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District Reporter: Brian Estus

Kissimmee Elks Award Scholarships

Kissimmee Elks Lodge #1873 held its annual student awards night May 19. Two winners of the Most Valuable Student scholarship winners were Elliot Bodre and Mackenzie Buckholz. These two young people have known each other since elementary school and have developed a strong friendship which is about to be strained because Mackenzie will become a Gator and Elliot will become a Seminole! The lodge also honored their Hoop Shoot finalists, two of whom went on to the national finals in Chicago, Madison Vazquez and Malayna Stevenson.

 

West Citrus Lodge Holds Scholarship Dinner

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On Sunday, May 6, 40 seniors from Crystal River and Lecanto high schools and about 150 family members gathered at West Citrus Elks Lodge #2693 for the annual Elks scholarship dinner. The students and their families were treated to dinner followed by an awards presentation. Each was chosen by their respective school as a male or female student of the month throughout the school year. The students were individually introduced with a synopsis of their accomplishments including grades, volunteering and extracurricular activities and were awarded a plaque. After all were introduced, the top two male and female students from each school were presented with a $1,000 scholarship from West Citrus Lodge. Pictured are Vu Pham, Krystina DeSomma, Alexis Duncun and Colton Gonsisko.

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Zephyrhills Lodge Runs Feed the Kids Program

Zephyrhills Elks Lodge #2731 conducted their kickoff meeting for the Feed the Kids program. Many families do not have the resources to provide healthy meals during the summer months when school is not in session, so the Elks welcome them at the lodge. There the Elks read to the children and help them find books to borrow for the week. The lodge is in dire need of new or mildly used books for the children to read and take home. They can always use volunteers to assist with the children and the program in general. They partner with other fabulous organizations including Thomas Promise and East Pasco Meals on Wheels for their food for the children, and the Zephyrhills police and fire departments and the Pasco County Sheriff.

 

Everyday Blessings Receives Gifts from Zephyrhills Lodge

Zephyrhills Lodge member Judy Osgood applied for and received the Anniversary Grant from Elks National Foundation which made possible the presentation of a Frigidaire stove, 28 twin sheet sets and $700 in meat and kitchen supplies to the Everyday Blessings program.

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Pictured are Anna Gurra, David Moyer, Judy Osgood, PDD Michael Ritchie and Lyndsey Sandoval.

 

Zephyrhills Elks Donate to Meals on Wheels

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Beth Aker, Executive Director of East Pasco Meals on Wheels, was recently presented with a $500 check and 12 insulated bags for food delivery from Zephyrhills Lodge. Making the presentation are Judy Osgood and Kevin Morris.

 

Zephyrhills Elks Donate Sweatshirts and Backpacks to Zephyrhills ElementaryElementary

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Assistant Principals, Peggy Gilbert and Ray Ann Mitchell, Principal Scott Atkins, and Christina Kramer, Parent Involvement Volunteer Coordinator, accept donations from Judy Osgood (fourth from left) on behalf of Zephyrhills Lodge. The donation included 19 fleece hoodies for the girls and 23 fleece hoodies for the boys as well as some backpacks.

 

Zephyrhills Elks Donate Sweatshirts and Backpacks to Woodlands Elementary

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Zephyrhills Lodge also donated 43 children’s fleece hoodies and 16 backpacks to Woodlands Elementary School.

 

West Citrus Lodge Honors Students of the Month

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On Sunday, May 6, 40 seniors from Crystal River and Lecanto high schools and about 150 family members gathered at West Citrus Elks Lodge #2693 for the annual Elks scholarship dinner. The students and their families were treated to dinner followed by an awards presentation. Each was chosen by their respective school as a male or female student of the month throughout the school year. The students were individually introduced with a synopsis of their accomplishments including grades, volunteering and extracurricular activities and were awarded a plaque. After all were introduced, the top two male and female students from each school were presented with a $1,000-scholarship from West Citrus Lodge. Pictured are Vu Pham, Krystina DeSomma, Alexis Duncun and Colton Gonsisko.

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Zephyrhills Elks Lodge's Feed the Kids program Returns

Zephyrhills Elks Lodge #2731 conducted their kickoff meeting for the Feed the Kids program. Many families do not have the resources to provide healthy meals during the summer months when school is not in session, so the Elks welcome them at the lodge. There the Elks read to the children and help them find books to borrow for the week. The lodge is in dire need of new or mildly used books for the children to read and take home. They can always use volunteers to assist with the children and the program in general. They partner with other fabulous organizations including Thomas Promise and East Pasco Meals on Wheels for their food for the children, and the Zephyrhills police and fire departments and the Pasco County Sheriff participate with the children.

 

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:

TinaH@elks.org

JessicaR@elks.org

 

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