On Aug. 4, West Palm Beach Elks Lodge #1352 presented four local students the PER scholarships — two $1,250 winners and two $1,000 winners. The $4,500 was raised through the Lodge 26 Week Club. In this club, members contribute $130 or $5 a week for scholarships for high school students. At the end of the year, the lodge holds a dinner and drawings for members who are paid in full. Pictured are Patti Phillips, PDD; Minia Cain, Esteemed Leading Knight; Kya Heard, Molly Danison, Gema Cervantes, and Manuel Uribe, recipients; and Elaine Maes-Morey, Exalted Ruler.
Using $500 from the Elks National Foundation Gratitude Grant, Jupiter Lodge delivered sandwich platters, salads, sweet treats, and grab-and-go items to the community's police departments over the Fourth of July weekend. Stations receiving these gifts included Jupiter Inlet Colony Police Department, Tequesta Police Department and Jupiter Police Department. Pictured are member Maureen Paglia with staff of the Tequesta PD.
On July 3, Jupiter Elks Lodge #2469 presented $1,500 from its Elks National Foundation Gratitude Grant to Choice to Change to support and provide relief to local families in need during the coronavirus pandemic. Choice to Change is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) agency serving Palm Beach County, Florida, that provides services to youth, adults and families to help them become productive, safe and happy individuals in the community. Pictured are Tyler F., youth volunteer; Dave Vertullo, Exalted Ruler; Lynn Trimble, Choice to Change representative; and Trevonta H., youth volunteer.
On Sept. 16, Clewiston Elks Lodge #1853 awarded $500 to the Clewiston High School wrestling team which is led by Quinn Miller, Esteemed Leading Knight. The team members are always willing to lend a helping hand around the lodge and at lodge annual functions. Pictured are Miller and Danielle Soles, Exalted Ruler.
West Palm Beach Elks Lodge #1352 used its $2,000 Elks National Foundation Gratitude Grant to hold a food distribution drive June 8 for seniors 60-plus. Food for 100 seniors was either picked up or delivered to them. Pictured are Tim and Kathy Nelen; Andrea Wallace and son, Aiden Harter; and Vicky Frey loading cars. The smiles on the seniors’ faces made the day for all 17 Elks members participating.
On May 27, Jupiter Elks Lodge #2469 and the scholarship committee honored three local high school students with $1,000 scholarships to help with their future education. The students were chosen according to their commitment to learning. They all had fabulous academic scores, took higher level courses and donated many hours to their communities. Pictured are recipients Doug Wingert, Fatimah Jaber and Alex Dawkins and Jupiter Lodge Scholarship Committee members Jill McDaniel and Amanda Murphy.
On June 2, Clewiston Elks Lodge #1853 awarded two $2,500 scholarships to local graduating seniors Anthony Perez and Juan Luna. Both students plan to attend the University of Florida in the fall. The lodge holds an annual golf tournament to continue to fund their scholarships each year.
West Palm Beach Elks Lodge #1352 used its Presidents Grant to help Conner Pulver (center) compete in the Palm Beach County, Florida, summer 2020 Special Olympics March 7. He is the son of member Jonathan Pulver and grandson of George Zocchi, PER.
Lake Okeechobee Elks Lodge #2871 hosted a fun day at the Agri-civic Center Feb. 29. The event was called Cops and Bobbers and was all about safety, learning and fun. Local off-duty law enforcement from Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC), Okeechobee Sheriff's Office and Okeechobee City Police Department joined the kids for some fun and learning. FWC instructed the kids how to properly wear the life preservers they were given and discussed when they should be wearing the preserver. Then each child was gifted a rod and reel, small tackle box, and the basic tackle with which to fish. The officers each took three to four kids and showed them how to tie the hook, place the sinker and attach the bobber. There were prizes for the biggest fish, smallest fish and most fish caught. After the catch and release, the officers, kids, some of the parents, and Elks volunteers enjoyed some conversation and dined on hamburgers, hot dogs and sides provided by the Elks and prepared by David Drawdy.
Jupiter Elks Lodge #2469 charters Pack 157 and hosted their Pinewood Derby the first weekend in March; the winners advanced to the district race.
Clewiston Elks Lodge #1853 sponsored a booth at this year’s Hendry County Fair Feb. 11-16, providing flyers and handouts to highlight the many activities and charitable causes supported by the Elks each year. Elroy was popular among the kids and young adults and many stopped to say hello. Membership applications were given to those who expressed a desire to become involved and six new Elks were initiated Feb. 26.
On Dec. 14, Jupiter Lodge House Committee members Susan Aubrey, Robyn Hammond, Alma Foreman and Maryann Wnukowski along with other members and volunteers assisted 104 local children in need including some who are homeless this holiday season with the lodge’s annual Angel Tree. Members went shopping and provided clothes, toys, books and bicycles to the children to help make some of their wishes come true. Deliveries took place Dec. 16-20.