On April 13, Lodi Elks Lodge No. 1900 hosted an appreciation mimosa brunch for all Elk members who volunteered their time and energy to make the lodge a beautiful place to socialize in and fulfill our charitable endeavors in the community.
Dave Binning, Junior Past Exalted Ruler and master of ceremony, honored three individuals who excelled in each category. They were awarded with certificates of merit. They were Tasso Kandris, citizen of the year; Dave Telles, officer of the year; and Julie Traxler, Elk of the year.
Tasso Kandris, a Woodbridge resident, along with his wife Gertie have been among the community’s most active residents. Kandris is an immigrant from Greece who survived gunfire during World War II. He immigrated to the United States at Ellis Island in 1946 and didn’t learn English until the 7th grade. His wife Gertie is also an immigrant from Germany, and they both met here almost 16 years ago.
An American success story, he is credited for helping improve downtown Woodbridge’s appearance, resulting in Woodbridge becoming a model for San Joaquin County historical development. He helped create a community neighborhood watch program, is active with the county’s mental health and substance abuse board nd monitors activities by the Woodbridge Sanitary District in order to preserve clean water.
Dave Telles went above and beyond the scope of his duties as chairman of the board of trustees for the lodge. On top of his regular duties of monitoring the expenses of the lodge in its best interest, he worked with the Bingo committee to provide a successful startup on the lodge Bingo program. He coordinated the upgrade of the lodge kitchen with volunteer labor to keep expenses down.
He coordinated with the grand lodge in getting their approval for improvements to the lodge’s parking lot, as well as securing the bids for the work and scheduling the work with minimum interruptions to the lodge’s daily activities.
Julie Traxler has been a dedicated Elk for many years, always helping out on various activities behind the scene. In addition to cooking and cleaning and acquiring charity raffle gifts from local businesses or fellow Elks on a number of events, she has managed to help make each event she’s worked on a successful one, thus fulfilling our community obligation.
She was the First Lady to her husband when he was Exalted Ruler, assuming the role of coordinating all social functions in the lodge. She did such a fantastic job that three other following Exalted Rulers requested her to be their First Lady as well. She has been actively involved in the Emblem Club which contributes money to the Elks Charities. She does the District contact book for all 11 lodges in our district. She has been hospitality chairman for the District, State and National Elk Conventions.
— Source: Eileen Dugan
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