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District Reporter: Dee Spivey

Lake Placid Elks Donate to Cereal for Summer

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Lake Placid Police Department notified the community that many local children rely on school meals for proper nourishment and called on the community to assist in donations. Lake Placid Elks Lodge donated through a special account at the lodge called Children’s Charity Fund. The charity fund was set up by donations from members, Past Exalted Rulers, Ladies of the Elks and Past Lady Presidents. This fund helps with sending children in need to the Florida Elks Youth Camp, Christmas for kids, and food baskets for the needy during the holidays.

Members PER Jim, Richard and Karolyn Lind went shopping and delivered 200 boxes of cereal, Pop-Tarts®, breakfast bars and oatmeal to the Lake Placid Police Department for their Cereal for Summer program. Exalted Ruler, Bob Johnston, said, “this is what the Elks are all about, helping our community! Elks Care and Elks Share.”

Karolyn Lind delivers donations to Lake Placid Police Chief Fansler for their Cereal for Summer program.


Plant City Lodge Holds Flag Day Ceremony

1727 FDPlant City residents gathered at Plant City Elks Lodge to celebrate Flag Day. Attendees watched as nine flags representing different periods of American history were carried to the front of the lodge while Tom Ludwick, PDD read the background of each flag. The ceremony marked the symbolism surrounding each flag and their role in their respective periods of history. Members of the lodge stated different significances of the flag and led the audience in “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the Pledge of Allegiance and “My Country ’tis of Thee.” A dinner followed the ceremony.

Conner and Jack Kennedy watched their father and grandfather, both flag bearers, during the Pledge of Allegiance.







Lake Placid Elks Lodge Holds Flag Day Ceremony

Flag Day was honored by Lake Placid Elks Lodge #2661 Sunday, June 11. Exalted Ruler, Bob Johnston, introduced and spoke of the history of each of the flags while the Ladies of the Elks presented past and present flags of the United States. The ceremony was followed by a brunch for an early Father’s Day celebration.


Brandon Kids are Hooked on Fishing - Not Drugs!

2383 FishingOn April 22, Brandon Elks Lodge hosted the 14th annual Hooked on Fishing – Not Drugs tournament event for children ages 3-13. There were 72 community children in attendance. The number of fish caught exceeded 300. Prizes were awarded for biggest fish and most fish in specific age categories as well as a grand prize. Everyone in attendance, including the parents, enjoyed hamburgers, hot dogs and pizza. All the children were given a goody bag with drug awareness literature and other fun items to take home.


Plant City Elks Make Donation for Elementary School Playground

1727 KnightsPER Lance Ham of Plant City Elks Lodge presents a $500 donation to Knights Elementary school principal, Janine Hall, center, and teacher Melinda Ham for a covered area playground for the kids.











Brandon Elks Continue Bags of Brotherly Love

Brandon 2383 PeopleThrough the efforts of Bob Blair, founder and director of the Bags of Brotherly Love project, Brandon Elks Lodge #2383 continues to help bring comfort and dignity to the lives of those less fortunate or those taking a breather from society. The Brandon Elks are trying to help make their transition back in to mainstream life a bit easier. They have many lodge volunteers assisting with everything from filling bags to making PB&J sandwiches to feeding the homeless.

Pictured serving food from the Salvation Army canteen truck for Brandon Elks Lodge are Julie Ebert, Elisa Blair and Carol Flood.




Sebring Elks Donate to Scholarship Fund

1529 ScholarshipLeading Knight, Ron Schilffarth, presented a $1,000 check to Jamie Bateman, Executive Director at South Florida State College, for the Sebring Elks Scholarship Trust Fund.














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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