual for the committee that fleshes out certain details but 16.040 is the “Bible” for the committee.

  5. I just can not believe all the information that is available if your willing to look for it. Someone has gone to a lot of trouble to set this up. A shame if it is not utilized. I’m probably the last one to find it.

  6. Do you have any guidelines for advertising in Lodge monthly magazines????? It’s my understand there are some postal regulations because of our charity staus.

    • Thank you for your inquiry. Please refer to the Grand Lodge website at under Members Only/ Committees/ Judiciary Committee/ Manuals / Annotated Statutes or contact Phil Claiborne at Grand Lodge at or 1-773-755-4700, who will be able to answer your question.

  7. Do any of the CHEA Lodges have a written job description for their House Committee? I’ve read the info on Club Operations and Management in our Lodge Bylaws & House Rules… and I can write one from that… but wonder if another Lodge had one already! Thanks…

    • Thank you for your inquiry. Please refer to the Grand Lodge website at under Members Only/ Committees/ Judiciary Committee/ Manuals / Annotated Statutes or contact Phil Claiborne at Grand Lodge at or 1-773-755-4700, who will be able to answer your question.

  8. Palo Alto’s PR Chairman would like information on the Bulletin Contest. Could someone help with the name and email of the current State Pubic Relations Chairman.

    Thank you

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