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On Oct. 12 during the Eastside Elementary School student council induction ceremony, the Lake City Elk Mates and Elks presented the first donations to the Roger Little Eastside Elementary Alumni Scholarship. Roger Little has been the principal of Eastside Elementary for eight years and has made a big impact on the students, faculty and staff. The Elk Mates made a $100 donation. Principal Little, a lodge member, challenged the lodge that if they donated an additional $150 to make the total $250, he would match the donation. Therefore, the scholarship started at $500.

Pictured are Pamela Hartopp, Esquire, Elk Mates secretary, principal’s secretary, Eastside bookkeeper and student council sponsor; Shelly Fuller, lodge member and Elk Mates president; Hope Carroll, lodge and Elk Mates member; and Brandy Meeks, lodge member and Elk Mates treasurer.

Also pictured are Roger Little, lodge member and principal; Chris Samson, Exalted Ruler; Scott Carroll, PER, 5-year trustee (blocked from view); and Pamela Hartopp.



The Perry Elks Riders participated in a poker run June 3 to raise funds for member Scooter Praytor’s wife, Belinda. She is an RN who has dedicated her career to helping others and this time she was in need of help. Their expenses while traveling back and forth to cancer centers are great and the community as a whole reached out to help them with this burden. There were 100 participants and they raised more than $6,000 for the family's medical expenses. 



Perry Elks Riders in partnership with Somewhere Grill hosted a benefit ride for Tiffany Werner May 13 to help with her cancer treatments and upcoming surgery, raising over $7,200. Special thanks go to members Janet Reams Reynolds and Hinano Yon for doing registration, members Ricky Norman and Audie Towles for being road captains and keeping the trip seamless, and members Christopher Lynn and Danny Engle for organizing the ride. City police and county deputies in Taylor, Madison and Jefferson counties assisted, too. Participating were 55 motorcycles, three Jeeps and one Bronco.

Pictured are some of the motorcycles during the ride.



Perry Elks Lodge #1851 presented $,2000 from its Beacon matching grant May 1 to the food pantry at Perry First Assembly of God.

Pictured are Exalted Ruler Eric Hodge, member Donnie Pridgeon, Pastor David Stephens, member Michael Hodge and Secretary Earline Neeley.


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On May 10, Lake City Lodge presented four $1,100 scholarships to seniors at Fort White High School.

Pictured are Greg Beckman, Scholarship Committee Chair; students Kaysen Wilcox, Carley Jones, Katie Griffith and Mitchell Perry; and Chris Samson, Chris Samson.