A Message From FLOE President Connie Kalel Poage
- Written by Connie Kalel Poage
Dear Florida Ladies of Elks and Elks,
As I am writing this article, six months have gone by in the FLOE year. The 111th Elks State Convention will be here before we know it. The FSEA staff, FLOE Officers and Committee Chairladies are finalizing the plans for the FLOE events that will be held at the Elks State Convention. A new hotel along with new things for FSEA and FLOE at the state convention. How exciting is that!
This past February’s Quarterly was another one for the history books. The dedication ceremonies and tours of the new FSEA Office and the Smith Conference Center were well attended. Although there was no ladies luncheon, there were opportunities to meet the Grand Exalted Ruler’s wife, First Lady Donna Zellen. During the Florida Ladies of Elks meeting on Saturday morning February 11, 2017, we covered many subjects including the upcoming May Elks State Convention activities. Here are highlights of the meeting. The Nominating Committee presented its recommendations of FLOE Officers and four-year Advisory Board members for 2017-2018 year. At the May 27th meeting, nominations will be accepted from the floor and voting will occur. The By-Laws Committee received some proposed changes to the current By-Laws and the Committee can still accept By-Law and Standing Rules proposed changes prior to the May 27th meeting, deadline to submit to Nominating Committee Chairlady Becky Long PSP is May 5, 2017. The first reading of the proposed changes will be at the May meeting, second reading and voting will occur at this year’s FLOE Conference. The selection of the 2018 FLOE Conference hotel site was voted upon after Vice President Mary McCoy presented the report of possible hotel sites. The Sheraton Buena Vista in Orlando will be the site for the 2018 FLOE Conference, September 20-22, 2018. There was a recommendation by the Advisory Council and approved at our meeting to give $6,000.00 to the Florida State Elks Association to complete the FLOE donations for the 2015-2016 year. With this additional donation, total donations for the 2015-2016 year amounted to $22,460.46! What an impressive and substantial total. The FSEA Major Projects meeting was following our meeting and Immediate FLOE Past State President Becky Long would proudly present the check of $6,000.00 to FSEA President John Harris. (Becky did make the presentation to him in the Major Projects meeting.) In addition to the formation of a committee for the May State Convention’s Saturday FLOE Pavilion booth, two other committees were formed after the November meeting: one to organize the FLOE’s archives at the youth camp and the other committee to review the awards given at a FLOE Conference. Reports to follow. Thank you, Ladies, for serving on these committees. The FSEA Silent Auction and the FLOE Chinese Auction details known at the time of our meeting were presented. An overview of the 2017 FLOE Conference was given. Our meeting was attended by some special guests: Kathy Lake, Cathy Gerace, Sally Malatesta, and Georgia Elks First Lady Linda Robinette. And so honored were we to have so many Dignitaries drop by for a visit and say a few words: FSEA President John Harris, FSEA VPAL Carl Gerace, FSEA Endorsed VPAL Frank Malatesta, Alabama State Elks President Mike Thrasher, Mississippi State Elks President Rachael Cook, Georgia State Elks President Gary Robinette and the Elks National President, Grand Exalted Ruler Michael Zellen. What a very nice surprise, President John. You made us feel special.
I hope all Lodges and Ladies Organizations have received the May FLOE packet. This packet was distributed at the February meeting and can be found on the Elks web site, in the FECON section. The packet has detailed information about the FSEA Silent Auction and the FLOE Chinese Auction. Both auctions will run concurrently on Friday and Saturday at the Elks State Convention, the winners will be announced Saturday afternoon. Regarding the Silent Auction, your Lodge will receive Per Capita credit based on the purchase value of the items donated. Your generous donations are what will make the auctions successful. One hundred percent of proceeds raised from the two auctions goes to the two Major Projects. Ladies, if you can help with any of the FLOE activities or in the FLOE Hospitality Suite at the May State Convention, please contact the Chairlady of the Committee or me. FLOE has a packed weekend and will need a lot of help to make all the events successful. Please see the state convention agenda for the times and locations for the FLOE activities and business meeting. And please come visit FLOE’s Hospitality Suite on Thursday and Friday evenings and sample the signature drink.
Packets for the 2017 FLOE Conference will be at the May FLOE meeting. It is not too early to make hotel reservations before you receive the packet. The hotel, Sheraton Orlando North in Maitland, is accepting reservations now. When making a hotel reservation for the Conference, identify yourself as with Florida Ladies of Elks. The deadline to make a reservation will be 30 days prior to your arrival date. The block of rooms is limited so make your reservation as soon as you can.
By this time, the Lodges have new Elk officers ready to begin their duties. I encourage each Ladies Organization to work with their newly elected Lodge officers. Our FLOE motto is “Teamwork Makes the Dream Work”. I do believe this. FLOE has lost another Ladies Organization; an Elkettes group disbanded before April 1st. I continue to be thankful for the Elks Lodges that have Ladies Organizations remaining and support the ladies in their missions, goals, and charity work.
Since my last newsletter, there have been no additional District Delegates, so some of the districts still have no representation. And some delegates serve also as an officer or on the Advisory Council. To the Delegates that are serving for the first time, THANK YOU. And to the returning Delegates, THANK YOU. Your role is so very important all year round.
To all Ladies, thank you for all your year- long hard work and dedication on behalf of FLOE. You are the reason the Florida Ladies of Elks organization shines and you make FLOE’s dreams come true.
Our next meeting will be Saturday, May 27th, 8:30 a.m. Room location will be on the Elks Convention agenda. I hope you can attend. It will be another packed agenda meeting. Please contact me if you have a question about what FLOE will be doing at the May Convention.
My newsletter will be published before the Elks State Convention so I want to say to FSEA President John, VPAL/President Elect Carl, and Cathy, it has been a most fun FSEA year and secondly, a privilege for me to serve as the FLOE President several months of your term. Thank you, thank you! Your support of the Florida Ladies of Elks was and is beyond measure, your enthusiasm and passion about what FLOE is and does year-round will not be forgotten. I would be neglectful if I didn’t thank Kay “Angel” too, because she believed in FLOE and what it stood (stands) for. Angel, you are greatly missed. Lastly, I want to thank outgoing FSEA Ladies Organization Chairman Larry Littell, PER, for his work with FLOE and the two FLOE Presidents during his term in office.
Connie Kalel Poage
2016-2017 FLOE President