The New Website

Your Newport Elks website has been remodeled to be easier to read, faster to display and, most importantly, easier and faster to edit and update. Our old website was nice but was a little too "webmaster" dependent and, frankly, was a bit of a chore to maintain.

It was intended to have committee chairpersons and officers write their own articles  and notices of new events. But it just didn't happen that way. The editor was functional but a little cumbersome and there were just too many 'little steps' to remember in order to post an article.

Internet Buzz Word Warning: CMS - Content Management System

So we've come up with a new CMS , which is "designed" to be easier to use, in the hope that those members with content to submit... will learn to submit it themselves. The new CMS is far simpler to use but still has a small learning curve. But anyone who can compose a word doc can create or edit a document/article with it.

The first thing you've noticed, I'm sure... is the home page is a short repeating video extolling some of the visual features of our great community, Newport Harbor/ Beach. We decided to go with the "If you've got it, FLAUNT it"  marketing philosophy because, let's face it.. Baby, We've Got It!! 

The Newport Beach community and surrounding area is remarkable and the Newport Harbor Elks Lodge has supported its civil services, clubs and organizations and charities for over 60 years. We take pride in our community and what we have done to help and that's  what this new website is all about.

  • The tech used to present "not-on-demand video" embedded in the website is streamed by YouTube and Vimeo web services. As such, we don't have to host the video ourselves or pay for the immense bandwidth it uses. Unfortunately, neither service offers support for cell phones and similar devices in this context. But the good news, all our pages are "responsive" and should be compatible with your cell phone. 

Using This Website

Surfs Up, Dude... Surfing The Website

Chances are... you are an old pro at navigating your way around websites and you've already got the website pretty much figured out.  However, there just may be more to the eye here than you suspected.  So stick with me here and you may pick up a thing or two. At the very least, you can marvel at how my spell checker makes it appear that I can actually spell.

If you are new to exploring websites or at least this one, come along with me now as I spin a delightful little tale about what information and services we have here, how to find it... and how it can benefit you. Don't worry... its really quite simple.  Just ignore the man behind the curtain. 

Remember now... this is Site Navigation 101.  So please don't be offended if I tend to overstate the obvious.  There is no doubt in my mind that you know what you're doing... but others may benefit from a recap of the basics.

Browsers... What You Use is What You Get

The Internet and all websites therein are accessed by a software program called a 'browser'.  Different computer operating systems and different devices, such as tablets and cell phones, use different types of browsers... and no two browsers are created equal.  Oh, they are supposed to act and display websites in the same manner.  But they just don't.  Some folk just don't always play by the rules.

For computers running a Windows operating system, there are essentially 3 primary browsers you can use; Internet Explorer... which comes pre-installed with Windows... FireFox and Google's Chrome.  The latter two generally play by the rules so everything on a website appears as it should.  Internet Explore, however, is a major pain to website developers as it plays by its own rules and may not always present a website as it was designed. Developers are often forced to write oodles of extra code to trick IE into behaving properly. If you use IE and find it slow or displaying websites incorrectly, you may want to consider downloading and installing one of the other browsers mentioned above. They are both free and very simple to install.

The browsers that come with various mobile devices are also different and can make a website appear very differently than intended. Plus, smaller devices such as cell phones have a little problem trying shove content designed to be viewed onto at least a 17" monitor on a tinny weeny little screen. Our website now uses a new technology called 'Responsive Design" which, in theory, will detect the type of device and browser you are viewing the website with... and will adjust the display accordingly... even configuring and shoving it onto your small cell phone.


Volunteer to Help Us, Help You...
Our Charities and The Lodge

These are challenging times for most Americans and certainly the ELKS lodges throughout our nation have felt the crunch as well. Many are struggling for their very existence and are trying to find ways to keep their doors open.

Many lodges are learning that they have to cut operational costs or increase the costs of membership dues, food and beverages... just to break even. Obviously, this is undesirable and akin to putting a band aid on a sucking chest wound.

My original intent was to share a compelling narrative that would inspire us all to understand our lodge's dire need for volunteers to help in almost every aspect of the operation of our lodge and the charities we sponsor and support.  But then, I realized that folk far more eloquent than I have already covered this subject quite extensively.

And so, without further ado...  here's what these famous folk want you to do and understand. If you disagree, don't shoot. I am only the messenger...-

Here's to all volunteers, those dedicated people who believe in all work and no pay.

Robert Orben

Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this
nation's compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another.

Erma Bombeck

Volunteers are paid in six figures... S-M-I-L-E-S.
Gayla LeMaire

Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.
Albert Schweitzer

Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls.
David Thomas

The breeze, the trees, the honey bees — All volunteers!
Juliet Carinreap

It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference.
~Tom Brokaw

History of The Internet

What is The Internet and Where Did it Come From?

​The Internet or "Web", as it is commonly referred to, is not really anything new.  In one form or another, it has actually been around since man first discovered caves and realized their potential. Certainly, having a roof over your head was a big plus. Protection from the elements and the occasional falling asteroid was all the rave and pretty soon, everybody wanted one.  The Cave Market boomed!!

However, 9 out of 10 archaeologists agree1,  that it was not the protection aspect of caves that was so appealing to early man.  No, the main attraction of caves was the advertising space.  All those walls... just crying out to be tagged in one form or another.

1  67.5% of all of statistics are made up on the spot.

Of sure, it started out innocently enough, probably as cave art to serve as public service announcements.  A simple drawing of a mastodon devouring one of the tribe. The message: "Stay away from Mastodons".  Good tip, thanks.

However,  we have discovered numerous ancient caves where the walls are littered with drawings of herds of antelope-like creatures all gathered together on a plain or around a water hole. Above the drawings are cryptic characters that we have not been able to interpret... but most likely they said something like "Eat at Cronks" or "Last Stop for Gas Before The Bronze Age".

So, today we call it "The Web".  Back then, it was "The Wall".  But both had the same purpose and function.  A public bulletin board of sorts to share information and promote enterprise. (Cont)