Club Chivalry for Successful Students, the Tampa Lodge-run club at Robinson High School, held its first meeting of the school year Sept. 16, using funds left from its Elks National Foundation Impact Grant. This year they are going back to their roots with a selected group of students who really need the extra push to be successful in high school, concentrating on making sure they have the supplies they need and that they feel connected to their school and want to attend classes each day. Carolyn Miller, PLP handled the raffle ticket distribution. Patty Volpe and Robert Bordonaro got the students’ T-shirt sizes. Betty Orcutt and Michael Volpe handed out slices of pizza and Rita Smith, PER handled the drinks. This meeting had 48 students. The Elks had two drawings for gift cards. Kailyn Morman, assistant principal, spoke about the history of the school and the Elks, and Smith explained who the Elks are and some of what they do. Nominations were held for the four club officers — president, vice president, secretary and public relations officer. Per grant rules, the Elks are the treasurer.
Pictured are Betty Orcutt, PLP; Robert Bordonaro; Patricia Volpe; Michael Volpe; and Carolyn Miller, PLP.
Between Sept. 11 and Sept. 15, Tarpon Springs Elks Lodge #1719 delivered school supplies and cleaning and hygiene products to Sunset Hills Elementary School, Tarpon Springs Elementary, Tarpon Springs Middle School, Tarpon Springs High School, Citizens Alliance for Progress, and Cops ‘n Kids, all in Tarpon Springs, Florida. The lodge used its $2,600 Elks National Foundation Beacon Grant and donations from members.
Mr. Coleman of Sunset Hills Elementary School; Nancy Gorby, chaplain; and Robert Gorby, PER, trustee
Ms. Cook of Tarpon Springs Elementary; students, and Robert Gorby, PER, trustee
Sheryl Powell, CAP administrative assistant
Susan Kikta, Tiler; Chi Girtman, Cops ‘n Kids volunteer; Ryan Farley, Cops ‘n Kids administrator; Mary Kurchinski, lodge grant writer
On Aug. 1, Tampa Lodge donated approximately $250 worth of individually wrapped women’s jewelry to the Sunshine Senior Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. The jewelry will be used as game prizes or special occasion-gifts for the many seniors who spend a good part of their day in the facility.
Pictured are Tom Moore, Friends of the Sunshine Center volunteer; Rita Smith, PER; Carole Ware, Sunshine Senior Center community resources supervisor; and Sally Marvin, Sunshine Senior Center supervisor II.
On July 23, several Tampa Elks Lodge members volunteered at the Open Arms Ministry of Hyde Park United Methodist Church. Those in need of a meal come in, get their beverage and are seated. Then the volunteers take trays of food, baskets of fruit and carts of sweets around to serve them. This gives them an opportunity to sit and visit with each other rather than standing in a long line. The lodge has been partnering with this organization approximately 10 years.
Pictured are Patty Volpe; Lisa Davitt; a volunteer whose name was unavailable; volunteer Judith Hilinski, treasurer of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 139; and Brian, Lisa Davitt’s visiting son. Not pictured are members Mike Volpe and Rita Smith, PER.
Throughout June, Holiday Isles Elks Lodge members collected and donated more than $2,500 worth of food items to The Kind Mouse, a nonprofit organization based in St. Petersburg, Florida, that assists families and children in Pinellas County with food insecurities and chronic hunger.
Pictured June 22 are Jada Nazzaro, nonmember teacher volunteer; Darrell Hutter; Meadow Scarfone, nonmember teacher volunteer; Christa Thompson; Dee Mercer; Jill Harrington; Perinda Patri and her grandson, Dominak; and Marie Rock-Currie.
New Port Richey Lodge recognized National Police Week by donating a large tray of cookies with a thank you note to the members of the New Port Richey Police Department May 20.
Pictured are Carol Lee Spages, Americanism Chair; Officer Jose Berrios; Officer Desirae Negersmith; and Fred Spages, PER.
