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Drug Awareness

The Drug Awareness Poster and Essay contests are designed to involve the lodge, children, schools, and parents. Both contests for the 2016-17 competition will run from September 1, 2016 to January 19, 2017. The theme will be announced soon.

 
Poster Contest

The Poster Contest is open to children grades 3 through 5. The posters should be consistent with the theme and be original, neat, and age appropriate. It should be drawn on 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper. The poster should contain an anti-drug message and should not depict any copyrighted characters or trademarks. It should have the child's name, age, grade, school name with address, the child's complete home address, and phone number. Also included should be the sponsoring Lodge name and number and the completed parental form which can be downloaded from the national drug awareness website.

The winning 2016 Drug Awareness poster shown at the right was submitted by Mason Ackerman who was sponsored by the Manasota Elks Lodge.
 
After each Lodge has picked their winner and presented their award, the posters are to be forwarded to Samuel “Len” Wenzel, State Chairman, 25459 Kowloon Lane, Punta Gorda, FL 33983-6085 no later than January 31, 2017. At this point the posters become the property of the B.P.O.E. and will not be returned. Please make sure the participating families understand this point.

The state chairman and a committee will pick a state winner, choose the prize, and forward it to the winning child's sponsoring Lodge for presentation. All of the posters submitted to the state chairman will then be forwarded to the national directors in order for a national winner to be chosen. One national winner will be chosen with the prize being an electronic media device valued at $300.00. The winner will be notified by the national directors. The posters submitted to the national level are used to fill the pages of the coloring book over time.

Essay Contest

The essay contest is open for children grades 6 through 8. The essays should be both original and grammatically correct, contain no more than 500 words, and be written on 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper. It can be handwritten or typed. It should have the child's name, age, grade, school name with address, the child's complete home address, and phone number. Also included must be the sponsoring Lodge’s name and number and the completed parental form. The parental form can be downloaded from the national drug awareness website.

The winning 2016 Drug Awareness essay shown at the left was submitted by Ian Sardella who was sponsored by the Merritt Island Elks Lodge. 
 
Prizes are established through the local Lodge running the contest. After each local Lodge has chosen their winner, the essays are to be forwarded no later than January 31, 2017 to:

Samuel “Len” Wenzel
State Chairman
25459 Kowloon Lane
Punta Gorda, FL 33983-6085


One state winner will be chosen and the state prize will be sent to the respective Lodge from the state chairman for presentation to the winner.

All of the essays submitted to the state chairman will then be forwarded to the national directors to be entered in the national contest. The prize for the national winner is an electronic media device valued at $300.00. The winner will be notified by the national directors.

Fraternally,

Samuel “Len” Wenzel, PER
State Chairman
Drug Awareness Education Committee
 

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:

TinaH@elks.org

JessicaR@elks.org

 

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