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Lake City Elks Lodge and its ladies organization, the Elk-Mates, celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week May 8-12 at Columbia County Schools. They provided meals, prizes and $500 to Eastside Elementary School, Lake City Middle School and Columbia High School. The principals at these schools, Roger Little Jr., Dennis Dotson and Trey Hosford, are all lodge members.

Pictured is a thank-you note filled with signatures from Eastside Elementary staff members.


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Lake City Elks Lodge #893 held its first Safety Day April 15. More than 25 agencies and businesses came out to support Lake City youth and the Florida Elks Youth Camp, including agencies such as Lake City Police, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Century Ambulance, U.S. Border Patrol, SWAT and the National Forestry Service. Fifteen local high school students from a prep school helped set up and talked with kids about the Florida Elks Youth Camp. Elroy the Elk was present to share about Drug Awareness and meet local children. The lodge also used this opportunity for a membership drive, which gained a lot of interest, with more than 400 people in attendance.

Pictured are Kate Reeves, member Adam Reeves’ spouse; member Demarcus Graham; and Scott Carroll, PER, North District Drug Awareness Chair. Also pictured are Maryann Hunter; Mark Hunter, member and Columbia County Sheriff; and Elroy the Elk (Bill Roberts, Loyal Knight).


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On April 29, Lake City Elks Lodge #893 held a golf tournament at Quail Heights Country Club with more than 20 teams of golfers. More than $15,000 was raised for high school scholarships. Greg Beckman, golf committee chair, and many lodge volunteers worked tirelessly to host this major annual event for the benefit of the youth in Columbia County. 

Pictured are members Tom Elinsakas, Ron Foreman, Tim Griffith and Greg Beckman, golf committee chair.


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On May 23, Tallahassee Elks Lodge hosted a teacher's appreciation lunch at Gretchen Everhart School in Tallahassee, Florida. The lodge donated and prepared 199 plates of burgers and chips for teachers and staff.

Pictured are lodge members Richard Peckham; Jeff Dorband, PER; Tom Walden, PDD; and Don Dobson, PER.


On Dec. 3, Perry Elks Riders held their first toy run for Guardian Ad Litem. Elks Rider officers Chris Lynn, Glenn Frith and Ricky Norman coordinated the event and recruited participants. The event raised $4,275. Elks Rider Susan Lynn presented a check to representative Jeanne Hardin.

On Dec. 10, Perry Lodge held its Breakfast with Santa, serving 572 children and parents. Sponsors included Michael Lynn Construction, Madison Community Bank, Big Top Manufacturing, H.B. Tuten Logging, Advanced Refrigeration, American Aluminum, Impact Collision, BCFCU, Capital City Bank, His Hers & Ours Salon, Mauldin Collision, TG Lee Diary, Andy Jackson, and Perry First Assembly of God.

Perry Lodge hosted a Special Olympics group Dec. 17 for a meal, visit with Santa and a takehome gift of oranges, donated by member Andy Jackson. There was a sundae bar with toppings for the children to choose.