The district soccer shoot was held in Calhoun on October 30th. We had 5 district winners. Landon McSwain, Jose Summerville, Daniel Palmer, Jon Scifers, and Ava Flemings. They went to compete in the state soccer shoot that was held on November 20th at Aidmore.
The Cartersville Elks Lodge distributed a personal dictionary to every third grade student in Cartersville City and Bartow County Schools. This is an annual program funded in part by Lodge charity fund raisers and partly by a grant for the purpose provided by the Elks National Foundation. Lodge members stuffed each dictionary with an Elks Drug Awareness Super Hero bookmark. Pictured are Dictionary Committee member Cari Spradley (left) and Exalted Ruler Bethany Jackson, along with third graders from Taylorsville Elementary School, Sierra Slygh, Tristyn Smith, and Daisy Harris. Also shown is a photo of the dictionary and bookmark.
The Cartersville Elks Lodge was recently presented a Certificate of Appreciation from the Bartow Adoptive and Foster Parents Association for "Continued support and dedication in 2010." The Lodge held a "Christmas with Santa" party last December, and a "Spring Fling" this year for foster parents and their foster and birth children as family units. The Lodge is planning its second "Christmas with Santa" party in December. Each child in attendance will receive an age/sex appropriate wrapped gift with his/her name on it, and will visit with Santa and have dinner provided by Lodge members. Each function typically serves about 180 children and parents, and also includes Elks Drug Awareness information, coloring books, crayons, etc., that is age appropriate. Pictured with the award is Lodge Exalted Ruler Bethany Jackson, who plans and coordinates these special events with the cooperation of the Department of Family and Children's Services.
Once again, the Cartersville Elks Lodge played host to approximately 80 foster/adoptive children, and the birth children in their families. The outdoor program included games, a customized ice cream sundae table, hot dogs, and of course a visit by Elroy Elk (Lodge member Brian Jackson). In conjunction with the Elks youth drug awareness program, kids were also given Elks super hero coloring books with "Say no to drugs" themes, and crayons. "The children have a great time spending an afternoon playing with one another and enjoying the great food and ice cream. It is also a great opportunity for other fellow foster/adoptive parents to get to know one another. The time and effort that the elks members spend making this event happen each year is very much appreciated." Dawn Perkins, Secretary, Adoptive and Foster Parents Association of Georgia.