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District Reporter: Thomas Walden, PDD

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.


Tallahassee Elks News

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.


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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