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Big BBQ this SAT and Garden Grove Elk Events

by: Pierino “Zap” Zappella
Posted: July 7, 2020

GARDEN GROVE...Santa Maria Big BBQ Drive Thru Order and Pick Up this Saturday July 11th with choice of TriTip, Ribs, or Chicken dinner with three sides ($15.00) and the COMBO dinner ($20.00) with three meats and three sides. Come early to avoid being sold out. Starts at 11 AM. Such a bargain! We sold 535 meals last month.    Always open for new members who wish to support our local community with charitable events. Corner of Trask and Newhope. Now less than 10 minutes waiting in line.

Other happenings at the Garden Grove Elks Lodge include:

The Garden Grove Elks Lodge Roof Sign received a Makeover from members of the Travel Club.     The following listed members donated the funds to renew the colors on the sign after many years of sun exposure which  faded the script lettering.    Thank You one and all from all the lodge members.

L-R: Tony Lopez Exalted Ruler 2020-21,  George Flores Travel Club President,   Shawn Tokudomi, Laurie Lincoln (owner of Main Street Experiences Travel Agent), Jennifer Lum Lee, Katrina Martin, Rosie Sablan, and Erika Flores.    All the ladies work in the office of Main Street Experiences Travel Agencies.


Purple Pig is the major project of the California-Hawaii Elks for disabled children providing 32 professional therapists to visit families at their home and in addition to providing therapy when no other organization will and also provide pre-school vision screening.

Certificates were presented to Purple Pig donors for achieving Millennium Plus category for their donations (left:right)  Tony  Lopez Exalted Ruler 2020-21  $2,000 Club, Karen Stuetz-Garland $2,000 Club and current Esquire’s Lady, and to Millennium  Club members Rick Ross (Henry)  PER 2012-13 and Paul “Skip” Sjoberg Esquire 2019-2021 (not available for photo), and Bud Preston (Ferol)  Elk Enders President $2,000. 


This last Saturday the Garden Grove Elks Lodge had an outdoor social distance with masks family picnic for its members. A young man,  Joseph Driscoll,   only 19 years old and a graduate of Garden Grove High School who volunteered to be Elroy the Elk.   He has joined the Army and is awaiting to be called and was originally scheduled to be deployed before the Covid-19 virus. His grandfather, Tom Driscoll, was a 26 year member of the Garden Grove Elks, and his grandmother, Nancy Driscoll, is a recent past president of the of the Garden Grove Emblem Club, an Auxiliary Elks Lodge Club.   Volunteering at the Elks has always been Joe’s favorite thing to do. Thank You Joe from the Elks and for your soon military service.

L-R: Tony Lopez Exalted Ruler 2020-21 with his wife First Lady Alma Lopez, Elroy the Elk (Joe Driscoll), and Judy Bainto Assistant Chaplain


A new member, Sheryl Williams, who has shown she enjoys participating/volunteering  in lodge activities and is currently the chairperson for Lapsation (calling members for yearly dues), enjoys the BBQ events with food preparation help,  karaoke night (awaiting to commence), and all allowed events during this virus. Sheryl loves being an Elk and the new friends she has met at the lodge and shows it every time she is at the lodge.    

Congratulations Sheryl Williams

Photos:Garden Grove Elks

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