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District Reporter: Linda Witt

Titusville Lodge Sponsored State Drug Awareness Essay Contest Winner

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Titusville Lodge is proud to announce that Raquel Ellis won the 2016-2017 Drug Awareness essay contest for all of Florida. Her winning essay was selected by Len Wenzel, State Drug Awareness Education Chairman. Raquel’s essay will now compete at the national level. She is a sixth grader at Apollo Elementary. The Elks lodge presented her with a Kindle Fire for winning the contest. The award was presented in front of her teacher, classmates and principal. Also in attendance were Exalted Ruler, Ron Allen, and Lodge Drug Awareness Education Chairman, Lynn Barnette.

Celebrating Raquel Ellis’ statewide winning Drug Awareness essay are Ron Allen, PER; Lynn Barnette, Lodge Drug Awareness Chairman; Mr. O’Leary, principal; Raquel Ellis, essay winner; Jacque Ellis, Raquel’s mom; and Mr. Diaz, sixth grade teacher.


Titusville Elks Celebrate 30 Years at their Location

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On April 22, Titusville Elks Lodge held its 30th birthday bash to celebrate the groundbreaking of their current location. The dinner dance was attended by over 80 people including the Titusville mayor, Walt Johnson, and his wife. Two original groundbreakers, PER Buck Cowen and PER Andy Lawrence, gave a brief history of the lodge and its members. Music for dancing was provided by Singing DJ Sammy Haddad.


Palm Coast Elks Lodge News

Palm Coast Lodge held their Day at the Races Saturday, May 6. It was an afternoon full of fun and action where you were be able to win prizes, place wagers (with funny money) and show your skills. There were 10 races of 10 horses and a daily double. The day finished with the running of the Kentucky Derby. There was a buffet available for a donation of $15. This event was open to Elks and their guests.

On Saturday morning, May 13, the lodge hosted a classic car cruise-in for critters. Whether you wanted to show off your classic car, admire your neighbor’s car or if you knew someone looking for a furry companion, it was the place to come. Even those who were not able to adopt an animal came and gave them some attention. Some found their new best friend. Admission was free and open to the public.


Edgewater-NSB Elks Host Fundraising Event for Major Projects

On April 22, Edgewater-New Smyrna Beach Lodge hosted a luau in partnership with BELONG, a Christian Women’s Outreach. During the event, Elliott Gilbert, program director for the Florida Elks Youth Camp, and Elizabeth Thiers, occupational therapist with Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services, gave presentations about their project. Through the generous donations from many local businesses, over $2,300 was raised for Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services and the Florida Elks Youth Camp.


Edgewater-NSB Elks Support Service and Therapy Dog Program

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My Angels with Paws is committed to expanding public understanding and knowledge of the needs of children and adults with physical disabilities through the breeding, training, placement and continuing education of service and therapy dogs. The lodge has been collecting aluminum pull tabs and has collected over 184 pounds of aluminum which equals about $100. Roxy’s puppies will soon start their training.



Ormond Beach Elks Award Americanism Essay Winners

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Fifth-grade students at Osceola Elementary School recently participated in the Americanism Essay Contest sponsored by Ormond Beach Lodge. The class was invited to submit writings on the topic, “Why is it Important to Vote?” Winners were presented with a plaque and the first-place winner was awarded a $50 Visa gift card.

Ormond Beach Lodge Americanism essay winners were presented awards by Mr. Flassig; Isabella Campanaro, third place; Rocco Anastasio, second place; Eva Ball, first place; Patricia Gehring, PER and Mrs. McAndres.


Ormond Beach Elks Put $6,000 in Grants to Good Use

Thanks to the generosity of Ormond Beach Lodge member donations to Elks National Foundation for 2016-2017, the lodge has been awarded $6,000 in grant money. The $2,000 Beacon Grant is being used for the Fun Time Bowlers, a mentally challenged bowling team of various ages. This is the lodge’s fifth year sponsoring the group. They provided T-shirts with their logo, awards, pizza, and cake and paid their bowling fees for the fourth coming term. The Florida State Elks Association matched the $2,000 grant. A $2,000 Gratitude Grant was also received for reaching their lodge per capita in 2016-2017 and is being shared with four causes. Ormond Elementary School was presented with $500 at the end of the school year. Boy Scout Troop 403 was given $500 at the lodge Flag Day ceremony. The Girl Scouts will be presented with $500 at the VP dinner July 29. Emory Bennett Nursing Home veterans will receive $500 for the annual Christmas-in-July visit. Finally, the lodge is eligible for a $2,000 Promise Grant which will be used for their annual children’s Christmas party for less fortunate children ages 5-12.


DeLand Elks and Scouts Celebrate Flag Day

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On Saturday, June 17, DeLand Elks held their annual Flag Day ceremony. Cub Scout Pack 531 and Boy Scouts and leaders from Troop 531 displayed all the changes to the American flag throughout the years. Members, families and friends attended this event. A complementary lunch followed the ceremony in the pavilion.


Pinewood Derby Held at DeLand Elks Lodge

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Forty boys and their parents of Cub Pack 531 and Scout Troop 531 joined together at DeLand Elks Lodge for their annual pinewood derby. The event comprised of an awards ceremony and a luncheon. The pinewood derby is the final event for the Cub Scouts before they move on to the Boy Scouts. This gives the pack one last event with the current group of boys. Each scout is given a kit which contains a block of pine, plastic wheels and nails for axles. Their car cannot weight more than 5 ounces; the boys are encouraged to design and build their own car. Each car races eight times and four cars per race, and the times are recorded. All races are randomly picked by the track software. The scout with the lowest cumulative time wins. The top three racers win a medal and all the boys receive a participation ribbon. They also like to include siblings to join in the fun. They too can race their own pinewood derby car in a separate race. This is an exciting way to include the whole family before the summer break.

Winners of some of the pinewood derby events held at DeLand Elks Lodge are Daniel Noyes, first place; Casey Carson, second place; and Ian Campanella, third place.

Paul Ferguson, Heather Long, David Carson, John Rainey, Tony Fortier, Chris Noyes, Darin Breidigam, Christie Horn and Mike Campanella were part of the pinewood derby held at DeLand Elks Lodge.


DeLand Elks Honor Mothers at Flower Ceremony

8 DeLand Mothers Day 004Mothers young and old turned out Sunday, May 14, for the annual Mother’s Day flower ceremony at DeLand Lodge. Exalted Ruler, Rachel Sieg, and her officers were in full regalia as each read their inspiring verse. Flowers were given to the oldest mother, youngest mother, mother with the most children and mother with the most grandchildren.

Pictured are ER Rachel Sieg, Betty Sieg (seated), Linda Witt (center), Rose Gullo (seated), Felicia Reber and Deborah Dubost.





DeLand Elks Host Second Car Show

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On April 22, DeLand Elks held their second annual car show and barbecue. Over 20 vehicles were present to be shown off by their owners. Robert T-Bone Knight prepared the barbeque of pulled pork and chicken with baked beans and potato salad. It was a perfect day to listen to the ‘50s and ‘60s tunes played by DJ Warren Kerswill.


DeLand Elks Help City with Easter Egg Hunt

2 East Egg huntThe city of DeLand held their annual Kids’ Easter Egg Hunt at Earl Brown Park Friday evening, April 7. Each year DeLand Elks Lodge donates their time and approximately 300-400 hot dogs and drinks to feed the neighborhood children and their families. This year was no exception. The weather was perfect and the Easter Bunny handed out gift baskets to the kids who found an egg with a prize inside.


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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