1021 Discovery Way North Venice, Florida 34275


Venice-Nokomis Elks Lodge #1854

Venice-Nokomis Elks Lodge #1854

Venice-Nokomis Elks Lodge #1854Venice-Nokomis Elks Lodge #1854

Venice-Nokomis Elks #1854


Interested in Becoming an Elk?

Membership in the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks offers many benefits and rewards. Not only do you get the satisfaction and pleasure of giving back to your community in a meaningful way through all the charitable work our lodges engage in, you get to do it with the Best People On Earth.         

                                     Make a Difference... Find Your Passion... Join us!


Exalted Ruler: Mary  E. R. Vinsh, ER                       Inner Guard: Carol Ahmann

Leading Knight:  Sherie Gillum                                  Tiler:    Dee Greer                

Loyal Knight: John Haskell                                           5 Year Trustee: Nick Rosato

Lecturing Knight: Ron Salisbury                               4 Year Trustee:Christa Haskell

Secretary:      TBD                                                              3 Year Trustee: David Weinberger

Treasurer:  Fredi Goldman                                           2 Year Trustee: Shirley Yawn

Esquire: Donna Linder                                                   1 Year Trustee: Ken Bird, PER

Chaplain:  Missy Carfield


District Vice President                                                 District Deputy

Steve Carruthers                                                                    Joe Cooper 

941-416-7723                                                                    941-320-5607   

stevecusmc@gmail.com                                              joe.cooper99@gmail.com

Elks Statutory & Lodge Committees

Auditing & Accounting: Josh Jacob, David Vinsh,  Cathy Ferney

Drug Awareness:     Donna Linder                                     Community Activities: Laura Wood                   

Flag Day:  Dee Greer                                                                  ENF:  David Vinsh

ENF Scholarship: Laura Wood                                             Government Relations: Shirley Yawn

Harry-Anna:    Dave Gillum,PER                                          Elks Memorial Day:   Gary Wagner

Hoop Shoot: Stephen Schaffer         

Fraternal Committee:  Steve Schaffer                     

Lodge Activities:  Sherie Gillum/Carol Ahmann          Youth Activities: David Vinsh                      

Orientation:      Sherie Gillum                                                  Public Relations: Cathy  Ferney

State Major Projects:    Dave Gillum                                  Accident Prevention: David Vinsh          

Ritual:       Mary Vinsh                                                                   Soccer Shoot:  Josh Jacob

Membership: Cathy Ferney,  Ron Salisbury

Standing Relief: Mary ER Vinsh, ER,, Sherie  Gillum, James Miller, Ron Salisbury,  

Veterans: Dave Gillum , PER, Nick Rosato, 

By-Laws:  Mary ER Vinsh, ER, Dave Gillum PER, Dave Weinberger

About the ELKS

Florida Elks

Elks National Foundation

Elks National Foundation


Here in Florida, the 56,000 men and women of the Elks in 100 Lodges from the panhandle to the Keys are enjoying the camaraderie, compassion, community outreach, and support that are all part of being an Elk.

In Florida alone, Elks provide millions of dollars in assistance to the neediest among us:

  •  The Army of Hope provides assistance to veterans and military families
  • The Elks Children’s Therapy Program brings mobile, in-home therapy services to children across the  state
  • The  400-acre Elks Youth Camp in Umatilla builds character while  simultaneously inspiring Florida’s youth by teaching respect  and responsibility

As a member of our order, you will be supporting all of these programs while enjoying all of the benefits of being an Elk.  

Elks National Foundation

Elks National Foundation

Elks National Foundation


The mission of the Elks National Foundation  is to help Elks build stronger communities. We fulfill this pledge by  investing in communities where Elks live and work. We provide tomorrow’s  leaders, our youth, with lifelong skills; we honor the Elks’ pledge to  never forget our veterans; we help the state Elks associations  accomplish their charitable  objectives and fund projects that improve  the quality of life in local Elks communities.


  • The Elks National Foundation 
  • Most  Valuable Student Competition
  • Legacy Award 
  • Emergency  Educational Grants . 

Harry Anna Foundation

Elks National Foundation

Harry Anna Foundation


Of  everything that the Florida Elks do, perhaps nothing is more important  than our work with the state’s youth. Sowing the seeds of accomplishment  and commitment through our Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services and  Florida Elks Youth Camp programs, children are given the opportunity to  grow and learn beyond their wildest  imaginations.

Known to  Florida Elks as the Harry-Anna Trust Fund, named after Harry and Anna  Miller who donated land and a building to establish the original Florida  Elks Hospital for Crippled Children, the trust was started in 1951. The  purpose of this charitable trust was, and  continues to be, the  collection of donations, the selling of trust fund certificates, and the  acceptance of endowed gifts. 

The trust fund is restricted,  which means that only the income derived from it may be used to support  our major projects: the Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services and  Florida Elks Youth Camp programs