February Elk of the Month

Mark Daniels has been named Elk of the Month for February for his behind the scenes set up/take down/set up again/mopping/laundry, any time it was needed, in our Lodge Hall for all of our events during the year.

Grand Exalted Ruler’s Award Pin

A Grand Exalted Ruler’s Pin was awarded to Christopher Porche by the GER, Ronald Hicks. The pin was presented to Christopher at a Lodge meeting by Lodge Exalted Ruler, Chris Crider. This Pin is awarded for Excellence in Membership Procurement.

GER Pin Chris Porche photo GER Pin Chris Porche

Elks National Foundation -Honorary Founder Award

Our own Patricia Mullin, PER, has been awarded an Elks National Foundation’s Honorary Founders Pin. This was awarded because Patrica has reached a personal donation level of $1000.  This award was presented by Lakeland Lodge Exalted Ruler, Chris Crider at a Lodge meeting.

ENF Award Pin

Polk County Senior Orphan Donation

With a $2,000 Gratutude Grant  from the Grand Lodge, the Lakeland Elks Lodge utilized the money for the Polk County Senior Orphans. The Lodge furnished 22 bathtub chairs, five blood pressure monitors, toilet seat extensions and safety grab bars. The lodge then approved an additional $150 from their Charity Fund for additional incidentals. We also supplied them with those grabber type long handles that they can pick items up with, without bending over…..

Donation to Senior Orphans

Senior Orphans of Polk County was founded over twenty-five years ago to assist those less fortunate. The idea came from attending an organizational meeting of service programs in Polk County. The original goal was to help local, indigent seniors living with no family support and monthly incomes of $400 or less. Today that amount has increased to include those with monthly incomes of $600 or less. Senior Orphans is 100% volunteer driven with no administrative costs. We provide to the neediest of seniors—those on a fixed income of no more than $600 a month.

Many of us complain about trying to live off a few thousand dollars a month, let alone $600 per month. Yet right here in Polk County, many seniors are forced to live off this meager income. They are faced with the choice of eating or buying much needed medications on a daily basis. Sadly, many have discovered that Social Security isn’t enough to live on.

Senior Orphans was founded to help those in need and your donations can make such a difference in the lives of so many. With your donation of personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, bleach, toilet paper, paper towels, etc., thousands of needy seniors get help with their day-to-day living expenses. Seniors are screened through qualified agencies such as the Department of Children and Families (DCF), Polk Elderly Services or Peace River Association. Senior Orphans and the agency case managers are careful to ensure that the neediest of the needy receive assistance—and to avoid duplication of services. All a case manager has to do is call Senior Orphans, and they can pick up what they need right away—there is no waiting—to ensure the need is met, immediately.

For more information, please call Bev at 863-859-6547. Your donations of money or time will benefit so many!

Wounded Warriors Project & Lodge Fundraiser $3036

Wounded Warriors Prodject and the Lakeland Lodge held a joint Birthday Party fundraiser in January.

Lakeland Elks Lodge #1291, Exalted Ruler Chris Crider, presents Andy Burton and Billie Porsche with $3036.00 raised during their joint birthday party.

Wounded Worriors presentation

Wounded Worriors check

GER Membership Pins Awarded

Grand Exalted Ruler Membership Awards Pins were awarded to to Lakeland Lodge members. This award is presented to members for bringing in 3 new or re-instated members into the Lodge.

GER Membership Award photo

The Pins were awarded by Exalted Ruler Chris Crider to  Rick Burton and Michael Butler.

Previous Awards have been presented to:

Walter C. Thomas, Chris Porsche, Robert Halpin, Richard Burton, Mark Hussey, Michael Butler, Patrick Ennis,  & Bennie Allred.
Elks Hoop Shoot

What is a Hoop Shoot?

The Hoop Shoot is a program sponsored each year by Grand Lodge. Thousands of kids from across the country participate in the contest each year, attempting to make as many free throws out of twenty five attempts as they can.  The contest starts at the Lodge level and continues up through the District, Regionals, State finals held at our Youth Camp in Umatilla Florida. It then moves  forward to the National level starting with the Regionals and finishing up with National finals held in Springfield Mass.

Lakeland’s Hoop Shoot was held this year at the Boys and Girls Club with thirty seven kids competing in the three age groups 8-9, 10-11,  and 12-13 with boys and girls competing separately. Six kids placed first and became eligible to complete in

the District contest held at Brandon December 5th. Two kids, Jaiden Wynn, 10-11 boys and Christina Mitchell 12-13 placed first, with Christina making 24 out of the 25 attempts. Both Jaiden and Christina are eligible to complete at the next level. Anthony came close and assured me he would be back next year.

Next up is the Central Regional Hoop Shoot Contest that will be held on Saturday morning, January 16, 2016.  The contest will be at Seminole High School, 2701 Ridgewood Avenue, Sanford, Florida 32773 and is scheduled to begin 9:00 am.  If you have an opportunity to attend the State Regionals or Finals to cheer on the Lakeland Contestants it would be great.

Ted Martzloff PDDGER

Hoop Shoot Chair

Elks Hoop Shoot logo

Lakeland Hoop Shoot Winners

Hoop Shoot Winners

The winners are:  Jaiden Wynn  – 10/11 Boys    Christina Mitchell – 12/13 Girls

Runner up;  Anthony Rubin – 12/13 boys

Next up is the Central Regional Hoop Shoot Contest that will be held on Saturday morning, January 16, 2016.  The contest will be at Seminole High School, 2701 Ridgewood Avenue, Sanford, Florida 32773 and is scheduled to begin 9:00 am.  This is about 100 miles from the Brandon area and will take about 2 hours to drive there.

2016 Hoop Shoot Lakeland Winners

L-R: Jaiden, Anthony & Christina