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Marvin Fontenot
2017-2018 Louisiana Elks Association Elk of the Year

2017-2018 Louisiana Elks Association Elk of the Year

This year's winner of the Steve G. Jenkinson, Jr. Louisiana Elk of the Year is Marvin Fontenot, he is a 31-year member of Slidell Elks Lodge #2321. ER Lee Guidry, theme for Lodge year 2017-18 has been "Selfless Service" to our Members, our Lodge and our local Community. Marvin is a "doer" and epitomizes every aspect of "selfless service" throughout this year. Upon appointment as Building Chairman, I immediately tasked him with undertaking several lodge improvements, rehabilitation projects and deferred maintenance that lingered for years. Marvin professionally worked with an Elks team of volunteers for the demolition and remodeling of the Main Hall women’s and men’s restrooms. These two projects included new countertops, lavatories, partial new walls, new pedestal sinks, new plumbing connections, decorative molding and re-painting throughout. His extensive construction/handyman experience was indeed an asset in their successful completion.

Next, he assisted with replacing old outdated kitchen lighting with new LED overhead lighting fixtures in the kitchen. He developed an inventory of HVAC systems and filter sizes and ensured the filters were replaced on a regular basis enhancing building efficiency and lowering utility bills. In November 2017, a 9-member committee formed to pursue the solicitation of bids and construction of a new 30' x 40' concrete slab/steel structured Veterans Pavilion on the lodge grounds to honor all Louisiana veterans who have faithfully served our Country. Committee member Marvin pursued several professional contractors to acquire quotations; assisted with evaluation of bids; and the committee ultimately selected Venture Concrete LLC – the Contractor Marvin personally recommended from prior experience with them – as the successful bidder.

Venture professionally completed the concrete slab in late November. In January 2018, the pavilion committee once again solicited bids from Contractor community for steel or wood-framed pavilion structure alternatives. In February, the Lodge approved ADCO as the successful bidder on the steel framed structure – a Contractor Marvin personally visited, discussed with and acquired a quote from, which included a $1,000 discount for this worthwhile Elks project. Upon completion, this Veterans Pavilion will serve as a permanent fixture on the Lodge property dedicated to our great Veterans’ service.

Marvin demonstrated his helpfulness as a loyal twice-weekly Bingo worker; commiserating and joking with the players; and serving in any capacity necessary to ensure successful sessions. He has ably supported and worked our annual Veterans Golf Tournament; led a group of Elks distributing fruit baskets and good cheer to veterans in Park Provence Assisted Living Center; and worked with the veterans Chairman at three veterans’ bingo luncheons at the Lodge.

Lastly, Membership is where Marvin has excelled the most this year. He was a "Super Recruiter" spreading the word of Elkdom; our missions and functions; promoting the virtues of Elk membership to everyone he talked to. He swiftly earned his GER pin for 3 reinstatement/propositions of new members in June 2017 then accelerated his efforts towards the end of the lodge year.

Through February 2018 Marvin has completed:
3 Re-instatements
1 Transfer
3 New Members Initiated
7 Subtotal

...and has 4 new member applications pending for March 2018 for a Total of 11 this Lodge Year. Marvin played a huge role in Slidell Lodge achieving a +20 in membership in 2017-18!


Daniel Diliberto
2017-2018 LEA Veteran Volunteer of the Year

2017-2018 LEA Veteran Volunteer of the Year

Daniel is always ready and willing to help with any of the Veterans functions held at the Lodge. He works diligently at the Golf Tournament held annually as the Lodge's largest fund raiser for our Veterans. In addition, he is very instrumental in acquiring donation items from local businesses to be used in our Veterans fund raisers.

This year's nominee visits the Veterans home in Jackson in addition to regular visits to Veterans at several of the area nursing homes. Daniel delivers goody bags to the Veterans in the homes during the year and fruit baskets during Christmas.

Despite chronic back pain, Daniel never complains and is always in good humor. He has a big heart and loves doing things for the Veterans. He loves being around our Veterans and they love being around him.

Daniel has been a member of our Order for 12 years and himself a Veteran of the Air Force Reserves.

Daniel truly represents what our Order is all about when it comes to our Veterans.

Terry M. Bruno
Chairman, LEA



Donavan Seamster
2017 National Hoop Shoot Champion

Donavan Seamster - National Hoop Shoot Champion 2017

For the first time Louisiana Elks can now claim a Champion in the Grand Lodge National Hoop Shoot Contest. Congratulations go to Donavan Seamster who participated in the Boys Age 12-13 category and swept the 2017 Tournaments for his age group. In the local tournament Donavan had to win against his best friend and last year's national finalist, LaBree Williams, Jr., to move on to the state tournament. He made his last 15 shots in a row to accomplish the win shooting a final score of 23 out of 25.

In the Louisiana State Finals held in Opelousas LA Donavan again shot a score of 23 of 25, but this time another competitor rallied for a comeback forcing a shootout where each contestant gets 5 shots to determine the winner. Both kids had their worst shooting experience of the tournament journey with Donavan prevailing shooting 2 out of 5 and earning a trip to the Regional Finals in Dallas TX. Here the intensity of the competition continued to build against the best shooters from the four states region comprised of Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Louisiana. Donavan again beat all boys in his age group, and a Louisiana contestant was going to the National Finals for the second year in a row.

In Chicago IL our young man proved he was ready to shoot with a flawless practice round on Friday. At Saturday's finals contest, Donavan made all 5 practice shots and followed up with a perfect score of 25 out of 25 shots but making just barely enough to win over two other shooters who shot 24 of 25.

Louisiana Elks have now sponsored a National winner for the first time since Hoop Shoot was created 45 years ago. The Best Shot Contest named for Hoop Shoot founder Getty Powell is for the boys and girls champions of the three age categories. A 9 year old boy also happened to shoot a perfect score, and after 5 more rounds of 5 shots each Donavan had won. His final winning score was 49 out of 50 shots, a remarkable achievement for a child of any age.

Donavan is an only child being raised by his mother Latisha Jack where she provides a solid home life for Donavan. Sometimes she finds it hard to fund her son's basketball ambitions, but she is obviously doing something right. Her son is now the National Champion who will soon have his name inscribed in the National Basketball Hall of Fame as the best basketball free-throw shooter in the country.

The sponsorship of a winning athlete from Louisiana is a direct result of the efforts of all the lodges in Louisiana and of the efforts of those who came before us. Congratulations to Jodie Blackwell, Hoop Shoot Chairman of Shreveport Lodge #122 for the success of his hard work. And thank you to all the volunteers that support and make Hoop Shoot possible in Louisiana.

Ed Chandler, Hoop Shoot Chairman
Louisiana Elks Association

Donavan Seamster - National Hoop Shoot Champion 2017

Donavan Seamster - National Hoop Shoot Champion 2017

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