The final event of the school year for the Tampa Lodge-sponsored Club Chivalry was the Relay for Life of Tampa, held April 28 at Robinson High Stadium. This is a fundraising event for the American Cancer Society. Club Chivalry had a team of 14 students and five Elks and Tampa Lodge is an event sponsor. This was their eighth year participating and one of the best. Lodge member Kristina Chowning was the event activity lead and member Becky Sullins was the survivor lead. Members Douglas Grant, Patty Volpe and Christien Elkins assisted with the setup and cleanup. The event began with a celebratory dinner open to all registered cancer survivors and caregivers. Three lodge members attended. Robert Bordonaro is a cancer survivor, and Susie Harlow and Bob Orcutt were caregivers. Bordonaro was treated to a lap around the track in a convertible, as the opening lap is always the survivor lap. After that, more than 1,000 attendees visited team booths, which all have something to sell, such as games, food and merchandise. The Club Chivalry activity was their famous Booty or Booby game. Patty Volpe took the front as the carnival hawker and Susie Harlow managed the treasure chest. There were 85 customers and all received a prize. By 9 p.m. the luminaries had been distributed and the lights went out. The team sold 18 luminaires and raised $2,008 for the American Cancer Society. The entire event raised $130,901 for the American Cancer Society. Rita Smith, PER, says, “It is truly a moving sight to walk a lap and see how many lives have been adversely touched by cancer.”
Pictured are Kristina Chowning, parade marshal and event lead, with survivor Robert Bordonaro.
Working at the booth are Patty Volpe and Susie Harlow.
The Robinson drum corp leads the survivor lap.
On May 3, Tampa Lodge presented the Teenager of the Year award to Brooke Brindise, in front of an audience that included her parents. Brindise is a sophomore at the Academy of the Holy Names. She is carrying a 3.5 GPA while taking all Advanced Placement classes. She is also on the varsity rowing team, which just qualified to compete in nationals. Most importantly, she has accumulated more than 100 community service hours this year, including working with the lodge to feed a hot Thanksgiving meal to those who are homeless and wrapping hundreds of Christmas presents during the lodge’s children’s Christmas party. She and her family also came to the lodge’s aid when they needed servers for their St. Patrick’s party and installation of officers.
Pictured are Edie Hanley, Loyal Knight, and Brooke Brindise.
On May 4, New Port Richey Lodge recognized International Firefighters’ Appreciation Day by donating trays of cookies with thank you messages to firefighters at New Port Richey Fire Stations 1 and 2.
Pictured at Fire Station 1 are Firefighter/Paramedic Corbin Mitchell, lodge member Elizabeth Groves, Captain Eric Slafky, PER Fred Spages and Firefighter/Paramedic Javier Espinales.
Pictured at Fire Station 2 are Firefighter/Paramedic Victoria Pitarresi, lodge member Elizabeth Groves, Captain Keith Bawer and PER Fred Spages.
On April 26, Tampa Lodge Veterans Chair, José Rémon, presented the Elk medal, bar and certificate to Cadet Jaydaliz Cruz from Robinson High School JROTC. Cadet Cruz was selected for this award because of her proven leadership in academics, community service projects and maintaining the highest standards in all fields of endeavor.
During March and April, New Port Richey Elks Lodge #2284 collected numerous pieces of formal wear, shoes, jewelry and accessories and donated them to the Cinderella and Prince Charming Project. High school students who would not be able to afford to attend their prom because of the cost of the attire were invited to shop for their outfits at a local facility free of charge.
On April 13, Tampa Elks Lodge treated the Club Chivalry graduating seniors to a special luncheon at Fred’s Country Buffet. There were 21 students and three Elks in attendance. Before leaving, the Elks presented honor cords, which are worn during graduation, to the club officers, and Ms. Hand presented honor cords to the students who had been in her Avid class for four years.
The group is pictured in front of the restaurant.