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District Reporter: Brian Estus

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.


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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