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54th FLOE Conference President's Letter

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Connie Kalel Poage. President
1608 Stirrup Court
Plant City, FL 33566
(813) 754-2240
May 2017
Florida Ladies of Elks 54th Annual Conference
September 21-23, 2017


Dear Florida Ladies of Elks,

Vice President Mary McCoy and I invite you to attend the 54th Annual FLOE Conference being held at the Orlando Sheraton North, 600 N Lake Destiny Drive in beautiful Maitland. The dates are September 21-23, 2017. We hope you find it to be a wonderful experience and have opportunities to reunite with old friends and make new ones, as well as a time to share ideas and gain knowledge on supporting children and Veterans in our great state of Florida.

The theme of this year's Conference is "Teamwork Makes the Dream Work." All year, you have worked together with the Elks to support the mutual two Major Projects. THANK YOU. You have shown that teamwork is the key to success to make FLOE’s dream come true to help those less fortunate.

We will open the Conference on Friday, September 22, with cocktails at 6:00 p.m. and the banquet dinner beginning at 7:00 p.m., dancing to follow. Dress for Friday evening is business casual or you may want to wear your favorite sports team colors. After dinner, the entertainment will be provided by an incredible and accomplished DJ, Ray Mercer. Ray has been a DJ forty plus years.

The Saturday morning business session, September 23, is open to registered ladies of FLOE and includes a workshop. This is the business part of our Conference. Please dress comfortably, lodge jackets, shirts or vests are appropriate. And you may want to bring a sweater as most hotel ballrooms are chilly! We will break in plenty of time for the 12:00 noon luncheon. Saturday afternoon’s session will be open to all who wish to attend. It will begin with the Memorial Service, presented by Judy Schall, Chaplain and her committee. Immediately following the service, the business meeting will commence with our guest speaker, awards presentations, and the installation of Officers for 2017 – 2018.

All ladies, Elks and guests are invited to the Friday dinner and Saturday luncheon. Mary and I hope you will attend both Friday evening and the Saturday luncheon. Tickets are required for both meals.

We sincerely hope that you will be able to attend our Conference. All profits from the FLOE activities at this past May’s Elks State Convention and the donations to the 365 Club will be added to any profits generated by the sales of ads and Boosters for our Conference program book. The profits are earmarked for FLOE’s two Major projects: the Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services and the Florida Elks Youth Camp.

We thank you for your dedication and hard work all year long. What you do for your Ladies Organization and your Lodge goes a long way to support FLOE’s efforts to show “Teamwork Makes the Dream Work". We look forward to sharing this Conference with you in Maitland! Let’s celebrate another year of FLOE.

Connie and Mary


Louisiana State Legislature Increases New Orleans Hotel Occupancy Tax

The Legislature of the State of Louisiana has acted to increase the New Orleans Hotel Occupancy Tax from 13% to 14.75% effective April 1, 2014. This will affect our convention room rates and they will go from $128.56 to $130.52 per night.

Convention Attendees With ADA Transportation Needs Urged To Contact Grand Lodge

In order for the Grand Lodge to support the transportation needs of attendees with disabilities you are urged to contact the Grand Lodge if you require special assistance. Special coaches capable of kneeling to accommodate wheel chairs will be placed along the routes for those in need. If you require assistance please contact Tina or Jessica at the Grand Lodge as follows:


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