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1892 hall

On Dec. 13, Green Cove Springs Lodge donated $1,000 from bingo to the J.P. Hall Foundation, along with more than 100 toys donated throughout the month by members and guests. The foundation has held an annual toy giveaway for more than 40 years. 

Pictured are Ron Snow, PDD and Ken Jolly of the J.P. Hall Foundation.


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Green Cove Springs Lodge held its Hoop Shoot Nov. 4, which was put on by 28 Elks and volunteers and attended by five participants and their families.

Pictured are Lynn Elrod, Exalted Ruler, and Bill Layton, Hoop Shoot Lodge Chair, with participants. Also pictured are the volunteers.


829 horse

St. Augustine Elks Lodge member Jessica Littlefield, with a group of volunteers, raised $2,165 hosting a chowder competition, the Clam Jam, Oct. 1. This money was given to HorsePlay Therapy Center’s Rise Up for Veterans program, which helps wounded veterans and veterans with PTSD, along with their families, heal from the physical and emotional wounds of war. In September, the lodge had donated $1,000 from its charity funds to this organization.

Pictured are Chelsea McHose, barn manager and equine specialist, and Jessica Littlefield, lodge member.


ne hoop

The Northeast District hosted the district Hoop Shoot Dec. 9 with 7 youth participating at Fletcher High School Gym in Neptune Beach. There were 36 people in attendance, including 13 Elks. Moving forward to the state’s regional contest were Luca Debelen, 8-9 boys, representing Jacksonville #221; Zoey Fitch, 8-9 girls, representing Green Cove Springs #1892; Reece Taliman, 10-11 boys, representing Gainesville #990; and Hayden Heavener, 12-13 boys, representing Jacksonville #221, last year's Florida state champion who went to the national Hoop Shoot.

Pictured are all the contestants with members Bill Senterfitt, PER; William Layton; Lynn Elrod, Green Cove Springs Lodge Exalted Ruler; David Graham, PER, Jacksonville Lodge Exalted Ruler; Elroy the Elk; Deborah Reedy, Jacksonville Lodge Secretary; and Brent Reedy, Northeast District Hoop Shoot Chair.


829 legion

On Oct. 4, Wayne Reyes, PDD, right, Exalted Ruler of Saint Augustine Elks Lodge # 829, presented a check for $500 to Greg White and Dwala Willis of the American Legion Post #194 to support the Kids Safe Zone program established at the post.