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Silent Auction and raised $1,200 for the Elks National Foundation.


Hutchinson, MN, Lodge sponsored a fall league youth basketball team in the Hutchinson Park and Recreation Department.


Minneapolis, MN, Lodge donated $1,000 to the Brooklyn Park Police Department to support Police Explorer Post No. 655.


Red Wing, MN, Lodge members delivered food baskets to nearly 130 needy families.


Brainerd, MN, Lodge members distributed dictionaries to 570 third-grade students at eight elementary schools. Pictured at Lake Region Christian School with several of the students are (from left) teacher Amanda Miller and PERs James Dehen and Peter Johnson. In other news, the lodge donated an upright freezer to the Women’s Center of Mid- Minnesota, which provides shelter and other services to victims of domestic abuse.


Ishpeming, MI, Lodge members distributed dictionaries to more than 180 third-grade students at Republic- Michigamme, Aspen Ridge, and Birchview Elementary Schools.


Sturgis, MI, Lodge, in cooperation with the local Kiwanis club, held a Boots and Shoes Christmas Party and treated 90 needy children to a meal, a new pair of boots or shoes, and a visit with Santa, who gave each child a gift. In other news, the lodge held a Polar Plunge fund-raiser and raised more than $700 for the state major project, which provides financial and other assistance to children with special needs.


Three Rivers, MI, Lodge adopted two needy families, provided them with full Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, and gave each family several boxes full of gifts.


Faribault, MN, Lodge Antlers Program members held a Children’s Commu- nity Christmas Party and treated 75 youths and their parents to lunch, crafts, entertainment by a balloon artist, and a visit with Santa, who gave each child a bag of goodies. In related news, Antlers Program members volunteered to assist at the US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for


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Tots Program toy distribution and, together with other volunteers, helped 400 families pick out gifts for their 1,050 children. Antlers Program members also helped serve 130 attendees at a Girl Scout Holiday Tea that was held at the lodge and rang bells for one day to help raise funds for the Salvation Army. In other news, the lodge held a


Affton, MO, Lodge members delivered food baskets, each of which contained canned goods, produce, baked goods, meat, clothing, and toys, to more than 70 needy families, whose members included more than 140 adults and more than 160 children. Lodge members also gave a bicycle to each of 14 of the children.


Arcadia Valley (Arcadia), MO, Lodge donated 60 new coats and 14 slightly used coats to the Arcadia Valley School District, South Iron Junior and Senior High School, and Bellview Elementary School.


Cape Girardeau, MO, Lodge members attended a Court of Honor Ceremony


Nashua, NH, Lodge members attended a Court of Honor Ceremony for new Eagle Scouts Thomas Reilly and Matthew Spaziani, of Boy Scout Troop No. 261, and gave them certificates and US flags. For his Eagle Scout Project, Reilly built a shade structure at Roby Park in Nashua, while Spaziani’s Eagle Scout Project consisted of building a trail and sitting area on forested land owned by a local church. Pictured with Eagle Scouts Spaziani (left) and Reilly are (from left) Steve and Kim Spaziani, Eagle Scout Spaziani’s parents; Youth Activities Committee Chairman Albert Savage; and Paul and Kris Reilly, Eagle Scout Reilly’s parents.


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