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District Reporter: Charles R. Stieb

Sarasota South Lodge Hosts Wagsparilla

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Sarasota South Elks Lodge #2495 hosted a pirate-themed community event called Wagsparilla: Pirates and Paws for the benefit of two nearby nonprofit organizations that assist with needy and homeless pets. More than 100 people attended the picnic lunch with a demonstration from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit’s agility dogs and authentic pirate music. Both Sarasota television stations were in attendance and featured the event in their evening broadcast. Over $2,500 was raised and many new friends were made by the lodge.

The Sarasota Sheriff is pictured with one the K-9 dogs for Sarasota South Lodge’s Wagsparilla event.

 

Bradenton Elks Name Officer Cosens as Officer of the Year

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Bradenton Elks Lodge #1511 presented Officer Lee Cosens with its Bradenton Police Officer of the Year Award. Cosens was one of the most productive officers on the Bravo/Delta Day shift throughout 2017 and was awarded the Bradenton Police Department Officer of the Fourth Quarter for his outstanding activity.

Lt. Bryan Fowler and Bradenton ER, Janet Mitchell, are pictured with Officer Lee Cosens.

 

Venice-Nokomis Elks Deliver Bikes for Student Reading Incentive Program

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On March 16, Venice-Nokomis Elks Lodge #1854 delivered 20 bicycles donated by Toy for Tots to Laurel-Nokomis Elementary School for their reading incentive program. Children read books and take tests afterwards; if they score 85 or better on the test, they are eligible to win a bicycle. Bicycles were delivered by Dave Gillum, Exalted Ruler-elect, and Sherie Gillum, Leading Knight-elect.

 

Venice-Nokomis Elks Put Grants to Good Use

Venice-Nokomis Elks Lodge #1854 made good use of their Elks National Foundation grants. They gave Thanksgiving dinners to 80 families and Christmas dinners to 25 families along with toys and bicycles. This was all done with the help of a Beacon Grant and the Harry-Anna matching grant. With the help of a Freedom Grant, the lodge held three lunches for veterans bringing in 80 local veterans from assisted-living facilities. Comfort package items were also purchased for patients at C.W. Young Medical Center using $1,000 from the Freedom Grant. With the same grant, they also donated a 50” television to the Sarasota Sheriffs Youth Ranch for the children.

 

Lakewood Ranch-Sarasota Lodge Sponsors Baseball League with Physically Challenged Players

Lakewood Ranch-Sarasota Elks Lodge #2855 sponsors Pirates baseball, a group of players who are physically challenged. The motto of the league is “Each child deserves the chance to play ball.” A player has a buddy at the plate with them and when they hit, the buddy makes sure they get around the bases. This year was for the adult members ages 26-75 years old. Lunch was served and they all played games before Santa arrived. Santa and three elves passed out gifts. There were 45 players, coaches and relatives who attended the Elks “Miracle League” Christmas party.

 

Bradenton Bingo Raises Funds for Local Elementary Schools

Bradenton Elks Lodge bar bingo hosted by PSP Danny and Rachel Tabor provides fun and entertainment for members and guests while raising money for local charities. Recently, the bingo players voted to donate $500 for requested items for two local elementary schools. PSP Danny Tabor and ER Janet Mitchell delivered shopping bags filled with socks and underwear to Sea Breeze Elementary School and sacks filled with number 2 pencils, facial tissue and hand sanitizer to Bayshore Elementary School.

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PSP Danny Tabor and ER Janet Mitchell deliver items to Sea Breeze School Counselor, Nikki Fortner (center).

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PSP Danny Tabor and ER Janet Mitchell deliver needed good to Bayshore Elementary Principal Jackie West and Asst. Principal Todd Blackmore.

 

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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