MFH Vets come to Dinner at the Lodge

Medical Foster Home Vets

I am very excited to tell you that we have worked out details to host a small number of veterans, from the Lakeland Outpatient Foster Program and their caregivers,  on the second Wednesday of the month for dinner and socialization.


These are Lakeland Community based Veterans, that James A Haley VA Hospital provides primary care for through their Medical Foster Home Program.


The Medical Foster Home Program (MFH) provides primary health care for dependent, chronically and terminally ill Veterans in a non-institutional community based setting. This alternative level of care will allow Veterans to have the option to remain in a community family setting when they lack the social supports to remain in their own home. It is an alternative to nursing home placement and at the same time improves the quality of life of our frail disabled Veterans. The MFH program demonstrates the collaboration between the Veteran and his/her family or legal representative paying for the care, the Medical Foster Home caregiver providing the care and the James A Haley Veterans’ Hospital and Clinics homecare team providing the medical care. The Veteran’s will receive home care through the Home Based Primary Care Program (HBPC) or Spinal Cord Injury Home Care (SCI-HC) team.

Medical Foster Home is a privately owned residence situated in the community. It makes available a Medical Foster Home family, which provides a loving, nurturing and safe environment while offering 24-hour care and supervision. It also incorporates individualized daily living routine, private/semi private rooms, and a permanent living arrangement.

New Year’s Eve Dinners for our First Responders

New Year’s Eve for our First Responders

We will be delivering New Year’s Eve dinners to our local fire stations and Lake-land Police department to show our ongoing appreciation for all that they do for our city.

Date: December 31, 2017, Cooking starts at 10:00 a.m. Delivery times will begin at 3:00
We need volunteers to help cook and/or deliver dinner to 8 locations. Donations to cover the cost are also VERY much appreciated.

Contact: Sandy Fuschetti (863)944-2903 or sign up on the sheet on the bulletin board at the lodge.

Veterans Committee Update Nov 2017

On Sunday October 15th, Lakeland Elks 1291, visited James A Haley Hospital. With 30 volunteers, we were able to cook and serve 600 meals, with about 425 of those going to veterans, the rest to staff. Mobile patients, enjoyed music and karaoke in the picnic are, along with their meal, while those who were not had their meal delivered to their room. We would like to thank all of our volunteers who helped make this trip a huge success. Their hard work and dedication, made the event flawless.

We were once again able to provide numerous toiletries and comfort items for the veterans, along with an additional gift of $1,000.00, in gift cards to Wal-Mart and various restaurants that are within walking distance to the hospital. This was made possible with your support and generosity through our fundraisers, therefore, another huge thank you to all that have donated, supported and volunteered.

November 11th, at 11am. Veterans Day. All I can say is wow! If you missed our ceremony this year, then you missed a great one. Our speakers, Bill Norden and Boomer Bass, gave very heartfelt and moving speeches. Garry did a phenomenal job with singing Hallelujah. We need to give a special thank you to Dan Gilbert for his donation of the Patriotic booze basket. Also, a special huge thank you goes to Andy Haynes’ mother for making and donating the quilt. It was a beautiful quilt, done in a Patriotic theme, and she did an amazing job on it. The quilt auctioned for $805.00. We cannot thank her, and Andy and April, enough, for making this happen, a true example of Elks Care, Elks Share. It was a great day. To honor and pay tribute to all that have served, or is serving our country is our num-ber one priority as Elks!

One last reminder, our visiting veterans will be returning the second Wednesday in December, the 13th, for spaghetti dinner. They truly enjoy their time at our lodge, so please come and get to know them.

Char and Kristen

Lakeland Elks Lodge Annual Fall Golf Tournament

Annual Fall Golf Tournament

Members, Guests, and Ladies welcome! 

The Lakeland Elks Lodge 1291 will hold it’s Annual Fall Golf Tournament on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the Clevelend Heights Golf Course. A shotgun start will be at 1pm. Members and guests are invited. The cost is $60 per person. Dinner will follow at the Lodge.

All proceeds help support the general expenses of the Lodge.

Price includes Green Fees & Cart, Range Balls plus a Chicken Parmigiana Dinner at the Lodge. Extra dinners are $10.00 per person. Dinner served at 6:30 pm. Prizes will be awarded at the Lodge.

Hole Sponsorships are available for $100.00

Registration forms are available at the Lodge,   on the website,  (see Below)  or they can be printed HERE.

Fall Golf Outing – Reg. Form 17

Brotherhood Ride Fundraiser (Update)

The April Brotherhood Ride fundraiser was a huge success. The Lodge raised $4655.00. A check for that amount was presented by the Lodge ER, Bob Fuschetti to Jeff Morse of the Brotherhood ride at the State Convention in Orlando. (photo)


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