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SSE PER Association Makes Two Veterans Donations

The South Southeast PER Association sent donations to two veterans programs. They donated to the Women Veterans Baby Shower to be held in November at the Miami VA Hospital. They also sent a donation to allow six to eight paraplegic veterans to attend the Veterans Paraplegic Games in Los Angeles this summer.

 

Pompano Beach Elks Support Several Veterans Programs

Pompano Beach Lodge members have been supporting Sand and Spurs, a local 501c3 charity that helps veterans and children learn how to ride and care for horses. Children enjoy riding Jade and Libby. Lodge members also support the Adopt-a-Vet program in their community. One veteran they have worked with is now nicely recuperating from surgery and will be with his family soon. Two new veterans are also being helped. An anonymous member provided a donation to allow local high school juniors and seniors to volunteer at the Bill Kling VA Clinic in Sunrise, Fla. The experience will allow them to assist veterans and learn about their sacrifices for our country.

 

Oakland Park Elks Remember Veterans

The members of Oakland Park Elks Lodge continue to support veterans by hosting dinners for them which are served by a local Girl Scout troop. They have held meetings with Honor Flight and have shared all information about them with their veterans. They are now working on recruiting more volunteers to continue their project of reading to residents at the Miami VA Hospital.

 

Veterans Happenings from Hollywood West Lodge

Hollywood West Lodge is extremely involved with veterans. They hold monthly flea market sales for their benefit and they also bring in veterans from Sandy Nininger Nursing Home once a month to participate in their monthly brunch.

The members recently participated in the welcome-home Honor Flight celebration at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport. A color guard and bagpipers led the procession and veterans were warmly welcomed home from their trip.

Veterans Chairman, George Caffrey, presented a Purple Heart flag to Frank Ortis, the mayor of Pembroke Pines, Fla. The flag will be flown at City Hall proclaiming that the city of Pembroke Pines is a Purple Heart city committed to honoring America’s combat wounded veterans.

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Caffrey and a few other members attended a veterans celebration at Oakridge Elementary School in Hollywood, Fla. Beginning with a police escort, 10 of the South Florida Honor Guard veterans were in attendance. They were honored by students and faculty and then enjoyed a catered lunch in their honor.

 

Boca Raton Elks Recognize FAU Student Veterans

The members of Boca Raton Lodge #2166 held a special recognition dinner for the FAU student veterans. The dinner, held at the lodge, hosted over 30 veterans and members. The FAU veterans support the Elks by distributing food, personal hygiene items and clothing to homeless veterans in the area. The dinner was to celebrate their involvement in the lodge and community. The lodge also helped a homeless veteran acquire dormitory housing at FAU so that he could continue his studies. Rick Haradon, Chairman of the lodge’s Veterans Committee, works with these young veterans every day to help them find their way while serving their country.

 

Kissimmee Elks Support USO Station at Orlando International Airport

Since October 2016 when the USO opened a station at Orlando International Airport, three Kissimmee Elks have been volunteering every Sunday. Kay and Bruce Almquist and District Deputy-designate, Bill Misczak, have put in approximately 144 hours. Lodge members have contributed over $3,600 dollars to this project. These funds buy drinks and snacks and other items to entertain the service men and women during their layover in Orlando, Fla.

 

Two St. Petersburg Elks Honored for VAVS Service Hours

On April 7, Johnny Miller and Liz Ramsburg were part of a large group of volunteers who were honored at C. W. Bill Young VA for their determination and dedication to help veterans. Miller received a certificate for volunteering a collected 3,496 hours for the center over the last nine years. Ramsburg received a certificate for having volunteered a total of 1,296 hours during the last six years.

The Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS) Program is currently the largest centralized volunteer program in the federal government. The success of the VAVS program is due to the enthusiastic efforts on the part of many organizations such as the Elks and volunteers like Johnny Miller and Liz Ramsburg.

 

Blue Start Memorial Marker Placed in Veterans Cemetery

WC Blue StarA Blue Star Memorial Marker was placed at Bay Pines Veterans Cemetery in St. Petersburg, Fla., and was made possible by the Florida State Elks Association Inc. and the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs Inc. The marker is to remind us of the sacrifice made by veterans who have served and continue to serve in the military to assure our continued freedom. A memorial marker will be placed in all VA national cemeteries in Florida.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Petersburg Elks Provide Bowling Funds to VA Residents

St. Petersburg Lodge believes in our veterans and fun! The lodge goal is to contribute in ways that enrich the lives of veterans residing at C. W. Bill Young VAMC. The lodge donated $420 to provide monthly bowling outings at Seminole Lanes for the veterans from the domiciliary.

 

Florida Keys Lodge Holds Vets on the Water Program

1872 Vets on WaterFlorida Keys Lodge’s Vets on the Water program made it possible for four veterans to have a day of fishing in the beautiful Florida Keys. The lodge’s Impact Grant and one of the lodge's partners, Takedown Charters of Islamorada, provided this very successful fishing day. Taking part were First Mate Mike, Dan Ferguson, Frank Veltri, Larry McNamara, Chris Spires, Lee Huenniger and Captain Greg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Petersburg Elks Participate in VAMC Stand Down

On Saturday, April 8, Anne Compton and Kat Chaplin represented St. Petersburg Elks Lodge #1224 at the Stand Down for homeless veterans at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center. The purpose of the event was to provide resources to local homeless veterans to assist them in bettering their circumstances. The lodge had a table where they gave away blankets made by lodge volunteers to the homeless veterans.

 

Manasota Elks Take Care of Veterans Park

2734 certificateManasota Lodge’s Veterans Committee and lodge volunteers have helped take care of Veterans Monument Park, located between Manatee Memorial Hospital and the Bradenton Riverwalk. Carl Hunsinger, chairman of the Manatee County Veterans Council, presented a certificate of appreciation to the lodge for pressure cleaning the park. He also expressed his gratitude to the Elks for volunteering to repair their sign at no cost to the veterans.

Carl Hunsinger of the Manatee County Veterans presented Jim Klocke, Manasota Elks Veterans Co-chairman, with a certificate of appreciation for their work at Veterans Monument Park. Also pictured is Ken Davis, DDGER.

2734 signBefore and after pictures of the park sign repaired by Manasota Elks.

 

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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