Sunday, May 7, was the annual Elks Ritual Contest held at Santa Ana Lodge. Our team of officers took part in the Ritual after two months of weekly practice sessions.
The whole purpose of the exemplification of the ritual is to impress the candidate’s being initiated as members with the lesson it teaches. The ceremony should be presented at all times from this standpoint. There is no activity throughout Elkdom that more consistently and continually furthers the fundamental principles of our Order than a dignified and impressive rendition of the ritual. One of the most important contributions the officers of all Lodges can make is an impressive induction of a candidate into our great Order. Under the direction of Ritual Coach Dan Roach, Newport Harbor Lodge team came in second among the lodges where some officers read their parts. Even though our team was not part of the main competition, they spent over two months meeting weekly to prepare for the Ritual. Our Officers deserve a hardy pat on the back for their time, effort, and for representing our lodge at this important ritual.
The event was not all serious business, a ‘tailgate party’ also took place after the ritual contest and before the announcement of Ritual winners. Lodges from the Orange Coast District each set up canopies, tables and chairs. All were filled with a variety of food and drink. Our Yacht Club donated fried chicken and officers families and lodge members brought lots of delicious side dishes for the party. All the lodges enjoyed visiting other lodges canopies to share food, drink and friendly comradely. It was an exciting day!