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1898 1 Week 1 Philip Blaise 1898 2 Week 1 Emmanuel Cole 1898 3 Week 1 Shannon Brown

Between April 8 and April 12, Pompano Beach Elks Lodge #1898 presented Elks JROTC awards to Cadet First Sergeant Philip Blaise of Western High Schools Wildcat Battalion, Cadet Commander Emmanuel Cole of Fort Lauderdale High Schools Flying L Battalion, and Cadet First Sergeant Shannon Brown of Coral Glades High Schools Jaguar Battalion. Broward County Public Schools operates the largest JROTC program in the nation, with more than 6,000 cadets in 32 JROTC battalions. More awards were presented throughout the following four weeks to the remaining participating schools.

Pictured with the three winners are Ryan Maker, Youth Activities Committee Chair and Leading Knight.

1770 year

Delray Beach Elks Lodge #1770 honored first responders during a luncheon March 10. Plaques were awarded to Michael Liberta, Police Officer of the Year; Jacqueline Sandoval, Firefighter of the Year; and Justin Cattan (full-time) and Mark Saville (part-time), Ocean Rescue of the Year.

Pictured are Laurie Rogers, Esquire; Ed Sisko, trustee; Pete Morales, Inner Guard; Paula Slavinski, Loyal Knight; Les Nelson, Exalted Ruler; Mitch Katz, trustee; Jacqueline Sandoval, Firefighter of the Year; Justin Cattan, Ocean Rescue of the Year; Detective Michael Liberta, Police Officer of the Year; Mark Saville, Ocean Rescue of the Year; Lori Staffer, Chaplain; Patti Lyon, Secretary; and Rick Jankee, Lodge Citizen of the Year. Not pictured: Victor Hewitt, Officer of the Year, and Bruce Richard, Elk of the Year.

1770 stpat

On March 16, Delray Beach Lodge participated in the Delray Beach St. Patrick's Day parade, with a salute to veterans and first responders Firefighter Jacqueline Sandoval and Detective Michael Liberta. Mitch Katz and the Van Sands family helped with the float.


1898 jrotc

On March 13, Pompano Beach Lodge sponsored the Pompano Beach High School JROTC’s end-of-year event with a $1,000 donation. The JROTC consistently provided service to the lodge and monthly food drives for the community.

Pictured with the PBHS Tornado Battalion are First Sergeant Cynthia Chevrestt; Ryan Maker, Leading Knight; Paul Maggard, Exalted Ruler; and Lieutenant Colonel Gregory Johnson.


1898 trip

On Feb. 29, Pompano Beach Elks Lodge #1898 donated $1,748 to sponsor eight students from Cresthaven Elementary School to attend an annual end-of-year trip to Disney World.

Pictured with the students are Paul Maggard, Exalted Ruler; Brianna Forde, fifth grade teacher; and Ryan Maker, trustee and Leading Knight.


2407 fish

On Jan. 13, Oakland Park Elks Lodge #2407 hosted its annual children’s fishing tournament. The tournament, which has been hosted for the past six years, was funded by the $2,500 Elks National Foundation Gratitude Grant. Member Scott Slinko, local scout master, organized the event, which was held on the new Pompano Beach Pier.

Pictured are children enjoying a day of fishing.