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District Reporter: James Wright

Breakfasts for Buses

2747 Biscuits 2747 Eggs

On Jan. 6, Twin Cities Elks Lodge #2747 held the first of three benefit breakfasts open to the public. The proceeds will be used to fund the bus needed to take children from the Northwest District to the Florida Elks Youth Camp in Umatilla, Fla., for the 2018 summer camp session. Member Sylvia Kleppinger prepared biscuits while Steve and Mary Ann Piner, associate members, prepared eggs to order. The second and third breakfasts will be held in February and March.


Bloodmobile comes to Pensacola Beach Lodge

497 Blood

On Dec. 2, Pensacola Beach Elks Lodge #497 sponsored a blood drive with OneBlood and their Big Red Bus bloodmobile. Eight pints of blood were collected which equates to saving the lives of 24 people! The new lodge chairman for the blood drives is Grace Sellers.


Pensacola Beach Elks Support Children's and Young Adults' Program


PER Don Padget of Pensacola Beach Elks Lodge #497 presented a donation to Sarah Ellis, founder of My Father’s Arrow. Located in Jay, Fla., My Father’s Arrow supports and serves youth from infancy to 23 years of age by seeking foster parents and adoptive parents.

The state provides the young adults with an unfurnished apartment. MFA provides all the furnishings. Last year they were able to fully furnish seven apartments.

The name of the organization comes from Psalm 127:4: “Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.”

MFA currently operates out of a chapel in Jay which is becoming too small for them. They continue to provide services for northwest Florida and Southeast Alabama from generous donations made by the community and local organizations. Founder Sarah Ellis says, “if it doesn’t keep the orphans at the center, we don’t do it.”


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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