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2714 NNO

On Oct. 19, Sebastian Lodge participated in National Night Out, hosted by the Sebastian Police Department. Members gave out information and approximately 100 coloring books and red ribbons from the Drug Awareness program. they distributed flyers to promote the Drug Awareness poster and essay contests and the Americanism essay contest. They also spoke with several children about their upcoming Hoop Shoot. They dispersed scholarship information to more than a dozen high school seniors and their parents about the Elks National Foundation MVS Scholarship, the HOPE Scholarship and lodge scholarships. Several attendees requested membership applications, which were provided to them.

Pictured are Mary Ducharme, Sebastian Ladies Treasurer; Pauline Talbott, Lodge Drug Awareness Chair and State FLOE President; and members Carol Vitale and Tony Vitale. Not pictured are Dan Talbott, Exalted Ruler, and Michael Schodlbauer, PDD.


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On Sept. 20, members of Sebastian Elks Lodge #2714 donated more than $500 worth of school supplies to Fellsmere Elementary School.

Pictured are Annie Arce, guidance counselor; Pauline Talbott, Lodge Drug Awareness Chair; Judy Marsiglia, administration secretary; and Ramon Echeverria, principal.


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On Aug. 9, the Viera Elks Lodge’s Antlers members served dinner at the State President’s visit to the Southeast Central District. In addition, they presented State President Joe Cooper with a $300 donation for the Harry-Anna Trust Fund from their charity fund. Pictured are Antlers Donald Ahlin, Jake Vargas,  Lillie Box, Isabella Di SiasCio, Janey Vargas, David Liao, and Evan Enrique with Allie and Joe Cooper.

The Antlers also stayed busy during the summer holding several car washes at different venues as a part of the summer charity challenge to benefit the Brevard Homeless Coalition. They raised $1,284. On Aug. 26, they prepared, served and cleaned up from the entire meal at the lodge.


2658 grace

On Aug. 8, Port St. Lucie Lodge used its $2,000 Elks National Foundation Beacon Grant to purchase food for Grace Packs of Port St. Lucie, Florida. The food items were distributed to 803 children in St. Lucie County who otherwise would not have enough to eat over the weekends.

Lodge members Veronica Miskanic; Tom Randazzo, Exalted Ruler; Asia Richards; Joanna Albrecht; April Barth; JoAnne Lander; and Jill Randazzo (not pictured) helped Laura Klosterman, Grace Packs founder and president (right), pack and deliver the food.


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Vero Beach Lodge held its 13th annual Father’s Day car show June 16. Due to inclement weather, they had less cars than expected but ended up with 85 vehicles. The event had a lot of attendees and raised $3,600 for veterans’ assistance in the county. Approximately 20 people assisted with the event. Over the years, the shows have raised about $50,000. The lodge held an open house as well, promoting memberships and offering food and beverages.

Pictured are a few of the show's cars.