Lodge No. 888 announces Elk of the Year

Mel J. Hohlman, P.E.R. was born Aug. 18, 1918, in Peru, Ill. After attending St. Joseph Elementary School, and graduating from LaSalle High School, he went on to attend Augusta College in Rock Island, Ill. After college, he joined the United States Air Force and was a lt. navigator and flew 25 missions over Germany in World War II. Later he worked for Westclock in LaSalle, Ill., for 15 years.
Hohlman moved to California in 1951, where he worked at Hughes Aircraft in El Segundo as a tool engineer. He retired in 1981. He moved to Long Beach in 1952 and was initiated into the Long Beach Elks Lodge No. 888 B.P.O. Elks on Nov. 15, 1960. He has belonged to several committees. Hohlman is a past exalted ruler, and has served five years as a trustee and 21 years as secretary. He has also served as a ritual coach for 12 years. Hohlman has spent the past year revising the lodge’s bylaws and has worked many hours working on the budget.
Hohlman is a dedicated and hard working Elk, as was apparent by all his hard work during the recent move into the new offices following the Bellflower/Long Beach merger last year. This award was a long time in coming and represents many years of commitment to the Order of Elks.