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Members of the Louisiana Elks Lodge 791 are busy preparing for their annual chicken barbecue that will be held on June 7 at 11 a.m. at their facility. This tradition has continued for 42 years as a way to raise funds for the club’s scholarship funds. This year the lodge will award more than $9,000 to area students.
At the LHS awards assembly held on May 7, Exhalted Ruler Porter Elliott recognized Ethan Helkey as the recipient of the Louisiana Elks Scholarship, Daniel Francis as the George Trimble Scholarship winner, Shelby Renner received the George Keith Scholarship and Marshall Corbin was awarded the newly formed George Keith Student Scholar/Athlete Scholarship. Other area schools’ winners will be announced during their festivities in the coming weeks.
The meal will consist of ½ barbecue chicken, slaw and baked beans. Tickets are being distributed to the membership but will also be available at the door. Serving will continue until everything is sold. The committee has also decided to continue delivery and carry-out service for the meal. They will encourage anyone interested in either to call the lodge ahead of time to schedule. Questions can be directed to chairman Danny Wood by calling the lodge at 573-754-5890
The Lodge Auxiliary organizations known as The Elkettes, also sponsor awards for students’ performance in Algebra I & II, Calculus, Math IV and Geometry. Those students were recognized at the LHS Awards Assembly on the May 7. The ladies also just wrapped up their annual Good Friday Fish and report that it was well attended.
Club members recently recognized Dylan Dalton for winning the Elks Drug Awareness poster contest at the state level. On May 8 before the regular business meeting, members, along with Elks state vice president Rhonda Bruno, state Drug Awareness chairman Charlie Smith and Lodge Committee Chair Mary Lindsay, awarded him $300. Dalton is a Bowling Green third grader and is the son of Chelsea and Shawn Dalton. The Elks National Drug Awareness Program is the largest volunteer drug awareness program in the United States. It began in 1982 and over the years the program has developed and is delivered through 2,100 lodges in communities across the country.
Always a busy place, on Saturday May 10, the lodge sponsored the Spring Break Bike-a-thon. Chairman of the event, Mary Lindsay, was able to secure a grant through the National Elks Foundation for the event. Deputy Joey Minor and Drug Dog Yogi, along with Louisiana Police Chief Hughes provided information on bike safety. Thirty-eight bikes were given away and everyone enjoyed hot dogs and other goodies during the day’s event.