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Jerry Landreth Brusato, Chairman
Sacramento Lodge No. 6
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.
BEQUESTS AND LIVING TRUSTS COMMITTEE
Robyn Sembenini, Chairman
San Rafael Lodge No. 1108
The creation of the Bequests and Living Trusts (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 Bequests and Living Trusts Legacy 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.
Interested in further information? Click here to read more, or download the following BLT information:
BLUE COAT COMMITTEE
Frank Farquharson, Chairman
Canoga Park Lodge No. 2190
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.
John Hoffmann, Chairman
Novato Lodge No. 2655
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.
- For information on the Lodge Management Program, please visit our Lodge Management Program informational page.
(CHICAGO LODGE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM)
Dominic Rotell, Chairman
Lancaster Lodge No. 1625
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.
Ed Repic, Chairman
Santa Ana Lodge No. 794
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.
- Drug Awareness Poster Contest Rules Click here to see Rules
- Drug Awareness Poster Contest Entry Form Click here for Entry Form
- Drug Awareness Essay Contest Rules Click here to see Rules
- Drug Awareness Essay Contest Entry Form Click here
- Award Amounts for Poster and Essay Contests Click here to see Amounts
- Drug Awareness Hold Harmless Waiver Form Click here to download Waiver
DRUG AWARENESS PRODUCTS FOR PURCHASE
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GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COMMITTEE
Rich Simmons, Chairman
Petaluma Lodge No. 901
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.
Rick Leal, Chairman
Norwalk Lodge No. 2142
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 skillsin the Hoop Shoot Program.
Order basketballs, soccer balls, t-shirts, medallions or squeeze balls directly from the manufacturer! Download the order form.
INSURANCE AND SAFETY COMMITTEE
Kevin O’Shaughnessy, Chairman
Victorville Lodge No. 1877
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.
- Download the following document: “INDEMNIFICATION AND HOLD HARMLESS LANGUAGE FOR THE OFFICERS AND TRUSTEES”
- Download the following document: “HOLD HARMLESS AGREEMENT
- – Off Premises Event – Use Agreement for RV’s and Trailers for Lodge – Recommended Indemnity for Use of Lodge Facilities”
- Download the following document: “VOLUNTEER AGREEMENT”
THE GRAND LODGE PROPERTY PLUS PROGRAM
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.
CALIFORNIA WORKERS COMPENSATION
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.
GRAND LODGE SAFETY REPORTS
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.
Oren Richardson, Chairman
Coalinga Lodge No. 1613
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.
LODGE ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE
William Woodard, Chairman
Lakewood Lodge No. 1570
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.
Frank G. Keller, Chairman
Corona Lodge No. 2045
The MAJOR PROJECT Committee shall operate, manage, and control the Major Project of this Association. It shall apply and expend for charitable purposes, and no other, monies paid to the Major Project Fund by the Elks of California and Hawaii or any other persons or corporations. It shall plan and execute campaigns and activities for the raising of additional monies to further said Major Project. In any matters relating to the raising of funds or the disbursement of money, the advice and consent of the majority of the members of the Board of Trustees shall be first obtained. A full and complete report of all activities and an accounting for all funds received and expended by said committee shall be submitted to each annual meeting of this Association.For more information on the Major Project, please go to our Major Project page.
Lance Erickson, Chairman
Atascadero Lodge No. 2733
The MEMBERSHIP Committee shall investigate and recommend ways and means of increasing membership in the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks within the states of California and Hawaii.
DO YOU WANT TO KEEP YOUR NEW MEMBERS ACTIVE AND INTERESTED?
Membership Retention is a must. Review the following as suggestions and aids for preserving membership. Download any or all and use accordingly.
- Lapsation Manual – with sample letters, ideas and membership management forms.
- Lapsation Quick Start Guide
- Download Elks Second Step Program – A proposed program for keeping new members active and interested. Introduction ~ Program
- Download Elks Exit Interview/Survey – A survey for determining why a member is leaving or has left the Order. Interview ~ Survey
- Elks Members Questionnaire – How and whereby can a lodge and the Order of Elks be improved. Introduction ~ Questionnaire
Comments and/or suggestions are always well received. Please contact the Chairman with any comments or suggestions or requests for copies of the documents presented.
NATIONAL FOUNDATION COMMITTEE
Tom Conlon, Chairman
Fullerton Lodge No. 1993
The NATIONAL FOUNDATION Committee shall study ways and means of raising funds in California and Hawaii to support the financing of the National Foundation of the Grand Lodge and assist in the raising of said funds.
NATIONAL VETERANS SERVICE
Robert G. “Bob” Burns, Chairman
Rancho Cordova Lodge No. 2484
The NATIONAL VETERANS SERVICE Committee shall formulate and carry out programs of aid to disabled or needy veterans of the military service of the United States of America, and to formulate and carry out programs for aid and service to members of the military forces of the United States of America.
CALIFORNIA-HAWAII ELKS MAJOR PROJECT, INC. (CHEMPI)
PIGGY BANK (a.k.a. Purple Pig)
Robert Farrens, Chairman
Temecula Valley Lodge No. 2801
Discover how Purple Pig is driving the financial arm of CHEA and how you can help contribute to the most important part of CHEA. Click here.
FUND RAISING OPPORTUNITIES & PROGRAMS
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PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE
Josh Hachadourian, Chairman
San Francisco Lodge No. 3
The PUBLIC RELATIONS Committee shall develop and maintain a strong publicity and public relations program to enhance the image of Elkdom. The program may include the training and development of members of the Lodges to attain a degree of professionalism for liaison and delivery of information to the news media.
RITUAL CONTEST COMMITTEE
Frank Almazan, Chairman
Hemet Lodge No. 1740
The RITUAL CONTEST Committee shall formulate regulations consistent with Grand Lodge Rules for the conduct and supervision of the ritualistic contests between the Subordinate Lodges of each district and in the states of California and Hawaii. The Association Committeemen shall also conduct and supervise Association ritualistic contests held at the Association Convention.
2013 Ritual Team Winners
with Winning total of 96.0020
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RITUAL TRAINING COMMITTEE
Johne Lennon, Chairman
Merced Lodge No. 1240
The RITUAL TRAINING Committee shall formulate training programs and recommend ritual judges, word judges and calculators for certification to Grand Lodge. A Ritual Training Chairman shall be appointed from each district who shall set up training clinics in accordance with the programs of the Grand Lodge and as provided in the Grand Lodge Ritualistic Manual, to train officers, coaches, ritual judges, word judges, and calculators for the perfection of ritualistic work in the states of California and Hawaii.
Greg Metzgus, Chairman
Thousand Oaks Lodge No. 2477
The SCHOLARSHIP Committee shall coordinate the program within the states of California and Hawaii, to conduct scholarship contests, and to award scholarships to worthy students.
Kathleen Monsees, Chairman
El Cajon Lodge No. 1812
The SCOUTING Committee shall work with national, state and local officials, and with this Association, to promote the work of the Boy and Girl Scouts of America.
Wade Thorpe, Chairman
Chico Lodge No. 423
YOUTH ACTIVITIES Committee shall formulate ways and means by which the State Association, its Lodges and members, can most effectively assist boys and girls in the United States of America to become patriotic, capable, and law-abiding citizens, and to supervise and carry out programs in furtherance of said objective.
- Lodge Youth Activities Quarterly Report
- Click here to see more on CHEA Youth Activities
- For more information on Youth Activities at Grand Lodge