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New officers installed at Santa Clarita Elks lodge

Following in his father’s footsteps Aguilar Jr. named Exalted Ruler

Posted: April 18, 2009 10:42 p.m.
Updated: April 19, 2009 4:55 a.m.

George Aguilar Jr., left, is the new Exalted Ruler of the Santa Clarita Elks Lodge. His father, right, is George Aguilar Sr., past Van Nuys Exalted Ruler.

The Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, Santa Clarita Lodge No. 2379, has installed new officers.

The new officers are: Exalted Ruler George Aguilar, Jr.; Leading Knight Cheryl Laymon;

Lecturing Knight Julie Whitman; Secretary George Aguilar Sr.; Treasurer Simone Swanson;

Esquire Ernest Jenkins; Tiler Fred Sandeen; Inner Guard Jim Johnson; Chaplin Kym Johnson;

Organist Dick Roelofs; Alternate Delegate and Outgoing Exalted Ruler Rick Dalton; First Year Trustee Bud Houston; Second Year Trustee Greg Nutter; Third Year Trustee Kelvin Swanson; Fourth Year Trustee Don Lehman and Fifth Year Trustee Mike Fisher.

George Aguilar, Jr. is the first Hispanic Exalted Ruler of the Santa Clarita Lodge. He is the son of George Aguilar Sr., who is Past Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge in Van Nuys.

"We are thrilled to have all of the new officers in place," said Cheryl Laymon, chairwoman of the Santa Clarita Elks Public Relations committee.

"This is going to be another fabulous year of fun and festivities with the Elks. Many people have heard of the Elks organization, but not everyone is aware of the good works we do for our community."

For example, the Elks:

n Give more scholarships than any other organization except the United States government.
n Give millions of dollars to handicapped children in California.
n Support hospitalized veterans with clothing and other necessities.
n Have the largest boy/girl sports event in America - the Elks Hoopshoot - with local, state and national contests that attract more than 3 million children annually.
n Sponsor eye examinations and give eyeglasses to thousands of children in California.
n Collect and redistribute more than $10 million annually nationwide through the Elks National Foundation.
n Sponsor Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, drug awareness programs and other local organizations through scholarships and monetary donations for needed materials and equipment.
n Have annual Easter and Christmas parties, Fourth of July and Memorial Day picnics for families of members.
n Hold an annual Senior Citizens' breakfast and donate food baskets to the needy families in the SCV.
n Have weekly family night (reduced price) dinners for our members, their families and invited guests.

For more information on how to join the Santa Clarita Elks Lodge in Canyon Country call (661) 251-1500.
Visit the Elks' web site at or for the Santa Clarita Elks Lodge.


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