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District Reporter: Robin Gammill

Lodge #1557 Supports Gifts of Love

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Edgewater-New Smyrna Beach Lodge member Marci Skates delivers 10 weekend food packages for students to Becky Porter, Principal; Melissa Rura, school counselor; and Michelle Brown, Assistant Principal at Edgewater Public.


Edgewater-NSB Lodge Supports Local Food Bank

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Edgewater-New Smyrna Beach Elks Lodge #1557 participated in the Edgewater fall festival which raises money for the local food bank, Gifts of Love. Lecturing Knight, Denise Bell, and trustee, Bill Bell, hand out treats to the trick-or-treaters.


Merritt Island Elks Participate in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

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On Oct. 28, the Merritt Island Elks Lodge #2650 team participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. This is an annual event that the lodge has participated in for the past seven years. This year the event was held at The Avenue in Viera, Fla. The team raised $2,560. Pictured are the two team members, June Horgan and Elaine Marr.


DeLand Elks Host Lodge Hoop Shoot

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On Nov. 10, DeLand Lodge sponsored a hoop shoot at DeLand Middle School. Children from schools all over Volusia County participated in this annual event. The first-place winners from the three age groups for both boys and girls moved on to the district Hoop Shoot held Jan. 5 at DeLand Middle School.

Volunteering at DeLand Lodge’s Hoop Shoot held at DeLand Middle School Nov. 10 are (front row) Katherine and Ken Conroy, Linda Witt, Dan Dragonetti, Troy Surloff, Van Johnson, Davina Jones with daughter Sara Jones, Mark & Barbara Thompson. In the back row are Larry Smith, Phil Watercutter, (third person’s name missing) and Bernie Korwes.


DeLand Elks Donate Building Use to New Horizons Service Dogs

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DeLand Elks Lodge #1463 has donated the use of their lodge for the training and adoption process for New Horizons Service Dogs. New Horizons provides service dogs to disabled adults, children and veterans at no cost to the recipients. The dogs have had approximately two years of training before being paired, and each recipient must complete the two-week training and process.


Port Orange Lodge Participates in Port Orange Family Days

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Port Orange Lodge volunteers and local high school students participate in Port Orange Family Days by handing out 1,000 packets containing drug awareness information and coloring books to children and their families.


Port Orange Elks Volunteer with Miracle League

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Port Orange Elks Lodge #2723 volunteers assisted special needs individuals in a baseball game hosted by the Miracle League of Volusia County Oct. 13.


Scholarship Winner Acknowledged at Lodge 1557 Dinner

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Edgewater-New Smyrna Beach Lodge’s Exalted Ruler, Shirley Baker, introduced 2018 scholarship winner Taylor Young and her family at the Aug. 10 buffet dinner. She is one of the 150 scholarship recipients who attended the Elks national convention in San Antonio this summer.


Scholarship Recipients of Titusville Lodge Begin their Studies

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Titusville Elks Lodge #2113 presented $1,000 scholarships to two very deserving area high school seniors earlier this year, and they have now begun their studies.

Savannah Cantrell, left, carried a full academic schedule at Astronaut High School and participated in a number of extracurricular activities. She also served as president of the local chapter of the Anchor Club (subsidiary of the Pilot Club) and organized field trips to the Brevard Alzheimer's Foundation (aka "Joe's Club") and a clothing drive for homeless children. She has begun courses at the University of Florida targeted toward a career as a child oncologist.

Destinee Bailey, right, also carried a full class schedule at Titusville High School. She earned varsity letters in orchestra, chorus and the gifted students program. She has been a volunteer grief counselor at St. Francis Hospice for several years working with children coping with the death of parents. She is attending Florida State University to pursue a career in social work.


DeLand Lodge Moving after 95 Years

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It’s been 95 years since DeLand Elks Lodge opened their doors for the first time, but just as amazing is the lodge has been in the same location at 150 S. Clara Ave. in DeLand, Fla. The lodge has been serving the community, visiting and helping veterans every month at Emory Bennett Veterans Nursing Home in Daytona Beach, putting on events for children such as summer splash days, sharing food with the neighborhood center, volunteering, and sponsoring children to summer camp.

As of September, DeLand Lodge relocated to 614 S. Alabama Ave.a one-story building just a few blocks from its current location. The 95-year-old building was getting tired and the City of DeLand has offered to purchase the property.

The officers and the moving committee have been taking much of the historic memorabilia of the old lodge to the new location.

In celebration of their 95 years, the lodge held an Italian Night Saturday, July 28, with many members, family and friends from DeLand and other lodges and dignitaries attending.

Pictured at the front table are Tom Brand, PDD from Palm Coast and current District Deputy of the East Central District, Angelo Cretella.

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Placing the lodge sign on the new building


Lodge #1557 Hosts BIG RED BUS for Blood Donation Event

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When the BIG RED BUS shows up at your lodge, what do you do? GIVE! Edgewater-New Smyrna Beach Lodge members donated blood at the lodge Saturday, July 21. Along with the Elks, the Ponce Inlet Corvette Club also came to donate. Pictured is Lodge Chief and Trustee, Sondra Wagoner.


DeLand Elks Hold Mother's Day Celebration

DeLand Elks Lodge #1463 celebrated all mothers in style May 13. A beautiful plant was given to the mother with the most children, the youngest mother, the oldest mother and the mother with most grandkids. Red and white carnations were given to all who attended and a lunch was served following the ceremony.

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Pictured at DeLand Lodge’s Mother’s Day celebration were Rachel Sieg, PER; Tony Buckner, ER; Tom Hopp, PER; Anita Fritzer and Betty Sieg (seated).


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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