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District Reporter: Lisa Travis

Rotonda Elks Send 26 Campers to Florida Elks Youth Camp

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Spending a week at the Florida Elks Youth Camp in Umatilla, Fla., was an event the 26 youngsters from Rotonda Elks Lodge #2710 will not soon forget. They enjoyed archery, canoeing, swimming, friendships and air-conditioned cabins for a great night’s sleep after an exhausting day without any electronics. The kids thanked everyone and some are planning to sign up for the 2018 season. Even some of the chaperones wanted to stay. All this was accomplished under the organized talents of a dedicated volunteer, Peggy Kehoe.


Punta Gorda Elks are Major Supporters of the Major Projects

Punta Gorda Elks Lodge #2606 held their 10th annual bocce tournament and their 14th annual golf tournament which raised $1,294 and $5,578 respectively for Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services. The lodge also sent 88 kids to the Florida Elks Youth Camp.


Greater Pine Island Elks Put Gratitude Grant to Good Use

Greater Pine Island Elks Lodge #2781 used a Gratitude Grant for the Beacon Bites program. This program was known as Meals on Wheels. The name changed to indicate a refocusing of resources to combat issues facing Pine Island seniors. The Beacon Bites program delivers meals to people unable to purchase or prepare food on their own.


Englewood Elks News

2378 scholarship winnersA luncheon was hosted by Englewood Elks Lodge #2378 to honor Students of the Month and Students of the Year. Sixteen students received $100 and two students received $300. The lodge also awarded $15,000 in scholarships to the students at Lemon Bay High School.







Englewood Lodge celebrated Mother’s Day by delivering silk flower bouquets to mothers in area hospitals and assisted-living homes. 2378 flowers










For Naples Elks, Charity Begins at Home

There is not a more compelling duty for Naples Elks Lodge #2010 than to take care of the members of its community. More than 100 friends and family met at the lodge to come to the aid of Golden Gate resident Jim Kurth whose residence was completely destroyed in the recent brush fires. The lodge provided the venue free of charge for the benefit to raise money to help him begin rebuilding his life. Additionally, at the May lodge meeting, they voted to give Kurth a $300 donation.

On Thursday evenings, Naples Lodge holds a wing night where 10% of the proceeds is given to pediatric cancer. The lodge also donated $250 to the Special Olympics.

One of this year’s Americanism essay contestants sponsored by Naples Lodge, Almira Pratasenia, placed third in the state competition for Division I for fifth and sixth grade. This year’s scholarship recipients were Sophia Torres who was awarded $1,000 and Mellissa Gallo who was awarded $500.


Naples Elks Lodge is Staying Busy

Naples Elks Lodge #2010 had a Valentine’s Day dance Feb. 11 with 125 people in attendance. They also held the annual Americanism essay contest Feb. 18 with 168 essays entered from six local Naples schools. This year's theme was Why is it Important to Vote? Winning essays were forwarded to state and national levels for consideration for awards. Membership has risen significantly since January; they have added more than 150 new members.


North Fort Myers Elks Support Babe Ruth Baseball League

North Fort Myers Elks Lodge #2742 donated $300 to the North Fort Myers Babe Ruth Baseball League. The mission of the league goes beyond just teaching the game of baseball. The players learn the importance of being part of the team and that with hard work, dedication and commitment will come pride, satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment. The lodge has a banner in the outfield.


Rotonda Elk Receives Lifetime Volunteer Service Award

Mary Filetti received the President’s Lifetime Volunteer Service Award for helping address pressing needs in the Rotonda Elks community. She has volunteered over 4,000 hours in her nine years. She has been Chaplain and Chairman of Drug Awareness and Hoop Shoot. She is an amazing volunteer and has a true passion to help others.


Deep Creek Elks Raise Money for Child with Cancer

Deep Creek Elks held a fundraiser for a four-year-old girl who has lung cancer. They raised $17,000 for the family to help with medical bills.


Englewood Elks Host Luncheon & Fashion Show


Englewood Elks Lodge hosted a luncheon and fashion show with 160 guests. Lodge officers prepared and served lunch. All tips received as well as money raised from raffles totaled over $1,000 which was given to various community charities and will be used to help pay for buses to the Florida Elks Youth Camp.


Greater Pine Island Elks Hold Barbecue for First Responders


Greater Pine Island Elks honored 20 firefighters, EMTs and law enforcement officers with a barbecue lunch. Volunteers prepared the feast over a woodfire pit.


Len Wenzel Receives Drug Awareness Recognition

Len Wenzel was named Elks national Drug Awareness Chairman of the Year during the February Quarterly. Pictured is PGER Michael Smith congratulating Len. Great job Len! 

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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