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District Reporter: Richard E. Bardsley, PDD

Winter Park Lodge Members Take Part in Community Christmas Event

Winter Park Lodge Exalted Ruler, Ron Goluba, and member Sue Jovi were once again invited to play Santa and Mrs. Claus for the children of over 300 families in need at the annual HOPE Christmas in the City event. HOPE Helps Inc. is is a local charity whose mission is to prevent and reduce homelessness in central Florida by helping individuals and families become self-sufficient through housing, outreach, prevention and education.


Elroy the Elk Participates in Clermont Christmas Parade


South Lake Elks Lodge #1848 kicked off their Christmas for Kids program with Elroy the Elk and his helpers marching in the downtown Clermont Christmas parade on Main Street Dec. 7. Over 1,200 drug-free red ribbons were passed out. That evening, residents of Clermont enjoyed the Elks Christmas for Kids boat parade with over 80 boats participating. All money raised went to help over 250 children in the community.


Eustis Lodge uses Spotlight Grant to Sponsor Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Eustis Lodge received a $2,000 Elks National Foundation Spotlight Grant that was used to sponsor the first Dolly Parton Imagination Library in Lake County, Fla. The goal of the library is to provide books for reading to preschoolers (infants up to five years old) at Eustis Ridge Elementary School.


Eustis Elks and Ladies Prepare Hundreds of Thanksgiving Meals for Local Families

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Eustis Lodge members Bill Hall, Ron Locke and TJ Platt smoked 197 turkeys the week before Thanksgiving and packaged them along with groceries to make a complete dinner and delivered the meals to 11 elementary schools for families in need Nov. 22. Charity funds from lodge fundraisers made this possible. Pictured are members Bill Hall and Adam Dufresne and Fufresne’s mother. Nancy Massingale and Sharon Myers also helped pack the meals.

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On Nov. 21 at the Eustis Anna Miller Circle meeting, members packed 25 Thanksgiving dinner packages to be delivered Nov. 22 to Triangle Elementary School with 25 smoked turkeys that the Elks smoked for them. The ladies also sent additional food that was collected for these families. The ladies also used their charity fundraising funds for this project. Packing the dinners are Jean Campbell, Rita Manley, Kathy Mitchell, Carolyn Small, Anna Boykin, Shearon Jones and Bonnie Scott.

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Loading the turkeys and dinners for delivery are Joyce Collier, Judy McCarroll, Tom McCarroll, Donna Scott, Bonnie Smith, Bill Scott and Ron Smith.


The Haven Receives Welcome Kits from Eustis Anna Miller Ladies

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On Oct. 14, six Elks and 10 Anna Miller volunteers met at Eustis Elks Lodge #1578 to pack a donation totaling $5,001.29 worth of in-kind gifts to The Haven of Lake and Sumter Counties. The donation included 350 adult/teen welcome kits, 118 children's welcome kits, 14 birthday kits (cake mix, frosting and candles for children who celebrate their birthday at the shelter), 15 stuffed toys, baby dolls, 87 full-sized toiletries, and children's clothes. Adult/teen welcome kits are one quart-sized bag bags containing soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant and a disposable shaver. Children’s kits also include hand sanitizer, a handheld toy, lip balm and various items for children. The kits are given to each person as they arrive at the shelter to make them feel special. The Haven of Lake and Sumter Counties is a safe house for women, teens and children who have been abused as well as survivors of rape. The Haven offers many services to women and their children to help them on the road to a new safe and healthy life.


Winter Park Elks Deliver Packbacks for Local Students

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Winter Park Elks Lodge #1830 used their Elks National Foundation Gratitude grant to purchase 85 backpacks and school supplies for children in their community who are underprivileged. Pictured are Casselberry Elementary assistant principal, Mary Walters-Clark; PER Vivian Thomas; Charlie Thomas; and PER Ron Goluba.


Inverness Elks Complete Sixth Year of Backpacks for Success Program

Inverness Elks Lodge #2522 used an Elks National Foundation grant in August when their volunteers met to pack 170 backpacks for their Backpacks for Success program which is in its sixth year. They not only supply backpacks for children in foster care but they also deliver them to five other area schools so that children in the community are well prepared for their first day of school.


Eustis Elks and Ladies Remain Supportive of Local Schools and State Major Projects

The Eustis Elks held an appreciation breakfast along with prizes and school supplies for teachers and principals in 11 local elementary schools a week before school started. They are also cooking spaghetti once a week for the Eustis High School junior varsity team to feed the football players before their games.

The Anna Miller Ladies of Eustis Elks donated $2,500 to Florida Elks Children's Therapy Services, sent 23 children to camp and gave school supplies to a local school.


Winter Garden Ladies Auxiliary Hosts Breakfast with Easter Bunny

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The Winter Garden Ladies Auxiliary held a breakfast with the Easter Bunny. More than 30 children participated in this event.


Inverness Lodge Supports and Volunteers with Hunger-Relief Program

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Inverness Lodge used its $2,500 Elks National Foundation Promise Grant to support Citrus County Blessings, a hunger-relief program that provides food during the summer months to impoverished children and participates in local food recovery efforts. They have been battling food insecurity since 1999. The "Feed the Kids" program will provide fresh produce weekly to struggling families throughout the summer school vacation. The Elks will also provide volunteers for unloading, processing, packaging and delivering the produce to distribution sites throughout the county.

Inverness Lodge Exalted Ruler, Richard Grosnick, presents their Promise Grant to Connie Storm, executive director of Citrus County Blessing.


Inverness Lodge Awards Three Scholarships to Local Students

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Citrus High School held its senior awards ceremony May 9, and Keith Posta, Inverness Lodge Scholarship Chairman, presented Emmalee Nadler, Kaycee Nichols and Jamie Stephen each with a $500 scholarship. Pictured with Posta and the scholarship recipients is Exalted Ruler, Richard Grosnick.


Scouts Receive Eagle Award with Participation from Eustis Lodge

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On May 19, three scouts from Mt. Dora Troop 21 accepted their Eagle Scout awards from scoutmaster, Tim Furry. The troop has been chartered by Eustis Elks Lodge #1578 for about three years. PER Patsy Despain presented each scout with the Elks and scouting pins and the Elks scouting certificate signed by Grand Exalted Ruler, Michael T. Luhr. Boy Scouts of America’s Bill Hayes, Lake District Eagle Scout Board of Review Chairman, gave each scout an Eagle scarf. Boy Scouts Advisory Council member Wes Estey also participated in the program.

Pictured at the Eagle Scout award presentation May 19 are scoutmaster, Tim Furry; Eustis Lodge PER, Patsy Despain; Eagle Scouts Simon Furry, Aiden Furry, and Jackson Blythe; and assistant scoutmaster, Robert Blythe.


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Louisiana State Legislature Increases New Orleans Hotel Occupancy Tax

The Legislature of the State of Louisiana has acted to increase the New Orleans Hotel Occupancy Tax from 13% to 14.75% effective April 1, 2014. This will affect our convention room rates and they will go from $128.56 to $130.52 per night.

Convention Attendees With ADA Transportation Needs Urged To Contact Grand Lodge

In order for the Grand Lodge to support the transportation needs of attendees with disabilities you are urged to contact the Grand Lodge if you require special assistance. Special coaches capable of kneeling to accommodate wheel chairs will be placed along the routes for those in need. If you require assistance please contact Tina or Jessica at the Grand Lodge as follows:


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