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Central Illinois, which provides job training and housing to adults with developmental disabilities.

Brazil, IN, Lodge held a 50-mile Bicycle Ride fund-raiser and raised $1,000 for the state major project, which supports cancer research centers at Indiana University and Purdue University.

Goodland, KS, Lodge held a Blue Star Banner Program during which lodge members honored the families of 12 active-duty US troops and treated them to live patriotic musical entertainment. Additionally, lodge members gave each family a Blue Star Banner. Pictured are the Zelfer family: (from left) Sam, Kate, and Diane. Sam and Diane’s son, Brandon, who is in the US Air Force, is an Airman First Class at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, TX.

Youth Camp and Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services.

Vero Beach, FL, Lodge members visited the Wabasso School, which serves children with special needs, and treated more than 45 students to a Christmas Party, which featured dessert and a visit with Santa, who gave each child a gift.

Coeur d’Alene, ID, Lodge adopted five needy families through the Adopt-A- Family Program of the North Idaho Violence Prevention Center. The lodge donated a total of $2,500 worth of gifts and food to the five families.

Des Plaines, IL, Lodge donated four meat-and-cheese trays, 30 loaves of bread, 200 deviled eggs, and 30 cases of soft drinks to the USO of Illinois to help feed military personnel and family members traveling through Chicago O’Hare International Airport over the holiday season.

Joliet, IL, Lodge members delivered Christmas food baskets to nearly 100 needy families.

In other news, the lodge donated a wreath to the ComEd Festival of Trees, a fund-raiser that supports the Rialto Square Theater’s community arts program. The wreath was auctioned off for $300. The lodge also


Farmington, ME, Lodge donated $750 to a family with two disabled children to help purchase a stroller for the children. The lodge also donated a large bread-making machine to the Harris House, a home for disabled adults, and gave $100 to Operation Santa Claus, which provides gifts to needy children.

Frederick, MD, Lodge donated the use of lodge grounds to the Patti Pilatus Foundation for the foundation’s

Madisonville, KY, Lodge donated 50 backpacks full of school supplies to the Hopkins County Assistance Center to be given to needy children. Pictured are (from left) PSP William Patterson, Hopkins County Assistance Center Director Bobbi Ann Wilcox, PDD Jim Dorris, ER Janet Cartwright, PDD Terrell Cartwright, and PER Michael Bryant.

donated $1,000 to the Will County Juvenile Drug Court Program.

Peoria, IL, Lodge, along with a local American Legion post, held a Christ- mas Party at the post for more than 200 residents of local nursing homes. During the event, lodge members treated the attendees to lunch, live musical entertainment, and entertain- ment by comedians.

Springfield, IL, Lodge donated $1,000 to the annual Christmas Party for clients of Goodwill Industries of

annual Christmas Party for people with special needs.

Kent Island, MD, Lodge held its annual Children’s Christmas Party for 60 children, including the children and grandchildren of lodge members and children from the community. Partygoers were treated to refresh- ments, games, and a visit with Santa, who gave each child a gift.

Beverly/Salem, MA, Lodge members visited the Hunt Nursing and Reha- bilitation Center and distributed lap

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