On Jan. 22, Sofia Velasco placed first in the U8 girls category at the southeast regional Soccer Shoot for Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Florida. Sofia previously won first place in the U8 girls category Jan. 9 at the state Soccer Shoot. She was sponsored by Lake Okeechobee Elks Lodge #2871.
Pictured is a Soccer Shoot token given to winners.
Children and their families joined Santa and Mrs. Claus for a buffet breakfast Dec. 12 at Jupiter Lodge from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children had one-on-one time with Santa had their photos taken with him. They also enjoyed holiday crafts, music and dancing.
Pictured are Santa Claus (Steven Brancazio, Exalted Ruler) and Mrs. Claus (Jennifer Brancazio, House Committee Chair) with a family of children.
Jupiter Elks Lodge #2469 completed a successful annual turkey dinner drive the week before Thanksgiving. The lodge delivered turkey dinners and lots of side dishes to 137 families in need this year, a record-breaking year.
Pictured is Don Shedlock, lodge trustee, with staff from Jupiter Elementary School, one of the schools the lodge uses for distribution to the families.
On Dec. 4, West Palm Beach Elks Lodge #1352 hosted the Gold Coast Down Syndrome Christmas dance at the lodge complete with the food, decorations, DJ, and Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus.
West Palm Beach Lodge donated $500 for the purchase of Christmas presents for the children of parents in a local drug rehabilitation program.
On Dec. 12, West Palm Beach Lodge hosted “Presents with Santa” at the lodge. They invited five families from the schools they have adopted and local patients of Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services. Each child in the family was given gifts and met with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. A donation was also given to the lodge’s local therapist to assist her in purchasing gifts for her patients. Pictured are families from Wynbrooke Elementary along with Eric Boisse, Leading Knight; Minia Cain, Exalted Ruler; Carol Blair, Lodge Secretary; Suzanne Berry, principal; Santa Claus (Roger Dill, Inner Guard); and Mrs. Claus (Libby Dill, Lecturing Knight).
West Palm Beach Lodge contributed to the “Snuggle Up with a Good Book” campaign at Wynbrooke Elementary School in West Palm Beach, Florida. The school gave all 800 students a book, blanket, candy cane and packet of hot chocolate for Christmas Dec. 20. Lodge members donated 400 blankets for this project.
Clewiston Elks Lodge #1853 held a veterans’ appreciation ceremony Nov. 11 for veterans and their families. There were 70 veterans, members and guests in attendance. High school student Peyton Grace Lee sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” and Jeff Owens, Esquire, presented the American flag. Students from the Clewiston High School Public Service Academy performed a flag-folding ceremony. Frank Sellers, PDD, of Pompano Beach Elks Lodge #1898 and Elks deputy representative to Miami VAMC, gave a speech about veterans’ sacrifices. All veterans were asked to stand and share their name and branch of service. Afterward, attendees were treated to a meal prepared by lodge members.
Lake Okeechobee Elks made themselves visible in the community during the Labor Day festivities Sept. 6 in Okeechobee. The lodge promoted membership, the Southeast District barbecue event, scholarships, and the Soccer and Hoop Shoots and held a drawing for children to win two basketballs.
West Palm Beach Elks Lodge #1352 used its $2,000 Elks National Foundation Beacon Grant and $2,000 Elks National Foundation Gratitude Grant along with $500 from the Ladies Auxiliary to donate school supplies to Liberty Park Elementary School, one of five elementary schools the lodge sponsors. The others are Wynnbrooke, Benoist Farms, Hope-Centennial and Greenacres. Pictured at the supplies delivery Aug. 9 are Joe Schneider, vice principal; Elaine Maes-Morey, PER; Ed Morey Jr., PER; two school students; and member Larry Quick.
Troop 109 held its Eagle Scout Court of Honor at Jupiter Lodge Aug. 7 where Aiden Warner received his Eagle Scout medal. He is pictured with his parents, Paul and Beth Warner.
Jupiter Elks Lodge #2469 held a back-to-school supply drive July 31 and collected many needed supplies for local schools. Also, with the funds raised, they shopped for extra supplies to donate.
Members of Clewiston Elks Lodge #1853 cooked and served 300 catfish meals Sept. 11 to support Refuse to Sink, a nonprofit organization that works to prevent suicide. The fundraiser supports efforts to bring mental health resources to rural communities including Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee counties.
Jeremiah Leonard pictured with Exalted Ruler Cheryl Gumz received a Florida Elks Youth Camp sponsorship at Lake Okeechobee Lodge’s meet-and-greet June 23.
Clewiston Elks Lodge #1853 held a Mother’s Day celebration, which included visitors from Port Charlotte and Jupiter lodges. Jimmy McDuffie, PDD gave a speech to honor mothers.