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District Reporter: Lauren Dowd-Shedlock

Clewiston Elks Host Christmas Party for UCP Clients

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In December, Clewiston Lodge partnered with the local United Cerebral Palsy chapter (UCP) to plan and deliver an unforgettable Christmas experience for local Cerebral Palsy clients. The local UCP worked with their clients to help them write their Christmas wish lists to Santa. The Clewiston Elks gathered all the wish lists, hung them on a decorative Angel Tree, and asked their members to select a list and be a special Santa for the client they selected. Within a week, all the cards from the tree were selected and within another few weeks, all the Santas returned with gifts for their special clients. On Dec. 20, the Elks invited all the UCP clients to visit with Santa, enjoy a nice meal, and collect their gifts, stockings, and other treats. Linda Allen, Leading Knight, and Roxanne Engel from UCP planned this special evening.

Clewiston member Linda Allen and UCP client Cindy Park visit with Santa Claus, aka member Mike O’Rourke, during the Christmas party for UCP clients.

 

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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