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A Step-by-Step of Tampa Lodge's Beacon Grant Use

Tampa Elks ended the year using their Beacon Grant to help those who are homeless. They provided Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. Take a look at the planning and execution of this much-needed service.

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Working on the Thanksgiving prep day at Open Arms Kitchen Nov. 14 were Loyal Knight Tommy Moore and PER Association President Courtney Weil.

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PER Courtney Weil did the Christmas food shopping at Restaurant Depot.

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Helping out on the Christmas prep day were Candace Suhrheinrich, Trustee Laura Jones, Loyal Knight Tommy Moore and PER Courtney Weil.


This is Reverend Vicki Walker, head of outreach.


 Clyde Is the postmaster. The homeless can use the church address and pick up mail Sunday mornings.


These are the greeters who hand out the gifts.

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This is Rita Smith who helped with the Christmas brunch.

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Manning stations were Patty Volpe keeping the homeless hydrated and PSP Frank Palladini and PDD Jeanne Reinhart serving coffee.


New Tampa Lodge member Tim Ryan and member Wendy Weiss and her friend John Bookless took the tray-scraper job.


Each Sunday fresh fruit is bagged for distribution.

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Serving front to back were Donna Halsey, Patty Volpe, Shelagh Gombarcik, Bob Suhrheinrich, Candi Suhrheinrich, Heidi Ray, Paul Simone, Michael Volpe, Frank Palladini, Laura Jones, Benda Stokking, Jodi Ryan and Elma Kelly.


This face makes all the work completely worth it.


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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