1021 Discovery Way North Venice, Florida 34275



Venice-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


Exalted Ruler: David Gillum                                         Inner Guard: Carol Ahmann

Leading Knight:  Sherie Gillum                                   Tiler:                    

Loyal Knight: James Miller                                            5 Year Trustee: David Weinberger

Lecturing Knight:                                                               4 Year Trustee: Shirley Yawn

Secretary: Andrice Nelson                                            3 Year Trustee: Ken Bird, PER

Treasurer:  Jennifer Domschine                                2 Year Trustee: Sven Nelson, DDGER

Esquire: Ron Salisbury                                                    1 Year Trustee: Carl Risch, PDD

Chaplain:  Dr. David Tschanz


District Vice President                                                 District Deputy

Joe Cooper                                                                            Sven Nelson

 941-320-5607                                                                   941-538-8236

joe.cooper99@gmail.com                                              svenelof@gmail.com

Elks Statutory Committees

Americanism:  Laura Wood                                                 Community Activities: Suzanne Heise

Drug Awareness: Sven Nelson                                             Audit:  Ed Griffth 

Elk Training: Shirley Yawn                                                       ENF Certificate: Sherie Gillum

ENF Scholarship: Carolyn Reichard                                  Government Relations:  Andrice Nelson

Harry-Anna: Sven Nelson                                                        Hoop Shoot: Stephen Schaffer

Inter-Lodge Visitation: Andrice Nelson                          Youth Activities: 


Lodge Activities:  Sheire Gillum/Laura Wood                Membership: David Gillum

Orientation: Sven Nelson                                                         Public Relations: Andrice Nelson

Ritual: Ken Bird                                                                              Soccer Shoot:

Sports:                                                                                                  Veterans: Steve Feldman

Lodge Committees

Accident Prevention: Ken Bird, PER                                   Bingo:  Sherie Gillum 

ENF: Sherie Gillum                                                                         Investigation: Sven Nelson

Lapsation: David Gillum                                                             

Sickness & Distress: Laurel Bean                                          Volunteer:  Sheire Gillum/Laura Wood

About the ELKS

Florida Elks


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


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


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