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The joint Vet’s Clothing project between Painesville 549 and Willoughby-Cleveland 18 Elks Lodges is concluding with the delivery of bags of cold weather clothing to Deacon Al Jones of the St. John Baptist Church
in Painesville. Painesville’s ER and Past District Deputy Duke Miller and Past Exalted Ruler Scott Daniels made the delivery. Pictured are (l-r) Deacon Jones and ER Duke.
Other sites that were included in the distribution of clothing were the Lake County Veterans’ Service Commission, Wade Park VA, 152nd St. Veterans’ Resource Center, the Painesville citadel of the Salvation Army and the Painesville City Municipal Court. All these organizations will further distribute the clothing to disadvantaged veterans with whom they come in contact.
Painesville and Willoughby-Cleveland lodges, for the past two years, have applied for and combined their ENF Freedom Grants, totaling $4,000, in order to provide this service to our community and to our veterans.
The Work Smart Clothing Factory in Wickliffe has been helpful in this effort by providing us with a generous discount on the clothing we have purchased from them. Home Depot has also given us discounts on the tote bags we use for the individual clothing packages. We even had some homemade knit
stocking caps and cracker packages donated to us this year!
Painesville’s ER Duke Miller PDDGER, Scott Daniels PER and Willoughby-Cleveland’s Jon Felice PDDGER and member Tom Jenks served on this committee again this year. PER Tom Keaty from Painesville and Willoughby-Cleveland’s PER Mike Felice have also help in supporting roles. The conclusion of this year’s effort brings the total packages of clothing delivered to those in need to approximately 300. This a project that is sponsored by the Elks
National Foundation. Please join ENF and give generously. See any Elks officer for more details.
Pictured below is our full contingent of officers and trustees, along with visiting members from other lodges and most notably, State Ohio Elks Association President Lance Knight and his wife Susan.
Below, ER Duke Miller and Est. Loyal Knight S. Robert Wright present the Madison Township Fire Department with equipment purchased with the $750 Ohio Elks Association Community Service Grant that we applied for and were awarded. Sometimes its the small everyday equipment that makes their jobs easier!
On behalf of the 2015 BPOE 549 Big Daddy Golf Outing committee, lodge officers and staff, thanks to you for another successful golf outing. Next year's Big Daddy will be on Wednesday, July 20, 2016.
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Thanks to those who helped carry our flag at the July 1st at the Fairport Mardi Gras Parade.
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