At the City of Sanford’s Fang-Tastic Fest event Oct. 31, Sanford Elks Lodge members and future members distributed candy and information about the state major projects and the local Hoop Shoot competition to more than 2,000 children and their families.
Pictured are Zoey Rumler and Dylan Lindstrom, minor lodge cardholders; Jeff Rumler, PDD; Bill Klinefelter, Inner Guard; Libby Jett, member; Cristin Rumler, (lodge grant coordinator; Lisa Lindstrom, Leading Knight; and Bo Lindstrom, Exalted Ruler.
Using its Elks National Foundation Gratitude Grant, Sanford Elks Lodge #1241 donated $2,500 to Tools 4 Seminole Schools, which will help buy supplies for The Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools’ free store for Seminole County teachers. The store provides teachers and schools with free school supplies to distribute to students and helps alleviate the burden from teachers and parents with low incomes.
Pictured Oct. 20 at the check presentation are Becky Miller, store supervisor of Tools 4 Seminole Schools; Cristin Rumler, lodge grant coordinator; Bo Lindstrom, Exalted Ruler; Lisa Lindstrom, Leading Knight; A. Bart Peterson, District Vice President; and Zoey Rumler, minor member of the lodge.
On Oct. 5, Sanford Elks Lodge #1241 sponsored a booth at the City of Lake Mary’s National Night Out, an event to promote police-community partnerships. Members distributed drug awareness goody bags with coloring books, literature, bookmarks, ribbons, and information about the state major projects and local Hoop Shoot competition to more than 500 people.
Pictured at the event are A. Bart Peterson, East Central District Vice President; Cristin Rumler, lodge grant coordinator; Jeff Rumler, PDD; Zoey Rumler, minor member of Sanford Lodge; Lisa Lindstrom, Leading Knight; and Bo Lindstrom, Exalted Ruler.
Titusville Elks Lodge #2113 teamed with Aging Matters, a nonprofit organization that helps senior citizens, and provided Christmas gifts for more than 75 seniors. Lodge members purchased, wrapped and tagged all the gifts, which were valued at more than $1,500.
Presenting the gifts Dec. 16 is Doris Becraft, Leading Knight, to Josh Jensen, Aging Matters CEO.
For more than 30 years, Merritt Island Lodge has assisted Brevard County Parks and Recreation with their Christmas party for children and adults in Brevard County, Florida, with special needs. On Dec. 12, the party was held at Kiwanis Island Park in Merritt Island. The lodge provided and served the food. Pictured are attendees at the party.
For the 15th year, Merritt Island Elks Lodge #2650 held a Santa’s Bootstrap program in which the lodge purchases food to last at least a week during the Christmas holiday for families in need. Members are asked to submit names of anyone who could benefit from this service. On Dec. 10, members helped pack groceries into trucks at the store and unload them at the lodge. On Dec. 11, volunteers went to the lodge and divided everything into boxes for 60 families. Then, the packages were delivered to the families.
Pictured are the packages in different stages before they are delivered.
The Central regional Soccer Shoot was held Dec. 4 in Merritt Island, Florida. Participants were U8-U16 age group winners from the East Central, Southwest Central and West Central districts. Pat Hubert, PER, State Soccer Shoot Chair, is pictured with them at Merritt Island Lodge.
The Past Exalted Rulers Association of DeLand Elks Lodge #1463 held its annual golf tournament Oct. 23 at Pelican Bay in South Daytona, Florida. The association raised more than $16,000 to use for scholarships for high school seniors in the upcoming year. Money was raised from hole sponsors and foursomes participating in the event. There was an awards ceremony and lunch following the tournament at the lodge. Pictured are Gary Hand; Paulette Hand; Bill Grumhaus, trustee; and Beth Grumhaus, Esteemed Lecturing Knight. Also pictured are members Pam Gould, Gardner Gould, Slade Smith and Larry Smith.
DeLand Elks Lodge #1463 participated in a community Halloween trunk-or-treat drive-through event at the lodge Oct. 30. Lodge members served candy to more than 400 children and parents between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Two other community businesses participated as well and passed out candy.
Pictured are members Anita Fritzer and Stephanie McGhee.
For the past four years, a team of Palm Coast Elks Lodge members has volunteered as the football chain crew at Matanzas High School in Palm Coast. The crew is mentioned at every halftime and thanked by the booth announcer over the loudspeaker. Pictured Oct. 8 are Charlie Kolaitis, Inner Guard, backup boxman; Brad Lake, Esteemed Lecturing Knight, linesman; John Clouser, Exalted Ruler, linesman; Bob Thoubboron, Esteemed Loyal Knight, official boxman; and Jerry O'Gara, Secretary, markerman.
In September, DeLand Elks Lodge #1463 donated $1,500 through member donations to Louisiana lodges Slidell #2321 and New Orleans – West Bank #2496, which were affected by Hurricane Ida in late August. Laura Jones, Esteemed Loyal Knight (pictured above), spearheaded the project to assist those lodges during this disaster.
On Aug. 20, Merritt Island Elks Lodge #2650 gave its $3,500 Elks National Foundation Beacon Grant to St. Vincent de Paul Society of Merritt Island. It will be used for rent and utilities for neighbors in need. This is the second consecutive year that this grant was distributed to the society. PER Kim Johnson was instrumental in applying for the grant and securing the funds. Pictured are Phil Bennardo and Tom Bowler from St. Vincent de Paul Society; Ralph Gordon, Exalted Ruler; Kim Johnson, PER; and Sylvia Barton from St. Vincent de Paul Society.