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District Reporter: Thomas Walden, PDD

Tallahassee Lodge is Active in Community

Gretchen Everhart School invited Tallahassee Elks Lodge #937 to participate in its fall festival chili contest Oct. 12. Lodge members turned on their stoves and submitted six entries for judging. Alas, none were deemed award winners, but the lodge comprised one-third of the entries. PDD Ron Brown helped at the school staffing the activities booth.

In November, the Tallahassee Elketts held their annual arts and crafts auction which netted more than $1,600. The Elketts are tremendous supporters of the lodge!

On Dec. 12, Tallahassee Lodge once again sent Santa and Mrs. Claus along with three capable elves to assist in giving presents to each student at Gretchen Everhart School. A local church provides the gifts and Santa and his team provide the holiday greetings and disperse the presents.


Perry Elks Lodge News

A kickoff meeting for re-establishing the Perry Lady Elks Auxiliary was held Nov. 2. It has been many years since Perry Lodge had a ladies organization.

Perry Lodge held a Hearts for Hometown Dogs event Nov. 26 on the lodge front lawn for photos with Santa. The community was invited to bring their kids and their pets to see Santa and enjoy fun activities. The event was a fundraiser for the furry friends.

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Perry Lodge’s ER Tommy Mauldin and member Betty Mauldin presented a $1,000 scholarship to administrative staff of Big Bend Technical College.


Live Oak Lodge Happenings

Twenty Live Oak Lodge volunteers were trained and worked the Party in the Pines Music Fest in October whose participating musicians included Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert. The lodge was a food and beverage vendor and used the event as a fundraising endeavor. It was a two-day event.

Live Oak Lodge received an ENF Gratitude Grant for $2,000 plus an additional $1,500 from the Anniversary Grant. This money will go to the Patti Nixon School Nurse Fund to help the kids in her program who are less fortunate than others. The $2,000 Beacon Grant awarded along with a matching grant for $2,000 from the Florida State Elks Association will allow the lodge to help LOVE, INC. feed and clothe needy people in the community.

Live Oak Lodge assembled Christmas baskets for distribution for the holiday season. This is an annual event and the lodge was focused on providing more than 100 families with food for Christmas. Lodge members are always generous for this project.


Lake City Elks Work Together to Provide Christmas Baskets

Members of Lake City Elks Lodge #893 worked diligently collecting food and assembling Christmas baskets for needy families that were handed out Dec. 23. The lodge arranged with local restaurant Marion Street Café where folks could bring a 12-pound turkey or larger to donate for the baskets. At the lodge, donors who brought in five cans of food received a raffle ticket. Members also pitched in and sold raffle tickets; the response to this effort is always tremendous which allows the lodge to make many baskets for distribution. Raffle prizes included $500 cash and a rifle as well as multiple door prizes available to those present Christmas Eve. Santa Claus also gave toys away at the lodge Christmas Eve.


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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