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District Reporter: Phyllis Bonser

Lodge #2866 Hosts Squirt Gun Party for Pack #484

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Pack #484 of the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts uses Mandarin-St. Johns Elks Lodge #2866 for their meetings and events. They had an end-of-summer squirt gun battle at the lodge.


Jacksonville Elks Participate in National Night Out

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Jacksonville Elks Lodge #221 participated in the annual Jacksonville Beach National Night Out event held Aug. 1 at the Sea Walk Pavilion. The theme for the event was crime prevention. Representatives from police, fire, military and other fraternal organizations attended the event which feature various booths and exhibits displaying anti-crime information. It was highlighted by a bicycle rodeo. Representatives from all local media outlets were present.

AJ Jones, Northeast District Drug Awareness Chairman, is pictured by the trailer talking with one of the participants at Jacksonville Beach’s National Night Out.


Gainesville Elks Hold Splash Event for Autism Research

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Gainesville Elks Lodge #990 held the annual Elks Splash Day in July. All proceeds raised at this event go to Autism research.


NE FLOE Holds Fashion Show for FECTS

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FLOE junior delegate, Linda Rittenhouse of Green Cove Springs Lodge #1892, with the help of FLOE senior delegate and Past President, Judy Reyes of St. Augustine Lodge #829, combined talents to raise money for Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services. They held a fashion show at Green Cove Springs Lodge June 26. Tiffany Ruff of Resort Fashions presented the fashions for sale. Her fashion presentation was aided by six Green Cove Springs Lodge ladies who modeled the casual wear. The setup and decoration of the lodge, meal preparation, and serving of show attendees was accomplished by 14 volunteers. There were 87 lodge ladies and guests from both lodges present. The end result of a good time along with great causal resort fashions resulted in $1086.85 being raised for Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services.

Members and spouses modeled the fashions at the Northeast District FLOE fashion show including Nancy Klopfenstein, Debi Langeluttig, Joy Elrod, Kathy Baraging and Joi Thomas.


Green Cove Springs Lodge #1892 Conducts Kids Library Day

On June 13, Green Cove Springs Lodge used an Elks National Foundation Beacon Grant to promote the Green Cove Springs Public Library’s opening of the summer children’s program. This was the lodge’s second year of promoting this program. The event’s purpose was to encourage children of all ages to sign up for the special library programs. Along with registering for summer programs, children also received a free age-specific book. There were also crafts, a corn hole game, a balloon toy maker and face painter. There were 140 children accompanied by 53 adults in attendance. Services were provided by 23 volunteers.

1892 library LincolnGreen Cove Springs Lodge member Wayne Lincoln distributes the age-specific books at the 10- to 12-year-old and teen book tables.








1892 library early birdsEarly birds wait to get into the Green Cove Springs Public Library summer children’s program registration.







1892 library crafts Green Cove Springs Lodge Chaplain, Russ Brummer, and Esquire, Helen Brummer, assist participants at the teen craft table. The teens made pencil pouches with ziplock bags and duct tape.








1892 library BoydSpouse Phyllis Boyd distributes books to children ages five to 10.














Green Cove Springs Lodge Holds Recognition Luncheon for Sixth Graders

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On June 5, Green Cove Springs Elks Lodge #1892 honored the sixth grade class of Clyde E. Bennett Elementary School for successfully completing elementary school with a recognition luncheon. One hundred students along with school staff were greeted at the lodge by 25 Elks. The luncheon concluded with the presentation of two lodge citizenship awards. Kaitlyn Scherer and Brandon Vazquez were selected by their teachers for the award based on their deportment, ability to work well with others, grades and helpfulness. The luncheon was sponsored by the PER Association’s Elks charity bingo. The luncheon chairman was PER Gene Rittenhouse, bingo vice chairman. This first-time event was so successful that the school has asked the lodge to do it again next year.


Veterans Enjoy a Day of Pier Fishing at Green Cove Springs Lodge

1892 fishingGreen Cove Springs Lodge #1892 hosted its annual veterans pier fishing event May 7. Residents of Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans Nursing Home and their family members were invited to the lodge for fishing and lunch. Veterans, family members, caregivers and Elk volunteers totaled 75 in attendance. The event was funded by an Elks National Foundation Gratitude Grant.


Mothers at Veterans Nursing Home Receive Flowers from Green Cove Springs Elks

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Green Cove Springs Elks presented each of the 10 female veterans at Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans Nursing Home with Mother’s Day bouquets May 12. For the past three years, a small group of members has gone to the home to show the lodge’s gratitude to these veterans for their service. This year was extra special because Heath, a service dog in training for K9s for Warriors, came along to the delight of all. Heath was an immediate hit with the residents and service providers. The event was funded by an ENF Gratitude Grant.

Left to right are PER Richard Kunze, Veterans Committee Chairman; PER Kathy Thompson; Linda Rittenhouse; Lucie Barnette, Leading Knight; and PER Gene Rittenhouse.

 Heath, a K9s for Warriors service dog in training, helps deliver flowers to veterans with trainer, Penny Kunze; PER Kathy Thompson; PER Richard Kunze; and Leading Knight, Lucie Barnette.


Green Cove Springs Elks Hold Special Initiation

1892On Feb. 25, Green Cove Springs Elks Lodge #1892 held an out-of-cycle meeting to initiate applicants who had been unable to attend a regular initiation night. This was done to ensure that all prospective initiates were installed before the end of the Elks year.

Front row: Natalie Torrone and Victoria-Ann Marquart.

Back row: Tony Carboni, Dennis Fitzsimmons, John Roberts and ER Gene Rittenhouse.


Orange Park Elks Help Member Celebrate 102nd Birthday

2605 cakeOrange Park Elks held a birthday party to celebrate the 102nd birthday of longtime Elk member Bob Watkins. He has been an Elk for over 70 years. Lodge members visited with him at the assisted living center where he currently lives with his wife, Hazel, and brought cake and ice cream to share with the other residents.








Mandarin-St. Johns Elks Lodge Hosts Cub Scout Ceremony

2866 scoutsMandarin-St. Johns Elks Lodge #2866 hosted the Arrow of Light ceremony for Cub Scout Pack 484. The lodge partners with this troop and allows them to hold their meetings and other events at the lodge.


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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