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District Reporter: Glenn J. Tekerman

Support Services Personnel Winner Honored at Miami Lodge

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Police Dispatcher Marisol Rodriguez was the 2017 state contest winner for the Florida State Elks Association First Responder of the Year – Support Services Personnel Award. On behalf of the state association, members of Miami Elks Lodge #948 presented Miami-Dade Police Department Police Dispatcher, Marisol Rodriguez, with her award because she could not attend the awards presentation at the state convention in May.

Pictured are Captain Thamy Gonzalez, Officer Ricardo Perez, Melissa Rodriguez, Dispatcher Rodriguez, Exalted Ruler Delfin Mule and Officer Frank Moreno.


South District Elks Visit Florida Elks Youth Camp

South District Youth Camp VisitOn Saturday, April 29, members of the South District ventured on a bus trip to the Florida Elks Youth Camp. Jeff Muehlfeld, PDD of Miami Lodge #948 organized the trip. It was the first time to the camp for 31 of the members. On the return trip to Miami, the members stopped for dinner at Stuart-Jensen Lodge #1870 which was hosted by Exalted Ruler, Beth Snyder, and Joey and Suzi Simonelli.


Florida Keys Elks Hold Dolphin Tournament for Elks Charities

1872 DolphinFlorida Keys Lodge held its biggest fundraiser of the year for Elks charities, namely the Harry-Anna Trust Fund, Elks National Foundation and veterans programs. The fifth annual ladies dolphin tournament was held June 9-10. The awards ceremony was fit for the queens of the fishing world with awards presented to the top 10 teams. A record number of 43 members volunteered. They had 37 boats and 83 anglers participate. Area businesses donated silent auction items and sponsorships to ensure a huge success. The biggest dolphin caught was 45.6 pounds and the junior angler won with an 18-pound dolphin.


Florida Keys Elks Send Six Kids to Florida Elks Youth Camp

1872 CampersFlorida Keys Elks sent six kids to the Florida Elks Youth Camp this summer. The boy in front is waiting his turn to attend when he is old enough, but this year he tagged along on the bus. Members Roger and Terry Gormley drove them safely to Miami.


Florida Keys Elks Hold Craft Event for Girl Scouts to Make Father's Day Gifts

1872 Girl Scouts 3Florida Keys Lodge had a craft night with the Girl Scouts to make a pencil and pen holder for a Father’s Day gift. These were made from a soup can decorated with felt to look like a man’s shirt and tie. Picture: 1872 Girl Scouts 3: Caption: Pictured from left to right with the Girl Scouts are scout leader, Matt Koval; Jody Randel; scout leader, Paula Wittke; scout leader, Kristen Giordano; Paulette McNamara and Lisa Camerato.


Florida Keys Elks Help Girl Scouts Make Crafts for Mother's Day

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Florida Keys Elks Lodge #1872 held a fun craft night with Girl Scouts from Troops #92, #461 and #448. Elks members taught the girls how to make pretty flower arrangements using paint and plastic bottles of various sizes. Each scout completed a vase of flowers tied with ribbons for Mother’s Day gifts.

Pictured with the Girl Scouts in the back row from left to right are Scout Leader, Kristen Giordano; Florida Keys Elks members Paulette McNamara, Lisa Camerato and Jody Randel; and Scout Leader, Matt Koval.


Florida Keys Elks Lodge News

1872 cruiseIn February, the lodge was decorated like a cruise ship for their annual Cruise and Casino Night. Everyone attending had a chance to play in the casino and local businesses donated prizes for the winning members. There were 225 people who attended the event. There was music provided for dancing and the dinner buffet was purchased, prepared and served by Monday night chef, Tom Hallock, and his volunteers. A total of $8,000 was raised for various Elks charities from the event.

Joyce Musselman, Events and Entertainment Chairman, is pictured at Florida Keys Lodge’s Cruise and Casino Night.







1872 soccerFlorida Keys Lodge sponsored two state soccer shoot winners. Drake Fowler won first place in the U-14 division and first place for overall points. Jonathan Mesa won first place in the U-10 division. Lecturing Knight, Larry McNamara, and his wife, Paulette, Youth Activities Chairman, volunteered to spearhead the local soccer shoot for this year.

Paulette McNamara, Florida Keys Youth Activities Chairman, poses with state winner, Johnathan Mesa, and his mother.









Florida Keys Annual Country Party Benefits Youth Charity

Florida Keys Lodge #1872 held their annual Country Party Jan. 21. Member Lee Kibbey, the lodge line dance instructor, graciously donated her time and talents to DJ this event. The dance floor was full. A pulled pork dinner with all the trimmings was a big hit with all. Eleven students from the local high school came to help and each earned community service hours. Ninety dinners were served with proceeds deposited in the youth charity account.

Photo 1: Mike and Hollis Krutulis and Patty Hartnett were chefs for the night
Photo 2: Party goers Shirley Mikuletzky, Barbara Benoit and Debra Poirer enjoying the stage coach
Photo 3: Students from Coral Shores High school helped serve and clean up


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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