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District Reporter: Glenn J. Tekerman

Science & Tech Student Headed to Boston Conference Gets Help from Florida Keys Lodge

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Florida Keys Lodge donated $200 toward Luke Gutierrez’s trip to a conference in Boston for future scientists and technology student leaders. Jane Ferguson, Loyal Knight (left), knows the parents and thought it would be a worthwhile cause for the lodge to help him get to the conference. Luke was chosen because of his grade point average and teacher recommendations. Ray Eubanks, Exalted Ruler, also presented the check to Luke.

 

Paint and Sip Event Held at Florida Keys Lodge

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Florida Keys Elks Lodge #1872 held a Paint & Sip party with local artist Christine Marie. Thirty-five members and friends learned to paint a tropical picture; for most participants, this was their first time painting like this. This event brings visitors to the lodge and promotes membership. Two new members were recently initiated from the previous class.

 

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On Dec. 3, Florida Keys Lodge held a buffet breakfast on the patio. This event will be held on the first Sunday of each month until March. Members will be served a fantastic spread of breakfast goodies including omelets made to order. Their northern visitors will get a taste of southern cooking including biscuits and sausage gravy. The funds raised will help offset Hurricane Irma repairs.

The lodge also hosted local children to milk and cookies with Santa and Mrs. Claus in mid-December. The kids decorated cookies and Christmas ornaments, took pictures with Santa and enjoyed lunch.

 

Miami Lodge Holds Hoop Shoot

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Miami Lodge #948 had a great turnout for their Hoop Shoot. Pictured are contestants, parents and volunteers.

 

Florida Keys Elks Gather Community After Hurricane Irma to Celebrate

Florida Keys Elks Lodge #1872 held a community appreciation hurricane survival party Oct. 8. The complimentary buffet and entertainment was a thank-you to all the fantastic first responders, volunteers and residents. More than 30 local musicians donated their talents to perform on stage for approximately eight hours. It was fun for locals to relax, unwind and have a good time while they are still coping with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Seniors from Coral Shores volunteered to help with serving. Elks worked long and hard to ensure that everyone had a good time and brought the community together.

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Robert Spencer sang during Florida Keys Lodge’s all-day community gathering after Hurricane Irma.

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Pictured are Lisa Camerato, Sherill and Denny Tarbell, Frank Veltri and John Mavis (with guitar).

 

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.

 

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:

TinaH@elks.org

JessicaR@elks.org

 

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