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District Reporter: Brian Estus

West Citrus Lodge Holds Flag Day Ceremony

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For Flag Day, the Veterans Committee of West Citrus Lodge presented the flags during the ceremony. The ladies of West Citrus Lodge presented a flag-folding ceremony. The event was attended by a near-capacity crowd including veterans from a local nursing home. Everyone enjoyed the ceremonies and the light lunch which followed.


West Citrus Elks Receive Membership Award

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At the 2017 Florida State Elks convention (FECON ’17) in May, Tony Schiappa, Exalted Ruler, accepted a plaque awarded to West Citrus Elks Lodge #2693 for a positive growth in membership for the past 13 consecutive years.


Orlando Elks Lodge Celebrates Flag Day

On June 11, Orlando Lodge held a Flag Day ceremony. Flag Day falls within National Flag Week, a time when Americans reflect on the foundations of the nation’s freedom. The flag of the United States represents freedom and has been an enduring symbol of the country’s ideals since its early days. During both events, Americans also remember their loyalty to the nation, reaffirm their belief in liberty and justice, and observe the nation’s unity. Orlando Lodge did this in conjunction with Boy Scout Troop #290, who presented the flags through the years, and the lodge drill team. Following this event, approximately 40 members enjoyed a potluck dinner that members had provided.


Kissimmee Elks Support Children Locally and Globally

The Kissimmee Elks continue their commitment to helping kids. The lodge committee that serves breakfast at Give Kids the World based in Kissimmee, Fla., made three recent visits serving 1,476 guests staying at this facility from all over the world. On May 19, the lodge also honored students who were winners of the Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student scholarship contest and the Hoop Shoot contest.


West Citrus Elks Deliver Generous Donation to Florida Elks Youth Camp

2693 campOn March 18, the lodge held its annual bus trip to the Florida Elks Youth Camp. The camp hosts more than 325 campers per week during the seven weeks of summer. Campers are welcomed regardless of ability to pay thanks to the generous donations from the Florida Elks. On this trip, the West Citrus Elks donated more than $10,400 in support of the campers.

Presenting checks totaling more than $10,400 for the Florida Elks Youth Camp are Bill Cloke, West Citrus Elks Harry-Anna Trust Fund chairman; Nick Miller, camp director; Carolyn Hoskins of the West Citrus Ladies of Elks and Doreen Vaughan representing the Vaughan Family Trust.


Orlando Elks Hold Pinewood Derby

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Orlando Elks Lodge #1079 hosted the Cub Scout pinewood derby which was attended by approximately 30 children along with their families. The derby is a racing event for Cub Scouts of the Boy Scouts of America. Cub Scouts, with the help of parents, build their own cars from wood, usually from kits containing a block of pine, plastic wheels and metal axles. The first pinewood derby was held May 15, 1953, at the Scout House in Manhattan Beach, Calif., by Cub Scout Pack 280C, presently called Pack 713. The concept was created by the pack’s Cub Master, Don Murphy, and was sponsored by the Management Club of North American Aviation. Murphy’s son was too young to participate in the popular Soap Box Derby, so he came up with the idea of racing miniature wood cars. The cars had the same gravity-powered concept as the full-size Soap Box Derby cars but were much smaller and easier to build. The pinewood derby had a sensational first year. Murphy and the Management Club of North American Aviation sent out thousands of brochures to anyone who requested more information. The idea spread rapidly and competitions were held across the country, mainly with recreation departments and nonprofit organizations including the Los Angeles County Department of Recreation. Of all that early enthusiasm, however, only the Boy Scouts of America made it part of an official program. The National Director of Cub Scouting Service, O. W. Bennett, wrote Murphy and said, “We believe you have an excellent idea, and we are most anxious to make your material available to the Cub Scouts of America.” Within the year, the Boy Scouts of America adopted the pinewood derby for use in all Cub Scout packs.


Orlando Elks Super Bowl Party Garners Five Membership Applications

Orlando Elks Lodge hosted a Super Bowl party in an effort to bring in new members. A $2 charge to each member made it possible to purchase sandwiches for this event while some members brought in chili and desserts. Approximately 65 people attended and the lodge received five applications for membership. Almost $250 was made at this fundraising event.


West Citrus Elks Lodge Adds 17 New Members in January

West Citrus Elks Lodge #2693 added 17 new members to the roles of Florida's third largest lodge in mid-January. Pictured along with Exalted Ruler Tony Schiappa are James Abbott, Michael Bishop, Leslie Booth, Douglas DeKalb, Robert Duffney, Deborah Fuller, Stacy Leach, Stanley Lupa, Gary Lyons, Robert McDowell, Charles Paul, Michael Pratt, Robert Rushforth, Norman Rutzebeck, Ursula Schramek, James Schwaller, Jarold Smith and W. Patrick Zinteli.


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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