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Mission Viejo/Saddleback Valley Elks Installs New Officers

by: Andy Costello
Posted: March 21, 2017

MISSION VIEJO...Two hundreds-ten Elks members, families and guests recently celebrated Mission Viejo / Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge No. 2444 ("Elks Lodge") installation of Officers. Outgoing Exalted Ruler David McLeod of Mission Viejo expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the members for a very successful year. He praised his Corps of Officers and Committee workers for the numerous charitable accomplishments of the past twelve months and for increasing his membership goal of eleven-hundred men and women members. McLeod also offered his congratulations to the incoming Corps of Officers, pledging his support and wishing them success in the coming year.

Mission Viejo Saddleback Valley Lodge Officers installed



Exquire John Lee receives his jewels of office from Past Exalted Ruler Gloria LeCouvre



The new officers will be serving the Lodge for a term of one year starting April 1, 2017. They are: Exalted Ruler (Lodge president) Mike Long of Dove Canyon, Vice Presidents: Leading Knight Mike Klinger of Rancho Santa Margarita, Loyal Knight Jamie Camunas of Lake Forest, David LcLeod will fill in as Lecturing Knight until the position is filled.

Inner Guard Richard Capotosta receives his jewels from Past Exalted Ruler Irene Romero



Exalted Ruler jeweled by Past District Deputy Norm Jones



Also installed were: Lodge Secretary, Richard Heiman of Mission Viejo, Treasurer William (Bill) Bongartz of Lake Forest, Esquire John Lee of Mission Viejo, Chaplain Lane Keran of Rancho Santa Margarita, Five-Year Trustee Past District Deputy Harvey Boelts of San Juan Capistrano, Four-Year Trustee Dave Tucker of Mission Viejo, Three-Year Trustee Vicky Long of Dove Canyon, Two-Year Trustee Frank Scarpine of Mission Viejo and Trustee Chairman Basia Bills of Mission Viejo. Tiler Lia Faase of Laguna Niguel, Inner Guard Richard Capotosta, and Organist Andy Costello of Laguna Hills were also installed.

L to R Exalted Ruler Mike Long, Past First Lady Basia Bills, First Lady Vicky Long, and Past Exalted Ruler David McLeod.



First Lady Vicky and Exalted Ruler Mike Long



In his acceptance speech, newly elected Exalted Ruler Mike Long congratulated the outgoing officer corps saying, "This past year was one of the greatest years of accomplishment in our Lodges proud history." Long said that his motto for the year will be, "Elks Building a Better Community" He pledged to make his year a year of continued growth and increased involvement with the community's youth, the homeless, our veterans and active military. He highlighted the importance of the Lodge's continued involvement in charitable works within the Saddleback community.

Cake for Mike and Vicky Long


The Mission Viejo / Saddleback Elks Lodge No. 2444, celebrating forty-five (48) years of service to the Saddleback Valley communities, is one of ten lodges in the Orange Coast District of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) whose headquarters is in Chicago, Illinois. The BPOE is a charitable organization with a 149 year history of giving, "Elks Care, Elks Share." Photos:MVSVElks

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