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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.


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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.


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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


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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 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).


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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.


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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 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.


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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 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


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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.