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On April 8, Mandarin-St. Johns Elks Lodge #2866 delivered boxes of food to the Mandarin Food Bank. The items were purchased using $1,200 from the Elks National Foundation Gratitude Grant. Lodge members Marie Manley and Steve Easton are active volunteers at the food bank.

Pictured are Dan Henderson, Esquire; Virginia Henderson, trustee; Marie Manley, lodge member; Vicky Falzone, trustee; and Steve Easton, PER.


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Hayden Heavener, representing Jacksonville Elks Lodge #221, won first place at the lodge and district Hoop Shoots before placing first for boys ages 10-11 at the North regional Hoop Shoot Jan. 28 at Columbia High School in Lake City, Florida. He then advanced to the state Hoop Shoot Feb. 18 at the Florida Elks Youth Camp, where he won first place again. He then went on to the southeast regional competition in Valdosta, Georgia, March 18, again scoring first in his age division, moving him to the national Hoop Shoot later in April. Hayden is the first contestant from Jacksonville 221 to make it to the national level. His grandfather, David Heavener, is an Elks member as well.

Pictured are Hayden and Brent Reedy, Lodge and District Hoop Shoot Chair.


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On Feb. 25, Green Cove Springs Lodge hosted a community baby shower using funds from the Elks National Foundation Spotlight Grant. Fourteen new moms received a home library of children's books, diaper bag, diaper wipes, toys, bottles and bibs as well as door prizes such as strollers, playpens, booster seats and bath sets. Lodge volunteers and representatives from Florida Elks Children's Therapy Services, Green Cove Springs Library, The Way Clinic and the Head Start program helped welcome the families. A delicious lunch was served, too.

Photo 1: Lodge volunteers

Photo 2: New mom Christine Kerr and daughter Danielle, FECTS therapist Rae Montgomery, new mom Leah Evans, lodge member Anna Eden, FECTS therapist Melanie Sarris

Photo 3: Volunteers Lisette Fiannaca, Head Start; lodge member Mary Bolla; Andrea Crowder, The Way Clinic associate director; and Marisol Buitrago, Head Start center manager

Photos 4-6: Gifts and baby supplies


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During February, Green Cove Springs Lodge held its annual Comfort Campaign. Members and guests donated more than 150 new stuffed animals to support local law enforcement officers in providing comfort to the children they meet on their calls. On March 10, officers from Green Cove Springs Police Department and Clay County Sheriff’s Office were guests of the lodge for dinner and received the stuffed animals.

Lodge members and volunteers pictured packing the stuffed animals are Greg Hughson, PDD; Kathy Hughson, volunteer; Wendy Hughson, member; Izzy Hughson, volunteer; Jennifer Parker, member; Elinore Williams, volunteer; Tracy Carroll, PER; and Greg Hughson, Jr., member.

Pictured at the presentation are Althea Orvosh, volunteer; Izzy Hughson, volunteer; Al Williams, Exalted Ruler; Officer Babcock, GCSPD; Officer Morando, GCSPD; Josh Lee, GCSPD Community Relations; Deputy Burns, CCSO;  Sergeant Hess, GCSPD; Deputy Freshour, CCSO Community Affairs; and Lt. Coyle, CCSO.


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Green Cove Springs Lodge member Helen Cornelius helped coordinate fundraising efforts for Colon Cancer Awareness Month. On March 22 at a dinner attended by more than 100 members and guests, the lodge presented a check for $2,750 to Howie Brigance for the Borland Groover Cancer Walk in memory of loved ones lost to colon cancer and in support of those who have survived.

Pictured with Brigance, fourth from left, are lodge members Jeannie Calhoun; Lynn Elrod, Exalted Ruler-elect; Al Williams, Exalted Ruler; Anna Eden; Bob Russell; and Helen Cornelius. Also pictured on the cake table are three photos of people lost to colon cancer.