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District Reporter: Linda Witt

Titusville Elks Lodge Support Shop with a Cop Program

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Titusville Elks Lodge #2113 gave donations to two of its annual charities Friday, Dec. 1. Doris Becraft, Exalted Ruler, gave a check in the amount of $1,000 to Todd Hutchinson, Deputy Chief of Operations of the Titusville Police Department, for the Shop with a Cop program. Hutchinson indicated that they would be taking 60 kids out shopping for presents for themselves and family members. Each child is given $100 to spend.

East Central DDGER Bob Swink and Titusville ER Doris Becraft present a donation to Deputy Chief of Operations for Titusville Police Department, Todd Hutchinson, for the Shop with a Cop program.


Sanford Elks Get Recognition in Parade

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Sanford Elks Lodge #1241 participated in the Sanford Christmas parade Dec. 9. They have been in the parade for six years running with a bigger and better float each year. Kids and grandkids of the members rode on the float while members walked and handed out over 100 pounds of candy to the kids. The writeup about the lodge for the parade grand stand included information about the Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services and the Florida Elks Youth Camp. Sanford’s 100+ years of service to the community through Little League sponsorships and their commitment to Boy Scout Troop 543 were also mentioned.


Lodge #1557 Honors First Responders

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The Past Exalted Rulers of Edgewater-New Smyrna Beach Elks Lodge #1557 hosted an appreciation luncheon in honor of the area’s first responders. Over 35 responders attended as did Edgewater mayor Mike Ignasiak and Chief David Arcieri. PDD Larry Skates presented a Thin Blue Line flag to the police department and a Thin Red Line flag to the fire department. These flags honor those men and women who bravely serve and for all first responders who have been injured or fallen.


Port Orange Lodge Raises Money for Breast Cancer Awareness

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Port Orange Elks Lodge #2723 held a fundraiser to support breast cancer awareness. A check for $1,700 was presented. Pictured are Chairman, Ann Hurst; Co-chairmen, Dee Peterson, Mickey Rauch and Elaine Kuczkowski; ER Dan Theodore; and Community Manager of the American Cancer Society for the Florida Division, Cheryl Sullivan.


Children Enjoy Christmas Party at DeLand Lodge

A fun and festive evening put a smile on the faces of 50 neighborhood children who came out to receive a gift donated by the members of DeLand Lodge that were handed out by Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus. Hot dogs and soft drinks were provided and a variety of games made it a fantastic evening for this annual event. Helen Lynch put the event together.


DeLand Lodge Holds Hoop Shoot

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DeLand Lodge’s Hoop Shoot took place Saturday, Nov. 18, at DeLand Middle School. Boys and girls from schools all over Volusia County participated. The first-place winners from the three age groups for both boys and girls moved on to the district Hoop Shoot which was held Jan. 13, also at DeLand Middle School.

Some of the volunteers from DeLand Lodge who helped with the Hoop Shoot were PER Randy Long, CJ Haverty, PER Tom Hopp, PER Chip Haverty, David McCranie, Tami Parker, PDD Phil Watercutter, Barbara Thompson, ER Rachel Sieg and Linda Witt.


Kids Attend Halloween Party at DeLand Lodge

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DeLand Lodge held their annual kids’ Halloween party Friday, Oct. 27. Members brought in candy during the month and on the day before the party, members and their families showed up to package the candy and set up the Tunnel of Terror. As the children and their families arrived Friday night, they were spooked by the goblins and other scary characters as they entered the tunnel. Afterward, the lodge treated them to hot dogs, chips and a drink.


DeLand Elks Honor Eagle Scout

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On Oct. 20, Troop 531 sponsored by DeLand Lodge held a ceremony to make C. J. Otten an Eagle Scout. Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program. The designation of Eagle Scout was founded over 100 years ago. Only four percent of Boy Scouts are granted this rank after a lengthy review process. Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges. The Eagle Scout must demonstrate scout spirit, an ideal attitude based upon the scout oath and law, service, and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads and manages. Eagle Scouts are presented with a medal and a badge. Additional recognition can be earned through Eagle Palms, awarded for completing additional tenure, leadership and merit badge requirements. During the Eagle Scout ceremony, C. J. Otten was presented with an American flag and a plaque by DeLand’s Exalted Ruler, Rachel Sieg.


Merritt Island Lodge Celebrates 35 Years

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On Dec. 11, Merritt Island Lodge celebrated 35 years. They provided a beautiful cake to all their members.


Merritt Island Elks Hold Party for Handicapped and Mentally Challenged

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On Dec. 10, Merritt Island Lodge sponsored the Country Christmas party at Kiwanis Island Park in Brevard County for handicapped and mentally challenged citizens. The lodge supplied and served food and drinks for over 300 people.


It's Never Too Late to Join the Elks

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Merritt Island Lodge’s initiation held Nov. 28 was extra notable because among the initiates was Sam Bovalino, a 101-year-old first-time Elk. Seated are Michael Fagan, Versiellen Driver, Samuel Bovalino, Barbara Bowman and Amantha Murphy. Standing are DDGER Robert Swink, ER Kermit Forbes, and VP Rod O’Connor.


Daytona Beach Elks Lodge Opens at New Location

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After being inactive for several years, Daytona Beach Elks Lodge #1141 has reopened at their new location at 3674 W. International Speedway Blvd. The lodge purchased and refurbished the former Gene’s Steak House, a well-known fixture in the Daytona Beach area. The new lodge is open to members and guests. Lunch and dinner are served Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with days and times subject to change. A full liquor bar is available. The lodge offers a meeting location for local clubs and a beautiful banquet facility for parties and special events for up to 150 people. For more information, please call the lodge at 386-872-6417 or email


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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