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The 116 th Annual Rhododendron Festival took place in Florence on May 20-21, 2023. As always, the Florence Elks Lodge participated in grand style with their chicken barbeque, Ladies of Elks Pie and Bake Sale, the Past Exalted Rulers Rhody breakfast, and our always popular parade float.
More than 100 volunteers worked these events over the course of the weekend. For the barbeque, we smoked and cooked 1000 pounds of chicken halves and served them with baked beans and
potato salad. The pancake, eggs and sausage breakfast was free to all fire and police personnel, as well as the Rhododendron Court (made up of students from the local schools). The bake sale sold out of homemade pies within 30 minutes. Our parade float – which won the Grand Marshalls Award - had 6 motorcycles perched on top of a 40ft flatbed trailer that was covered in cedar branches and rhododendron flowers. Local veterans - Gary Covert - Navy, Ed Bevertsen - Navy, Richard Lewis - Marines, Phil Olsen - Army, Bill Beluza - Air Force, sat on 5 of those bikes while one
bike was left without a rider representing our POW/MIAs. Thanks to Brien Mill for piloting our float & Oregon Coast Marine Construction for providing the trailer every year!
Proceeds from these events help support and build our charity funds so we can continue to give back to the wonderful community we live in.
THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE VOLUNTEERS & SUPPORTERS OF THIS WONDERFUL FUNDRAISER WEEKEND!
Our chef Danny, fondly referred to as "Cookie", has been with our Lodge for 10 years. A group of members, with the help of Kitchen Managers Kelly & Fred celebrated with a couple of yummy cakes. Cheers for another 10 years Cookie!
AMERICANISM ESSAY PLAQUE AWARDS (STATE LEVEL) PLEASE JOIN US THURSDAY, JUNE 1ST @ 5:30PM TO CONGRATULATE OUR WINNERS!
CUBAN SLIDERS WITH FRENCH FRIES $10
CHICKEN POT PIE SOUP cup $3, bowl $5
Florence Elks Lodge #1858 was voted BEST OF SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY for the 2ND Year by the Siuslaw Newspaper !!! Congratulations to ALL of our volunteers that make this happen!!!!
FLORENCE ELKS LODGE #1858 presented The Florence Food Share with the Beacon/Gratitude Grant check for $2000. Florence Food Share is a private, non-profit, emergency food box pantry that provides emergency food, free of charge, to low income, disabled, senior, unemployed and underemployed individuals & households. (Pictured L-R) Donna Smith - Leading Knight, Cathy Jorgensen - Lodge Bookkeeper, Stephen Beale - Florence Food Share Operations Coordinator, Karen Smales Woodbury - PER & ENF Chairman, George Bandy - Exalter Ruler, Joyce Middleton - PER & State Trustee.
AMERICANISM ESSAY AWARDS
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE WINNERS! BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE ARTICLE OF
ON THE AMERICANISM ESSAY CONTEST ON THE AMERICANISM PAGE!
AMERICANISM AWARDS – March 9th, 2023
(L-R) Kaleena Jensen - Homeschool teacher, Pearl Jensen, Sailor Jensen, Tristian Lyon, Hunter Stemmerman, George Bandy - Exalted Ruler, Chloe Thurman, Jovie Felsheim, Kaylie Smith - Reedsport Charter School Teacher.
Florence Elks Lodge #1858 Pool Tournament raised $520.00 for Veterans Suicide Prevention!!! The winners were:
(L-R) 1st Place: Paul Kinney
2nd Place: Mike Hardee
3rd Place: Rick Umbinetti
4th Place: Laurie Kinney
CONGRATULATIONS to our winners & thank you to all the participants!
Florence Elks Lodge #1858 used a combination of Gratitude & Beacon Grants to donate $3000.00 to the Florence Backpack for Kids. This organization ensures that no kids go hungry on the weekends. We were honored to have Past Grand Exalted Ruler, State Sponsor T. Keith Mills and Oregon State Elks Association President Ben Adams be part of this presentation.
L-R Front Row: Jennifer Brown, Claudia Keeling, Conner Homenyk.
Back row: Dave Dubeck, Elaine Dubeck, Debbie Wright, Bob Keeling, Nona Homenyk, Walt Homenyk, PER & State Trustee Joyce Middleton, PGER & State Sponsor Keith Mills, PER & ENF Chairman Karen Smales Woodbury, PER & OSEA President Ben Adams and Exalted Ruler George Bandy.
THE PREGNANCY & PARENTING CENTER PANCAKE BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER
FEBRUARY 18TH, 2023
Thanks to your participation & and additional donations,
$1600.00 was raised!
PATRICK LA NASA , Event Coordinator sends out a BIG THANK YOU to all of our volunteers & pancake eaters for supporting this most worthy Center. We served over 150 meals! The Pregnancy & Parenting Center is a welcoming, safe & confidential place where they encourage, educate, and equip individuals & families in their pregnancy or parenting journey. Their "Stork Boutique" is an "EARN WHILE YOU LEARN" program, which gives their clients the opportunity to "shop" with credits earned by taking classes at the Center.
ELKS CARE, ELKS SHARE
Florence Elks Lodge #1858
"HELPING OUR NEIGHBORS" Food Drive for Mapleton Food Share helped with donations of non-perishable foods to fill their pantry going into the holidays.
Through donations, the Lodge was able to raise $3550.00 (which included 1120 pounds of food!)
We are so grateful & thankful for all the folks that contributed to such a needy cause.
Pictured (L-R) George Bandy (Exalted Ruler),
Mary Bandy (Lady Mary),
Jolyne Alaniz (Lodge Public Relations),
Carol Bauer & Lianna Horan (Mapleton Food Share Representatives).
Florence Elks Lodge has a great supply of long & short sleeve T-shirts, with or without pocket.
Florence Elks Lodge pins, decals, and other accessories are available for purchase for your enjoyment & to promote our Lodge!
PLEASE CHECK THE
"SUPPORTING OUR VETERANS" PAGE FOR POW*MIA, HONOR FLIGHT, VETERANS SUICIDE PREVENTION, AND BAND OF BROTHERS POSTS.
Florence Elks was the First Elks Lodge in America with a website, established in 1997.
The cost of mailing The Spike has significantly increased over the years. You can help by viewing your copy IN COLOR online at florenceelks.com
Print the pages you need. The calendar & menu can be printed both sides on one page. Now that's handy!
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