Newport Harbor Cruise for Visually Impaired Veterans

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’.

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Beacon Grant

Greetings from your Veterans Committee Chair Phil Bradley. In the May issue of the Harbor Light it was noted, we were approved for a Beacon Grant of $2,000, thanks to Karen Roach applying for the same.

The Beacon Grant makes it possible for the Newport Harbor Elks Lodge to offer approximately 20/30 blind and visually impaired veterans a wonderful day on the Harbor along with a breakfast/lunch venue. We are tentatively planning this event for late July or early August. If anyone would like to offer their Duffy’s or volunteer their time please look for the next upcoming article in the July Harbor Light or contact me.

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Boy Creates A Flag For A Class Assignment

 At a distance it looks like an American Flag, but a closer inspection reveals it’s also an army – one comprised of 4,466 toy soldiers. High school senior Jacob Feazel from Peru, Indiana created a 4’x6′ American flag using the classic plastic toy ‘army guys.’

In an interview with WishTV,  he said, “The soldiers are what make the U.S. free, you know? They fight for us so I figured it’s honoring them by putting them in the flag.”

Feazel has received multiple offers to buy his creation, and Grissom Air Reserve base has expressed interest in displaying it. Aside from entering it into a scholarship competition and local art shows, he plans on keeping it.

Harbor Cruise For Sightless Veterans

 

Harbor Cruise for Sightless Veterans

Wednesday, April 27 was a beautiful sunny day for a harbor cruise for 15 sightless veterans from the Long Beach, California Veterans Hospital. The event was hosted by Angela Anderson, Newport Harbor Lodge Veteran’s Chairman and several lodge volunteers.

The cruise began with a morning welcome to the lodge, introductions, pastries and drinks. Then the veterans were loaded onto 2 Duffy boats and 1 pontoon boat for a 1-1/2 hour harbor cruise. The feel of the sun, the breeze and the ocean smells brought smiles to the veterans and Elk volunteers.

After the cruise, everyone enjoyed a ham and crispy chicken tender lunch with all the trimmings and lots of desserts. There was lots of conversation throughout the day since the lodge had some of their veterans there to share military stories and a few laughs.

The day ended with a special gift bag of goodies and a $25 Target Gift Certificate given to each veteran. This was the second year Newport Harbor Elks hosted this event and we’re already looking forward to next year’s event.