Our California Hawaii Elks Association (CHEA) Convention in Fresno, California went extremely well. Our Honolulu Lodge received two awards, one being State Volunteer of the Year award. This award was made out to our very own Ronald Lockwood for his service on the National Veterans Service Committee. This award is well deserved. Ron spends many hours helping our Veterans throughout our Lodge and our community.
Our second award was a Special Citation President’s Achievement Award. This is an All District Award for Lodges that turned in all of their paperwork on time for the entire year. This wouldn’t have been possible without our Past Exalted Ruler, Byron Apo’s, leadership. Thank you, Ron and Byron, for your dedication to our Lodge and to all of Elkdom!
CHEA is a charitable organization that has been serving children with disabilities since 1950. There was an ‘Exalted Rulers March’ during this convention. Each Lodge, from each district, stands at the podium to announce how much money they’ve earned for Major Projects during the past year. Our Hawaii District came in 5th overall with the amount of $148,655.47. Our own Honolulu Lodge brought in $128,889.47 out of the $148,655.47. This amount was the most of any other Lodge in the march! Honolulu Lodge 616 continues to model and represent Elkdom to its fullest potential! Thank you all who contributed to this success!
Also during the convention, I had the honor of meeting our 2019 Theme Child, Liam. Even though he doesn’t have full control of his muscles and cannot speak much, I was able to witness so much love and joy through his expressions. Due to the generosity of the Elks, Liam and his family’s lives are made easier. It is in moments like this that I am proud to be an Elk!
Each year Elks focus on many things. This year primarily, Elks are focusing on serving two groups of people: children, who are our future, and Veterans, who have served to make our future brighter. On June 8th, we experienced the privilege of having our children and Veterans working together. Their combined efforts made our annual Flag Day ceremony a tremendous success. Each Boy Scout displayed a flag representing a different portion of the United States of America’s history. This inspiring event was orchestrated by our very own brother, Ron Lockwood.
Honolulu Elks Boy Scout Troop 616 is stronger than ever and are about to become stronger by welcoming in a new group of young women. This means that after all these years, young women can also achieve their dreams of becoming Eagle Scouts, the organization’s highest rank. This can offer lifelong academic and professional benefits.
Kumulokahi Elks 616 Canoe Club is in full swing with 60 plus boys and girls participating in the regatta paddling season. Canoe paddling is a great team sport which teaches children lifelong skills such as ocean awareness, teamwork, and it even keeps some of them off the streets.
I had the privilege to fulfill a Veteran’s wish by spreading his ashes out in front of Diamond Head. Michael J Coursey, a veteran of three wars and retired Merchant Marine, was 98 years young and had no next of kin. His friend, Maile, asked if we could help her spread Michael’s ashes using our canoe. Fellow Honolulu Elk member, Matt Chun, and I paddled Maile out to spread Michael’s ashes into the ocean as was his wish.
Have a safe and wonderful Fourth of July!
God Bless, Guy Larson-Hicks, Exalted Rulerby