On July 21, 15 Escondido Elks Lodge members accompanied 27 disabled military veterans and their staff and aides on a Sport Fishing trip in the Pacific Ocean aboard the vessel Double Down.
This expedition provided space on boat, bait and tackle and lunch for local service members. The outing was a success as 83 Calico Bass were caught.
The catch of the day, a50-pound White Sea Bass was caught by Escondido Elks Lodge member and Past Exalted Ruler Glen Foss.
Conversations with hospital patients were emotionally rewarding as many had not been on an ocean going vessel in a long time, let alone caught fish. According to Ellen Berman, the VA Hospital recreational therapist, both events were very successful and all attendees had a wonderful time.