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.
Each year, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks holds a nationwide Americanism Essay contest for students in middle schools and elementary schools. Submissions are judged locally, and the top three winners from each grade level are forwarded on to be judged at the District level (Cartersville is in the Northwest District of the Georgia Elks Association). Essays selected at the district level are then forwarded for state judging, with the finalists being sent to Elks headquarters in Chicago to determine the national winners. The contest is open fo 5th and 7th graders from cartersville and Bartow County schools. Altogether, about 80 students participated. This year's theme was "Why I am proud to be an American."
Cartersville middle school winners were all students at Cass Middle School. Pictured with their award certificates and $25.00 Target gift cards, left to right, are 7th graders Jacob Bruner, Travis Gunnels, and Holly Hankins. Also shown are Teacher Vickie Cronon, Lodge Americanism Coordinator Deborah Kornow, Principal Kristy Arnold, and Lodge Exalted Ruler Bethany Jackson. Travis Gunnels' essay was a winner for the Northwest District and has been forwarded for judging at the state level.
Winners at the 5th grade level were all from Mission Road Elementary School. These students were honored in the presence of their parents, teachers, and an assembly of the entire 5th grade class. Pictured, left to right, are essayists Madison Ristroph, Olivia Lavender, and Austen Chandler, with their awards. Also shown are Teacher Alicen Lee, Bethany Jackson, Deborah Kornow, and Writing Instructor Molly Payne. Cartersville scored again when Austen Chandler's essay was selected as a winner at the district competition and his was also forwarded for judging at state. Mrs. Payne made the Elks Americanism essay the graded writing project for the 5th grade class this year.
Cass Middle School
Mission Road Elementary School
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 holds a turkey shoot on Saturdays in November and December between 11 AM and 3 PM. Usually around 2:00, the shooting is restricted to children 12 and under. Kids pay the same price to compete ($5 for a turkey or $6 for a ham) as adults. The photo shows shooters (left to right) Andrew Aeyal, Nick Root, Jacob Smith, Josh Root, and Madison Smith, taking aim. In the background are Lodge members monitoring the firing line for safety. The Elks provide eye and ear protection and shotgun shells of all gauges. December shoots are scheduled for 12/4, 12/11. and 12/18. Oh, yes, and the turkey was won by Jacob Smith!
This years (2011) Saturday Turkey Shoots start Nov 5th
In conjunction with the Elks National "Youth Week" in May, the Cartersville Lodge held a "Spring Fling" day at the Lodge for foster families in Bartow County. Activities included water balloon toss, hula hoop contest, kick ball, ice cream bar, hot dog lunch, and many other events. The hot dogs were donated by Ingles Grocery on West Avenue. Buns were donated by Sarah Lee distributor Joey Harppe of 3L Distributing. The drinks, ice cream, and blow-up houses were provided by the Bartow County Chapter of the Adoptive and Foster Parents Association of Georgia. Activities were organized by Lodge members and case workers from the Department of Family and Children Services, who were on hand to supervise the children.
Lodge Drug Awareness Coordinator Paul West set up an impressive display and also posed as "Elroy Elk." Elroy is the national Elks Drug Awareness mascot.
Children were given a "goodie bag" with a toy of their choice, and a "#1 Good Sport" medal upon leaving. Elks members had also collected and donated a large assortment of needed items for the DFACS emergency closet, which is stocked with items needed for the care and welfare of children taken into protective custody on an emergency basis.
One little girl (Albany Roberson) came into the kitchen area and stated that she needed a cup with a lid "right now." When a member asked her why, it was discovered that she had collected a double handful of live grasshoppers.
Over 180 foster parents, birth children, foster children, and Lodge members were in attendance. The Elks held a Christmas party for foster families last December.
Elk kitchen volunteers, left to right, Fran and Rich Firestone, Jill Deering, Linda Cagle, and Norris Westbrooks
Lodge Exalted Ruler, Bethany Jackson (left), assists a child in the water baloon toss
"Elroy Elk" (Paul West) circulates among the children
Lodge Exalted Ruler Bethany Jackson (left) poses with DFACS workers (left to right) Jackie Levine, Kimberly Davis, Kathy Roberson, and Bridget Ash behind the Emergtency Closet items donated to DFACS by Elks Lodge members
Albany Roberson, aka "Grasshopper Girl", demonstrates her expertise at blowing bubbles.
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.