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District Reporter: Carol Aitchison

Englewood Lodge Hosts Children's Christmas Party

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Englewood Lodge hosted their children's Christmas party Dec. 15. Each of the 115 children in attendance received a gift.

 

News from Deep Creek Lodge

Deep Creek Elks Lodge #2763 included 14 people from the Janet Jones Group Home for adults who are physically and mentally disabled for their Thanksgiving dinner. The lodge includes members of this home in their special events.

The Deep Creek Ladies of the Elks held a very successful garage sale in November and made donations to Alex’s Lemonade Stand and Elks National Foundation. They also made a donation so Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services therapists could purchase Christmas gifts for their patients.

 

Punta Gorda Lodge Co-hosts Christmas Party for Foster Families

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On Dec. 15, nine members of Punta Gorda Lodge assisted the Punta Gorda Police Department in hosting a Christmas party for 25 foster families consisting of 90 children and 40 parents. A turkey dinner with all the trimmings was cooked by the members and brought to the church.  Santa Claus brought gifts for all the children as well as a family gift bag.

 

Naples Lodge Donates Facility for Lacrosse Team Car Wash

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Naples Elks Lodge #2010 donated the use of its facility and resources as part of its ongoing support of youth programs in the community to the Naples Lely High School girls’ lacrosse team. They ran a car wash Dec. 1 to raise funds for non-funded equipment and uniforms needed for the team. Pictured are student team members Thascha Renard and Litzy Lopez; head coach, Brad Bissell; and lodge trustee, Roger Marx. The team raised $850.

 

Bonita Springs-Estero Lodge Donates to Food Bank

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On Nov. 6, Bonita Springs-Estero Elks Lodge #2753 presented a check for $7,340.25 to the Harry Chapin Food Bank to benefit the Florida Hurricane Michael Relief Fund. The lodge held 50/50 raffles, passed the hat at several events and asked the membership for donations. The Elks also matched the single largest donation.

John Kuhn, Special Events Manager of the Harry Chapin Food Bank, accepts a donation on behalf of Bonita Springs-Estero Lodge from Dianne Wilhelm, Exalted Ruler; Frank Scandale, Esteemed Lecturing Knight; and PER Steve Cicak, Trustee and Lodge Advisor.

 

Rotonda Elks Hand out Halloween Bags to Youth

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Rotonda Elks Lodge #2710 distributed trick-or-treat bags outside Walmart in Englewood, Fla., Halloween afternoon. Bags contained candy, coloring books, crayons, pencils, ribbons and drug awareness reminders. Elks Cathy Redman, Debbie Sommers and Sam Besase distributed drug awareness brochures and booklets along with candy to teenagers and their parents.

Rotonda Lodge Exalted Ruler, Phil Sommers, hands a Halloween treat bag to Luke Wilson and his mother outside an Englewood Walmart Oct. 31.

 

Englewood Elks Buy Books for Second- and Fourth-Graders

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Englewood Elks Lodge #2378 donated $1,088 to Myaaka Elementary to pay for the purchase of a book for children in grades two and four (162 children). Estelle Dichazi, Elks member, presents the check to Jackie Hamilton, Media Specialist. Also pictured are principal, Mrs. Shepard, and students Emily Atherholt, Emily Elkins, JT Ralston, Amelia Bernicchi and Peyton Horn.

 

Rotonda Lodge Hosts Special Olympics Event

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On Saturday, Sept. 12, Rotonda Elks Lodge’s property once again evolved into a large playing field for their third Special Olympics event. Elkette President, Ginny Perry, hosted this event for 55 children and young adults. Before the games began, the American Legion 113 Honor Guard presented the flag. The athletes enjoyed soccer, track, softball toss, bocce, putting golf balls and a beanbag toss. After the competition, volunteers served lunch to some very hungry athletes. Exalted Ruler, Phil Sommers, conducted the award ceremony and distributed medals to all the hardworking athletes. At the closing, one young adult mentioned that he would be back next year. The lodge members were proud to be a part of the 50th year’s celebration of Special Olympics.

Rotonda Lodge’s Bob Humphreys, PER raised the flag with one of the athletes competing in the Special Olympics.

 

Punta Gorda Elkettes Bring Generous Donations to FLOE Conference

Twenty-three Punta Gorda Elkettes attended the 55th annual Florida Ladies of Elks conference in September. They brought with them a $5,000 donation for Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services, a $600 donation from the Elkette bocce league for the Florida Elks Youth Camp wish list, and bed pillows and linens for the camp cabins.

 

SSW District PERs Sponsor Benefit for Ron Rehner

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The South Southwest District Past Exalted Rulers sponsored a spaghetti dinner hosted by Punta Gorda Lodge Sunday, Sept. 10, to benefit Ron Rehner who has been afflicted with a life-threatening ailment. He is the son-in-law of Don (deceased) and Colleen Roll. Don Roll was the first Exalted Ruler of Punta Gorda Lodge and his daughter is Jacquie Rehner, SWC District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler and ENF grants coordinator. In addition to proceeds from the dinner, raffles and donations including $250 from the Punta Gorda Elkettes, a check in the amount of $4,500 was presented to help with medical bills.

 

Greater Pine Island Elks Honor 9/11 with Service

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Greater Pine Island Lodge honored the anniversary of Sept. 11 by preparing and delivering a lasagna dinner to their neighboring first responders.

 

Englewood Elks Participate in Shipwreck Dance

On Aug. 24, Englewood Elks Lodge participated in the Shipwreck Dance, a pre-Labor Day youth dance, held at Sky Academy, an Englewood school. Their booth exhibited information on Elks programs and they distributed drug awareness material to approximately 200 youngsters between the ages of 8-12.

 

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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