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


Exalted Ruler: David Gillum                                         Inner Guard: Carol Ahmann

Leading Knight:  Mary Vinsh                                        Tiler:                    

Loyal Knight: Cathy Ferney                                          5 Year Trustee: Christa Haskell

Lecturing Knight: Ron Salisbury                                 4 Year Trustee:David Weinberger

Secretary: Andrice Nelson                                            3 Year Trustee: Shirley Yawn

Treasurer:  Fredi Goldman                                            2 Year Trustee: Ken Bird, PER

Esquire: John Haskell                                                     1 Year Trustee: Sven Nelson, DDGER

Chaplain:  Suzanne Curry


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: Mike LaBoe, Jym Forliech, Chris Ciccone

Drug Awareness: Sven Nelson, DDGER                        Community Activities: Laura Wood                   

Flag Day: Ken Bird, PER                                                            ENF: Andrice Nelson

ENF Scholarship: Carolyn Reichard                                  Government Relations: Laura Wood

Harry-Anna: Sven Nelson                                                        Elks Memorial Day: Dave Gillium, ER, PER

Hoop Shoot: Stephen Schaffer, Ron Meddaugh, Jym Froelich          

Fraternal Committee:  Steve Schaffer                     

Lodge Activities:  Sheire Gillum/Carol Ahmann         Youth Activities: Jym Froelicj                       

Orientation: Sven Nelson                                                         Public Relations: Andrice Nelson

State Major Projects: Sven Nelson, DDGER                 Accident Prevention: Ken Bird, PER          

Ritual:                                                                                                    Soccer Shoot:  

Membership: David Gillum ER, PER, Andrice Nelson, Ron Salisbury

Standing Relief: David Gillum ER, PER, Sherie Gillium, James Miller, Ron Salisbury,  Andrice Nelson

Veterans: Ken Bird, PER, Nick Rosato, Sven Nelson, DDGER

By-Laws: Dave Gillium, ER/PER, Sven Nelson, DDGER, Dave Weinberger

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