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District Reporter: Dee Spivey

Plant City Elks Erase All School Lunch Debt for Students

1727editHelping children is a priority for Plant City Lodge #1727. In February, the lodge donated $285 to Marshall Middle School to bring unpaid lunch debts current. If charges aren’t paid, the debt follows the child, and if the debt isn’t paid by the time of the student’s high school graduation, the student is not allowed to graduate.

With that in mind, the lodge rallied around the goal to pay off all student lunch debt for all Plant City’s schools. On May 3, the lodge hosted a dinner for Area 6 Superintendent, Sharon Morris; Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Larry Sykes; and a representative from each of the 17 schools in Plant City. A check was presented to each school representative. A total of $2,691.26 was donated.

Exalted Ruler, Marty Carroll, hopes the project will be an annual event. “Helping kids and helping the community is what the Elks are all about.”


Sebring Elks Beacon Grant Helps Student Reach Singing Goals

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Sebring Elks Lodge #1529 has received the Beacon Grant for the past four years and used the money to work with children in the Highlands Little Theatre. Nala Price, a 17-year-old senior at Sebring High School, participated in all four events which promoted self-esteem and confidence in public speaking; she also learned about various behind-the-scenes theatre activities. Price auditioned for “The Voice” (a television reality series) and after impressing two judges, she selected Adam Levine as her singing coach. Sebring Elks are proud to see how the Beacon Grant played a role in helping Price reach her dreams.










Plant City Elks Fix Up Home Exterior for Two Disabled Seniors

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Volunteers from Plant City Elks Lodge #1727, led by Loyal Knight, Ron Johns, participated in the annual Carefest in Plant City. The project they adopted was to help two disabled seniors catch up on some needed home repairs. The project included pressure washing, painting the house and shed, reroofing the shed, replacing rotted wood, and trimming trees. Volunteers worked on the project for two full days completely transforming the exterior of the property and lifted a burden for the women living there.

Pictured are Bill Tew, David Brewington and Ron Johns. Painting the house is John Hedrick.


Plant City Elks Donate Tips to Defray Cost of Middle School Lunches

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Plant City Elks Lodge #1727 wanted to do something special with the tip money that the bar received during the annual wild game cookout. The bartenders, led by Larry Tharrington, decided to donate the money to Marshall Middle School to help defray the lunch money owed by some of the students. Students start receiving an alternative lunch after being unable to pay for lunch five times in a row. In many cases, it is their only hot meal for the day.

John Guarino, Leading Knight, presented the check for $285 to Vice Principal, Mary Mathis, and school employee, Susie Kimbel. Mrs. Mathis explained how the debt follows the students through school and when it is not satisfied, it prevents them from receiving their high school diploma. After hearing this, several lodge members gave more donations to the school for these children.


Plant City Supporting Community

Plant City Elks are supporting their community in an effort to feed children. PER Sharon Hammersla presented a lodge donation to the director of the United Food Bank Mary Heysek. Representing the Lodge are Mike Michael S. Sparkman, DD Tom Crews, Secretary Bill Spivey, David Brewington and Lecturing Knight Nick Kennedy.


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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