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District Reporter: Donna Powers

Pompano Beach Lodge Happenings

Pompano Beach Elks Lodge #1898 donated and delivered $1,000 in food and supplies for Hurricane Harvey relief. The drop-off location was the Hard Rock Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins.

Using funds from the Beacon Grant and a matching grant from the state association, a butterfly garden will be created at Cresthaven Elementary School. This will be an ongoing project and can be enjoyed by students and faculty. The garden will be used by science classes studying butterflies and flora.


Hollywood West Elks Hold Hoop Shoot

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Hollywood West Elks Lodge #2365, in conjunction with the Boys and Girls Club of Hollywood, hosted the annual Hoop Shoot in the club’s gymnasium. Sixty-five boys and girls ages 6-13 competed in the event. An awards ceremony was conducted after the competition. Winners were announced, photographed, and presented with trophies and ribbons.


Delray Beach Elks Announcements

Delray Beach Elks Lodge’s biannual golf tournament had a great turnout with a profit of $4,000. The lodge also gave recent donations of $1,000 each to the Children’s Healing Institute, Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization, Juvenile Diabetes Research, Elks Disaster Relief Program, Help our Wounded, City of Delray’s Grade-Level Reading and City of Delray’s One Soldier at a Time. They also gave $1,100 to the Palm Beach School of Autism and $2,500 to Heroes and Helpers.

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The city of Delray Beach was awarded All-American City for the third time. This prestigious national civic award recognizes the city’s efforts for encouraging youth literacy. The National Civic League, a nonprofit organization founded by President Theodore Roosevelt, has sponsored the All-America City Award for nearly seven decades. Of the 53 communities that applied for this year’s award, the civic league honored 15. This year’s award recognized communities for helping low-income children achieve early reading success. The community’s work has contributed to a 25 percent improvement in grade-level reading for kindergarten through third grade across Delray public schools. Delray Beach Elks Lodge has been part of the youth literacy program for years. Delray Beach received this award in 1993 and 2001 as well.

Delray Beach Lodge Treasurer Carol Eaton, center, enjoys the Delray Beach All-American City celebration along with Colleen Schuhmann and Julia Kadel, community partners.


News from Boca Raton Lodge

Boca Raton Elks Lodge #2166 members donated food, water and other necessary supplies to those hit the hardest in the Florida Keys by Hurricane Irma. These donations were made in coordination with the Boca Raton Firefighters’ Benevolent Association which delivered the supplies to the Keys. The lodge also made a $500 donation to Island Dolphin Care in Key Largo to help them rebuild structures that were destroyed by the hurricane. Their dolphin therapy program serves special needs children and veterans.

Boca Raton Lodge’s annual golf tournament for charity was a great success with over 70 golfers participating. Red ribbons were distributed to local schools for drug awareness education. The lodge received the $1,500 Anniversary Grant from Elks National Foundation and used the grant to buy tarps for the Boca Raton firefighters to use in case of emergencies such as catastrophic storms. The firefighters were very happy to receive this donation.

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Thanksgiving was truly a time for giving. Boca Raton Lodge provided a free Thanksgiving dinner for members, firefighters, EMTs and police officers on duty. A member donated 16 turkeys to provide for the meal. The lodge also provided Thanksgiving food baskets to the Broward Children’s Center. Sixty-one baskets including turkeys were distributed by lodge members and FAU veterans. The Broward Children’s Center serves children in the Broward and Palm Beach Counties who need assistance. This is the lodge’s second year working with this wonderful center.

Boca Raton Lodge invited family members of deceased members to their memorial service and presented them with an artist’s rendering of memorial bricks placed in their loved ones’ honor at the Florida Elks Youth Camp.


Delray Beach Elks Raise and Donate Funds

Delray Beach Lodge held an Independence Day picnic for 140 members. Their biannual golf tournament raised $4,000 for local charities. The lodge sponsored 13 children to the Florida Elks Youth Camp. They partnered with local businesses to provide transportation for the campers. The lodge also started serving monthly dinners at the Veterans Administration’s Fisher House in West Palm Beach.

