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District Reporter: Mary Lou Scribner

Lake Placid Lodge uses Anniversary Grant to Provide Car Seats to Families

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Lake Placid Elks Lodge #266 used the $1,500 Elks National Foundation Anniversary Grant to provide several car seats to those in need of financial help in their community. Members partnered with the Lake Placid Police Department who contacted these families. As the families received their car seats, lodge members obtained contact information of the families to be kept at the police department in case of any recalls. Members assisted the technicians as they showed them the proper way to install the seats.

Lake Placid PD’s Officer Mostyn Mullins helps install car seats for community members that were purchased using Lake Placid Lodge’s Anniversary Grant.

 

Lakeland Lodge Makes Donation to Jean O'Dell School

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On May 16, Lakeland Elks Lodge #1291 made a donation of $500 to the Jean O’Dell School to purchase printing supplies and paper. This school is for kids who have autism and special needs. Pictured are Jamie Yost, assistant principal; Ashley Grupi, special-needs teacher; and April Summer, principal. Harry-Anna Trust Fund State Chairman, Mark Daniels, and Lakeland Exalted Ruler, Rick Burton, were at the presentation and received a tour of the school.

 

Sebring Lodge Supports Highlands County Sheriff's Youth Camp

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In mid-May, Ronna Mason from Sebring Elks Lodge #1529 presented a $1,200 check to Col. Mike Brown, undersheriff of the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office. This donation was earmarked for the sheriff’s youth camp located at Inglis near Crystal River which is for troubled youth ages 10-15. 

 

Lake Placid Lodge Holds Mystery Theater to Benefit K-9 Unit

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Lake Placid Lodge members were involved in planning and presenting a mystery theater fundraiser which was well attended by the community. All proceeds were given to the Highlands County Sheriff Department K-9 Unit. Sheriff Blackman, the officers and their dogs were invited. They demonstrated the special training that goes into the obedience and drug-sniffing techniques of the dogs. The audience participated with many questions about these dogs. A check for $2,900 was presented to the K-9 Unit for the improvement of their training facility and supplies.

 

Sebring Elks Support Sebring High School JR ROTC

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On May 3, the Air Force JR ROTC held its 26th annual awards ceremony and military ball. Sebring Elks Lodge members George and Darlene Quel and Jim and Ronna Mason were in attendance along with retired Senior Chief Petty Officer Doug Deierlein who was the guest speaker. Sebring Lodge sponsored a golf tournament Feb. 23 and raised $5,384. These monies were given to Sebring High School for the JR ROTC program in February but the formal presentation was made at the awards ceremony. Pictured is Camila Norona, Cadet Commander, and Sebring Elks Jim Mason and George Quel. 

 

Plant City Lodge Pays Students' Lunch Debts

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Plant City Elks Lodge #1727 used their Elks National Foundation Gratitude Grant to pay off the lunch debts of students in 19 schools in East Hillsborough County. A child's report card or diploma can be held until those debts are paid. The unpaid lunch debt is not part of the free or reduced lunches. These debts are from lower middle-class families that are struggling.

Plant City Lodge member Shelly Lynch Carroll presents 19 checks to Hillsborough County Area Superintendent of Schools, Sharon Morrison, to pay off student lunch debts.

 

Sebring Elks Help Special STARS Celebrate 20 Years

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Special STARS (Sports Training and Recreational Services) is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Sebring Elks Lodge #1529 has been a major sponsor of this organization for many years and continued by attending the softball classic at the Highlands County Sports Complex April 6. Lodge member Jan Funk presented a check for $650 to Robert Lengyel, a member of the Special STARS Recreation board. She also threw out the first pitch. The donation will benefit over 400 athletes, children and adults with mental and physical disabilities. 

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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:

TinaH@elks.org

JessicaR@elks.org

 

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