Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Clamping Down On Hunger

PEGGY JONES ● Lovelock Review-Miner

From left to right: Clampers Joe Polinelli, Johnny Spilman, Zac Leonard, Lance Johnson, Pat Allen, Larry Rackley, Jay Hauge and Zac Smith (kneeling) donated over a ton of non-perishables to the Lovelock Food Bank on Saturday. "Widder" DeeDee Wells supplied the banner, a homemade scarf.

Clamping down on hunger

E Clampus Vitus strikes again

by Peggy Jones

Don't bother looking up the Latin translation. It doesn't existicus. But when it comes to the mission of E Clampus Vitus, facta non verba (actions speak louder than words).

On Saturday, six Clampers from Outpost Jesse Lee Reno 1422 visited the Lovelock Food Bank. They left behind over a ton of nonperishables – about 2,050 pounds. That's roughly the weight of a female hippopotamus.

The Franklin Street facility welcomed the red shirted and black vested donors. The men sported patches with sayings like “Hang the bastards!” and “ECV: No Known Cure.”

Penny Higby and Geraldine Atkinson co-direct the food bank.

"We're blessed," said Atkinson. "This was 500 pounds more than last year."

The Recycling Center lent Larry Rackley their forklift. Lovelock's newest county commissioner unloaded a mountain of canned goods, cereals, pastas and instant potatoes as tall as Mount Vesuvius. The donation coincided with the launch of the holiday season.

It also coincides with northern Nevada's first cold snap. That's why the Clampers brought coats as well as canned goods.

"They will be turned over to an advocate in our community who will take care of that dispensation," said Atkinson as she sorted through the pile of winter clothes.

Food Bank Volunteer Dave Johnson helped Joe Polinelli, Johnny Spilman, Zac Leonard, Lance Johnson, Pat Allen and Zac Smith unload the largess.

Weeks of Clamper labor made the donation possible.

For fifteen Halloweens the Clampers have built haunted houses at Reno Forklift, where several of the men work. Each year, owners George and Pat Pimpl throw the doors open to the public, gratis.

"The Pimpls support ECV in all of their service efforts," said Atkinson.

Four nights of every year, trick or treaters wander sprawling spookhouses not meant for the timidus. Vampires, clowns and zombies, some bearing an uncanny resemblance to the Clampers, pounce on the patrons.

The Spirit moves many guests to donate canned goods or cash. It takes a week-and-a-half to tear down the structure.

But its animus lives on.

Last year the Clampers launched a tradition. They transformed the proceeds into a food donation for Lovelock's pantry.

ECV has left its mark on Lovelock in other ways. Last year, they donated a historic plaque to the grounds of the Pershing County Courthouse. They've also given Christmas gifts to the Angel Tree project.

The Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus has chapters and outposts across the west to the tune of about forty thousand members.

Fifty men from Reno, Sparks, Lovelock and Winnemucca make up the Outpost Jesse Lee Reno 1422.

"We're based in Pershing County but operate out of Reno for now," said an anonymous spokesman. "We're either drunks with a history problem or historians with a drinking problem. We don't know."

But their mission is cristallum clearum.

"We partake in the preservation of history and helping the community including widders and orphans, especially widders," concluded the spokesman.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Widders Ball 2017

Thank you Chief Truckee for inviting 1422 to your annual Widders Ball!

Here is the Email from the Photographer:
Click here to view the portraits album
Click here to view the Groups album
Click here to view the random snapshots

You can purchase photographs or digital files.
Digital Files: $5 each (high resolution that you can print and share)
discount offered for all random images on DVD/CD
Prints: $15 per sheet or two for $20
Sheets consist of (1) 8X10; or (2) 5X7; or (3) 4X6
sheets do not have to be all the same photo
Please send me an email with the photograph number and folder name (group, portrait, random) along with the requested size or indicate digital file.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Widders Ball update!

Small change to the Widders Ball on Nov 4th with Chief Truckee and 1422:
We will be accepting the rub at the door BUT, the rub goes up $5!
We will have a raffle (with a lot of prizes!) and a 50/50 prize.
Raffle ticket(s) prices (both a length of tickets):
$10 from nose to fingertip
$20 from fingertip to fingertip
Raffle tickets will be sold right up to the Raffle-off.
Raffle-off will be during dinner and 50/50 will be the last prize.
Please bring a Raffle prize if you want (No discount on Rub if you do).

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Chief Truckee 3691 & Jesse Lee Reno 1422 Widders Ball

Come join us for our first dual Widders Ball with Chief Truckee!
It will be held at the Tamarack Junction in Reno, NV on November 4th, 2017.
$70 a Couple
$40 Male Stag
$30 Female Stag


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Moonlite Bunny Ranch 4-Way

Are you ready for a 4 way Do-ins at the Moonlight Bunny Ranch?

Are you ready to bring those PBCs/Retreads via the Moonlight in which a certain Hewgag Bray's?

Are you ready to stay up watching this Moonlight while PBCs and Retreads use this Moonlight at the Moonlight Bunny Ranch for a MIDNIGHT DO-INS?

SST/LJS/JLR/SLC invite you to a midnight Do-ins at the Moonlight Bunny Ranch outside of Carson City Nevada.

