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District Reporter: Mary Lou Scribner

Breast Cancer Awareness Event Held at Lakeland Lodge

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On Friday, Oct. 12, Lakeland Lodge held their fourth annual Puttin’ on the Pink breast cancer awareness event. Everything at the lodge was about pink that night, even the lounge Elk. It was a night of celebration as survivors stood and were recognized, applauded and hugged. It was a night of support as the lodge acknowledged those fighting the fight. It was a night of tears as they remembered those lost to this illness.

The event was a great success thanks to lodge members and non-members participating. The event began with a prime rib dinner and pink desserts all prepared by their volunteer chef and members. They held a silent auction, T-shirt sales and basket raffles. Pink ribbons were sold which were hung all around the bar. Part of the entertainment was Carlos & Priscilla Roman who sang a very special version of “Imagine” by John Lennon which was adapted especially for this event. The guests were later entertained by some loving and good-natured men, the brotherhood of pinkness, who modeled the latest pink fashions and raisedmoney with their beauty and grace.

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Pictured presenting the proceeds from Lakeland Lodge’s Puttin’ on the Pink breast cancer awareness event are members Alice Hutchcraft, member; Vicki Baker, Exalted Ruler; Sher Thrush, member; Eric Decker, Director of Philanthropy; Timothy Dench, Director of the Hollis Cancer Center; and Carl Hutchcraft, member, Dec. 3.


Yates Elementary Receives Supplies and Clothes from Brandon Lodge

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Brandon Elks Lodge #2383 delivered over $2,000-worth of school supplies, coats and shoes to Yates Elementary School using their Elks National Foundation Beacon Grant. Delores Westfall makes the presentation to Gabrielle Segura, MSW, a Yates social worker.


Lakeland Lodge uses Beacon Grant to Pack Meals for Kids Pack

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On Sept. 22, 20 Elks from Lakeland Lodge packed, wrapped and boxed 500 meals for homeless and hungry children in their county. The meals were for the Kids Pack organization to deliver to local schools. Lakeland Lodge utilizes their Elks National Foundation Beacon Grant for this project.


Sebring Elks Support Woodlawn Elementary Afterschool Program

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On Sept. 11, Ken Hedges, Sebring Lodge Exalted Ruler, presented a $500 check to Woodlawn Elementary for their afterschool program. This program, “Leaders in Arts,” will be an eight-week program for 20-30 students in third and fourth grades who will attend each week for an hour. Pictured are Principal, Mr. Spencer; Ken Hedges, Exalted Ruler; teacher Denise Franze; and Asst. Principal, Mr. Wright.  


Sebring Lodge Recognized for Giving Level by Elks National Foundation

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The Elks National Foundation (ENF) recently recognized Sebring Lodge with a plaque that recognizes that this lodge has contributed $75,000 or more to ENF through the years. The lodge is currently working on the fourth plaque which will recognize $100,000. The ENF programs support youth, serve veterans and help meet local needs. Monies received back to the lodge come in forms of grants which are applied for by the lodge. The lodge is proud of its members through the years who have brought them this far and will continue through their example.


Elementary Drama Program Supported by Sebring Elks

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Sebring Lodge presented a check in the amount of $500 to Avon Elementary. The monies came from the lodge charity bingo which is open to the public and played Sunday and Monday nights. Avon Elementary will use this donation for an afterschool drama program for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The mission is “to introduce the world of theatre to all students and to inspire them to find the artist within themselves.”

Sebring Exalted Ruler, Ken Hedges, presented a donation for Avon Elementary’s drama program to counselor Martie Brooker, Brooke Blackburn, Dale LaFlamboy, McKenna Sizemore and teacher Rebecca Lance. These students participated in the drama troupe last year and look forward to this year’s production.


Sebring Elks Provide Drug Awareness Education to Theatre Summer Camp

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Sebring Lodge works diligently to bring drug awareness education to the youth of Highlands County. Judy Hanson, PER spoke to children and young adults during one of the rehearsals for the summer camp at the Highlands Little Theatre. There were over 67 in attendance and she gave them literature provided by the Elks National Foundation for them to take home and read.


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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