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District Reporter: James Wright

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.”


Warrington Elks Flag Day Ceremony Assisted by Naval Air Technical Training Center Color Guard

Warrington Elks Lodge #2108 held its annual Flag Day ceremony. The parading of the colors and the presentation of flags was provided by the Naval Air Technical Training Center Color Guard comprised of students attending their “A” School at Naval Air Station Pensacola. It was a very somber ceremony and provided the audience not only with a fine example of our youth but the history of our great symbol of this country.


Crestview and Twin Cities Elks Hold Exceptional Children's Day

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In May, Crestview Elks Lodge #2624 hosted its annual Exceptional Children’s Day with Twin Cities Elks Lodge #2747. Using a Beacon Grant, they were able to create a memorable day for about 80 children and 40 adult volunteers. In attendance were Reid Soria from Autism Sings, Great Gains Behavioral Solutions, Spectrum House Autism Center, Captain Davy Magic Show, Crestview Police Department and Crestview Citizens Police Academy Alumni.


Destin Elks Support Local Organizations

2688 Special OlympicsDestin Exalted Ruler, Terri Griffin, left, presented a check to Pamela Sparks of Special Olympics of Northwest Florida. Destin Lodge also contributed to the American Association of Retarded Citizens of the Emerald Coast and the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.









Food Pantry Receives Generous Donation from Holley-Navarre Elks

2787 food pantryHolley-Navarre Elks Lodge donated $2,500 to the Billory Bread of Life Food Pantry. During the Elks fiscal year of 2016 and 2017, the lodge has provided over 5,000 pounds of food to help support this Navarre food pantry. The Billory Baptist Church graciously provides the space and volunteer support to run the day-to-day activities. The facility plays an important role in the Holley-Navarre community by supporting between 60 and 100 families every month. Holley-Navarre Lodge obtains all its support through local fundraisers, member contributions, food drives, and state and national grants.

Presenting a check in the amount of $2,500 to the Billory Bread of Life Food Pantry is Lyle Cater, Holley-Navarre Lodge Lecturing Knight. Accepting the check is volunteer Sherry Nabors; Mary Nelson, volunteer manager of the food pantry; and volunteer Debbie Beebe.


Holley-Navarre Elks Honored for Little League Team Support

2787 baseballIn recognition of Holly-Navarre Elks’ support of the 2017 season, Exalted Ruler Bob Harlow (left) was presented with a Navarre Cardinals Little League team plaque by Coach Matt Newgent (right) and player Brody Powers (center). The Navarre Cardinals, made up of seven- and eight-year-olds, ended the regular season 13-2 and finished third place in the season tournament.








Destin Elks Sponsor 15 Special Needs Children on Park Visit

2688 ARCDestin Elks' newly elected Exalted Ruler, Terri Griffin, center, recently presented a check to members of the Emerald Coast ARC that will allow 15 kids with special needs to visit Rish Recreational Park in Port St. Joe. ARC provides services that work to include all children and adults with cognitive, intellectual and developmental disabilities in every community. ARC also focuses on abilities, respect, choice for all, and encourages active citizenship and inclusion in every community. Rish Recreational Park is a 100-acre recreational park located on Cape San Blas near Port St. Joe in the Florida panhandle. The park is a fabulous getaway with beautiful sugar-white sand, sea oat-covered dunes, refreshing sea air and shimmering turquoise-blue water on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. The uniqueness of Rish Park affords individuals with disabilities a safe beach experience that is completely ADA accessible.


Crestview Cub Scout Pack Representative is Recognized for Service

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James Wright, left, recently received a plaque recognizing his seven years of service as charter organization representative to Crestview Cub Scout Pack #530. Presenting the plaque is Christopher Foster who will replace Wright as representative to the pack. They are both members of Crestview Lodge.







Fort Walton Elks Reward Americanism Essay Winners

1795 americanismFort Walton Elks Lodge #1795 recently held their Americanism essay contest. The two winners were each presented with a $50 check rewarding their efforts. Both winners will move on to the next level. Lodge officers posed with their Americanism essay contest winners, Creanna Shaw and Zachary Merlo.


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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