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District Reporter: Mary Lou Scribner

School Lunch Debts Paid by Plant City Elks Lodge

On May 23, Plant City Exalted Ruler, Marty Carroll, and his wife, Shelly, presented 14 checks amounting to $2,400 to Sharon Morris, Superintendent for Area VI Hillsborough County Schools on behalf of the principals of those schools. The donation is to cover outstanding lunch balances for students. The Elks Gratitude Grant provided $2,000 and the remaining $400 was donated by lodge members. Morris was very appreciative and explained the delinquent lunch balances have consequences for the children. The schools can withhold report cards and diplomas for unpaid balances. She also explained that these balances are not from the families that qualify for free or reduced lunch costs but from families that could be struggling.   

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Sharon Morris is presented with checks by Shelly and Marty Carroll of Plant City Lodge to cover lunch cost balances for students.


Lakeland Elks Continue their Support of the Brotherhood Ride

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On May 26, Vicki Baker, Lakeland Lodge Exalted Ruler, presented a check for $7,000 to Jeff Morse of the Brotherhood Ride at the Florida State Convention. These funds are a result of fundraising efforts this past year from the members of the lodge. Lakeland Lodge is proud to be the home lodge for the Brotherhood Ride.


Lakeland Elks Receive SPCA Award

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On June 5, Lakeland Lodge received a Community Service Award presented by the Lakeland SPCA for appreciation for years of dedication and service to the animals of SPCA Florida. The award was accepted by Sandy Fuschetti, a lodge member who has dedicated many hours each year in support of the Lakeland SPCA.


Lakeland Elks Present $12,000 in Scholarships

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Lakeland Lodge awarded 11 scholarships totaling $12,000 at the 2018 scholarship banquet held at the lodge. Approximately 65 people attended. The guest speaker was Dr. Elaine Thompson, President and CEO of Lakeland Regional Health Center.

Pictured are Exalted Ruler, Bob Fuschetti; Reese Overholt, Lakeland Christian; Tarik Graham, Auburndale; Bethanie Budlong, Santa Fe Catholic; Madalyn Werd, Santa Fe Catholic; Alyssa Harley, Santa Fe Catholic; Karter Thomas, Polk State Collegiate; Taylor Langley, Lakeland Christian; Ahmrii Johnson, Harrison School for the Arts; Mandi Chen, International Baccalaureate; Greeshma Venigalla, International Baccalaureate; and Dave Norwine, Scholarship Chairman. Not pictured was Amelia Barski from Roswell, Ga., who was unable to attend the banquet.


SPCA Walk for the Animals Gets Support from Lakeland Elks

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On Saturday, April 21, Lakeland Lodge supplied hamburgers and hot dogs for the Lakeland SPCA Walk for the Animals, an annual fundraiser held on Lake Mirror in downtown Lakeland. Elks volunteers manned the SPCA/Elks food booth and through their efforts raised $876 for the animals at the Lakeland SPCA shelter. Pictured are Larry Gustafson, Rick Littlejohn, Sandy Fuschetti, Barb Malone, Jean Gustafson, Bob Fuschetti, ER Vicki Baker, Garry Malone (seated) and Tom Rivard.


Lakeland Elks Support Relay for Life

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On April 14, Lakeland Elks Lodge #1291 was out in force supporting the local American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event held at Munn Park in downtown Lakeland. Members manned a booth serving hot dogs and chips to all the hungry participants and raising money for the American Cancer Society. Even Elroy the Elk got into the action participating in the mascot races. Pictured are Elroy, ER Vicki Baker, Char Fisher and Sandy Fuschetti.


Elks Lodge Tour Goes on After Bus Breakdown

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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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