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District Reporter: Phyllis Bonser

St. Augustine Lodge Officer Installation


Some of the officers installed for St. Augustine Lodge #829 were Jack Wolcott, Trustee; George April, PER, Tiler; Connie Sarnowski, Esteemed Loyal Knight; Lorin Austin, Exalted Ruler; Mike Hughes, Esteemed Leading Knight; Chris Lowe, Esteemed Lecturing Knight; Randy Stay, PER, Esquire; and Geoff Dobson, PDD, Organist.


Green Cove Springs Lodge uses FSEA Matching Grant for Library Tech Toys

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Green Cove Springs Lodge used the ENF Beacon Grant’s matching funds from the Florida State Elks Association to continue its support of the Green Cove Springs Public Library’s children’s outreach programs. The lodge purchased 24 programmable remote-controlled meeperBOT 2.0 robot platforms which provide wheeled chassis with a Lego block bed allowing for the bodies to be constructed of Legos. The platforms will help children to develop programming, gear function and creative skills.

PER Gene Rittenhouse, Lodge Grant Coordinator, looks on as Sara Guice, President of Friends of the Green Cove Springs Library, signs the acceptance document. Standing is Librarian Jennifer Parker.


Green Cove Springs Lodge Donates Stuffed Animals to Comfort Children

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In connection with the Elks’ 150th anniversary, Green Cove Springs Lodge collected stuffed animals as part of a comfort campaign. These were donated to local law enforcement officers to have in their cars to help comfort children they may encounter on their calls. On March 21, the lodge hosted officers from the Clay County Sheriff’s Office and the Green Cove Springs Police Department for dinner and to present the stuffed animals. Thanks to the generosity of members and guests, the lodge exceeded their goal and donated 173 stuffed animals.

 Pictured are Lieutenant John Guzman and Sergeant Tammy Perry of the Green Cove Springs Police Department, Leading Knight Lucie Barnette, volunteer Emily Hughson, ER Tracy Carroll, and Sergeant Keith Smith of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.


Green Cove Springs Lodge Receives Two City Proclamations

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Green Cove Springs Elks Lodge #1892 celebrated the Elks’ 150th anniversary with an open house Friday, Feb. 16, and a dock party Saturday, Feb. 17. Guests at the open house included Mayor, Mitch Timberlake; City Attorney, Jim Arnold; Chief of Police, Derek Asdot; Vice Mayor, Connie Butler; City Manager, Danielle Judd; Executive Assistant to City Manager, Kim Thomas; County Commissioner, Mike Cella; GCSPD Sergeant, Kim Miller; and Assistant Chief, Patrick Golemme, and Chief Richard Elkins of the Clay County Sheriff’s Department. As part of the celebration surrounding the Elks’ 150th anniversary, Green Cove Springs Elks Lodge was honored to receive proclamations from the City Council and the County Board of Commissioners given in recognition of the patriotism the Elks display and the charitable works Elks do for our country, state and local communities.

Green Cove Springs Lodge received a proclamation in honor of the Elks’ 150th anniversary. Pictured are Tracy Carroll, ER; Commissioner Wayne Bolla; Commissioner Gayward Hendry; Commissioner Mike Cella; Lucie Barnette, Esteemed Leading Knight; Commissioner Diane Hutchins; lodge member Mary Bolla; Commissioner Gavin Rollins; and Gene Rittenhouse, PER.


Orange Park Lodge Sponsors Events to Help Youth Groups

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Orange Park Elks Lodge #2605 sponsored the JAX NAS Sea Cadets’ car wash to help them raise money for their annual field trip to visit a historical site. The lodge previously presented this group with a $2,500 ENF grant to help defray expenses for the annual trip.

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Orange Park Lodge also sponsored the Atlantic Coast Young Marines for a drug and alcohol awareness workshop held at the lodge. Approximately 70 people attended. Drug and alcohol awareness information was handed out to all attendees. The lodge previously presented this group with the $1,000 anniversary grant.


Mandarin-St. Johns Lodge Donates Pet Food for Animals in Need

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Mandarin-St. Johns Elks Lodge #2866 collected and delivered 400 pounds of dry pet food plus some wet food to the No More Homeless Pets organization. Their mission is to end the killing of shelter cats and dogs. Lodge members Steve and Christie Easton made the delivery.


Jacksonville Elks Donate Dinner Tickets to FOP

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Jacksonville Elks Lodge #221 donated 50 of their annual barbecue dinner tickets to the Jacksonville Fraternal Order of Police. The dinner consisted of barbecue chicken, beans, slaw and a roll. This annual dinner raises over $3,000 which the lodge uses for their various charities. FOP distributed the tickets to local patrol officers.

Pictured are City Councilman Scott Wilson, PER and Steve Zona, President of the Jacksonville FOP.


Green Cove Springs Elks Use Anniversary Grant to Enhance Program

On Nov. 16, Green Cove Springs Lodge used its ENF Anniversary Grant to continue its tradition of providing the first-graders at Charles E. Bennett Elementry School, a Title 1 school, with an Elks sweatshirt and a book to read. Member Clyde Mixon has been the project director for over 10 years. The ENF Anniversary Grant made possible the addition of a second book for this year’s 96 students and a donation of $750 to the school’s art progam, which is in its first year. The money will be used to add much needed art supplies for the entire school.

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Students from each of the five first-grade classrooms model their new Elks sweatshirts and show their new books for their 96 classmates. In the back row are ER Tracy Carroll, Principal Sarah Lawson and project director Clyde Mixon.

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ER Tracy Carroll presents art teacher Erika Gallo a $750 check for art supplies as project director Clyde Mixon looks on.


Green Cove Springs Lodge Thanks City Employees after Hurricane

Green Cove Springs Lodge sponsored a thank-you picnic for all city employees at Spring Park Nov. 8. Mayor Mitch Timberlake had requested a donation from the lodge in October to help thank the city’s employees for their hard work during Hurricane Irma. During this period of chaos and damage, many of the employees worked double shifts protecting its citizens and aiding them in the cleanup. After careful consideration, the lodge decided to show its support and gratitude to these faithful employees by funding 80% of the picnic with a donation of $1,200. Exalted Ruler Tracy Carroll and other lodge members attended to thank the employees.

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City leaders and Elks at the beginning of the city employee thank-you picnic for Hurricane Irma city recovery are, front row, City Councilwoman Pam Lewis, Vice Mayor Connie Butler, Mayor Mitch Timberlake, Councilman Steven Kelley, City Manager Danielle Judd and Exalted Ruler Tracy Carroll. In the back row are City Attorney Jim Arnold, Police Chief Derek Asdot, Councilman Van Royal, PER Kathy Thompson, PER Gene Rittenhouse and Leading Knight Lucy Barnette.

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The first group of city employees enjoy their appreciation picnic sponsored by Green Cove Springs 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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