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1241 National Night Out

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.


2113 aging

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.


2650 party

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.


             2650 boot 1  2650 boot 2

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.


C region soccer

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.