1538 Wins District Ritual Competition (updated)

Our amazing Lodge 1538 Officers won the West Central Coast Elks District 1240 Ritual Competition on May 5 in Lompoc, entitling them to compete at the CHEA Convention in Palm Springs in the State-level competition. We send our officers to Palm Springs with our thoughts and prayers for success. Congratulations to all our Lodge Officers who won Second Place in their individual competitions; and to Louie Torres, Jr., who won First Place Lecturing Knight. Your Elks are incredibly proud of the commitment to excellence exemplified by our Officers!

Update: During the state convention in Palm Springs the Officers of Santa Maria Elks Lodge #1538 competed in the state ritual competition on Thursday May 25th. Despite a good performance by Santa Maria with a very high score of 97.0619 out of 100, we did not make the cut for the Final 4 Competition held the next day. However our Lodge Inner Guard Jami Sherrer and Esteemed Lecturing Knight Louie Torres both received First Place All State Honors!


St. Baldrick’s Event (Bald For Lexi)

The 3rd Annual St. Baldrick’s Event (Bald For Lexi) was held at the Santa Maria Elks Lodge 1538 on Sunday March 19, 2017.  This annual event brought more that 55 volunteers and hundreds of participants from all over the Central Coast.  We had the pleasure to cover this great event for an even greater cause.

For information about St Baldrick’s please visit their website at St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

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Citizen & Student of the Year Awards

Diane Alleman-Stevens was named Citizen of the Year at the event held May 3rd. A past Lodge officer’s wife, Mrs. Alleman-Stevens donates countless hours to our local community and truly epitomizes the term “self-giving.” Students who were honored as Student of the Month during this past year were also fêted!



Elks Rodeo Queen/Auction Kick-Off Dinner 4/21/2017

The Queen Kickoff & Auction Dinner was held Friday, April 21st at Elks Lodge 1538. The event was the official unveiling of this year’s 2017 Rodeo Queen Candidates and their sponsoring organizations ~ please support the candidates in their fundraising efforts!

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Installation of Officers and Inaugural Ball – 4/1/2017

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Committee Chairs Breakfast 3/26/17

A delicious breakfast was had by Committee Chairs and our new Exalted Ruler, Tony Dart, who pledged his commitment to supporting them. Kim Newman summarized how best to submit material for inclusion in our award-winning Elks Horn, as well as effective timelines; Louie Torres reported on the success of our new Lodge website. Committee Chairs were encouraged to use these two Elk assets to promote their work.

Each Chair present introduced themselves and spoke briefly about their committee’s focus.

CHEA State President Homecoming 2017

The tables were set, the Santa Maria Elks Lodge was decorated, and the BBQ was on. Lance Erickson and Lady Karen, his Shining Stars and Elk dignitaries were at Lodge 1538 to celebrate the annual homecoming event.


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