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District Reporter: Donna Powers

Delray Beach Elks Support Delray Reads Day

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Delray Beach Lodge donated $1,000 to the Delray Beach Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. Delray Reads Day is an annual community-wide event established in 2012 to support this campaign by bringing community leaders and residents into area schools to learn more about how they can help schools and students. The goal is to create long-term relationships between the schools and community members and show the community's commitment to improving students' third-grade reading scores by 50 percent before the end of 2020.

Delray Beach Lodge member Johnny Mackey reads to children during the Delray Reads event.


Happenings at Hollywood West Lodge

On Nov. 7, Hollywood West Lodge hosted the local Hoop Shoot competition in Hollywood at the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County. Several lodge volunteers assisted Hoop Shoot Chairman and Exalted Ruler, Paul Houser in making this competition fun for all participating. Afterward, a ceremony was held awarding trophies and ribbons. 

On Nov. 10, Hollywood West Lodge member Bennie Stravato coordinated a charity motorcycle ride to benefit the Harry-Anna Trust Fund. Over 20 bikers from the lodge and others from the community participated in the event which generated a large profit from the sale of 106 tickets. The ride commenced at the lodge followed by a visit to West Palm Beach Lodge and a stop at Oakland Park Lodge on the return trip. A barbecue was held at the lodge after the ride.

On Dec. 1, Hollywood West Lodge hosted their annual Dinty Moore dinner to raise money for their annual children’s Christmas party. Children from the local Hope Outreach Center were invited to the lodge where they greeted Santa who arrived on a local fire truck. The children were served a complimentary lunch, got to visit with Santa and received a goodie bag and a personal gift from Santa.


Boca Raton Lodge News

Boca Raton Lodge held their annual Hoop Shoot Nov. 3 at a local church. Many of them moved on to compete in the district Hoop Shoot Dec. 1, and all the Boca Raton contestants moved on to the regional competition.

During December, Boca Raton Lodge collected new, unwrapped toys which were distributed to needy local families by the Boca Raton Firefighters’ Benevolent Association. A blood drive was also held.


Boca Raton Lodge holds Membership Drive

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On Oct. 20-21, Boca Raton Elks Lodge #2166 held a weekend-long membership drive within the community. Saturday featured an Oktoberfest with German beer, food and music. The weekend resulted in three membership applications.


Hollywood West Lodge Makes Multiple Donations from ENF Grants

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Between June and August, Hollywood West Lodge presented donations to eight local charity organizations. These contributions totaling $3,500 came from the 150th Anniversary Grant and the Gratitude Grant. The following agencies were recipients: Hope Outreach Center, South Florida Council of Boy Scouts of America, Boys & Girls Club of Broward County, Honor Flight South Florida Inc., Broward Children’s Center, Davie Police Athletic League, Hollywood Police Athletic League and LCPL Janos V. Lutz Live to Tell Foundation.


Hollywood West Elks Participate in Youth Rodeo

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On June 22, members of Hollywood West Elks Lodge #2365 manned their Elks drug awareness station at the Davie Youth Rodeo. Members handed out Elks drug awareness education literature, school supplies and toys to 3,000 students from local summer camps, their teachers and chaperones attending the rodeo. The children were overwhelmed when Elroy the Elk made a guest appearance. 


Delray Beach Lodge Happenings

Since mid-June, Delray Beach Elks Lodge #1770 has made donations to 18 nonprofit organizations totaling $11,275. They have also received the Elks National Foundation Promise, Gratitude, Beacon and Anniversary grants as well as the FSEA matching grant totaling $10,000.

After Delray Beach Lodge’s memorial golf tournament, they had 129 golfers back to the lodge to enjoy lunch and prizes and raised over $5,000.

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Delray Beach Lodge sponsored 20 students to the Florida Elks Youth Camp.


Boca Raton Elks News

Boca Raton Elks Lodge #2166 has been busy preparing for their annual charity golf tournament and many members are actively involved. The lodge continues to hold blood drives and has received the Beacon Grant and the matching FSEA grant, Freedom Grant, and Anniversary Grant. The also hosted a CPR class for members and friends. Boca Raton Fire Department supplied the instructors and gifted the lodge with a new AED.


Boca Raton Lodge Donates to NJROTC

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Boca Raton Lodge held their annual Flag Day ceremony with the assistance of the Boca Raton High School NJROTC. Dinner and music followed. The lodge also presented them with a check for $1,500.


Delray Beach Elks Help Eagle Scout Complete his Project

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Nicholas Hougardy, age 17 from Delray Beach, designed and purchased new signage and landscape for Milton-Myers American Legion Post #65 with the help of family, friends and a $1,500 donation from Delray Beach Elks Lodge #1770 for his Eagle Scout project for Boy Scout Troop 301. Pictured with Nicholas is PER Mike Sinneck.

Delray Beach Lodge also made several donations: $100 for each of their 14 deceased members to Elks National Foundation, $500 to the Kids Rule Summer Golf Camp, $1,000 to the MGM Fishing Tournament and $500 for a student scholarship.


Pompano Beach Lodge Uses Beacon Grant for Elementary School's Butterfly Garden

Pompano Beach Elks Lodge #1898 has continued working with Crest Haven Elementary using the Beacon Grant received last year to create a butterfly garden for the school. The first planting was to attract butterflies to leave a chrysalis. Now they are changing the plants to encourage butterflies. They are also expanding the area into the school’s atrium with more plants.

Pompano Beach Lodge also participated with the Broward Sheriff in community policing and bringing the drug awareness trailer to an event at Quiet Waters Elementary School.


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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