Other donations by the lodge included $1,000 to the Delray Beach Fire Rescue-Explorer Scholarship, $1,000 for the Brotherhood Ride, $1,500 to the City of Delray’s National Night Out, $1,000 to the FSEA Historical Program (parade in Washington, D.C.), $1,000 to the Delray Community Wellness Center, $1,000 to an Eagle Scout, $1,000 to The Children’s Healing Institute, $1,100 to the Palm Beach School for Autism; $1,100 to the Harry-Anna Investment Fund, and $3,000 to the Elks National Foundation.


Hollywood West Lodge News

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At the Davie Rodeo, Hollywood West Elks Lodge members celebrated Youth Awareness Day. Over 4,500 children from area summer camps attended. The drug awareness trailer and Elroy the Elk were there to provide literature on drug awareness. Each child received a toy.

A Hollywood West Lodge member coordinated a motorcycle ride for the Harry-Anna Investment Fund, and another member donated a TV for a raffle which brought in $1,600 for the Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services and Florida Elks Youth Camp. Other donations included $3,626 for the Elks National Foundation and Harry-Anna Investment Fund presented at State President Gerace’s visit; $200 to the local Police Athletic League; and $500 to the Hope Outreach Center where members volunteered at their annual Children and Families Social Fair. The lodge received a $500 President’s Grant for their charity work.


Boca Raton Elks Support their Community

With their Gratitude Grant, Boca Raton Elks Lodge #2166 provided 168 new dictionaries for third graders in a local school. They presented the Boca Raton High School marching band with a check for $500 to be used for the advancement of the program. They held a Fourth of July picnic for the enjoyment of their members. The lodge also made a $1,000 donation to the Harry-Anna Investment Fund at State President Gerace’s visit to the district. They were honored with the presentation of a $500 President’s Grant for the continuation of their charitable work.


Delray Beach Elks Welcome Brotherhood Riders

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The 2017 Brotherhood Ride made a stop at Delray Beach Lodge and honored Officer Christine Braswell, the only female member of the Delray Beach Police Department S.W.A.T. team. Braswell died in an off-duty accident. This year’s ride was dedicated to 20 fallen heroes from Florida and New York. Thirty riders and 15 support members honored them by cycling through Florida in seven days covering over 600 miles and averaging 80-100 miles a day. The ride began July 23 in Naples and traveled up the west coast, over to the central part of the state and then down the east coast and ended July 29 in Miami. They stayed and ate meals at Elks lodges along the way.

The Brotherhood Ride is a nonprofit charity organization that consists of firefighters, law enforcement officers and EMS personnel. Their mission is to provide emotional and financial support to the families on or near the anniversary of their death.


Delray Beach National Night Out was Another Success

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Delray Beach Elks Lodge #1770 was one of many businesses that partnered in Delray Beach’s National Night Out, a police event held in communities throughout the country to strengthen bonds with residents and raise awareness about issues in their areas. This year’s National Night Out focused on preventing bullying as well as crime and drug use. The free event included children’s games, music, food and entertainment.

Elroy, the Elks drug awareness mascot, handed out 350 Elks drug awareness bags filled with coloring books and antidrug pamphlets. Delray Beach Police’s SWAT team and motorcycle unit held demonstrations for residents. City officials, firefighters and paramedics also attended. The Delray Police Department gave away backpacks filled with school supplies to 600 children who attended the event.

“National Night Out represents the kind of spirit, energy and determination to help make neighborhoods a safer place year-round,” Police Chief Goldman said. “It is a wonderful opportunity for communities across the city to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention and neighborhood camaraderie.”

Elroy the Elk meets two young attendees at the Delray Beach National Night Out.

Attending the Delray Beach National Night Out were Mayor Cary Glickstein, Elroy the Elk, Delray Beach member Carol Eaton, and well-known volunteer and activist in Delray Beach, Joycelyn Patrick.


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.


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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