Oh What a Day!
On Wednesday, July 26, Newport Harbor Elks hosted its second harbor cruise for visually impaired veterans from the Long Beach Veterans Hospital. Phil Bradley, Veterans Chairman with the assistance of Maureen Schaller, Lodge Trustee coordinated the event.
It was a beautiful sunny day to treat 20 veterans plus their aides and bus driver to a harbor cruise. The veterans arrived at 9:30 am to a ‘welcome and get-to-know-you’ continental breakfast before boarding 3 covered pontoon boats. The boats were captained by members Frank Cuccia, Dan Roach and David Armstrong. The feel of the sun, the breeze and the ocean smells were enjoyed by the veterans and Elk volunteers. Two of the sightless veterans stated they tried to touch the water but couldn’t reach it from the boat. Next year we’ll find a way that they can touch the water to cover that sense of ‘touch’.