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District Reporter: James Wright

First Responders Recognized at Twin Cities Lodge Ceremony

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On Saturday, March 17, Twin Cities Lodge held a joint dinner and awards ceremony for Americanism essay contest winners and first responders and their families. The first responders each received a letter written by their superiors and an engraved insulated mug. Chief Popwell from Niceville PD gave a short talk on drugs in the community. Members of the first responders’ various departments came to support them as well.

Pictured are Michael Grazioso, NBFD; Matt Webster, NFD; Karen Griffin, OKEMS; Brandon Gaddis, VFD; Austin Hinton, NFD; and Joseph Boyles, NPD. Pictured in the front is Brandon Gaddis II. Missing from the picture is Kim Coone, VPD.


Twin Cities Elks Honor Americanism Essay Winners

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On Saturday, March 17, Twin Cities Lodge held a joint awards ceremony for first responders and Americanism essay contest winners and their families. All essay winners were from Rocky Bayou Christian School which is the only local school that has participated for two years in a row. There were 42 essays submitted for this year’s topic, “Why Our Veterans are American Heroes.” Three of the lodge winners are moving on to the state level after placing at the district level.

Pictured winners are Andrew Biro, Sydney Athearn and Christopher Seeling. Unable to attend were Andy Jackson, Miranda Suvino and Elizabeth Pruitt.


Warrington Elks Support their Community

Warrington Elks Lodge #2108 gave $500 each to Loaves and Fishes and St. Vincent De Paul Society, charities that help the community provide meals for the needy and food baskets for those who need them. They also gave $500 to Allen Memorial UMC and $500 to Ronald McDonald House which provides families a home away from home while their children are in the hospital. They gave $1,000 to the American Cancer Society.


Breakfasts for Buses

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On Jan. 6, Twin Cities Elks Lodge #2747 held the first of three benefit breakfasts open to the public. The proceeds will be used to fund the bus needed to take children from the Northwest District to the Florida Elks Youth Camp in Umatilla, Fla., for the 2018 summer camp session. Member Sylvia Kleppinger prepared biscuits while Steve and Mary Ann Piner, associate members, prepared eggs to order. The second and third breakfasts will be held in February and March.


Bloodmobile comes to Pensacola Beach Lodge

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On Dec. 2, Pensacola Beach Elks Lodge #497 sponsored a blood drive with OneBlood and their Big Red Bus bloodmobile. Eight pints of blood were collected which equates to saving the lives of 24 people! The new lodge chairman for the blood drives is Grace Sellers.


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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