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District Reporter: Lauren Dowd-Shedlock

Lake Okeechobee Antlers Present Donation at State Meeting

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Lake Okeechobee Elks Lodge Antlers members continue to be quite busy throughout the community and raised funds that were donated on stage at the February state quarterly meeting at the Florida Elks Youth Camp. The Antlers presenting were Sierra Coward, Rhiannon VanDiver, Dannielle Harper and Tyler Tucker.


Jupiter Lodge News

On Jan. 19, Jupiter Elks Lodge #2469 continued its new monthly membership drive fish fry. Many snowbird Elk members stopped in for dinner as the advertising is spreading throughout the community. Local guests are given tours of the lodge, meet with our officers and members, and are shown the true meaning of Elkdom. Several new membership applications were garnered and the lodge’s reputation is spreading for the good food and charitable works.

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Jupiter Elk member and Boy Scout troop master Shawn Rankin is pictured with new Eagle Scout Max Mayall. The Elks have enjoyed seeing him grow and all his accomplishments.


Clewiston Elks Honor Lodge and Community Members

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Clewiston Lodge held their annual community awards night combined with their lodge award presentations. Community award recipients were Greg Westberry, Fireman of the Year; Buffie McLeod, Police Officer of the Year; Sergeant Bonnie Weaver, Deputy of the Year; Rhonda Davis and Steve Hayes, City Employee of the Year; Ronald Duquette, EMS of the Year; and George and Lori Duckstein, Educators of the Year. Lodge awards were presented to Danielle and Bobby Soles, Citizen of the Year; Steve Clark, Officer of the Year; Marilyn Harn, House Committee Person of the Year; Chris Pearce, Endicott Award; and Linda Allen, Elk of the Year. During the ceremony the Clewiston Fire Department recognized Clewiston Elk and Lodge Tiler, Harlan Griggs, for his many of hours of volunteer service restoring the department rescue boat.


Clewiston Elks Lodge Partners with UCP for Fundraiser

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In February, members of Clewiston Elks Lodge #1853 partnered with the Sunrise Foundation, the local chapter of the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation (UCP), to conduct a fundraiser. Several members gathered early in the morning to cook and serve over 300 chicken dinner plates. UCP clients also joined in for the day and were treated to balloons, games and dinner while also enjoying a visit from Elroy the Elk. Proceeds of $3,400 were presented to the Sunrise Foundation to help them cover the expenses of their many programs.

Pictured are UCP clients, Elroy the Elk and staff member Roxanne Engel, right.


Antlers Raise Funds for Camperships

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The Antlers of Lake Okeechobee Lodge hosted a series of concession stands to raise money to donate to the Florida Elks Youth Camp to support camperships. They met their fundraising goal and plan to donate the funds in February at the quarterly meeting at the youth camp. Pictured are Rhiannon Vandiver, Danielle Harper and Jacob Kerezsi.


Belle Glade-Pahokee Lodge Happenings

Belle Glade-Pahokee Lodge hosted Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services therapist Teri Stocking. She shared with members some of the great work done by the Florida Elks therapists. The lodge also hosted the Chamber of Commerce’s 53rd annual awards banquet and dinner while showing off their Roaring ‘20s outfits and recognizing the shining stars of their community. The fall vendor fair was also hosted at the lodge providing a great opportunity to get some early holiday shopping done.


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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