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District Reporter: Lauren Dowd-Shedlock

Jupiter Lodge Participates in Angel Tree for Children's Christmases

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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.


West Palm Beach Lodge Replaces School's Thanksgiving Sponsor

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On Nov. 18, West Palm Beach Elks Lodge #1352 donated $500 and 31 turkeys to Greenacres Elementary after their Thanksgiving sponsor dropped out. Pictured are Alphonse Lindor, teacher; Deborah McNichols, principal; Karen Ebenhack, treasurer; Staci McGuire-Callovi, teacher; James Barie of Boca Raton Lodge; and Elaine Maes-Morey, Leading Knight.


West Palm Beach Lodge Hosts Children's Christmas Party

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On Dec. 14, West Palm Beach Elks Lodge #1352 held their annual Breakfast with Santa. Lodge members donated time and money and the lodge raised $1,900 to purchase gifts for 78 children from four area elementary schools and local clients of Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services. Pictured with the children are Alphonse Lindor, teacher; Deborah McNichols, principal; Karen Ebenhack, treasurer; Staci McGuire-Callovi, teacher; James Barie of Boca Raton Lodge; and Elaine Maes-Morey, Leading Knight.


Southeast District Hosts District Soccer Shoot

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On Oct. 19, the Southeast District Soccer Shoot had a fantastic turnout thanks to Clewiston Lodge’s Marty Espinoza, District Chairman, who coordinated it. Lunch was served as well.


West Palm Beach Elks Host MLB Pitch Hit & Run Competition

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In May, West Palm Beach Elks Lodge #1352 hosted a Major League Baseball Pitch Hit & Run sectional winners competition for girls and boys ages 7-14. The winners moved on to Miami, Fla., to the team event. It’s a great experience for the kids as they learn how to work together as a team. 


Lake Okeechobee Elks Hold Flag Day Ceremony in City Park

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Lake Okeechobee Elks Lodge #2871 held a public Flag Day celebration in Okeechobee City's Memorial Park. The lodge officers were assisted by the JROTC Brahman Battalion for the flag ceremony.


Jupiter Elks Support Boy Scout Troop

Jupiter Lodge donated $1,000 to Boy Scout Troop 109 so they could travel to Virginia to attend summer camp at Camp Powhatan. The scouts collectively earned 26 merit badges. 


Clewiston Lodge Holds Auctions for Community Causes

From April to June, Clewiston Elks Lodge #1853 hosted three quarter auctions, each benefiting a worthy cause in the local community – one for autism, one for a 13-year-old boy with Scoliosis and one for a family who experienced a car accident.


West Palm Beach Lodge Hosts Dance for Gold Coast Down Syndrome

West Palm Beach Elks Lodge #1352 hosted the Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization Valentine dance that was well attended and the lodge presented them with a check for $1,000 to help their cause.


Jupiter Lodge Hosts Drug Awareness Event

Using the Elks National Foundation Beacon Grant, Jupiter Lodge hosted a Shoot-2-B-Drug-Free event to promote drug awareness in the community. The rally included a basketball shoot-off. More than 200 were in attendance including 150 kids. The event took place at the Riviera Beach Parks and Rec.


Clewiston Lodge Holds Benefit for Boy Scout Troop

Clewiston Elks Lodge #1853 continued its long-standing tradition of hosting a community-wide barbecue benefit to raise funds to send scouts from Clewiston Boy Scout Troop 619 to summer camp. The Elks worked closely with the scouts to plan a successful event and the scouts blanketed the community to advertise the event. Together the Elks and scouts raised over $4,000 that will go directly to the troop.


Espinoza Named Clewiston Lodge's Citizen of the Year

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Clewiston Lodge hosted their annual community and Elks awards ceremony; this year’s Citizen of the Year was awarded to member Marty Espinoza who has been actively involved with various youth groups for over 30 years. His first project was building a reputable wrestling program in the community. Along the way he has helped mentor youth in baseball and basketball, and this year he helped run the local Hoop Shoot. His latest passion is soccer; he helps prepare the children for the local, district, state and tri-state regional shoots. Clewiston has more than a dozen state champions, and when the kids make these trips, he is usually traveling with them, often at his own expense, making the kids feel more secure and confident.

Clewiston Lodge member Marty Espinoza receives the Citizen of the Year award from Linda Allen, Exalted Ruler.


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Florida Elks News Editor:
Rachael King
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Louisiana State Legislature Increases New Orleans Hotel Occupancy Tax

The Legislature of the State of Louisiana has acted to increase the New Orleans Hotel Occupancy Tax from 13% to 14.75% effective April 1, 2014. This will affect our convention room rates and they will go from $128.56 to $130.52 per night.

Convention Attendees With ADA Transportation Needs Urged To Contact Grand Lodge

In order for the Grand Lodge to support the transportation needs of attendees with disabilities you are urged to contact the Grand Lodge if you require special assistance. Special coaches capable of kneeling to accommodate wheel chairs will be placed along the routes for those in need. If you require assistance please contact Tina or Jessica at the Grand Lodge as follows:


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