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District Reporter: Mary Lou Scribner

Elks Lodge Tour Goes on After Bus Breakdown

2383 Bus

The Brandon Elks Lodge #2383 bus trip on April 21 was a great success. There were 23 riders from Brandon Lodge joined by seven riders from Plant City Lodge and three from Lakeland Lodge. The first stop was the beautiful Holiday Isles Lodge that prepared a delicious breakfast buffet. They are located on a canal with docks for boats and they have an outdoor tiki bar and a gorgeous pool. Next on the bus route would have been Dunedin/Clearwater Lodge, but due to the bus having engine problems, the tour members were stranded roadside and were forced to cut that lodge from the route. Imagine the odds, though, that a bus full of Elks would be stranded roadside right in front of a neighborhood bar, the RhonDavous! They welcomed the Elks with open arms and even turned on the air conditioning. After two and a half hours, the backup bus arrived and took them to St. Petersburg Lodge where each rider was offered a free drink. The guests were amazed at the size of their pool as well. After a nice visit they headed to Tampa Lodge where food had been prepared for the weary travelers. They also had a 50/50 raffle, played bingo and raffled off a bottle of Scotch. While everyone had a great time riding and chatting and having their own 50/50 raffles on the trip, the purpose was also to earn money to donate to the Florida Elks Youth Camp. When all the math was done, they had $500 to donate to the camp. Jacquie Rehner from Lakeland Lodge and Nicholina Wells helped make this venture a success.


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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