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St. Petersburg Elks Help Civitan Club Reach Special Goal

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On Saturday, Jan. 27, Dixie Hollins High School’s Civitan Club volunteered to serve the meal to the more than 300 attendees at St. Petersburg Lodge’s Soul Train Motown event. After the event, the lodge raised $514 for this great group of 14 kids who were donating their time and talent to raise funds for a very special cause. Their sponsor, Brenda Hankin, said that the Civitan Club will be donating the money to the Nina Harris Exceptional Student Education School located in Pinellas Park for the purchase of a Firefly Upsee. The cost of this harness is $499. The Upsee from Firefly is a harness that attaches to an adult and allows a child with motor impairment to stand upright and walk with the help of an adult. The harness is made up of three parts: an adult hip-belt, a child harness and shared sandals. The child fits into the harness, straps into the adult’s hip-belt and is helped into the shared sandals that connect to an adult’s feet.

Pictured are Civitan sponsor, Brenda Hankin; lodge members Geneva Hall and Ed White; and some of the Civitan members.


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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