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Senior Orphans this years Gratitude Grant recipient

We are pleased to announce that this year our Lakeland Elks Lodge 1291 has been given the Gratitude Grant. This Grant will be given to this year’s recipient—Senior Orphans of Polk County Florida. This is an organization that was founded over 25 years ago to assist those less fortunate. They provide to the neediest of seniors—those on a fixed income of no more than $600.00 a month!! They are faced with the choice of eating or buying much needed medications on a daily basis. As our Elks Lodge always does—we hope, with YOUR help, to do our best to add to this grant. For the entire month of August 2018, our lodge will be holding a drive for additional items and funds to assist them. Please, bring your donations to the lodge—that’s all you’ll need to do.

Our goal is to add an additional $500.00, be it in supplies or cash donations, to the Grant Funds.

Senior Orphans Drive Flyer 18

Annual Dixieland School Supplies Drive

The start of a new school year will be here soon. The children at Dixieland Elementary School need our help once again. Please help with this years school supplies drive. CLICK HERE to print a copy of this flyer and list.

Dixieland Elementary Antler article 18

Dart League Thursdays -New Season

Are you ready for a new dart season?!?!?!

We are having an organizational meeting on Thursday, August 2 at 6:30, be there or be square! If you can not attend and want to play please let me know. We are not sure when the season will actually begin, it depends on the number of teams and divisions. We will know more at the meeting after we get a team count.
You do not have to have a partner to attend, we will do our best to get partners for any players!
The dues are $60.00 per team member and can be paid to me or put on your tab with Christy.
If you have suggestions for the new season please let me or Phil know before the meeting.
Please share with anyone who you know that may want to play this season. We normally end the season the week before Thanksgiving.
Thanks to Joe for running a great summer league of blind draw! I am sure he would love for folks to stay after the meeting and play on the 2nd!
Hope to see everyone August 2 at 6:30!


Brotherhood Ride receives check for $7000

On May 26th, Vicki Baker, Lodge ER , presented a check for $7000 to Jeff Morse of the Brotherhood Ride at the Florida State Convention.

These funds are a result of fundraising efforts this past year from the members of the Lakeland Lodge.

Lakeland Lodge is proud to be the Home Lodge for the Brotherhood Ride.

Helping VA Hospital with donations…

Lakeland Elks Lodge 1291 is helping the Domiciliary and Psychiatric, unit at James A Haley VA Hospital which includes homeless veterans.

Their immediate need was for T-Shirts and underwear for both men and women, and men’s athletic shoes. These patients come in to the program with nothing, and most are wearing shoes that are worn out. We have donated $1,015.00, of these items, that include, 38 pair of shoes, 12 packs of men’s t-shirts for a total of 85 shirts, 11 packs of men’s underwear for a total of 71 pair of underwear and 15 packs of women’s underwear for a total of 107 pair of underwear.

We were also able to donate 22 personal care kits from member Dan Wait’s Sandpiper community. These care packages were tailored towards the homeless veterans and included toiletries, socks and puzzle books.

Lodge Helping Vets in Lakeland -Donations

Lakeland Elks Lodge 1291 is helping our local veterans at the Lakeland Veterans Center on Ariana.

We have donated $575.00, of beverages, that includes: 20 cans of coffee, 12 cans of creamer, 2,000 packets of sugar, 12 cases of Gatorade and 15 cases of soda. These items are used by the veterans during counseling and therapy sessions. Having something to drink during a counseling session helps the veteran relax and stay focused. It also takes the expense off of them, as currently they provide their own beverage, as the Center is not provided with any funds for beverages.

MFH Vets come to Dinner at the Lodge

Medical Foster Home Vets

I am very excited to tell you that we have worked out details to host a small number of veterans, from the Lakeland Outpatient Foster Program and their caregivers,  on the second Wednesday of the month for dinner and socialization.


These are Lakeland Community based Veterans, that James A Haley VA Hospital provides primary care for through their Medical Foster Home Program.


The Medical Foster Home Program (MFH) provides primary health care for dependent, chronically and terminally ill Veterans in a non-institutional community based setting. This alternative level of care will allow Veterans to have the option to remain in a community family setting when they lack the social supports to remain in their own home. It is an alternative to nursing home placement and at the same time improves the quality of life of our frail disabled Veterans. The MFH program demonstrates the collaboration between the Veteran and his/her family or legal representative paying for the care, the Medical Foster Home caregiver providing the care and the James A Haley Veterans’ Hospital and Clinics homecare team providing the medical care. The Veteran’s will receive home care through the Home Based Primary Care Program (HBPC) or Spinal Cord Injury Home Care (SCI-HC) team.

Medical Foster Home is a privately owned residence situated in the community. It makes available a Medical Foster Home family, which provides a loving, nurturing and safe environment while offering 24-hour care and supervision. It also incorporates individualized daily living routine, private/semi private rooms, and a permanent living arrangement.

Lakeland Elks Lodge Annual Fall Golf Tournament

Annual Fall Golf Tournament

Members, Guests, and Ladies welcome! 

The Lakeland Elks Lodge 1291 will hold it’s Annual Fall Golf Tournament on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the Clevelend Heights Golf Course. A shotgun start will be at 1pm. Members and guests are invited. The cost is $60 per person. Dinner will follow at the Lodge.

All proceeds help support the general expenses of the Lodge.

Price includes Green Fees & Cart, Range Balls plus a Chicken Parmigiana Dinner at the Lodge. Extra dinners are $10.00 per person. Dinner served at 6:30 pm. Prizes will be awarded at the Lodge.

Hole Sponsorships are available for $100.00

Registration forms are available at the Lodge,   on the website,  (see Below)  or they can be printed HERE.

Fall Golf Outing – Reg. Form 17

Summer Master Cricket League -Anyone?

If you are interested in playing in the Summer Master Cricket League, please email me and Phil only.   If you are interested, please let us know by May 1.  READ BELOW FOR ALL THE DETAILS!!!!
Ok, guys and gals, we are going to try to do a Summer Master Cricket League on Thursday night.  It will start May 4 and the last week will be June 22.
The league will be for individuals, no teams.  Each week will consist of playing 2 or 3 games of Master Cricket.  (the number of games depends on the number of participants.) We are trying to have 2 divisions.  However, instead of doing an A league and B league like the Fall and Winter leagues, we are going to try to have a Men’s league and Women’s league.  Again, this depends on the number of Women wanting to play.  If we do not have enough women, but have plenty of guys for 2 leagues, we will do the traditional A and B league.
It will be $30 to play in the league.  The league dues will need to be paid the first week of play.  If it is not paid the first week, play will not be allowed.  Since this is an individual league, there is a higher probability someone could just quit a week or two into it.  This will help prevent that.    We will pay out strictly 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each league.
I am working out something else to track, but will update that later.
We will have a playoff the last week of the season.  How many people make the playoff will be determined once we know the number of participants.
Just a quick note on how Master Cricket is played:
The object is to close out all the numbers 15 through 20 and the Bulls Eye before your opponent.  Closing out consists of hitting each number 3 times.  Hitting a double counts as 2, and hitting a triple is worth 3.  In Master Cricket, points can only be scored with a dart that closes out the number first (in other words, if you already hit 2 20’s, then you hit a triple 20, you will get the 40 points as long as your opponent hasn’t closed it already), or once you close ALL numbers and your opponent still has open numbers to score off of.  Once you close out a number you can not point off of it until you close out all the other numbers.  Cricket is a good game to improve your skill.
Hope to see everyone there.  Remember, please only email Phil or myself.  Thanks.