Florida Elks News Online

District Reporter: Charles R. Stieb

Venice-Nokomis Elks Support Children's Programs

Venice-Nokomis Elks Lodge #1854 donated school supplies to local elementary schools and the community center valued at $1,000. The lodge also donated towels, sunscreen, water bottles and items for the summer campers at the Sarasota Sheriff’s Youth Ranch. They donated food to the local Salvation Army for their homeless shelter and food to the local community center for their hot meal program for homeless children.


South Hillsborough Elks Sponsor Kids to Fishing Camp

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South Hillsborough Elks Lodge #2672 sponsored several local children to attend the Hillsborough County fishing camp held at E. G. Simmons Park. Earlier this year, the lodge applied for and received a $2,000 Gratitude Grant to introduce young people to fishing in the Tampa Bay area. Twenty-one boys between the ages of 12 and 15 participated in the program from July 14-25. Conservation, safety, knot-tying, species identification and fishing techniques were part of the curriculum. The highlight of the camp was a day trip of deep sea fishing on the Friendly Fisherman out of Hubbard’s Marina. Many of the kids had never fished before let alone in the deep water of the Gulf of Mexico. At the conclusion of the camp, each participant his own rod and reel.


Palmetto Elks Provide Backpacks to Students

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Palmetto Elks had a backpack party for school supplies July 23. The lodge gave out 200 backpacks and provided hot dogs, drinks, chips and four piñatas. Eighteen Elk members and eight volunteers put it all together.

Pictured are Palmetto Elks Bob Ernst and Tom Smilowski presenting backpacks to some students.


Manasota Elks Donate to Hospice

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On July 5, the Manasota Elks Lodge presented a check for $500 to Stacy Trudelle, Hospice Director of Nursing. Pictured are PDD Doris Waddell, ER Jim Klocke, Stacy Trudelle and Robin Hutchins.


Lodge #2855 Presents Scholarships

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On Friday, Aug. 1, Lakewood Ranch-Sarasota Elks Scholarship Chairman, Dawn Fallon, presented the 2017 lodge scholarship winners with their check. First-place winner, Sierra Barber, was presented a $1,500 check and second-place winner, John River Jr., was presented a $1,000 check. Both Sierra and John are recent graduates of Lakewood Ranch High School with Sierra attending the University of Florida and John attending the University of Mississippi. Lodge scholarships are for children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews of members in good standing at the lodge.

Dawn Fallon, Lakewood Ranch-Sarasota Lodge Scholarship Chairman, presents John River Jr. and Sierra Barber with scholarships. Also pictured are Jack Unger, Paula Perrot and Joanne DiCarlo.


Bradenton Elks Raise Funds for Harry-Anna During Labor Day Weekend

During Labor Day weekend, Bradenton Elks Lodge #1511 held a talent show and dinner to raise money for the Harry-Anna Investment Fund. The show was emceed by Activities Chairman, Colleen Field, who added a comedic spin to the evening while gifted performers donated their time and talent to entertain. Along with a 50/50 held on Labor Day, the lodge netted $1,463 for the Harry-Anna Investment Fund.


Bradenton Elks Celebrate Flag Day


Lodge #1854 Donates Bikes to Reading Incentive Program

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Venice-Nokomis Lodge donated $1,500 to the Laurel Civic Center for their summer camp for needy children and $400 in supplies to the Sarasota Sheriff’s Youth Camp for their children’s summer camp. The lodge also donated 20 bicycles to Laurel Nokomis Elementary School for the reading incentive program. Picture: 1854 bikes Caption:

Pictured with bicycles that Venice-Nokomis Lodge donated to an elementary school reading program are Michael Pisciotti and Ken Bird, PER.


Venice-Nokomis Elks Hoop Shoot Sponsor Receives City Pin

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One of Venice-Nokomis Lodge’s Hoop Shoot contestants, Ellie DiGiacomo, made it to the national championship. She has qualified for the last five years to go to the regionals in Valdosta, Ga. Venice mayor, John Holic, presented Ellie with the city of Venice pin.


South Hillsborough Elks Hold Flag Day Salute

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South Hillsborough Lodge held their Flag Day salute June 11 at the lodge. The flags were presented by BSA Scout Troop 661 and Terry Ricket was chairman. In 1907, The Grand Lodge adopted June 14 as Flag Day. In 1908 at a Grand Lodge session in Dallas, a Flag Day ritual was presented and adopted. In 1911 in Atlantic City, it was made mandatory for all Elks lodges to hold a Flag Day ceremony. In 1949, the Elks were instrumental in getting June 14 declared a national holiday. President Truman signed the order in 1949.

Participating in South Hillsborough Lodge’s Flag Day salute were Matthew Cardoza, Karen Leonard, Travis Smith, Matthew Leonard, Marc Cardoza, Robert Leonard II, Scoutmaster Robert Leonard, David Aussendorf and Connor Mortus.


Manasota Happenings

Manasota Elks Lodge gave a Flag Day presentation to the Boys & Girls Club at Oneco Elementary School. The lodge worked with this group for at least five years providing supplies for them to make lap robes for Bay Pines patients. The lodge is also working with grant money to assist the school in expanding their program by planting a garden. Lodge member Marie Mueller, chairman of these programs, is also an employee of the school.


Bradenton Elks News

Bradenton Elks Lodge held their annual Flag Day ceremony June 11. The Civil Air Patrol Jr. Cadets posted the flags. The lodge also held a Court of Honor for Kenny Tom who earned his Eagle Scout badge. During Youth Week, Bradenton Lodge welcomed Inspiration Academy Baseball Team members and their families to the lodge and hosted the academy’s annual breakfast banquet.


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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