HOMECOMING 2018 SEPTEMBER 21 & 22. 2018 Ottine Texas

Texas Elks Children’s Services, Inc. operates Elks Camp and the special grant program. Homecoming is an annual open-house activity. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for Elks, their spouses and supporters to view the facility first-hand and to have an old-fashioned family reunion.

In addition to renewing old friendships, many activities are conducted on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Activities will vary from year to year, but some are: silent auction/auction, a golf tournament, a Chili, Beans and Barbecue cook-off, horseshoes, etc. Special activities are usually scheduled at the local Lodges on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Homecoming is for you to come and see what YOU have accomplished! Come on out! Have fun, raise funds for TECSI and the First Lady project, visit with other Elks and Friends to exchange ideas, and to take pride in our state major project!

Days Until Homecoming!








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A Personal Letter and Invitation from First Lady Deb Adams

First Lady Activities – Homecoming 2018

Fred and I are super excited about Homecoming and all the wonderful activities planned for this year. We cherish every opportunity to be with our friends, fellow Elks, Sweethearts and all Elk supporters, especially when we have the privilege of coming together to do what we do best….. “raising money for the kids.”

During Homecoming, this year there will again be a First Lady’s store with a variety of items, both new and gently used.  Please solicit donations from your lodges / districts and drop these at the First Lady’s booth under the pavilion, when you arrive, so the items can be priced. Remember to bring items you would be interested in buying and those that are in good condition. The most popular items in the past have been, household objects such as candles, decorative serving trays, glassware, dishes, wall hangings, holiday decorations, kid’s games / toys and any handmade items. Some handmade items that have done well are jellies, jams, lap blankets/quilts, signs / wall hangings and pillows and picture frames, to name a few.

The First Lady’s booth will also include individual items such as gift baskets, metal signs and several other items that will be made available as prizes, to be given away at homecoming, or at future scheduled Elk events. Give-away dates will be provided as tickets are sold. Bottled water and TESA Directories will also be available for sale at the First Lady’s booth. ALL proceeds will benefit trips to Sea World for our summer campers.

I look forward to seeing you all soon! THANKS for supporting the kids!

Texas Elks are AWESOME!

Appointed Chairpeople

Each chairperson will form their own committee.

Cook Off Chairman – John Oswalt, PSP – Marshall # 683

Commando Cooking Challenge Chairman – Jon Perry – Fort Worth # 124

Golf Tournament Chairman – John Crouch – Harlingen # 1889

Registration Chairman – Mike Cropp – Mesquite # 2404

  1. V. Park Friday Night Dinner Hosts – Kirk Storey, PSP – Kerrville # 2081
  2. V. Park Host – Fred & Becky Crabtree – Greenville # 703

Cake/Spirit Walk – Hosted by:  Gulf Coast District – Andy Mishaga

Food – 1stLady Deb Adams will be providing lunch on Friday in the Dining Room

Breakfast Burritos – Saturday morning in the Dining Room – Jim & Chris Stansbury – San Angelo # 1880

Saturday Lunch/Hamburgers – Saturday Noon, by PanWest District – under BBQ Pavilion across from cottage

Blue Bell Ice Cream – Anita Beach & Family & Brenham Elks # 979 – Central District – next to the cottage under awning

Friday, September 21, 2018 Agenda

7:45 AM – Breakfast – Sweet rolls and pigs-in-the-blanket, juice & coffee in Dining Room (provided by TECSI – picked up by Staff).

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM – Contributions accepted inside the building.

10:00 AM – TECSI Board Meeting (Archives Room)

10:00 AM – Commando Cooking Challenge – See Jon Perry, Chairman – Donations for pre-registration collected near R. V.  Park under tent/canopy.

12:00 PM – Anyone desiring long cooking hours on briskets may begin.  Prior to cooking, register with Cook Off Chairman, John Oswalt PSP.

12:00 PM – Registrationbegins at Noon in front of the Pavilion.  There will also be registration in the R. V. Park.

Please register in one place only – but please remember to register.

12:00 PM – First Lady and Sweetheart Booths open

12:00 PM – 1stLady Deb Adams will be serving pulled pork sandwiches, all the trimmings, potato salad and macaroni salad for lunch in the Dining Room.

12:00 PM –TECSI Pin Sales under Pavilion – see TECSI Staff

2:00 PM – Chefs pickup basket for Commando Cooking Challenge

4:00 PM – Triple “C” Appetizer Cooking begins at 4:00 PM with turn in at 4:30 PM.

4:30 PM – Homecoming Registration closes

5:00 PM – Booths close

5:00 PM – Triple “C” Entrée Cooking begins, with turn in at 5:45 PM.

