Mayor Teri Johnston, the City Commissioners, and City Manager Gregory Veliz gathered with a group of members – including Mayor Emeritus Dennis Wardlow — of the Key West Elks Lodge #0551 to honor them for the contributions they continuously make to the community. 

Saturday is Key West Elks Lodge Day

Key West Mayor Teri Johnston and the City Commission proclaimed Saturday, January 9th as of Key West Elks Lodge #0551 Day.

On that day, said Key West Mayor Emeritus Dennis Wardlow, the Elks Lodge is holding a huge yard sale to raise funds for its annual senior scholarship program.

The yard sale will be Saturday from 8 a.m. until “two or three” said Wardlow, in the 3200 block of Flagler Avenue next to the Bank of America. There will be raffles, lots of cool items and a BBQ truck out front.

“If you drive a moped or a bicycle, come on out and buy something and we’ll transport it for you,” said Wardlow. “Whether it’s on Olivia or Stock Island, we’ll get your product to you.”

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Elks have supported community organizations such as Take Stock in Children, Kids Come First, Florida Keys Cancer Society, Volunteers of America and the SOS Foundation with grants funded through the Grand Lodge Gratitude Grant program.

The members of Key West Elks Lodge #0551 have served the veterans and youth

of Key West for close to 100 years, said Wardlow, through scholarship programs, grant programs and volunteer service for individuals and non-profit groups.