The 2,420 members of the San Luis Obispo Elks Lodge No. 322 recently elected a new, Exalted Ruler, Ann McDowell ,for the 2017-18 term.
For the first time in local Elks lodge history, back-to-back female Exalted Rulers will head the lodge. Pictured, past San Luis Obispo Elks lodge Exalted Ruler Teresa Lara presents the new Exalted Ruler McDowell with the leadership gavel.
The Elks serve the Central Coast with charitable activities include scholarships, Christmas food baskets to needy families, direct support to veterans hospitals and other related causes like Operation Surf, Americanism essay contests for school children, Boy Scouts, Hoop Shoot, Youth Soccer, related Youth Activities, disabled children and other community programs. Submitted photo