Lodge Awards Students $12,000 in Scholarships

Our Lodge awarded $12,000 in scholarships to 10 area high school students at an Awards Dinner on Monday, March 27, 2017.

(photo) L-R: Aneesha Katri, Lindsay Henderson, Olivia Dunbar, Mark Daniels- Lodge ER, Kaitlin Smith, Sebastian Almeida, Lauren Latimer, William Smith, Madison Pistoria, Mikenlyn Cain, Dave Norwine -Lodge Scholarship Chair, Hailey Ostwalt

2017 Florida Youth Camp Dates

Summer camper and staff employment applications are now available on the FSEA website. Click here for details.

Fla Youth Camp dates

Gifts for Lakeland Vets

Lakeland Vet center put a call out a few days before Christmas needing help for vet families. An email was sent to members asking for gift cards. Thanks to Lakeland Elks, ER Mark Daniels and PER Jacquie Rehner delivered $515 in gift cards to be distributed for Christmas.


Elk Riders are Approved for Lakeland Lodge -Update 7/29

It’s Official! The Elks Riders motorcycle group has come to Lodge 1291.
As of June 2016, the Lakeland Lodge has the newest chapter of Elk Riders USA in Florida. There is a great deal of excitement about this new auxiliary in the Lodge and everyone is welcome to participate. If you own and ride your own bike you can join us as a Full member or if you just like to ride with someone else we gladly welcome you as an Associate member. Of course, we also encourage those who would like to help us spread the word of Elkdom and help us with our charitable ventures to join us as Associate members.

Our newly elected officers are:
Chuck Wolfe
John Mathison
Mac McArthur

If you’d like some more information about the group, please catch up with one of us at the Lodge and we’ll gladly fill you in on the Elk’s Riders and our goals for our chapter. We are already planning some exciting events in the near future. Come join us and have fun, get a little wind therapy and show your friends and neighbors how much Elks do to help others! Our meetings are the third Sunday of each month at 2:00 pm. If you’d like an application, just ask the bartender and they’ll gladly help you! We’ll see you there. We meet every 3rd Sunday at the Lodge. Come on in and see what we do or to join up. You don’t need a motorcycle to join.Elks Riders USA

Veterans Committee Update

Veterans Committee

We are very excited to be on this committee this year, and we are off to a great start.  Armed Forces Day was a great success, we served over 90 meals, including 19 Veterans!  We would like to thank EVERYONE that was involved with this event, from donating, cooking, volunteering, and attending.  Your support never ceases to amaze me.  We have secured a date for our annual James A. Haley VA Hospital cook-out, and it is Sunday OCTOBER 9th.  We will provide more details as it gets closer to the event, but wanted to get the date out, as we will need your assistance to make this successful.  We look forward to a great year and will strive to do our best.  Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Kristen or myself.  Again, I would like to thank you for your support, and leave you with the following quote.

Char Fisher


“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.”
Abraham Lincoln

Rick Burton awarded watch by GER

Lodge member Rick Burton, has been awarded an Elks watch by the Grand Exalted Ruler, Ronald L Hicks. This award is for recruiting 11 new members for the Lodge. The watch was presented by PER, Chris Crider at the April Lodge meeting. Along with the watch was a letter from the GER thanking Burton for his dedication to the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks.

Crider Burton watch

Burton Letter GER



Elk of the Year

At this years New Officer Installation, outgoing ER, Chris Crider, named Anthony Bonacum, ELK OF THE YEAR, 2015-2016, as an expression of the gratitude and appreciation of the members of our Lodge and Grand Lodge for Loyal and Meritorious Service in the Furtherance of the Aims of Our Order. (photo)

Elk of Yr Chris Crider Tony Bonacum cw

Elks Distinguished Citizenship Award

Outgoing ER, Chris Crider, awarded Sandy Fuschetti, the Distinguished Citizenship Award for 2015-2016, at he New Officer Installation. Sandy was given the award for outstanding and Meritorious Service to Humanity & our 4 legged friends too!! (photo)

EDC Award Chris Crider Sandy Fuschetti c2