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District Reporter: Phyllis Bonser

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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