Elks Lodge 1291 Veteran Activities


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Military Times

Defense Officials approve expanded Veterans on-line shopping benefits.

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Annual Trip to James A Haley Veterans Hospital

On Sunday October 14, Lakeland Elks Lodge 1291, went to James A Haley VA Hospital in Tampa, FL, to cook and serve lunch for the patients, and provide donations. A crew of 26 Elks helped make this possible. We provided lunch to approximately 400 patients and some staff. Meals were delivered to the patients rooms, for those that were not able to get out and join us. Music and karaoke was also provided. Truly an honor to serve those that gave so much for our country.
The annual trip to James A Haley Veterans Hospital will be on Sunday October 14th . We will prepare and serve lunch to the patients and staff. We will need approximately 35 volunteers to help feed 250-300 veterans. This is an Elk event; therefore you must be an Elk or spouse of an Elk to attend.
We will be collecting donations to take to the veterans at the hospital. There is a collection box at the lodge with a wish list.
This is the time when we give a little back to those who gave for our country, so let ’s stuff our donation box !!
The Veterans Day Ceremony will be on Veterans Day, November 11th, starting promptly at 11am.
Our next fundraising event will be a dinner on Friday 11/16, as Veterans Day falls on a Sunday this year. See flier for details.
See you at the Lodge,
Char and Kristen
Haley Visit 18 Wish


4th of July Picnic Fundraiser

Lets celebrate the 4th and support our Vets. Wednesday July 4, 1-3pm (Food served at 2) “Dunk” Tank!

Brats, Burgers & Dogs with Homemade coleslaw & pasta salad, corn on the cob, watermelon, & cake.

Contact Char Fisher or Kristen Franks to volunteer to help out.


May News

Elks 1291 has been helping local veterans. We received a request that a disabled veteran in Lakeland needed a ride to Bay Pines Medical Center to finish submitting his disability paper-work. Duke Schneider graciously gave his time and made this happen. Another request was received from the James A Haley Outpatient program. They received a 91 year old veteran in-to their program that did not have any clothes. They requested assistance with supplying him with socks, underwear, t-shirts and pants. Alice Murray took on the shopping task and we were able to provide this veteran with these necessities. Thank you Duke and Alice for assist-ing these veterans. Lakeland Elks continue to amaze!

Another request came in to assist a veteran in the outpatient program that has dementia. They wanted to provide a Deluxe Manipulation Board for this veteran; however the cost was too ex-pensive. The board is used to help Alzheimer’s patients with familiar tasks, and with cognitive and motor skills. We were able to provide the funds for them to purchase the items to make a board. They had an Active Duty serviceman that was in-patient build the board, thus incorpo-rating the young service members with the older generation in need. They can use this board for years to come with other Veterans.

Kathryn wanted me to share with the Elks that the gifts and donations they receive from us are put to good use.

She quotes “It is SO very nice to know we have support like this in the communi-ty!!! Thanks so much to Lakeland Elks for purchasing the supplies for our Veteran to have this board!!! It also made my in-patient Active Duty guys so happy to have this purpose. Thanks for all the Lakeland Elks do.”

So that we can continue helping veterans in need, our next fundraising event will be our 4th of July picnic. See the flyer for all the details. We will have a dunk tank!!! Justin Troller and Walter Thomas have volunteered to sit in the tank! If you would like to volunteer to sit in the tank, please contact Char.

Char and Kristen