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Tallahassee Elks News

937 Easter

An Easter egg hunt complete with games and fun for the kids was held April 9 at Tallahassee Elks Lodge #937. Easter Bunny/Inner Guard, Danny McElroy, greeted the kids and their parents. Face painting was done by member Margo Rosa, and Carol Dobson, Julie Jansen, Karla Jones and Sarah Smith were on hand to help with the festivities.

937 Boy Scouts

Tallahassee Lodge-sponsored Boy Scout Troop #123 spent several hours on a Saturday with shovels and other yard equipment cleaning up some landscaping that was intruding into the lodge parking lot.

Tallahassee Lodge has been the fortunate recipient for more than a year of Burgers and Blues Night in the lounge on the third Mondays where members Brett Wellman and Chris Balding and their acquaintances bring their music to share. The lodge has seen a variety of folks perform, much to the delight of the audience.

A successful fundraising spaghetti dinner was held June 9. Tallahassee Lodge raised $1,000 for the annual trip they sponsor to the Florida Elks Youth Camp for the local Gretchen Everhart School students and their families. The trip this year will be in September.


Perry Elks News

Travis Dawson was named Officer of the Year for Perry Elks Lodge #1851. He served several years as Trustee and rarely misses a meeting. He is the computer tech on call, electrician on call, volunteers his time as DJ for lodge functions, does karaoke in the dining room and helps serve events booked in the banquet room.

1851 Mauldin

Perry Exalted Ruler, Tommy Mauldin, participated in the ER introductions at the state convention. He was dressed in fishing attire carrying a mounted fish, a bag of scallops in the shell (Taylor County fronts the Gulf of Mexico) and a pine straw hat since Taylor County is named Pine Tree Capital.

Perry Lodge hosted its scholarship winners, Caleb Wentworth and Kate Whiddon, along with their parents for dinner and scholarship presentations.


Live Oak Elks News

Live Oak Elks Lodge #1165 awarded $3,600 in scholarships to seniors from Suwannee, Branford and Lafayette high schools. Receiving scholarships were Dillon Harrell, Tiffanie White and Andrew Perry. The scholarship chairman was John David Dill.

Live Oak Lodge held a fundraising event selling 300 plates of food to raise money for a local family in need. From food sales and donations, the lodge was able to present a check to the family for $3,000.

On June 3, Live Oak Lodge was at the Wellborn Blueberry Festival passing out drug awareness materials for the kids and parents. The lodge also set up as a vendor for two days at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park selling food and beverages. The lodge earned $989 for their charity account.


Lake City Elks News

893 scholarships

Lake City Elks Lodge #893 awarded four scholarships to local high school seniors. Among the recipients were children and grandchildren of some lodge members. The scholarships were presented at the Columbia High School awards ceremony by PER Jay Swisher, left, and ER Christopher Williams.

Lake City Lodge performed the Flag Day ceremony and the ceremony of traditional disposal of old flags with members and guests helping burn more than 20 flags they had collected for this special day. PER Chris Lydick conducted the ceremony.

893 Little League

Lake City Lodge also sponsored a Little League baseball team for ages eight and under. They won the local competition and advanced to the playoffs in Tampa, Fla.


Live Oak Elks Lodge Awards $3,600 in Scholarships

Live Oak Elks Lodge #1165 awarded $3,600 in scholarships to seniors from Suwannee, Branford and Lafayette High Schools. Receiving scholarships were Dillon Harrell, Tiffanie White and Andrew Perry. Scholarship Chairman was John David Dill.


Tallahassee Ritual Team Will Dedicate Performance to the Memory of Three Departed Ritual Supporters

937 Ritual Team Sign


Live Oak Elks Raise Money for Baby Goodson

1165 babyLive Oak Elks Lodge #1165 held a dinner fundraiser for baby Grier Goodson born Jan. 9 weighing just one pound eight ounces. Robert Dees and William Beasley led the event. The lodge treated the family to dinner and presented them with a check for $3,000 March 31.

Pictured left to right at Live Oak Lodge are Bill Baker, John Cowan, Elaine Beasley, William Beasley, Keith Goodson, Patty Goodson, Graham Goodson, Jessica Goodson, John Dill, Robert Dees, Cindy Johnson, Sissy Dees and James Johnson.


Tallahassee Elks Form Partnership and Stay Active in Community

Tallahassee Elks Lodge #937 formed a partnership with the Leon Wakulla County Retired Teachers Association. The lodge provides an in-kind donation of kitchen use and eating space at the lodge; on Jan. 24, 200 guests came to the lodge for dinner. A silent auction helped the association raise nearly $4,000 for its scholarship program.

Tallahassee Lodge was the food purveyor again this year at the reenactment of the Battle of Natural Bridge south of town in the Woodville community March 4-5. It is a great opportunity to exemplify the organization and their camaraderie. They make and sell some great sandwiches and net several thousand dollars in fundraising revenue.


Perry Elks Continue to Assist Community

Perry Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler, Hinano Yon, presented Taylor Technical Institute with $1,000 to provide students additional financial aid in acquiring their GED/high school diploma and other fees associated with career classes. The lodge also assisted the Rotary Club in its annual father-daughter dance Feb. 10.


Lake City Elks Take Second Annual Cruise Together

893 cruiseLake City Lodge’s second annual cruise was a success. A total of 58 members and guests went this year. Every age group was accounted for and it was great for the younger members to get to know some of the more seasoned members. Most rode the chartered bus for extra Elk time together. They left out of Port Canaveral Feb. 3 and returned Feb. 6. Ports of call were Nassau in The Bahamas and Royal Caribbean's private island, CocoCay. There were visits to the rum factory, rum cake factory, local drinking pubs and the round-a-about. Between the buffets, scheduled dinners, karaoke, pool, casino, Super Bowl viewing and night strolls, the groups all saw each other throughout the four days. It was a time to get to know other members and guests. Since the cruise, several people who went as guests have joined the lodge. The lodge has already begun scheduling the third cruise and this year they will be headed to Mexico.







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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