2019 Annual Scholarship Awards Banquet

Our Lodge’s Annual Scholarship Banquet will be held at the Lodge on Monday, March 18, with dinner served at 6:30 pm and the Awards Program to follow. Twelve high school seniors will be receiving awards this year, totaling $13,750.

Lodge members are welcome to attend this Banquet, however, the meal price is $8.00 and reservations must be made by Wednesday, March 13.

Here is a recap of our Scholarship Process. Students had a November 15 deadline to submit their applications online to the Elks National Foundation. On December 4, we received 28 applications from area high school seniors who selected our Lodge as the one to which they wanted their applications routed.

Our Scholarship Committee (Ed Carley, Vicki Baker, Chris Scott, and Dave Nor-wine as Chairperson) met on several occasions and exchanged numerous emails concerning accessing and evaluating the applications online. Each committee member proceeded to score each of the 28 applications, in the areas of community service, extracurricular involvement, leadership, awards and honors, employment, and an evaluation of an essay submitted by each student. In doing their scoring, the committee utilized guidelines set forth by the Elks National Foundation. As a result of our committee’s efforts, the twelve (12) high school seniors who will be receiving 2019 Lakeland Elks Scholarships were selected.

2018 Recipients

The Feb-Mar Issue of the “Antlers” is ready for reading…

Check out the latest issue of the Antlers Newsletter, Feb-Mar 2019. Click HERE

Remember; the Antlers pages are now in the  Members Only Section and are password protected. Contact the Lodge Secretary for the password.

Want a Lodge Christmas Parade Float?

An Elks 1291 Christmas Parade Float?

Recently the idea of our Lodge building a Christmas themed float for entry into the Lakeland Christmas Parade has been  brought up at the Lodge. Our Lodge had entered floats in the past and actually won first place with a float themed ‘The Island of Misfit Toys’.

PER Jim Crosby has said he would gladly donate the use of a trailer to be the base of a float, and a truck to tow it. He even has a certain elf who would volunteer to drive the truck (JC’s son). JC and several others were instrumental in building the floats in the past, and estimates that it would take somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 volunteers to build and then decorate the float, as well as people to be on the float during the parade.

If you are interested in volunteering and have any ideas or input, please let any Lodge officer know. There is a deadline for us to sign up for the parade, so if we DO decided to attempt this, the sooner we have an idea of volunteer interest, the better .

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.