Officer Installation 2020-2021

Officer Installation

Just because we couldn’t have a dinner with everyone didn’t stop us from the officer installation. It took place Saturday at 5:30 PM with only the officers and board of directors able to make it. As you can see from the photos above, we were careful and kept our social distance for the entire ceremony. This is definitely one for the record books!

CONGRATULATIONS to all of our new officers.  This is going to be one of our greatest years ever and we appreciate each and every one of you!

(PS – if you look closely, you’ll see how AMAZING our hall is looking. We can’t wait for all of our membership to see it firsthand!)

The Lounge is being painted

Just because we’re closed, doesn’t mean we aren’t busy.

HUGE THANK YOU to everyone that has helped us with the painting of our lounge. Not to give too much away, but the top picture is a sneak peek at the fresh coat of paint we have thanks to a team of amazing volunteers! Please pardon the mess – we promise it will be nice and clean by the time we re-open!

State and Grand Lodge Conventions

State Convention – Orlando
The State Convention scheduled for May 21-23 is still on. You may make you reservations online now on our website. Here is the link: Should anything change you will be the first to hear it.

Grand Lodge Convention – Baltimore, MD
The Grand Lodge Convention scheduled for July 5-8 is still on. You may make you reservations online now on our website. Here is the link: Should anything change you will be the first to hear it.

A Message from Elks State Secretary, Carl Seibert:

Greetings Elks of Florida:

I do hope this message finds each of you safe and healthy!

As we “weather the storm”, I wanted to keep you updated on a few things as they relate to our state events & activities.

Therapy Services
Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services (FECTS) has suspended all in-home, face-to-face, therapy visits. However, our therapists are still treating patients through the activities the parents have already been shown from prior visits, through real-time “Facetime” type interactions with our patients & parents, and through new exercises/activities being e-mailed to them! Although these interactions are being documented through therapy notes in each patients records, most patients, if not all, will have their in-person therapy sessions extended once this crisis has passed and each will receive their guaranteed 26 weeks of therapy from our program! Our Therapy program has always been operated from afar and Colleen has not missed a beat in keeping tabs. The therapists are also using any downtime to catch-up on patient medical records and they are completing online courses to meet their continuing education unit (CEU) requirements. Our therapists are amazing and oh the stories we will hear after this has passed, of their clever responses to the needs of our patients and patient families!

Youth Camp
Florida Elks Youth Camp (FEYC) has suspended all camping activities and most camp operations. Resident staff is being utilized to maintain the security of the camp facilities and property, and minimal other staff are being utilized, when possible, to keep up with emergency maintenance and other miscellaneous housekeeping type needs. The construction on the kitchen expansion at the Smith Conference Center continues and as of now we see no reason to believe that it won’t be completed as scheduled in late May or early June. Several days ago, any and all perishable food on hand at the camp was donated to an area food bank. I have heard many of our lodges have done the same! This is outstanding! Nick and his team are on stand-by at present waiting word on what schools are going to do, but not ones to sit idly by, they are very busy preparing contingency plans once we are given the all-clear. Should the start of summer camp be delayed, those weeks can be utilized by the groups we had scheduled who had to cancel. More than likely we will still be able to bring our college aged summer camp staff in on time to assist with the groups as well as provide them, our staff, with additional training and involve them in any programming updates required to meet any new needs created by this crisis. We are working very hard to keep our employees active as best we can! Jen is actively manning the phones assisting Elks and campers with answers to their questions. Her e-mail is For now, we are continuing as if we will hold a summer camp! We will adjust and communicate as needed!

State Golf Tournament
The state golf tournament has been rescheduled to May 30-31. All villa reservations and golf registrations have already been transferred to these new dates. Any accommodation reservations made on your own will need to be managed on your own. Should you need to cancel your newly transferred villa reservation or golf registration for the new date please contact John Holbrook at

“Unmasking Autism” Harry-Anna Gala
The Harry-Anna Gala has been rescheduled to October 17, 2020. Unfortunately the Carillon Hilton is unable to transfer any hotel reservations already made, so if you made one you will need to contact the Carillon Hilton to cancel it or move your reservation to the new date. Their number is (727) 540-0050. I have also been in touch with Dan Masi our Development Director and he wants everyone to know that the table sponsors and many of our major gala supporters are encouraged by the rescheduled date and they are assuring him that any monies already submitted are good to go! In other words no one is asking for their money back! This is heartwarming! Dan has also extended the March 27 deadline date for monies for the “stars” campaign, which many of our lodges are actively participating in. If you have money collected that you wish to send in please make checks payable to Florida Elks Charities and notate in the memo area “star campaign.” Mail your checks to Florida Elks Charities, P.O. Box 49, Umatilla, FL  32784-0049. We anticipate the new deadline to be on or around September 25, 2020. Any questions for Dan please e-mail to

State Softball Tournament
The State Softball Tournament has been cancelled for 2020. Already team registrations had been lagging. A decision about continuing to hold a State Softball Tournament will be made at some point in the future. The tournament benefits the Florida Elks Youth Camp.

Lodge CLOSED Until Further Notice-Latest Corona Virus Update (3-18)

Important Lodge Communication

Dear members,

As you might be aware, Governor Ron DeSantis issued an Executive Order that mandated that all bars, pubs and nightclubs must close for a period of 30 days in the interest of public safety.

As our lodge has many activities, including meals and charity that do not revolve around the sale of alcohol, it was believed that we do not fit the exact definition of a bar, and we could implement the steps to be in compliance under the same rules as a restaurant.

We are writing to let you know that after a more careful review of the most recent Executive Order, and in the interest of the health and safety of our members and our employees, Lakeland Lodge 1291 must close and stay closed until the executive order expires.

During this time, the work being done on our hall renovation and ladies restroom will continue and should be complete by the time we are allowed to re-open.

Finally, we still ask that you consider volunteering your time this Friday, March 20th, starting at 4PM as we initiate a deep cleaning and sanitation of our facilities!  Just because we can’t serve alcohol doesn’t mean we can’t do something for the good of our lodge and have a little fun!


Your board of trustees


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

Check out the latest issue of the Antlers Newsletter, December, 2019/January 2020. Click HERE

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

Elks Riders to Ride to Tavares -Jan 12

The Lakeland Lodge Chapter of the Elks Riders will Ride to Tavares on Jan 12, 2020.

Starting point will be the End Zone at 8:30 am for a departure at 9:00am.

Contact and Elks Rider member at the Lodge for details.

Golf League 2019 July-Dec Schedule Posted

The Lodge Monday Golf League schedule for the second half of 2019 has been posted on the Monday Golf League page. Go to that page to print a copy of the schedule.

All golfers are welcome – skill is not a requirement. The League plays a quota points system that evens out skill levels. Come out and have some fun with a stick and a ball.

Golf photo

Golf League Fall Schedule 2019