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District Reporter: Lauren Dowd-Shedlock

News from Lake Okeechobee Lodge

Lake Okeechobee Elks Lodge #2871 worked with the correctional sentence specialist for Martin County putting to use ENF’s Gratitude Grant. The lodge took care of their supplies and veterans’ cost for the dogs they will receive. These dogs are trained by veterans who are in jail for veterans who need special attention. All training and care are done at the facility.2871 soccer

In September, Lake Okeechobee Lodge hosted their annual Soccer Shoot with 35 children participating. Among the many member volunteers were Southeast District VP, Dave Monsour, and District Chairman, Martin Espinoza, from Clewiston Lodge.

SEDVP Dave Monsour assists at the Lake Okeechobee Elks Soccer Shoot.


Jupiter Elks News

In July, Jupiter Elks Lodge #2469 used the Elks National Foundation Beacon Grant to host their second annual “The Best of Me is Drug-Free” drug awareness rally for local youth in Palm Beach County.

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Summer is usually a quiet time at Jupiter Lodge, but this year, members formed a softball team with Sunday morning practices and a few contests against West Palm Beach members. The team is signed up to battle in the Jupiter-Tequesta Athletic Association Division D through autumn 2017.

Pictured are Jupiter Lodge softball players Tammy Black Matsuo and Jim Johnson, Leading Knight.


Clewiston Elks Help in Hurricane Irma Aftermath

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Like many other Elks lodges across Florida, when Hurricane Irma roared through Sept. 10-11, Clewiston Elks Lodge #1853 was without power. Having an abundant supply of food in their freezers and member volunteers who could take a break from their own clean-up, the Elks cooked and donated meals to the out-of-state linesmen who were staying in the area and helping to restore power to the community. The lodge served over 100 meals on both evenings. Those who stepped up and took charge of this were DDGER Greg Westberry, PER Skip Simmonds, PER Jack Davis, PER George Duckstein and Harlan Griggs, Tiler.

DDGER Greg Westberry and his wife, Dana, helped with the hurricane relief by handing out water and supplies to the community.


West Palm Beach Elks Deliver School Supplies

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Members of West Palm Beach Elks Lodge #1352 collect school supplies year-round to help assist the needs of many of the local schools. The various school supplies are delivered by members at the beginning of each school year. Two of the schools that received donations are Royal Palm Beach Elementary School and Green Acres Elementary School. The schools were delighted to receive the donations.

West Palm Beach Elks donating school supplies to Royal Palm Beach Elementary are Assistant Principal Fong (left) and Principal Gaugler, right, accept donations of school supplies for Royal Palm Beach Elementary from West Palm Beach Elks Ed and Elaine Morey.


Jupiter Elks Events

It has been a very active first quarter at Jupiter Elks Lodge #2469. They served the annual Breakfast with the Bunny, where local families had breakfast and the kids enjoyed the Easter Bunny’s garden patch with crafts, coloring and cartoons. At the Good Friday fish fry, they served 144 dinners, recruited new members and provided meals for the local fire department.

Jupiter Lodge assisted Busch Wildlife Sanctuary with reinforcing their red fox enclosure by moving piles of dirt and installing an underground wire mesh floor. Bottom row from the left are Janet Desmond; Busch Wildlife Director, Amy Kight, and fox; and Teresa Snider. Middle row are Iris Paul, Tammy Matsuo, Jim Johnson, Steve Snider, Bill Sheets and Vicky Doubleday. Top row are Stephanie Craig, Chuck Hamlin, Bobby Paul, Mike Vota and ER Dave Desmond.

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The Cinco de Mayo celebration offered authentic Mexican entrees and homemade flan, with ER Dave Desmond and First Lady Janet donning a festive look. The next day, members and guests gathered for the Kentucky Derby and enjoyed a delicious assortment of food, ice-cold mint juleps, a ladies’ hat contest and their own Elk races. All moms received a red rose and a free meal at the Mother’s Day brunch that was open to all local families.

Jupiter and Lake Okeechobee Elks celebrated the order’s Flag Day ritual. Their local Police Honor Guard opened the ceremony while the Boy and Girl Scouts admirably assisted with the parade of flags. The highlight of the day was the donated cake auction that raised over $800 for charity.


Clewiston Lodge News

Clewiston Elks Lodge held their annual community awards ceremony. These awards go to the local police, fire and sheriff departments as well as to teachers and local citizens. PDD Jimmie McDuffie was named Citizen of the Year for his many years of involvement and dedication to the community through his personal life, his business and the Elks.

Clewiston Lodge hosted their annual community Easter egg hunt. Children enjoyed hunting over 400 eggs as well as the face-painting, games and prizes. They all were given a lunch of hot dogs, chips and drinks. The Easter Bunny showed up on a fire engine which made lots of faces happy.

The annual Mother’s Day ceremony was a success. All mothers who attended were given a red or white corsage. The oldest and youngest mothers were given a bouquet of flowers. All mothers who attended the ceremony were given steak dinners.

Clewiston Lodge hosted the Southeast District Barbecue Cook-Off. First-place and third-place winners were from Clewiston Lodge and the second-place winner was from Jupiter. All proceeds went to the district projects.

A barbecue benefit luncheon was held in June to assist a member in need who is battling cancer. All proceeds went to the cause, which was approximately $3,000.

Clewiston’s 13th annual golf tournament was a big success. Challenged with the rain, everyone had a fun time and completed the course. They then met at the lodge for fellowship, awards and lunch. The event raised $9,000 for the scholarship funds.


Les Baucum Installs his Son as Clewiston Exalted Ruler

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PDD Les Baucum, also a PER of Clewiston Lodge, had the honor of installing his son as the incoming Exalted Ruler at their officer installation ceremony. Carlton Baucum became a member of the lodge in 2013 as soon as he turned 21. Upon graduation from the University of Florida in 2014, he moved back to Clewiston and was installed as Lodge Esquire where he promptly learned and delivered the long version of the initiatory ritual. At 24 years old, he becomes the youngest member to serve as Exalted Ruler of the Clewiston Elks.


Eagle Scouts Honored at West Palm Beach Lodge

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On June 10, the Eagle Scout Court of Honor took place at West Palm Beach Elks Lodge #1352. The Eagle Scouts were awarded an Exalted Ruler Eagle Scout certificate, plaque and American flag. One percent of Boy Scouts end up attaining the level of Eagle Scout, so the Elks were proud to honor three at the ceremony: Joseph Burton Jiampetti, Dylan Conner Adams and Austin James Williams. Boy Scout Troop #199 was also presented with a check from the lodge for $500.


Belle Glade-Pahokee Lodge News

Belle Glade-Pahokee Elks Lodge #1716 hosted the annual Glades Day School Prom and after-prom from 12-2 a.m. providing the students a safe night of games and entertainment in an alcohol- and drug-free environment.

Belle Glade-Pahokee Lodge also held a money drawing in May. It was a huge success with a great turnout where they served steak dinners; everyone had a great time. Members also donated barbecue dinners the same day to the local food bank and shelter for those less fortunate.


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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