Prepay: $45 for Redshirt, $50 on-site

Prepay: $65 for PBCs/Retreads, $70 on-site


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Frontier Days 2017

This was an awesome time with the community of Pershing county! We were #1 in the parade right after the Grand Marshall.

US Senator Dean Heller, SST 1991 was behind us.

Q-Tip shaking hands with Mayor Michael R. Giles

Cupcake posing in miner swag

Bad Eye Bob getting ready for the parade walk

Sherri and Red in the parade

The parade walk

Chrissy arrested and in jail

Jailed Clampers, go figure

Q-Tip Jailed

Cupcake and Red won 1st place in parade

Monday, July 17, 2017

E Clampus Vitus honors another historic site

Grabbed from: New4Nevada

A prominent black granite plaque appeared as promised last week outside the Pershing County Courthouse. The eye-catching installation is etched with a brief history of the unique building, reportedly one of the only two round courthouses ever built and the only one still functioning.

Sponsored by E Clampus Vitus Chapter Lucinda Jane Saunders 1881 of Elko and Outpost Jesse Lee Reno 1422 of Lovelock, the plaque is mounted on a 3500 pound granite boulder hauled from the local dump. County workers enshrined the rock in a concrete foundation near the courthouse entrance.

Also eye-catching were the hundred or so Clampers that hit town from around the state and region to dedicate the plaque. Most of the men were dressed for the occasion in red shirts, black hats, kilts and vests adorned with pins and patches and slogans like “Hang the Bastard” and “Don’t Tread on Me.”

After some short speeches, the plaque was christened with canned Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. The Clambers then headed to the Crazy Corners Saloon north of Lovelock to party and initiate some new recruits. The “historic drinking society” or “drinking historic society” has sponsored thousands of plaques at isolated, forgotten and infamous places like saloons and bordellos as well as courthouses.

Local residents were invited to the April Fool’s Day ceremony but few showed up except for those obliged to do so. County Commissioners Carol Shank and Rob McDougal politely thanked the group but seemed uneasy with the boisterous crowd. Commissioner Larry Rackley, however, wore a red shirt and posed for photos with his fellow Clampers. Rackley is already a member of the ECV chapters in Virginia City and Carson City and said he may also join Lovelock’s Outpost Jesse Lee Reno 1422.

Rackley pointed out that the attractive boulder holding up the plaque came from the county dump.

“I was asked by one of our citizens why I didn’t get a native rock. That rock came from the landfill. How native can you get?” he laughed. Other large boulders salvaged from landfill blasting and pit excavations mark the entrance to the county dump. “They have piles and piles of these out there.”

According to online accounts, the fraternity was started in West Virginia in the 1800’s by miners and other workers who were snubbed by the wealthier, more elite groups like the Freemasons, Elks and Odd Fellows. ECV chapters later spread to the West during the California gold rush.

“The Clampers were the ones out in the streams freezing their butts off,” Clamper historian Skip Skyrud told New York Times reporter Jesse McKinley. “The businessmen in the towns, making the money, they were Masons.”

After the gold rush, the fraternity disappeared until it was resurrected by San Francisco historians as a historical society in the 1930’s. ECV chapters are spreading beyond California to other western states.

“We do historical monuments because Nevada history is pretty important and we try to plaque the things that don’t end up in history books and get lost along the way so that history is preserved,” said Brandon Wilding of the ECV Snowshoe Thompson Chapter headquartered in Reno. “People are able to see it and read about it, get a brief understanding and maybe read more about it.”

But, there’s more to the group than meets the eye according to Wilding. Beyond the history plaques and parties, the longstanding Clamper tradition of helping those in need has been carried forward.

“We try to work within our communities. Like our chapter volunteers at the Food Bank,” Wilding said. “We do a lot of stuff in our communities besides the history.”

The Snowshoe Thompson Chapter also supports a Reno organization that counsels children left behind by the death, imprisonment or deportation of their parents said Reno Clamper Beau Valory.

“It’s kind of a smaller organization in Reno so we think it’s important to support them,” he said.

The courthouse plaque took three years to organize and there may more local plaques to come.

“I’m not sure where we are going to plaque next but we have plans for many more plaques in Nevada for years to come,” said Lovelock native Marshall Monticelli, one of the founders of the ECV Outpost Jesse Lee Reno 1422. “E Clampus Vitus has been a part of Nevada for a long time.”

Wearing a black top hat adorned with red feathers, ECV member David Otero of Fresno, California attended the Lovelock ceremony with fellow Clampers from Nevada, Idaho, Oregon and Montana.

“We put up monuments to historic people, places and events and we try to surround those activities with an much fun and frivolity as we can,” he said. “We’re fully self-funded, we bring in new members and we sell each other trinkets of little or no value. We raise money that way to fund these efforts.”

Rackley agreed that, despite its oddball reputation, E Clampus Vitus is a good thing for communities.

“Everything they do is to benefit the public somehow,” said Rackley while holding a large book that documents thousands of historic plaques installed by the fraternity. “This is a book of all the plaques they’ve done. You can be driving out in the desert and see a plaque like that.”

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

1881/1422 Candlelight: SUCCESS!

Here are the photos from the Candlelight (which were gathered from brothers who went to this day).

Video of Steaks