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Florida Elks News Online

District Reporter: Charles R. Stieb

Lakewood Ranch-Sarasota Elks Use Gratitude Grant to Teach Kids Safety

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Lakewood Ranch-Sarasota Elks Lodge members dressed in bee colors and costumes read books about safety to first-graders in two local schools. The children were given a book and a plush bee to take home to remind them of the lessons they learned about stranger danger, good touches and bad touches, when not to keep a secret, and many other reminders to keep them safe. The books and bees were provided through a Gratitude Grant.


Lakewood Ranch-Sarasota Elks Honor Americanism Essay State Winner

Lakewood Ranch-Sarasota Lodge sponsored Lola Johnson, an eighth-grade student at Haile Middle School, who won first-place at the state level in the Americanism essay competition. She received a check for $1,500 from the Florida State Elks Association. While the lodge has had some second- and third-place winners before, this was the first time one of their students won first place. She was presented with her check at a special meeting by Americanism Chairman, Rick Thorson, PER.

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Lola Johnson, first-place winner of the state Americanism essay contest, is pictured with Kathleen Dattilo, essay contest chairman, and Rick Thorson, Lakewood Ranch-Sarasota Lodge Americanism chairman.


Venice-Nokomis Elks Use Anniversary Grant for Summer Program

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Venice-Nokomis Elks Lodge #1854 donated 150 dictionaries to local elementary schools and $750 in food for needy children at a summer program at a local community center thanks to an Anniversary Grant. Dave Gillum, Exalted Ruler, left, helped with the delivery.


South Hillsborough Lodge Celebrates Flag Day with Troop 661

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South Hillsborough Elks Lodge #2672 held their Flag Day salute June 14. The flags were presented by BSA Scout Troop 661. Troop 661 has 58 members who have attained the status of Eagle Scouts. Scoutmaster Robert Leonard is at far right.


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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