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District Reporter: Brian Estus

Welcome, New West Citrus Elks!


The Florida State Elks Association extends a welcome to the February initiates at West Citrus Lodge 2693. Pictured with Exalted Ruler Tony Schiappa are Dale Merrill, Patricia Ann Bush, Joe Liuzzi, Larry Brett, Matthew Fleming, Tom Curtis, Charles Jeffery and Marc Contrera. Not pictured was Ellen Dunn because she was already volunteering in the lounge.


West Citrus Welcomes Four New Members

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On Nov. 20, West Citrus Lodge #2693 initiated four new members. Pictured are Tom Brannelly, Sue Evans, Exalted Ruler Tony Schiappa, Mike Buchanan and Debbie Baker.


Kissimmee Elks Use Promise Grant for Local Students

Kissimmee Lodge used a Promise Grant to take over 100 Exceptional Student Education students and chaperones from Osceola High School and Pleasant Hill Elementary School to Legoland. Sixteen of the chaperones were from the lodge.


Kissimmee Elks Hold Public Safety Night

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Kissimmee Elks Lodge #1873 held its annual Public Safety Night Nov. 11 where they recognize outstanding members of local law enforcement, fire rescue and correction departments. Pictured are Sheriff’s Deputy James Froelish, Trooper Robert Roxbury of the Florida Highway Patrol, Chaplain Rev. Peter Zieg of the Kissimmee Fire Department, Officer Matthew Redditt of the Saint Cloud Police Department, Lieutenants John Cooper and Victor Ruiz of the Osceola County Corrections Department, Detective Andrew Holmberg of the Kissimmee Police Department, and Firefighter David Miller of the Osceola County Fire/Rescue Department. Missing from the picture is Lieutenant Robert Clark of the Saint Cloud Fire/Rescue Department. The lodge also honored the memory of two Kissimmee police officers who were killed in the line of duty, Sergeant Richard Sam Howard and Officer Matthew Scott Baxter.


Louisiana State Legislature Increases New Orleans Hotel Occupancy Tax

The Legislature of the State of Louisiana has acted to increase the New Orleans Hotel Occupancy Tax from 13% to 14.75% effective April 1, 2014. This will affect our convention room rates and they will go from $128.56 to $130.52 per night.

Convention Attendees With ADA Transportation Needs Urged To Contact Grand Lodge

In order for the Grand Lodge to support the transportation needs of attendees with disabilities you are urged to contact the Grand Lodge if you require special assistance. Special coaches capable of kneeling to accommodate wheel chairs will be placed along the routes for those in need. If you require assistance please contact Tina or Jessica at the Grand Lodge as follows:


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