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THANK YOU TO OUR 2023-2024 EXALTED RULER DONNA SMITH AND HER OFFICERS FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION TO OUR LODGE.
Congratulations to our newly elected Officers for the Florence Elks
Fraternal Year 2024-2025.
Exalted Ruler-Elect George Bandy
Leading Knight-Elect Mary Michal Wendling
Loyal Knight-Elect Linda Sylvester
Lecturing Knight-Elect Lisa Brenner
5th yr Trustee-Elect Mike Guggenmos
Treasurer-Elect Tom Hornback
Secretary-Elect Denise Champagne
Alternate Officer-Elect Donna Smith
Chaplain Steve Sylvester
Esquire Eloyd Ray
Inner Guard Martin Hager
Tiler Lynn Hughes
Continuing as Officers are Trustees Gary Hensen, Harry Gualco, Shirley Hornback
THE FLORENCE ELKS LODGE #1858 AMERICANISM AWARDS CEREMONY & PIZZA DINNER ARE SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 7TH, 2024, 5-6:30PM.
PLEASE JOIN US TO CONGRATULATE THESE YOUNG STUDENTS!
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2024 HOOP SHOOT TOP SHOOTERS!
PREGNANCY & PARENTING CENTER PANCAKE BREAKFAST
FEBRUARY 3RD, 2024
Thanks to all of the volunteers that helped make the Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for the Pregnancy & Parenting Center a great success! Over $2100 was raised thanks to the breakfast & many donations from the community. Florence Elks Lodge's 24 volunteers along with the wonderful ladies of the Pregnancy & Parenting Center, flipped out those pancakes & sausages, served up coffee & beverages & bussed the tables.
Our volunteers (many not pictured) served over 700 meals at the Florence Elks Lodge #1858 Community Christmas Dinner this year! Thank you everyone! In memory of Howard Ziebell
The Florence Elks Lodge Annual Children's Christmas Party was filled with joy & laughter! It all started off with mini corndogs & tater tots, then Dr. Delusion performed his amazing magic show, followed by the children picking out their favorite stuffed animal, talking to Santa, ice cream, and a trip to pick out free items from the Share Shop! Special Thanks to our volunteers! Kim Gomez stepped in to coordinate the event, Danny & Carla - Santa's helpers , PER George Bandy & Rich - our cooks, Fred & Kelly - Kitchen Liasons, Linda - setup, Bonnie - stuffed animals, Alicia, Dalia, Jolyne - tending the food & ice cream, The Share Shop for all of the items the kids got to pick out, Lance for providing the beautiful Christmas music, Harry & Wayne for helping with the clean up!
I hope I have not forgotten anyone!
See you next year!
Quinton Parker, Lecturing Knight
ELKS YOUTH EYE SERVICE
THE OREGON ELKS CHILDREN'S EYE CLINIC IS ONE OF OUR STATE MAJOR PROJECTS
CAMP MEADOWOOD SPRINGS IS ONE OF OUR STATE MAJOR PROJECTS
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!!!!
CONGRATULATIONS TO TWO-TIME PER ROGER MCCORKLE FOR 55 YEARS AS A FLORENCE LODGE ELK! QUITE A MILESTONE AND STILL GOING STRONG!
I've been asked to reflect on my 55 years as an Elk. When I joined Elks #1858 in 1968, we were a much smaller organization, both in numbers of members and size of our facility.
Membership was approximately 300 to 350. Since then, the Lodge has been as high as 1800 plus, back down to 400-450, and today is approximately 900 members. The building included what is today the main bar, the dance floor, the East Dining area, and the offices on the north side of the building. Interesting when you compare that to the current size of our building.
Over my years as an Elk, the one thing that has always stood out is the members. From our Charter members to our current members, without everyone's support, this Lodge would have closed 15 years ago when we were financially broke. We didn't close, and that was due to the determination of the members to survive as a Lodge. Personally, I have had the great honor of serving as an officer of our Lodge, a committeeman of the State Association (OSEA), and as an officer of the Grand Lodge.
Thank you all for being a part of my 55 years as an Elk.
Roger McCorkle, #1152