By SUSAN SCHELL
Members of the Brookings Emblem Club gathered from far and wide at the Elks Lodge last weekend for the installation of the officers ceremony.
Mona Vandever, supreme president of the Emblem Club of America, flew in from Las Vegas and supreme marshall Lee Addressi traveled from Burbank, Calif. Past Supreme President Diane Creasy and her husband, Fred, were in town from Newport, and State President of Emblem Cindy McCarthey made the trip from Payette, Idaho.
The members performed the ceremony in their usual grandiose style, complete with marching, speeches, floor-length gowns and white gloves.
The Coast Guard attended the ceremony to post the colors.
Wally Burnett was installed as the 47th president of Brookings Emblem Club 265.
This is Burnetts second stint as president. She also served in 1987-88. Her sister, Cleo Reiling, is marshal and her mother, Esther Ketcham, is also an officer.
Burnetts theme is Let There be Peace. Her pin is a white dove; her colors are red and gold. Susan Bristow sang her rendition of Let There Be Peace in the World with a personal twist specifically for the Emblem Club.
Following the installation, a reception was held.
Areta Schock acted as mistress of ceremony at the dinner to honor all the newly installed officers.
The Emblem Club is a Fraternal Order, whose charity program is well-known throughout the state and community. During the past year, the club has made donations to the Oasis Shelter Home, the Boy Scouts of America and the Brookings-Harbor High School art department. They hosted the White City Veterans, marched in three community parades and are active in the Meals on Wheels program, a service that delivers food to the homebound.
The club sent Christmas cards to the troops and donated $500 to Donny Dotson of the police department to train police dog, Robbie. Emblem also holds disposal ceremonies for tattered American flags.
The club offers scholarships and regularly holds essay contests for local students to compete in, then rewards the winners for their achievement.