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District Reporter: Richard E. Bardsley, PDD

Eustis Anna Miller Circle Supports The Haven for Women and Children

1578 Haven 5 The Eustis Anna Miller Circle met April 1 to pack for The Haven of Lake and Sumter Counties. They had a record 13 volunteers including three Elks to tackle the massive task. The in-kind contribution equaled $4,170. Included were 222 adult welcome kits and 72 children’s welcome kits. The one-quart bags contain travel-sized toiletries, toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash. Hand sanitizer and tissues are added to the children’s kits. The collection also included suitcases, clothes and toys. The Haven provides a safe harbor for abused women, teens and children including food, shelter and clothing as well as counseling, advocacy and safety planning. In addition to the adult services, the counselors provide children’s school advocacy, school supplies, and individual counseling between students and teachers and court accompaniment. While the mother is making so many adjustments, the children’s lives are also greatly impacted and the incredible services provided by The Haven can and do change their lives.


Winter Park Elks Stay Active in their Community

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Exalted Ruler Ron Goluba and First Lady Sue Jovi represented the Winter Park Elks Lodge #1830 in the 39th annual Winter Park St. Patrick’s Day parade where they greeted thousands. Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services district occupational therapist, Diane Norton, walked the parade route speaking to members of the community and handing out brochures. Member Tom Norton drove the van. Also walking the parade route was Elks drug awareness mascot, Elroy, escorted by lodge member Barbara Rozanski. Six Lake Howell High School students also volunteered by distributing hundreds of “Elks Stay Drug-Free” red ribbons promoting the Elks drug awareness program.

Winter Park Lodge awarded 13 scholarships to high school seniors in the amount of $1,000 each. The students and their families joined lodge members for dinner. A live band as well as Irish dancers provided the evening’s entertainment. The lodge donated the use of its ballroom to Walden Community School. The students performed the play “The Magic Ukelele” for students, families and friends. Students from International Christian High School were at the lodge to perform a half day of community service. The students cleaned the outside area of the lodge and were then treated to pizza.


South Lake Elks Celebrate New Building with Open House

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South Lake Elks have found a new lodge building. They held a grand open house with live music and over 200 people in attendance. An overflow was anticipated so space was created on the lawn.


Eustis Elks Support their Community

Eustis Elks Lodge #1578 held their annual fire and police officer appreciation dinner where they honored 12 departments including the Lake County Sheriff, Highway Patrol, Lake County Fire and Rescue, and K-9 unit. The lodge donated $1,400 to the Mount Dora High School ROTC to help the cadets make a summer trip to the Citadel. The lodge also held a charity barbecue and served 632 dinners. At the Florida Elks state barbecue, the Eustis Anna Miller Circle held a cake auction and raised $800 for the Harry-Anna Trust Fund. The ladies also held a Chinese auction that raised $1,000 to send kids to the Florida Elks Youth Camp.


Inverness Elks Donate to Elementary School Music Dept.

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The children from Hernando Elementary School Music Department made a beautiful card to show their appreciation of Inverness Elks Lodge’s $500 donation for equipment and instruments. The card was signed by each student and is full of pictures of them playing instruments and enjoying their favorite class.

Inverness Elks Chairpersons Pam Garbig and Lodge Secretary Vicki Austin present music teacher, Ms. Snick Glenn, and Principal Chris Bosse, with a donation for the Hernando Elementary School Music Department.


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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