Live Oak Lodge Holds Fundraiser for Fallen Officers
Written by Live Oak Elks
On Friday, May 11, Live Oak Elks Lodge #1165 in partnership with the Suwannee County Sheriff's office held a “Back the Blue” fundraiser at the lodge serving chicken and rice, green beans, coleslaw, bread and dessert for $6 each. This effort allowed the lodge to donate $3,600 to the families of fallen Sheriff Deputies Sergeant Noel Ramirez and Taylor Lindsey who were ambushed and tragically lost their lives in neighboring Gilchrist County.
Perry Lodge Happenings
Written by Perry Elks
Perry Lady Elks hosted the Easter Egg hunt this year attended by more than 200 kids, parents, grandparents and volunteers. On June 9, the Lady Elks also sponsored a Drug Awareness/Summer Safety Expo emphasizing bicycle safety and the dangers of drugs. Every child received a bike helmet. There was a bicycle rodeo, free car seat checks in automobiles, boating safety tips and free food. The Perry Police Department, Taylor County Sheriff’s Department and Perry Fire Department were in attendance and allowed kids to explore the emergency vehicles they brought to the event. Prizes awarded to attendees included bicycles.
Perry Lodge Exalted Ruler, Tommy Mauldin, presented the lodge’s Citizen of the Year award to Sheriff Wayne Padgett. The sheriff’s “knock the door down” and “see Something – say something” actions are making a difference in Taylor County.
Perry Lodge’s scholarship annual awards event was held June 7. Members and guests were invited to participate in the program and join in the meal that was served. The lodge is proud to announce Justin Eckel, Connor Stengel, Kinley Dorman and Katie Mays as this year’s scholarship recipients.
Perry Lodge’s annual Flag Day program was held June 14. Boy Scout Troop 600 assisted with the presentation of our country’s flags. An all-American meal of hot dogs, chips, apple pie and ice cream was served following the program and the event was open to the public.