Fire, Police departments provide ongoing mutual aid
Support for fellow Bay Area residents who lost loved ones and property in what is being called the worst firestorm in California history began pouring out of Alameda last week. The social media group Alameda Peeps filled a rented truck with donations for fire victims last Friday.
Michael Proffitt, 17, was required to earn 21 merit badges on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout. As the highest rank in Boy Scouts. Some 2,250,000 boys have achieved Eagle rank since the award was first presented in 1912.
The 47th annual Elks Hoop Shoots Alameda city finals contest was held Friday, Jan. 10, at the Alameda Point Gym. The hoop shoots contest consists of a free -throw shooting competition where each contestant has 25 opportunities to shoot a basketball into the hoop. The contestants that participated in the city finals must live in Alameda or attend an Alameda school. The participants also had to qualify by winning the initial round tournament played at various parks throughout the city.
The Alameda Elks Lodge No. 1015 recently contributed time and funds to the Alameda Parks and Recreation Department (ARPD) so that it might continue the famed T-shirt baseball league based at Krusi Park. “I cannot express how important it is to our children participating in this program,” said Lodge Chaplin Dan Timney. “It helps them become better people, develop socially and brings enthusiasm to their young lives.” Elks’ funding went directly to the kids through the purchase of T-shirts, sponsorships that help low-income parents with enrollment and baseball equipment for the year.
The Alameda Elks Lodge No. 1015, 2255 Santa Clara Ave., would like to welcome back all previous members. Come back and just $1 will cover membership dues for the rest of October and all of November.
Previous members who take advantage of this offer will not have to pay past dues if they stopped their memberships before 2016. The Elks would love to have former members back, they have been doing so much for the community and having fun doing it.
Alameda’s high-school seniors are working hard on college applications and at the same time families are exploring scholarship and financial aid options. The Benevolent Order of the Elks looks forward to another active year supporting these local students as they apply for the Elks National Most Valuable Student (MVS) scholarships. Posters and information on this national scholarship program have been forwarded to all the local high schools.
The Alameda Homeless Network is hosting the 26th annual Have a Heart Gala from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, April 15. The network is a non-profit organization dedicated to securing funds to keep the Midway Shelter operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Join the fun at the gala and bid on exciting silent auction packages. A raffle will be held for a $500 grand prize. Mingle with friends, enjoy a great dinner and help build a stronger, safer community.
The 2017 Elks Most Valuable Student scholarship contest is currently open to any high school senior who is a United States citizen. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership and financial need.
Alameda Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler Shirley Bierman and her husband, Ric, await the arrival of guests at last Friday evening’s Veterans Day Dinner at the Elks Lodge. As part of a long-standing tradition the Elks honor the military each year on Veterans Day.