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District Reporter: Richard E. Bardsley, PDD

Winter Park Elks are Staying Busy

Winter Park Elks Lodge #1830 hosted their second spaghetti dinner to benefit a local high school football team. Team members invite their family, friends, classmates and neighbors to the lodge for fun, food and camaraderie. The team sets up, serves and cleans up; they also support the lodge at events.

A service provider asked Winter Park Lodge to assist a local child who needed therapy. After conferring with Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services, the lodge purchased a $1,500 trike which was presented at a dinner to a little boy named Saul, a boy with special needs, by ER Vivian Thomas and Therapy Services Director, Colleen Gallant.


Lodge #2730 Holds Back-to-School Event

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South Marion-Villages Elks Lodge #2730 held a free back-to-school bash and school supply giveaway for students. Each child was given a backpack and age-appropriate school supplies. The Belleview Police came and played with the kids in the bounce house. The lodge served hot dogs and chips for lunch. The Belleview Elementary principal and a few teachers helped hand out school supplies. The parents and children left happy and excited for the upcoming school year.


Eustis Elks and Ladies Remain Charitably Active

The Eustis Anna Miller Circle provided two area elementary schools with school supplies. In addition, they are making and have given some blankets to young Autistic children.

The Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services regional therapist saw a need in the Northeast District and acted on it by informing Eustis Lodge of the need. The lodge donated $500 for the family of a young girl in Jacksonville to provide them with a wheel carrier for their car and to have it completely installed on the family vehicle.

Eustis Lodge has cooked a spaghetti dinner including a salad and garlic toast for the Eustis High School junior varsity football team every week of their season.

Eustis Lodge also donated $450 to New Vision for a typing program for the blind that will support 35 people.


Inverness Elks Pack Backpacks for Local Students

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Inverness Elks Lodge’s Backpack for Success program supplied backpacks and school supplies to needy students. The program is funded by an Elks National Foundation Gratitude Grant along with a donation of 20 backpacks from Daystar Life Center. Lodge volunteers put together grade-appropriate backpacks with school supplies for the Citrus County Foster Parent Association, seven area high schools and middle schools, Guardian ad Litum, and Citrus United Basket. In the three years since the program started, the number of students helped has more than doubled.

Inverness Lodge presented back-to-school backpacks to the Citrus County Foster Parent Association. Pictured are Elba Jiminez and Debbie King from the CCFPA along with Elk volunteers Fern McAvay, Bill McAvay, Jan Belland and Richard Grosnick.


Eustis Anna Miller and Elks Pack Supplies for The Haven of Lake and Sumter Counties

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Once again the Anna Miller Circle of Eustis Lodge #1578 met for their July quarterly packing for The Haven of Lake and Sumter Counties. The Haven offers 24-hour crisis intervention and emergency shelter for domestic and sexual violence victims and their minor children. This is followed by support and resources for the victims and their children including courtroom advocacy, tutoring and life skills classes. Volunteers pack quart-size bags with travel-size items which are given upon arrival at the shelter. They also donate gently worn clothes and suitcases. Volunteers for this packing session included six Anna Miller Circle members and four Elks who made quick work of packing the $4,250.50 in-kind contribution. This very worthwhile charity has been serving victims since 1977.


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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