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District Reporter: Glenn J. Tekerman

South Miami/Coral Gables Lodge Holds Concert for Hurricane Relief

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On Oct. 14, South Miami/Coral Gables Elks Lodge #1676 presented a $2,500 check to Neighbors 4 Neighbors (N4N) for the Hurricane Dorian relief fund at CBS 4 WFOR Television in Miami. The lodge raised this money through a benefit concert held Sept. 29 at the lodge.

Pictured are Keni Garcia, N4N; Jim Glolowski, 5-year trustee; Katy Meagher, N4N; Reggie Hernandez, Exalted Ruler; Debbie Budde, Lecturing Knight; Lynne Cameron, Executive Director of N4N; and Tim Brockland, Slippery Tim & Friends.


Miami Elks Chaperone South District Campers to Florida Elks Youth Camp

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On June 23, Miami Elks Lodge #948 members PDD Jeff Muehlfeld, Patricia Borsuk, Carol Haber and Julia Weber chaperoned 50 kids to the Florida Elks Youth Camp for a week of fun and an experience of a lifetime. Ten kids were from Florida Keys Lodge #1872, six kids were from Marathon Lodge #2139 and 34 kids were from Miami Lodge #948. Miami Lodge allocated $3,500 for the bus, snacks, water, juice and chaperone expenses. On June 28, Jeff Muehlfeld, Jennie Wright and Carol Haber went back to the camp to chaperone the kids home June 29.

Miami Lodge members Carol Haber (middle left in blue and yellow shirt) and Julia Weber (far right) are pictured with campers from the South District they chaperoned to and from the Florida Elks Youth Camp for their week of camp June 23-28.


Flag Retirement Ceremony held at Florida Keys Lodge

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On June 14, the Flag Day ceremony and retirement of flags was held at Florida Keys Lodge. Boy Scout Troop 912 assisted and received a donation from a local businessman, Robby Majeska, of $1 for every flag retired for a total of $264. The lodge served lunch to all attendees.


Florida Keys Lodge Holds Annual Fishing Tournament

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Florida Keys Elks Lodge #1872 held their seventh annual ladies dolphin fishing tournament June 7-8. This always proves to be the lodge’s biggest fundraiser of the year. The event had 31 boats and 76 anglers participating. The junior winner was Brianna Sullivan and the two women who won first place were Candace Everett and Tiffany Vega. This tournament requires months of planning and many volunteers which raises several thousand dollars for the lodge charity fund.


Florida Keys Lodge Supports Students and Guardian Ad Litem Program

Florida Keys Lodge held a food drive for the students at Coral Shores High School and also provided a check to Voices for Children of the Florida Keys for $1,500. Voices for Children of the Florida Keys is a guardian ad litem program that benefits children in the court system including children who are in foster care, children who have been neglected and children who are in the adoption process. Monroe County has approximately 325 in the program. The donation will help pay for extras that the government does not cover such as school field trips and prom gowns.


Florida Keys Lodge Participates in Nautical Flea Market

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Florida Keys Lodge participated in the large annual Nautical Flea Market in the upper Keys. The Rotary provides a free booth to all charitable organizations and the lodge used the opportunity to promote their upcoming annual ladies dolphin fishing tournament June 7-8 which benefits various charities. All members wore Elks T-shirts and sold tickets for the raffle item which will be drawn during the tournament. Lodge members also distributed information about Florida Elks  Children’s Therapy Services and the Florida Elks Youth Camp and handed out membership applications. There were several thousand people in attendance for the two-day event.


Florida Keys Lodge Holds Large Fundraiser for Charities

On March 2, Florida Keys Lodge held their biggest fundraiser for the quarter with a Blues Brothers theme spearheaded by member Joyce Musselman. There were 265 tickets sold. Fifteen students from Coral Shores High School helped serve dinner and dessert at the event to earn some of their community service requirements. The lodge made $9,083 for various charities including scholarships, veterans, the Florida Elks Youth Camp and Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services.


Florida Keys Lodge Supports Foster Care Program

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Florida Keys Lodge donated $1,500 to Voices for Florida Keys Children through the Guardian Ad Litem program. It will help provide funds for foster children’s needs that are not provided by state funding. Pictured are Susan Raffanello, president of Voices for Florida Keys Children; Dennis Tarbell, Exalted Ruler; and Sandi Webb, Guardian Ad Litem’s child advocate manager. This donation was made possible through the Elks National Foundation Anniversary Grant.


Florida Keys Lodge Collects Donations for Coral Shores HS Pantry

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Florida Keys Lodge collected donations during January for the Coral Shores High School food pantry. Pictured are Ruth and Lee Huenniger, Shirley and Carl Mikuletzky, Hollis Krutulis, and senior students Shane Dunleavy and Tara Amador.


Florida Keys Lodge Supports Students in Need at Coral Shores HS

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Denny Tarbell, on behalf of Florida Keys Lodge, presented a check for $2,000 to Coral Shores High School vice principal, Anna Alvaro; student government president, Katie Robinson; and vice president, Billy Butler. The donation is for the needy kids fund which helps purchase items such as graduation caps and gowns plus many other essentials needed for students attending high school. The donation was made possible through the Elks National Foundation Gratitude Grant. The lodge also collected donations during January for the Coral Shores food pantry as well.


Florida Keys Lodge Hosts Child Safety Day

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Child Safety Day was held at Florida Keys Elks Lodge #1872 Jan. 12. The Masons prepared child ID kits to take home which included fingerprint, DNA and additional information about each child. Free bicycles were given along with fitted helmets and drug awareness pamphlets. There was an educational display about various drugs for parents. Free hot dogs, chips and cookies were enjoyed by all. Pictured are Allyson and her brother Matthew with their bikes and helmets.


Key West Lodge Participates in Children's Day

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Key West Lodge members promoted the Hoop Shoot and drug awareness programs Oct. 28 at Children's Day held at Key West Park. Filled with bounce houses, rides, snacks and more, The annual event raises money for local children’s organizations and every penny raised goes to the organizations.


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Florida Elks News Editor:
Rachael King
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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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