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Fremont, CA, Lodge members distrib- uted dictionaries to more than 4,900 third-grade students at 51 schools in four school districts.

Gardena, CA, Lodge donated $10,000 to the USO Greater Los Angeles Area to help support the Bob Hope Holly- wood USO at the Los Angeles Interna- tional Airport. The program entertains and feeds more than 60,000 US troops and family members passing through the airport each year.

Sierra Vista, AZ, Lodge hosted separate Court of Honor Ceremonies for new Eagle Scouts Michael Gill and Nathan Richards, of lodge-sponsored Boy Scout Troop No. 444, and presented each of them with a certificate, a letter from the GER, and a US flag. Each of the scouts’ Eagle Scout Projects consisted of landscaping part of the grounds of a carillon recently opened at the Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Pictured with Eagle Scout Richards are (from left) Est. Lead. Knight Lawrence Bowen and Richards’ grandparents, Teresa and Tod Richards. In other news, the lodge held its annual Americanism Awards Ceremony and awarded a certificate, a stuffed toy lion, and a gift card worth $20, $15, or $10 for first, second, or third place, respectively, to each of the top three boys and girls who entered the Americanism Essay Contest. Additionally, lodge members treated the winners, their parents, and the winners’ teachers to a meal. The top boys in the contest were seventh grader Nicholas Richardson (first), sixth grader Braeden Chait (second), and fifth grader Geraldo Andres (third), while the top girls in the contest were seventh grader Emma Gore (first), sixth grader Shawnee Wright (second), and fifth grader Amber Skalicky (third).

of the nearly 600 children in the families served.

Yuma, AZ, Lodge members distributed Christmas baskets containing food to 150 needy families. Additionally, the lodge provided each child in the families that were served with a toy.

Fayetteville-Springdale, AR, Lodge members delivered Christmas food baskets to 30 families of deployed national guardsmen and military reservists, as well as to 28 other needy area families.

Highland, AR, Lodge donated $500 to the Highland High School band in thanks for the band’s performance at a luncheon held at the lodge.

Jonesboro, AR, Lodge members volunteered to ring bells to raise money for the Salvation Army.

Rogers-Bentonville, AR, Lodge held a Charity Chili Feed fund-raiser and raised nearly $1,600 for Open Av- enues, which provides life skills training, job training, and job place- ment to people with special needs.


Bellflower/Long Beach, CA, Lodge members, accompanied by a bell choir from Valley Christian High School, visited the AbilityFirst Long Beach Community Center and treated 40 clients of the center, which provides a range of services to children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities, to lunch, gingerbread house decorating, live musical entertainment, and a visit with Santa, who gave each partygoer a gift. Pictured with Santa (Trustee Steve Ytreus) is partygoer Rocio Contreras.

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Grass Valley, CA, Lodge hosted a Court of Honor Ceremony for new Eagle Scout Casey Martinson, of lodge-sponsored Boy Scout Troop No. 21, and gave him a US flag, a certifi- cate, and a letter from the GER. For his Eagle Scout Project, Martinson refurbished a walking path, re-stained a gazebo, and made several other repairs at the Nevada County Demon- stration Garden.

Los Banos, CA, Lodge donated the use of its lodge grounds to an exchange

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