The ladies and lads of the Elks Club had a successful vendor fair Nov. 9. There were 25 vendors who participated and everything you could imagine was available for purchase to kick off holiday shopping. Greeting cards, aprons, wood-crafted photo blocks, make-up, jewelry, leggings, Avon and Scentsy just to name a few but most items were hand-made. The ladies and lads also had nine homemade soups available in case shopping made you hungry. The proceeds of this event goes into the general funds as this is a non-profit organization.
The Yucaipa Elks Lodge was established in 1968 and moved to its current location in 1977. It all began with the Jolly Corks. Starting as a group of actors and entertainers bent on having fun and avoiding a New York Excise tax in 1867 (Sundays were the ‘dry’ day), this convivial group called themselves the Jolly Corks (for a clever trick with corks they performed on the uninitiated to win rounds of drinks). That same year as membership grew, some members saw the vision to become more helpful in the community. Alas, two feuding factions split the group over different philosophies. The latter faction moved forward with their new ideals and in Feb. of 1868, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks was chartered and with a great new spirit and direction, began to help Veterans, Scouting, Scholarships and more wherever charity, justice, bravery, and love where needed.
Sharon Tulledge, a co-chair of this event said “We do this every year and give back to major charity projects for instance to help the handicapped children.”
“I come here every year and really enjoy the craftsmanship of these ladies and men that have the ability to want to share their crafts,” said Angie Dark, a resident of Yucaipa.
“I like coming here as it is a nice atmosphere and for me, the craftsmanship is the best. The prices are well within a reasonable range,” said Dark.
Angie Hellman and Robin Crabill ventured out to do their first show together with decorated bags, jewelry and heat wraps.
“We found out about this event through the News Mirror in the community section, and this is exciting to see your labor of love out there for everybody else to appreciate and admire and we are going to be at the Woman’s Club on the 16th,” said Crabill.
“Through our church, The Church of God at 13th and Avenue E, we do fundraising to raise money all year and all the proceeds goes to our Christmas fund which helps underprivileged children have a Christmas,” said Linda R. Evans, Yucaipa resident and vendor. This is the fifth year they have been doing this type of fundraiser and the third year at the Elks.
“Most of what we have here have been supplied to us and we make it into something we can sell with 100% of what we make going to the Ecuador Christmas Project which is called Project M-25,” said Sandra Lidbom.
The Elks meet every second and fourth Thursday at 7 p.m., upstairs in the Lodge room and are looking for new members. Ages range for members from 35 plus. The Social Club room is open Mon. through Sat. at 3 p.m. They offer a Sunday breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the first and third Sunday of every month and lunch on the second and fourth Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and open to the public. An upcoming event posted on FaceBook is the Yucaipa Elks Lodge Jewelry Event, Jan. 12, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. where experts will test and evaluate each item (gold, diamonds, jewelry buying and free evaluation) and make cash offers on the spot but there is no obligation or pressure to sell your jewelry.
The Yucaipa Elks Lodge No 2389 is located at 12165 Second St. The facility is available for rental gatherings or the commercial kitchen for small businesses. For more information contact 797-7111 or elks.org.