North Central District News
- Written by Dick Bardsley
Apopka Lodge 2422
Apopka Elks Lodge #2422 held their third annual Breast Fest which helped raise $2,582 for the Debbie Turner Cancer Resource Center of Apopka, Fla. Also, the lodge helped sponsor the annual Miss Apopka scholarship pageant and joined with the Boy Scouts to build the lodge’s float for Apopka's annual Christmas parade.
Inverness Lodge 2522
Pictured with Drug Awareness chairman, Jim Manos, are the winners of the poster contest: Aliva Tassetto, Savannah Hinde and Autumn Lighthill. The winning posters will be submitted for entry into the annual national Elks contest for possible inclusion in the Elks Drug Awareness Program (DAP) Coloring Book, on elkskidszone.org, the online coloring book and/or in Elks National Foundation or DAP publications.
Drug Awareness Awards were presented to Victoria Lantzy, Evelyn Larsen and Andrew Schaak by Chairman Jim Manos and Principal Brian Lancaster in keeping with the Elks commitment to eliminate the use and abuse of illegal drugs and a belief that it is essential that our children be raised in a drug-free environment.
South Marion-Villages Lodge 2730
A joint Thanksgiving dinner was held by St. Theresa Social Services and South Marion-Villages Lodge #2730 in hopes that this will become an annual community event. Jimmy Johnson coordinated the activity with the thought that “no one should be alone or hungry on this holiday,” so everyone was welcome no matter what their social or economic status. Attended by over 150 people, Santa greeted the children and provided a small gift for those children who are less fortunate.
South Marion-Villages Lodge held their annual Christmas party with approximately 90 children from various organizations attending. Each child received a gift with their name on the package since they had requested the gift. Each child also received a stocking stuffed with goodies. The stockings were furnished by Carol Relyea again this year. The kids had a great time sitting on Santa or Mrs. Claus’ laps and getting their presents. Susan Sansone enjoyed painting children’s faces. Three Star Wars characters showed up to entertain the kids: a fighter pilot, storm trooper and one of the sand people.The children were treated to a lunch of hot dogs, chicken nuggets, and macaroni and cheese and had fun making their own sundaes. PDD Bruce Henry provided the Christmas music. A very large part of the credit for a successful party again goes to Treasurer, Patty Connolly, for arranging the financing and organizing the activities. Thanks go to Winter Park Lodge for their generous donation and to all the volunteers who helped make the day a success.
South Lake Lodge 1848
As 2016 came to an end, South Lake Elks Lodge #1848 completed several major events including participating and helping coordinate a music festival with four stages and 40 musical acts, a golf tournament which raised money for Habitat for Humanity Lake-Sumter’s Veteran's Village, and the Christmas for Kids 2016 which gifted 52 children for Head Start and another 80 children and their families from South Lake County. Recently, the lodge received the keys to their new facility and are excited to be moving furniture and offices in and welcoming members. They have been truly blessed this year and they thank the Florida State Elks Association for all of their help and support.
Pictured are ER Joey Eberline, PER and Russell Smith, PER raising the walls of the first veterans home at Veterans Village.
Pictured are Lucy Hage, CEO of Head Start, and Leslie Eberline, trustee and chairperson for Christmas for Kids, delivering Christmas presents for the children.
Winter Park Lodge 1830
Winter Park Elks Lodge #1830 participated in the 38th annual Goldenrod Fall Festival Parade sponsored by the Goldenrod Historical Society. ER Ron Goluba and First Lady Sue Jovi greeted the crowds from a convertible while Elks therapist Diane Norton and Tom Norton rode in the newly wrapped Elks therapy van and distributed therapy brochures. Several Lake Howell High School student volunteers marched in the parade with the lodge and passed out drug awareness red ribbons while Barbara Rozanski escorted Elroy the Elk in the parade.
Winter Park Elks Lodge raised $725 in cash donations and over 100 items for pets in need at Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. The cash was raised through raffle items and individual contributions. Donated items included dog and cat food, treats and toys.
As it does each year, Winter Park Lodge supported the remembrance of deceased veterans from the Civil War through recent wars in a brief ceremony at a public Orlando cemetery. The Does and Elks attended and helped lay over 600 wreaths on veterans’ graves at Greenwood Cemetery. The national program called Wreaths Across America (wreathsacrossamerica.org) was begun in Harrington, Maine, to honor veterans at Arlington National Cemetery and it has spread across the country.