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District Reporter: Donna Powers

Boca Raton Elks Hold Kids Day

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Boca Raton Lodge held their fourth annual Kids Day at the Broward Children’s Center’s Preschool for developmentally impaired children Monday, June 12, as their Beacon Grant project. Lodge members and four young FAU veterans participated.

A touching interaction was captured during Boca Raton Lodge’s Kids Day of a young veteran with a student.


Boca Raton Elks Include JROTC for Flag Day Ceremony

2166 flag dayBoca Raton Lodge held a Flag Day ceremony and dinner dance at the lodge. The Boca Raton High School Navy Junior ROTC participated in the ceremony. Pictured are Donna Powers, Boca Raton Lodge Exalted Ruler; the BRHS NJROTC members; and Past State President and Flag Day Chairman, Vincent Como.






Hollywood West Elks Reach 50 Years and Hold a Charity Motorcycle Ride

Hollywood West Lodge and its members were featured in a local newspaper chronicling the lodge’s 50 years of service to the community. The article informed readers of the programs that support youth and veterans, emphasizing the Hoop Shoot and the lodge’s very active involvement with the Sandy Nininger Veterans Nursing Home and with the Honor Flight.

Member Benny Stravato organized a motorcycle ride to benefit the Harry-Anna Trust Fund. Several dozen bikers from the Elks and neighboring lodges made a roundtrip ride to Okeechobee, Fla., stopping several times along the way. Upon their return, they enjoyed a barbecue dinner. All proceeds from the ride were donated to the Harry-Anna Trust Fund.

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Delray Beach Elks Honor First Responders and Give Back to their Community

Delray Beach Lodge held its annual country western dinner dance. Members and guests enjoyed bull rides and a costume contest. The function raised $10,000 for Sunny Shores Sea Camp, a respite camp for children and families with cystic fibrosis.

Delray Beach Lodge held an awards dinner and included local firefighter/paramedic, police officer and ocean rescue of the year. The lodge was also awarded a business plaque for their recent donation of $1,000 to Carver Middle School.

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Delray Beach PER Joe Altamonte, left, poses with first responders at the lodge awards dinner.

Other donations made were $3,000 to Elks National Foundation, $500 to Cruiser Palooza, $500 to Santiago Kids Fund, $1,000 to the Special Olympics Bowling League, $1,000 to the Kids Rule Golf Camp, $2,000 to Delray Beach Children Boxing, $1,500 to victims of domestic abuse and $1,000 to the city of Delray Campaign for grade level reading.


Boca Raton Elks Remain Busy in their Community

Boca Raton Lodge held a successful blood drive and continues to serve breakfast to members and their guests each month. They held a Mother’s Day ceremony at the lodge and enjoyed lunch afterwards. Seventeen members attended the state convention in Orlando, Fla. On Memorial Day, the lodge was once again represented at Boca Raton’s annual Memorial Day ceremony at the local cemetery. The Exalted Ruler was one of the guest speakers. The lodge donated 246 pounds of food to Boca Helping Hands for distribution to needy local families. They donated $500 to Island Dolphin Care to help them continue their dolphin therapy program for adults and children. They also donated $1,500 to the Boca Raton High School Navy Junior ROTC.


Hollywood West Elks News

On Jan. 7, Benny Stavato, a Hollywood West Lodge member, coordinated a motorcycle fundraiser ride to raise money for friend Steve Vanpelt’s wife, Maria, who is battling cancer. Stavato and lodge volunteers distributed donation jars to various establishments and neighboring lodges throughout the area. The ride raised over $1,000.

2365 GER ZellenOn Feb. 7, the lodge was honored to receive a surprise visit by Grand Exalted Ruler Michael Zellen who was in town visiting his sister-in-law who was hospitalized. GER Zellen spoke about Elkdom with a group of eight who were at the lodge to attend orientation.





The Hollywood West Lodge 50th Anniversary Committee met weekly during the past quarter to plan the lodge’s 50th anniversary gala which was held Saturday, March 18. This spectacular celebration began with hors d’oeuvres followed by a catered dinner, a live band and photo shoot. There were approximately 128 members and guests in attendance. Attendees received a 50th anniversary Hollywood West Elks Lodge commemorative glass and yearbook.


Boca Raton Firefighter Chiefs Remain Cook-off Champions

Boca Raton Elks Lodge #2166 held its annual chili cook-off Jan. 17. The challenge was issued to the Boca Raton firefighters to do their best to outcook the members. Fifteen different types of chili were entered for judging by the firefighters and members. There were 110 people who came to taste and judge and over $500 was raised for local charities. The Boca Raton firefighter chiefs won the match for the second year in a row. The chiefs are also Elks but entered the contest as firefighters.


Delray Beach Elks Lodge has Three Generations of Family

1770 generationsDelray Beach Lodge now has three generations of Elkdom! The newest members, Charlie Stravino and Nick Garito, join their grandfather, Larry Garito, and Timothy Garito, Nick’s father and Charlie’s uncle. Larry and Tim have been members for over 20 years and are both an integral part of the lodge.










Delray Beach Elks Have Charitable Quarter

Delray Beach Elks have been quite charitable this quarter. They donated $1,000 each to the Boy Scouts of America #301 and #308 to help with their summer camp expenses. Proceeds of $725 from a fundraiser were given to S. D. Spady Montessori Elementary. They donated $1,200 to the Miracle League for the 2017 handicapped baseball team and $500 for their tennis fundraiser. The annual chili cook-off raised $1,000 for the Harry-Anna Trust Fund. Delray Beach Fire Rescue won first place for their five-alarm chili.


Local Students Assist Delray Beach Elks Drug Awareness Program

1770The Student Government Association at Atlantic High School stuffed 500 drug awareness program bags with anti-drug paraphernalia brochures so the Elks can hand them out at the upcoming National Night Out. NNO is a crime and drug prevention event to be held August 2017. Thanks go to ATL SGA for their community service!

The Elks national drug awareness program is the largest volunteer drug awareness program in the United States. “We are very proud of our dedicated army of volunteers who freely give their time and talents to this most noble cause. The Elks are committed to eliminating the use and abuse of illegal drugs by all members of society and believe that in order to ensure a bright future for our country, it is essential that our children be raised in a drug-free environment.”

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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