On Sunday, Sept. 17, State President, Carl Gerace; Vice President at Large, Frank Malatesta; Chaplain, Phil Gersbach; West Central District Vice President, Theresa Matthews; and State Secretary/COO, Carl Seibert, helped Tampa Elks feed the homeless at Open Arms. It was the Tampa Elks’ week to serve as it is every third Sunday. PER Courtney Taylor, her dad and right-hand man, Whiz, were in the kitchen bright and early, and shortly thereafter all other regular volunteers began arriving. The major difference this month is that volunteers received a special apron with the State President’s motto on it. There were 120 homeless persons present, less numbers than in previous weeks due to some having to find special shelter during the hurricane, but as usual, these men and women were quite an interesting and mostly grateful lot. One of the church members took the FSEA dignitaries on a special tour of the grounds, showing them the clothing closet and the bicycle repair shop among other hotspots. The lodge receives matching funds for the project from the FSEA, and the lodge was glad to have the opportunity to see how those funds are helping their community. Open Arms accepts donations of nonperishable food, clothing (especially men’s), travel-size toiletries (like from hotels), any size towels or wash cloths, and “paper or plastic” plastic bags. They also appreciate the plastic food tubs that are used for the storage of ice cream, sour cream or deli food items that you would otherwise throw away.