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District Reporter: Robin Gammill

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).


Edgewater-NSB Lodge Hosts Cub Scout Pinewood Derby

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Edgewater-New Smyrna Beach Elks Lodge #1557 hosted Cub Scout Pack 72 for their annual Pinewood Derby. Pictured are pack leader, John Krack; second-place winner, Jacob Herpstnet; Lecturing Knight, Denise Bell; first-place winner, Tyler Gladding; Trustee, Bill Bell; and third-place winner, William Bobbit.


Merritt Island Lodge Recognizes Americanism Essay Winner

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Merritt Island Lodge sponsored David Von Steinmetz of Edgewood Jr./Sr. High School who won second-place in the 2017-2018 Americanism essay contest. The essay topic was “Why our Veterans are America’s Heroes.” David’s essay won first-place at the lodge level in Division II (seventh and eighth grades) and was then forwarded to the district level and later to the state level. This is truly an outstanding accomplishment for him. He and his parents were guests of the lodge June 15 where he was presented a check for $750. It was an exciting evening for David and his parents as well as the guests who were present to hear the 14-year-old read his essay. Not only is he a good writer but he is also a good speaker.


Merritt Island Lodge Uses Beacon Grant for Day Camp

Merritt Island Lodge used a $3,500 Beacon Grant from the Elks National Foundation to support the Challenger District Day Camp. This is a program where Cub Scouts (girls & boys) have access to a local camp in their county to learn scout skills.


Merritt Island Elks Hold Kids' Fishing Tournament

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Merritt Island Elks Lodge #2650 recently held their annual kids’ fishing tournament. PER Nick Skibba was the event chairman. This year it was held at the Veterans Memorial Center and they had 130 participants. Prizes were awarded to the boys and girls in three age groups.


Port Orange Lodge Members Deliver Meals to Seniors

Port Orange Lodge prepared and delivered about 70 meals to low-income senior citizens in the Port Orange area on Memorial Day, May 28. The Council on Aging does not work on all holidays so over the past 30 years, lodge members have been providing this service. Every year, on average, the Elks prepare and deliver over 500 meals with 184 volunteers who spend over 500 hours and drive 1,600 miles delivering meals.

Port Orange Lodge hosted a 90th birthday party for Don Rambert who has been the chairman of this worthwhile community service. The members made a large donation to the Council on Aging Meals on Wheels program knowing that it would touch the heart of every giving person and honor Rambert for his years of dedicated community service.

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Front right: Don Rambert, Chairman


Port Orange Elks Recognize Students of the Month

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Port Orange Elks Lodge #2723 recognizes worthy students every month by presenting them with a Student of the Month award. Pictured with Spruce Creek High School Principal, Dr. Todd Sparger, are Jose Lora and Mira Gladstone. Also pictured are Guidance Counselor, Carrie Cappiello; Louise Lauthain; and Paul Leonard, Scholarship Chairman.


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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