Santa Maria Elks Lodge #1538 and Elks Foundation
to Receive the Spirit of Santa Maria Award

The Santa Maria City Council and Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Commission will recognize the Elks Lodge #1538 and its Elks Recreation Foundation as the recipients of the 2017 Spirit of Santa Maria Award at the Tuesday, August 15th City Council meeting.

The Spirit of Santa Maria Award is a civic recognition program aimed at those individuals, organizations and/or businesses that contribute a significant amount of time, effort, resources, or funding towards addressing community concerns, thus improving the quality of life in Santa Maria. The goal of the program is to not only provide an opportunity to highlight and explain a wonderful program or community issue that has been improved through the efforts of Santa Maria residents, but also to emphasize that community service is important to the overall well-being of a community.

The Elks Lodge and its non-profit organization, Elks Recreation, have been staples of the community for years, annually coordinating the Elks Rodeo and Parade which will mark its 75th year in 2018.  The Elks Rodeo and Parade are outstanding community events that foster community leadership, citizen participation, and community vision and pride — three of the National Civic League areas of achievement. The Elks displayed community leadership in recruiting over 300 volunteers for this year’s rodeo and parade, and they provided opportunities for the citizen participation through the promotion of the “Go Rodeo Days” encouraging people and businesses to dress and participate thematically in the spirit of the rodeo. The Elks also excelled in securing 144 community entries into the parade, ensuring a large number of community participation in the parade, and drawing an audience of thousands of viewers. This year, the rodeo secured national television coverage enhancing Santa Maria’s community vision and pride in local and civic traditions. Due to its effort in embodying civic-mindedness, the Elks Lodge #1538 and its Elks Recreation Foundation are deserving recipients of the Spirit of Santa Maria Award.

Questions may be directed to the Recreation and Parks Department at (805) 925-0951 extension 2260.