Elks Lodge 1538 Welcomes “Antlers” Chapter

A group of youth aged 12-20 are being welcomed to the Santa Maria Elks youth program (“Junior Elks”), one of only a few chapters chartered nationwide. This program encourages  young people in our communities to get involved with the Elks in the many service-related projects our Lodges sponsor. Learn more about Antlers on their website!

Elks Family Picnic

This year’s Family picnic went very well. We had “Chamber of Commerce weather” (really pleasant), and enjoyed the traditional activities of years past with a few new activities. We had games for all age groups, and kids of ALL ages (i.e., moms and dads) played in the bounce houses, got into the tug of war games, had their faces painted, participated in the egg toss, ran a three-legged race, and enjoyed delicious food!  Prizes included a donated $50 gift card from Walmart, bowling for 4 donated by Rancho Bowl in Santa Maria, Candy Trophies, and McDonald’s gift cards! The great DJ Frankie “G” really kept the music going!

There were information booths from valley organizations such as: The Elks Lodge 1538 Antlers, Santa Maria BMX, the YMCA, the Catholic Daughters of St Mary’s, the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion. People enjoyed free ice cream and fellowship throughout the day. Many enjoyed one of this year’s new attractions, a volleyball court located in the middle of the information booths. It was fun!

For me, there were 2 highlights of the day: the first was a tug of war competition between 10-year-old and under girls VS the Lodge Officers! One would think that grown adults would have it in the bag but… that was not to be. Sad to say the officers did not stand a chance against the enthusiastic girl-powered group! They took out the officers in about 30 seconds! In fact, the girl-powered group was 2 for 2 on the day and beat the 10 and under boys too!

The Lodge Officers, with the assistance of the Antler parents, did manage to redeem themselves by taking out the Antlers in a tug of war duel… that’s one for the old guys.

Another highlight was a new attraction, a watermelon-eating contest. To keep things competitive, there were three different age groups: 10 and under, 11– 6 and 17 and over. What a spectacle! I knew we would have many contestants in the younger age groups but I did not expect so many adults participating! In fact the winner in the 17-and-over category was a fifty-ish year old guy! (Good thing he did not have dentures, eh?)

Overall it was a really great day ending with a flag retirement ceremony, a perfect example of God, family, and country … aka Elkdom. It does not get any better in my opinion. It was great seeing all the people I call friends. If you were not able to attend I really hope you make it next year!

Esteemed Lecturing Knight,
Louie Torres

Elks Soccer Shootout – Sept 9 or Sept 23

No charge to participate!
Four age groups for boys & girls

  • 7 years and under
  • 8 & 9 years
  • 10 & 11 years
  • 12 & 13 years
    Age group is determined by the age of contestant as of August 1

Saturday Sept 9 – 9 am-12 noon (tie-breakers will be determined by 12:30 pm)
Orcutt Academy High School – 610 Pinal Street, Orcutt     map
Saturday Sept 23 – 9 am – 12 noon (tie-breakers will be determined by 12:30 pm)
Adam Park (across from Minami Community Center) – 600 West Enos Drive      map

Final winners will be determined on September 23:
the top 3 winners of each age group (both boys and girls) will receive medals presented to them at a dinner ceremony at the Elks Lodge, to which their parents will also be invited.

For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Eddie Navarro, Elks Soccer Shoot Chairman – at 805.720.3581

40 Bicycles donated to local area youth

Once again Santa Maria Elks Lodge #1538 leads the way in supporting our community. The Lodge purchased 40 bicycles for local area fosters children. The Elks purchased the bikes with an ENF promise grant of $2500. The bikes were assembled by Charlie Castillo, Cliff Scoles and others.
One young guy riding hard to show off his skids

One young guy riding hard to show off his skids.

 Assisting the Elks in distributing and adjusting the bikes was the county office of Children’s Welfare Services, Ken – the owner of Bici Centro ( a local non-profit business in Santa Maria) and the Righetti Warriors Football team.

Our County Our Kids

Our County Our Kids Team

 The Elks also provided a nice hamburger and french fry lunch to all in attendance free of charge. The promise grant will remain in effect for the next 4 years. We look forward to supporting our youth in future years.

Keith Summers, Charlie Castillo and Trustee Mike Ardnt

Keith Summers, Charlie Castillo and Trustee Mike Ardnt

Santa Maria Elks Donate $1000 to the First Tee Program

Santa Maria Elks Donate to the 1st Tee Program

Santa Maria Elks Donate to the 1st Tee Program

Santa Maria Elks Golf Committee Chair Hank Rickett presents a check of $1000.00 to Julia Puschek of The First Tee Central Coast.

The First Tee is an international youth development organization introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to young people. Through after school and in school programs, they help shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by reinforcing values like integrity, respect and perseverance through the game of golf. And it’s making a difference.
That is why the Santa Maria Elks Golf Committee has supported First Tee Central Coast for the last two years.  Support like this enables First Tee Central Coast to provide financial aid to 60% of the boys and girls participating in their programs at 13 golf courses from Carpenteria to Morro Bay.

Fathers Day Brunch “Sold Out”

The 2017 Elks 1538 Father’s Day Brunch was a complete success.   This years event brought families together from all over the state.  It was such a well attended event that the Elks actually sold out before 11:00 am.

Before we forget, the Santa Maria Elks would like to say “Thank You and Happy Father’s Day” to all our Members, Veterans, Arm Forces and non members alike.

Here are some pictures of the event!


74th Elks Parade Part 2

Second part of the 74 Santa Maria Elks Parade….  There is still more pictures to come!

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74th Elks Parade

The 2017 74th Santa Maria Elks Parade was a total success with thousands of people in attendance.  This year the parade included more the 150 participants and has been a landmark event for both the City of Santa Maria and the Elks.  Here are a few pictures of the parade with more to come in a coming hours.

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Flag Day Ceremony June 11

The Officers and Members of Santa Maria Elks Lodge 1538 cordially invite you to attend our Flag Day Ceremony to be held at 2pm June 11. A cold cut buffet will be served following the ceremony.