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Our Local Elk’s Lodge!!

“Believe in the goodness of thyself, as well as others”

Located at 64680 Pierson Blvd., our local Elk’s lodge has proven to become yet another group of community oriented people who aim to make a huge impact here in Desert Hot Springs. In speaking with exalted ruler Kathy Gavin (title not intended to intimidate… it literally means that she is the volunteer lead), I was able to grasp their vision for service within our community. Our local lodge was chartered on March 12,1982 and have held meetings every 2nd and 4th Thursday at their current location for 37 years.

Serving Our Community!!!

“We [aspire to] give back to our community, youth, and veterans. We hope to meet the needs [of our community] and encourage feedback from local agencies on what needs should be addressed by our organization. I am the one who [oversees] the non profit, and I lead a great team of people. [For example] we write grants and [host] various events [such as] the family fun day [we hosted] a couple of months ago. I’m hoping to do more of that. We [also] offer free dinner to veterans in need. “

Kathy added that the Elks has given back $20,000 back to children in the form of shoes, backpacks, and even hygiene packs. In addition, they have given $1000 to youth groups (Little League, Junior ROTC, Scouts, etc.) They have awarded scholarship funds for students attending college and vocational schools. One thing that really made me smile… They actually train students in service vocations at the lodge, and prepare them to enter the work force!
The Desert Hot Springs Elks will host their 25th annual golf tournament on 4/27! This epic charity event will host over 20 Marines from the 29 Palm Base… You still have time to sign up and sponsor a Marine! Contact KathyGintheDesert@gmail.com! or call 760-671-4521!

“I love DHS! I have been an active person in this community from the time I moved here in 2006. [I love] the positive energy of [the] people and I have met and have worked with. [This] has shown me that this community is unique. From my time with the Chamber of Commerce, the Women’s club, Advocates of The DHS library, the DHS Pick Up Crew and many more [groups] that I have been involved with, I see the DHS Elks as an asset to this community. “

Be sure to stop by the lodge for dinner! “We are open Sunday morning for breakfast, Monday and Friday nights for dinner… We [also] do occasional Saturday events as well. The menu? steak, liver, chicken fried steak, patty melts, and more!

Thank you Kathy and the Elks for advancing DHS!!!

Meet Dr. Kephyan Sheppard. He is a DHS/Palm Springs native. After graduating from Palm Springs High in 1996, track and field afforded him several collegiate and professional opportunities that saw him travel around the country as an athletic competitor. In 2004, after marrying his bride Tricina, he relocated his family back to the Desert Hot Springs. In that time he has served our city in multiple capacities as a an educator, member of clergy , a mentor to our youth, and beyond. He serves as the Community Champion for Advancing DHS and believes that his passion for the city is shared by many. His role is to spread positive news concerning Desert Hot Springs in an effort to enlighten some and enable others to see what many fail to realize… that DHS is simply amazing!

“I have been a part of this community nearly my entire life and I count it an honor to serve as your Community Champion.”

Advancing DHS was formed in 2018 as a vehicle to help change the perception of Desert Hot Springs, and promote the good things about this city. It is a registered with the Internal Revenue Service as a 501c3 charity, and with the California Attorney General’s Office as a regulated Charitable Trust.

Advancing DHS is governed by it’s five member Board of Directors:
Gary Gardner, President,
Courtney Moe, Vice President
James Nindel, Treasurer,
Charlette Franklin, Board Member
Ivan Sewell, Board Member.

I want to hear from you! Send feedback and suggestions, let me know what’s going on in your community, let’s have coffee! You can also become a financial supporter. This endeavor is fueled by generous donations from those who desire to help us present our beautiful city in a positive light! Just head over to www.advacingdhs.com!

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