6:00 PM – R. V. Park Friday Night Dinner – Kirk Storey, PSP – Kerrville # 2081 will provide the main course.   We are asking everyone to bring a side dish to share.  This is for everyone to attend and enjoy, not just the people staying in the R. V. Park.

6:00 PM – Triple “C” Dessert Cooking begins, with turn in at 7:00 PM.

Saturday, September 22, 2018 Agenda

7:00 – 9:00 AM – Breakfast Burritos served in the Dining Room, for your generous donation, sponsored by Jim & Chris Stansbury, San Angelo # 1880. Everyone is welcome to come enjoy and support TECSI.

7:00 AM – Cook Off officially begins for pinto beans, barbeque & chili in the R. V. Park.

7:00 AM – Check in for the Golf Tournament– Gonzales Independence Park Golf Course

8:30 AM – Homecoming Registration – Pavilion – Mike & Nancy Cropp – Mesquite # 2404

8:30 AM – Welcome – Pavilion

Invocation – Al McLoughlin, TECSI Board

Introduction of TECSI Staff – Sandi Kennedy, TECSI Executive Director

Introduction of TESA First Lady – Deb Adams explains her project.

Flag Raising Ceremony – Roy Chambers – Pan West District

Introduction of TECSI Board & Alternates – TECSI Board Chairman, Al McLoughlin

Introduction of State Officers – TESA President, Fred Adams

Introduction of State Elk of the Year – TESA President, Fred Adams

Introduction of Special Guest – TECSI Executive Director, Sandi Kennedy

9:00 AM – Showmanship Judging for all Cook Off’s

9:30 AM – Contributions accepted inside the building (see TECSI Bookkeeper, Kimberlee Ramirez)

9:30 AM – Pick up Red Pigs, Red Pig Posters, Red Pig Pins, Stickers & Brochures for Lodge use (see Vanessa Lang-Perry) -Pavilion

9:30 AM – TECSI Pin Sales – see TECSI Staff Table – Pavilion

9:30 AM –Sweetheart Tables, Arts & Crafts Sales, Silent Auctions, Raffles, etc. – Pavilion

9:30 AM – 1stLady’s Booth – Country Store Booth, Holiday Booth, TESA Directories, Water, and other miscellaneous items for sale.

10:00 AM – Turn in Pinto Beans for Judging – Rally Room, R. V. Park

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM & 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM – Cake/Spirit Walk – Hosted by the Gulf Coast District – Pavilion

11:00 AM – Turn in Chili for Judging – Rally Room, R. V. Park

11:30 AM – Hamburgers prepared & sold by PanWest District to support TECSI under the BBQ Pavilion across from cottage.

11:30 AM – Blue Bell Ice Cream sold under the awning by the Cottage to support TECSI – Anita Beach & Family & Brenham Elks # 979

12:30 – 2:00 PM – Cake/Spirit Walk resumes – Pavilion

1:00 PM – Turn in Ribs for Judging – Rally Room, R. V. Park

1:00 PM – Guided Tour of Facility by TECSI Executive Director, Sandi Kennedy – meet in lobby next to Archives Room.

Further Introductions will be made upon the return of the Golf Tournament players.

     Introductions of State & District Sweethearts – Vanessa Lang, Interlodge Chairperson

     Introduction of Past State Presidents – Advisory Committee, TESA Advisory – Wayne Christopher, PSP

     Introduction of Grand Lodge Dignitaries – Wayne Christopher, PSP

     Introduction of PGER’s –  Wayne Christopher, PSP

2:00 PM – All Raffles & Silent Auctions must be closed and winners announced

2:00 PM – Turn in Brisket for Judging – Rally Room, R. V. Park

2:30 PM – Turn in “Anything on the Pit” for Judging – Rally Room, R. V. Park

3:00 PM – Live Auction of Sweetheart items – Pavilion

4:30 PM – Registration closes


5:00 PM – The Gonzales Elks Lodge # 2413 opens at 5:00 PM.  They will be serving full menu.

After the Live Auction closes:


First Lady’s Project – 1stLady, Deb Adams

TECSI Board Chairman – Al McLoughlin

6:00 PM – Presentation of Trophies & Ribbons for competitive events under the Pavilion by Cook Off Chairman, John Oswalt PSP; Golf Tournament Chairman, John Crouch; and Commando Cooking Challenge, Chairman, John Perry

Closing Remarks – Mike Cropp, Homecoming Chairman

TESA President Elect – Andy Mishaga – Remarks

TESA President – Fred Adams – Remarks


Benediction – Al McLoughlin, TECSI Board