cutoff date for Florida Elks 2023 State Convention

To ALL Elks Planning to Attend the 2023 State Convention in Orlando:




The countdown is on. There are just four short weeks or 28 days until the cutoff date for room reservations at the Rosen Centre – Orlando for the Florida Elks 2023 State Convention. At this time 52% of our room block has been spoken for, and that leaves about 334 rooms left to reserve. Although this seems like a lot of rooms, it is not. We DO anticipate selling out and that could happen before the cutoff date!


The cutoff date is Monday, April 24, 2023, at 5:00 p.m.

The dates of the convention are May 25-28, 2023


To make your reservations and register with the FSEA please click the link below:


Please don’t miss out! It is going to be another GREAT convention!


Carl T. Seibert                                                                                   

COO / State Secretary

Florida State Elks Association, Inc.

(352) 455-9436


Latest Issue of the “Antlers” is ready for reading…

Antlers logo

Check out the latest issue of the Antlers Newsletter. Click HERE

Remember; the Antlers pages are now in the  Members Only Section and are password protected. If you can’t remember your password, contact the Lodge Secretary.

  • Read a statement from your Exalted Ruler, Chris Porche.
  • Read messages from our Veterans Committee, House Committee, and Board of Directors.
  • Get an update on all of our upcoming meals & events
  • Take a peek at all of our new members from the last 2 months.
  • And don’t forget that you can connect with us on Facebook

Fall Dart League Starting Nov 25 @ 6 PM

Attention all Lodge members:

Just a confirmation that we will be starting the Fall Dart League on 8/25 @ 6 PM.
If you want to volunteer to be on the dart committee (Justin is retiring!), please let Jan or Shannon know.
Jan Watson 863-698-4730
Shannon Benzel 813-716-2744

2022 ENF and Lakeland Lodge Scholarships

Gratitude Grant -“One More Child” program

Lakeland Elks Lodge #1291 used the Gratitude Grant from Elks National Foundation, for $2,500.00 to donate to the Florida Baptist Children’s Home One More Child Program. This is a community based, non-profit organization serving our local communities.

This program provides meals through a back-pack program in our local schools. This donation will provide meals to vulnerable children and their families, who have struggled with difficulties through-out this pandemic.

left to right:

Sher Thrush and Jim Mosier both from Lakeland Elks Lodge, Leon Battle, Rebecca Rothman, Megan Matta, and Kaf Nelson from Florida Baptist Children’s Home.

Committee Report March 2021

Donation to James A Haley Medical Foster Veterans

On March 11, 2021 Lakeland Elks lodge provided $500.00 in gift cards to the entire Medical Foster Program which includes approximately 45 veterans.  The gift cards were in $10 increments to various restaurants and Walmart.  These are used in a treatment plan as a tool to assist with cognitive skills in creating a shopping plan. 

Most love to get food after their doctor’s appointments and if the caregiver doesn’t have to pay, they are more likely to go.


National Vietnam War Veterans Day

On March 27, 2021 City of Lakeland, Catholic War Veterans, Polk County Veterans Council and the Lakeland Vet Center will honor the Vietnam Veterans of Polk County at Veterans Park in Lakeland. 

Lakeland Elks are invited and encouraged to attend.  Our Lakeland Lodge is sponsoring the meal for this event, which will be provided by Uncle Nick’s Italian Deli.

Vietnam Vet Day 03.01.2021


Ceiling Tiles Fundraiser

ENF Fundraiser —

IT has now been 3 years since we did our Ceiling Tile Fundraiser. This means it’s time to rejuvenate the ceiling tiles. We will be reaching out to those that purchased in the original offering.

If you wish to renew—please contact Sher at 863-205-7906 or via email  at

If you didn’t purchase one last time, we will have more ceiling tiles available for purchase. Again, please contact Sher!

Tiles are $100 each

ceiling Tiles 2021

kidsPACK at the Lodge for 2020