Aug-Sept Issue of the “Antlers” is ready for reading…

Check out the latest issue of the Antlers Newsletter, August-September 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.

Additional Lodge Hours

The Lodge Lounge is now open until 9pm on Sunday & Monday.

Lodge is OPEN

Welcome back home! The Lodge is OPEN.

 

Please read this important information before visiting the lodge.

  • Please be advised that you are entering the lodge at your own risk.
  • By entering the lodge, you are agreeing that Lakeland Elks 1291 will not be held liable should you contract COVID-19.
  • If you are sick, have a fever or are not feeling well, YOU MAY NOT ENTER THE LODGE.

Temperatures of all bartenders, dishwashers, cooks, servers and volunteers will be taken and logged prior to each time they are serving at the Lodge.

As a volunteer driven Fraternal Organization, we ask each of you to assist in keeping us code compliant with CDC regulations.

  • Sanitizing products will be placed on each table and we ask that these remain on each table.
  • You will be required to sanitize the table & chairs before being seated.
  • You will be required to clear your own tables of all garbage before leaving.

At this time, our allowed capacity is 100 members. If we are at capacity, no member may enter until another member leaves.

To insure social distancing:

  • All tables and chairs are currently set a safe social distance apart – NO TABLES MAY BE MOVED AT ANY TIME!
  • There may be no groups of more than 10 at any table.
  • Practice safe social distancing at all times.

The Bar:

  • Only disposable items will be used and YOU must dispose of them when finished.
  • Drink orders must be placed at the West end of the bar practicing social distancing.
  • There will be no pitchers, buckets or use of personal drinkware.
  • Can Koozies may be brought in in with you and must be taken with you when you leave. No items may be left at the Lodge.
  • There is to be no reaching over the bar for napkins, straws, etc.
  • Seating at the bar will be available -stools must remain where located and NO standing is allowed.

About other lodge happenings:

  • Shuffleboard and Pool: Are unavailable until further notice.
  • Jukebox: May be played -If you use the touchscreen, please sanitize it when you are done.
  • Lodge Hours: Adherence to posted Lodge hours will be strictly enforced. Last call will be 15 minutes prior to closing. Entry to the Lodge will be denied 30 minutes prior to closing without exception.

We know things are different, but these rules are for everyone’s safety. Please help us all remain safe by adhering to them.

 

Pay your Dues…How to do it

Here are three ways you can renew your membership before we re-open:

  • By Mail: We understand that most of your cars are simply set on autopilot, so here’s our address again: 4529 Harden Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33813.
  • By Phone: This Friday, May 1st from 10AM-11AM, Shannon will be available by phone to process renewals. Simply call the lodge at (863) 644-4332.
  • In Person: Again, this Friday, May 1st from 10AM – 11AM. Please stay safe and respect social distancing guidelines if you decide to come by. Unfortunately, we can’t allow you to stay and socialize, but it will be really nice to see you!

We’ve received a ton of questions about how you can pay your dues.
There are actually a few ways that you can make sure to get your membership renewal to us:

You don’t have to wait for us to re-open. Here’s how:
We know things are a little weird right now, but your dues are what keeps our lodge strong and able to sustain this situation. If you haven’t already, here are three ways you can renew your membership before we re-open:

  • By Mail:  We understand that most of your cars are simply set on autopilot, so here’s our address again: 4529 Harden Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33813.
  • By Phone: This Friday, May 1st from 10AM-11AM, Shannon will be available by phone to process renewals. Simply call the lodge at (863) 644-4332.
  • In Person: Again, this Friday, May 1st from 10AM – 11AM. Please stay safe and respect social distancing guidelines if you decide to come by. Unfortunately, we can’t allow you to stay and socialize, but it will be really nice to see you!

 

A couple of Quick Updates from Your Lodge

A couple of quick updates from your lodge:

Being closed for an extended period of time means we’re not able to keep up with each other like we could when we had our regular events.

We want you to know that everyone in your lodge, from the board of directors to the bartenders are missing you, and wishing you the best.

Can we help you with anything?
Part of being the strong lodge that we are is our commitment to helping each other.  If you are in need of any kind of help, please make sure to contact the lodge at (863) 644-4332 or our reach out to our house committee chair, Sher Thrush at (863) 295-7906 and we will do everything we can to help.

When we do re-open, we have some surprises for you!
We haven’t been resting over here, either.  We’ve been using this time to give our lodge some much needed TLC. That’s about all we’re going to say about that right now, though.  You’re just going to have to stop in and experience it for yourself. 🙂

Finally, we are wishing that ALL of our Elk Family is safe and healthy!

Until we meet again,

The board, committee members and staff of Elks Lodge #1291.

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:https://www.floridaelks.org/2020-state-convention. 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:https://www.floridaelks.org/2020-grand-lodge-convention. 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 jen@feyc.org 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 jmh@htn.net

“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 dan@floridaelks.org.

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.