Philip M. Parlett has been installed as exhalted ruler of the Westchester Elks Lodge #2050.
The lodge is celebrating its 49th year.
Other officers installed include:
Alecia Huhn, local knight;
Sheryl Jones, lecturing knight;
Stan Clark, past exalted ruler, secretary;
Joe Namnam, past district deputy grand exalted ruler, treasurer;
Rob Sitter, tiler; and
Walt Diver, five-year-trustee, past district deputy grand exalted ruler.
Appointed officers who were installed include:
Brad Gaian, esquire;
Maria Rossi, chaplain;
Jeff Beth, inner guard;
Martin Trouillon, assistant tiler;
Lan Strattan, past exalter ruler, assistant equire;
Laurence Clark, assistant chaplain;
Marnie Watson, assistant inner guard; and Thomas P. Russo, officer at large.
Theme for the lodge’s upcoming year will be “Our Lodge is What WE Make It.”
Parlett said he hopes to have the local Elks lodge “become a leader in Elkdom community service.”
During the coming year, the Elks Club plans events that include a Luau Night, a Fourth of July barbecue, Rod’s Day, a chili cook-off, a car show and an Oktoberfest.
“We’ll have dancing, dining and plenty of fun and laughter, as well as accomplishing many public service projects, which is why the Elks were formed,” Parlett said.
Parlett has lived in the local community for more than 50 years.
He heads a financial and real estate services business on Washington Boulevard.
He is a past president of the Board of Realtors, Los Angeles Police Department Pacific Area Boosters Association and the Venice Marina Lions Club.
He is a past president and treasurer of the Venice Chamber of Commerce, a past director of the California Real Estate Association and a past commissioner of the Los Angeles County Beach Commission.
He has been active in numerous community organizations, including the Boys & Girls Club of Venice and is a charter member of the Venice Historical Society.
Parlett was awarded the Presidential Medal by the president of Lions International, the second highest award given by the Lions International.