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.
On June 24, Clewiston Elks Lodge #1853 held its annual Flag Day ceremony and dinner. Local Troop and Pack #619 helped present and read the history of the flags.
On June 20, Lake Okeechobee Lodge sponsored campers to the Florida Elks Youth Camp using awards funded by the Elks National Foundation.
On June 9, a meet-and-greet was held at Lake Okeechobee Lodge's new home and included a Mother’s Day ceremony and information about the lodge for the public to see.
Faith Paris from Hope Centennial Elementary School won first place in both lodge and district judging for the Elks’ Americanism essay contest. She also placed third in the state in her age division and was given $500 from the Florida State Elks Association, which she proudly displays May 10 at her sponsoring lodge, West Palm Beach.
West Palm Beach Elks Lodge scholarship winners, Chase Moore, Eliana Zimmerman, Lilyana Bernstein and Joshua Weatherspoon, are pictured with Patti Phillips, PER and Minia Cain, Exalted Ruler. Not pictured is Sarah Clein. A total of $5,000 was given this year. This money is raised by the lodge Past Exalted Rulers Association.
Jupiter Lodge held its annual Flag Day celebration June 12 which included cars, music, prizes, games and food. The PBSO Color Guard, Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, Quincy the Eagle, Troop 109, Pack 778 and Pack 157 participated in the event, and All Hooked Up Towing set up “Excessive Force” to fly a large American flag. Steve Brancazio, Exalted Ruler, is pictured with Quincy the Eagle.
Pack 778 chartered by Jupiter Elks Lodge #2469 held their annual pinewood derby April 25. The scouts were very excited to display and race the cars they built over the past few weeks. The event was full of action and great-looking cars. The top three winning scouts were Sienna R., Emerald R. and Robbie B.
With the assistance of Troop 109, Cub Scout Pack 778 and Cub Scout Pack 157, Jupiter Elks Lodge #2469 marked Flag Day by unveiling a newly installed American flag collection box in the lodge parking lot during their Flag Day celebration June 12. The box is for community members to properly dispose of worn flags, which will be retired by local scouts with a proper ceremony. The United States Postal Service does not donate or sell old boxes because too many people were placing mail in collection boxes that had been refurbished for other purposes, so the lodge purchased one online with funds from the Florida State Elks Association matching Elks National Foundation Beacon Grant. Troop 109 built the concrete slab for the box and Demented Graphics, a full-service print shop in Jupiter, Florida, donated the wrap graphics.
Pictured are Boy Scout Troop 109 leader, Shawn Rankin; Boy Scout Troop 109; Cub Scout Pack 778; Cub Scout Troop 157; and Steven Brancazio, Exalted Ruler.
On March 28, West Palm Beach Elks Lodge #1352 donated $500 to Boy Scout of America Troop 199, which is sponsored by the lodge. This is an ongoing donation to their summer camp scholarship program. Pictured are Elaine Maes-Morey, Exalted Ruler; Marty Williams, scoutmaster and lodge member; and Ed Morey Jr., PER.
On March 28, Jupiter Lodge hosted an drive-thru event with the Easter Bunny to practice social distancing due to the pandemic instead of hosting their traditional Breakfast with the Bunny. However, the kids loved it just the same. Seeing the Easter Bunny brought smiles to their faces and each child received an Elks goody bag filled with information on the Florida Elks Youth Camp, Therapy Services, scholarships, candy-filled eggs, and Easter coloring pages and games.