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The second annual Charles E. Bennett Elementary School sixth-grade classes’ luncheon was hosted by the Green Cove Springs PERs’ Elks charity bingo June 1. Ninety-seven students and school personnel were present. The luncheon concluded with the presentation of two lodge citizenship awards to Celia Lombardi and Devan Carney. They were selected by their teachers for the award based on their behavior, ability to work well with others, grades and helpfulness. A highlight of the luncheon was Tatyana Floyd singing a song she wrote. The luncheon chairman was PER Gene Rittenhouse, Bingo Vice Chairman. The luncheon was served by 14 lodge members and helpers.

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Green Cove Springs Lodge Exalted Ruler, Lucie Barnette; Devan Carney’s grandmother; Devan Carney; Celia Lomardi; Celia Lombardi’s parents; and PER Gene Rittenhouse are pictured at the luncheon for sixth-graders.

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Tatyana Floyd sings a song she wrote for the sixth-grade class during Green Cove Spring Lodge’s celebration luncheon.


FLOE Junior Delegate Linda Rittenhouse of Green Cove Springs Lodge #1892 with the help of FLOE Senior Delegate and Past Lady President Judy Reyes of St. Augustine Lodge #829 combined talents for a second year to raise money for Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services and the Florida Elks Youth Camp. Green Cove Springs Lodge hosted the show June 4. Tiffany Ruff of Resort Fashions presented the fashions for sale. She was assisted by six Green Cove Springs ladies who modeled the casualwear. The setup and decoration of the lodge, meal preparation and serving of attendees was accomplished by 14 volunteers. There were 88 lodge ladies and guests from both lodges present. The event raised $1,538.83 for the two major projects.

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Barbara Giansanti, Joi Thomas, Kathy Baraging, Joy Elrod, Nancy Klopfenstein and Deb Langeluttig modeled the fashions during the Northeast District FLOE fashion show.