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District Reporter: Thomas Walden, PDD

North District Elks Rally for Puerto Rico Hurricane Victims

Members of the North District lodges came together in September donating large amounts of clothing, nonperishable food, water, toiletries and other needed items for the victims in Puerto Rico who were devastated by the recent hurricanes. Dawn Johnson from Lake City was the brain child for the project and PER Christopher Lydick, also from Lake City, handled the logistics with his contacts within the U.S. Forestry Service to get the materials delivered. So many others donated and lent a helping hand to make it all possible.


Tallahassee Elks Take Students on Annual Trip to FEYC

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In September, Tallahassee Lodge brought students from Gretchen Everhart School to the Florida Elks Youth Camp for their annual trip. This annual excursion allows students and their families to spend four days and three nights at the camp. The kids are special-needs students and this opportunity to go to camp gives the families an all-expense-paid long weekend away, Thursday through Sunday. Kids come back home with tie-dyed t-shirts (as do the Elk members who chaperone the trip) and other souvenirs from the trip. The directive to the kids from one of the chaperones, ER John Bozeman, was to have fun and smile. Everyone did that!

Tallahassee Lodge member Jonathan Miller helps one of the Gretchen Everhart students at the Florida Elks Youth Camp.

Christy and Alex Ervin, John Bozeman, Grayson Ferrell, Jonathan Miller and Denise Mick from Tallahassee finished serving banana splits to the Gretchen Everhart students and their families at the Florida Elks Youth Camp.


Tallahassee Elks Lodge Happenings

Tallahassee Elks Lodge #937 was the winner of the national ritual contest that took place in Reno, Nev., at the Grand Lodge convention in July. Tallahassee took first place in the eastern division and then advanced to the national finals. Personal All-American awards (given to the highest scoring competitor in each position, regardless of the team score) were awarded to Leading Knight, John Bozeman Jr.; Inner Guard, Ron Brown; and Candidate, Adrienne Bellflower. By virtue of the team’s top spot, Coach, Jan Thorburn, and Assistant Coach, Tracey Austin, were also awarded. The lodge was also given the Benjamin Trophy First-Place Winner plaque for excellence in ritual rendition. This plaque is given each year by Napa (Calif.) Lodge #832 to the national winner in remembrance of Raymond Benjamin, PGER and PER of Napa Lodge who was an inspired contributor to the initiatory ritual and did an impressive rendition of the ritual.

In making an effort to be visible in the community, Tallahassee Lodge adopted Ft. Braden School as the recipient of school supplies for its students. The lodge held a stuff-the-backpack event in which they provided dinner and asked those attending to bring a handful of school supplies with them. More than $2,000 in supplies was donated including 100 iTunes gift cards. The school administrators were elated and it made the lodge members proud to be part of getting the kids ready for the school year.

Tallahassee Lodge hosted a meeting of the North regional Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services therapists in August. This therapist group visits the lodge periodically as it is a central meeting place. Lunch is provided and everyone has a great time.


Live Oak Elks Lodge Hosts Bloodmobile

The local bloodmobile visited Live Oak Lodge July 15 and a number of members donated blood. District Vice President, John Dill, arranged for the bloodmobile to come. Blood donations are always needed. The bloodmobile returned to the lodge Sept. 9. That same day, the lodge sponsored Flea Across Florida, a garage sale event in the parking lot where members could sell their gently used merchandise. The lodge rented spaces in its parking lot for $10 to each vendor.


Lake City Lodge Happenings

Lake City Lodge’s annual Elks family picnic was Saturday, July 22, beginning at 11 a.m. at Jim and Carol Martin’s river house. The lodge furnished hamburgers and hot dogs while guests brought side dishes and desserts. Potential members were especially invited along with their families. The Martins host this event every year in a spirit of generosity to the lodge members.

Lake City Lodge is already collecting canned food items for the Christmas baskets. Canned food items needed are yams, green beans, corn, jellied cranberry sauce and turkey gravy in a jar. The lodge usually prepares about 100 baskets of food for needy families in the Lake City area.

After returning from the GL convention, ER Williams reminded the lodge that as members we can further the GER’s initiative in our everyday conversations with non-members by promoting the charitable giving done in the community.

Lake City Lodge will be planning a 150th celebration in February 2018.


Live Oak Elks Held Annual Charity Golf Tournament

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Live Oak Elks Lodge #1165 held their annual charity golf tournament Aug. 5 at the Suwannee Country Club. Eighteen teams participated in the three-man scramble. The lodge raised $10,000 for their charity account. Henry Roberson chaired the event.


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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