Nearly 50 war veterans and current service members were treated to a tri-tip dinner at the Culver City Elks Lodge last week, part of the Elks' celebration of Veterans' Day weekend.
About a half-dozen teens from Culver City Boy Scout Troop 113 joined in the festivities.
Many of the vets are also members of the local Lodge. Others came from the VA Medical Center in Westwood and the Los Angeles facility of The Fisher House, a worldwide network of homes that provides free or low-cost housing and other services to veterans and their families.
Separately, the Culver Lodge received a commendation letter from the director of the medical center. The letter thanked the Elks for their ongoing contributions of clothes, magazines, and other items that "reflect the concern that you feel for our veterans and for the service they provided to all of us."
Rolland "Bub" Durbin, the Elks' National Veterans' Chairman who served in the Marines, has personally contributed more than 2,000 hours of his time in "retirement" to spearhead the Lodge's efforts to help veterans and active-duty personnel.
The Emblem Club, which supports many of the Elks' events, also visits the vets each month to conduct a popular Bingo event.