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Loudoun, VA, Lodge members presented a letter of appreciation to Boy Scout Troop No. 761 in thanks for the troop’s assistance with the lodge’s annual cookout at the Martinsburg, WV, VA Medical Center. Lodge members also presented an Outstanding Service Award to the troop on behalf of the center and the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Pictured are (from left) ER Patrick Kelly, Eagle Scout Alex Nykorchuk, and Est. Lead. Knight Geoffrey Cox.

Christmas Party for 40 needy children and treated them to a visit with Santa, who gave each child a gift of toys and clothing.

Vernal, UT, Lodge held a Christmas Party for about 70 children from Central Cove Preschool and the Ashley Valley Head Start Program and their parents. Lodge members treated partygoers to lunch and treated each child to a visit with Santa, who gave each child a present and a candy cane. Pictured with Ashley Valley Head Start participant Savannah Mateos is Santa (volunteer Ken Harrison).

In other news, the lodge, in cooperation

with the Uintah Recreation District, Vernal City, and a local store, held a community Breakfast with Santa and treated more than 1,100 children and adults to breakfast and a visit with Santa.

In more news, the lodge held a weekly blood pressure clinic with a registered nurse and checked the blood pressure of 65 visitors.

Greensboro, NC, Lodge donated $100 to the SPCA of the Triad to support its Winter Food Program. The lodge also donated 22 cases of canned goods to a local food bank.

Waynesville, NC, Lodge members prepared and delivered 30 meals to Haywood County Meals on Wheels clients on Thanksgiving Day. Lodge members also distributed Christmas food baskets to 35 needy families. In other news, the lodge held a


Athens, OH, Lodge members delivered Christmas food baskets to nearly 100 needy families. Each of the baskets contained enough food for a Christmas dinner, staples for several other meals, a toy for each child in the family, and a blanket and a flashlight for each senior citizen in the family.

East Liverpool, OH, Lodge members, with the help of Santa Claus, distrib- uted hats, gloves, socks, toys, and other gifts to more than 260 children at the lodge.

Jackson, OH, Lodge donated more than $400 worth of food to the Jackson Clothes Line and Food Pantry.

Van Wert, OH, Lodge members attended Court of Honor Ceremonies for new Eagle Scouts Brandon Lippi, Donald Lippi, and Benjamin Price, of Boy Scout Troop No. 35, and gave each of them a US flag and a certificate. Each of the Lippi brothers, for his Eagle Scout Project, landscaped an area around the City of Van Wert’s water treatment plant. Price, for his Eagle Scout Project, built and in- stalled several benches around a pond at YMCA Camp Clay.

In other news, lodge members gave

Christmas presents to 30 children who were clients of the Van Wert County Help Me Grow Program, which provides assistance to children at risk for developmental disabilities. The lodge also donated $125 to the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio.

Broken Arrow, OK, Lodge members honored the sacrifices of Illinois Army National Guard SGT Schuyler B. Patch, US Army SSG Jack D. Richards Jr., US Marine Corps LCpl Jordan D. Winkler, and US Army SPC Stephen G. Zapasnik and presented their families with the Elks Medal of Valor during the Oklahoma Elks Association’s Veterans Banquet. Sergeant Patch was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 106th Cavalry Regi- ment, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team when he died on February 24, 2009, in Afghanistan. Staff Sergeant Richards was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division when he was severely wounded in Iraq on Septem- ber 24, 2004; he died on July 29, 2007. Lance Corporal Winkler was assigned to Combat Service Support Battalion 1, Combat Service Support Group 11, 1st Force Service Support Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force when he died in Iraq on November 26, 2004. Specialist Zapasnik was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, when he died in Iraq on December 24, 2008.


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