A Message From FLOE President, Mary McCoy
- Written by Mary McCoy
The FSEA quarterly meeting took place at the Florida Elks Youth Camp in Umatilla, Fla., Feb. 7-9. It was a pleasure to spend time at our beautiful camp. The wives of the Past State Presidents hosted a lovely luncheon in honor of Pat McPherson, wife of our Grand Exalted Ruler, Malcolm McPherson. She is a very special lady and it was an honor to meet her and receive one of her unique pins. Friday night we enjoyed a delicious barbecue dinner along with a marvelous performance by Re-Creation. On Saturday we had the great pleasure of meeting Malcolm McPherson at the major projects meeting where he addressed the membership. During his motivating speech he spoke of his goal of promoting our 150 years of Elkdom and challenged each of us to bring in one new member this year. I’d say Elkdom is in very good hands.
Your officers for 2017-2018 have been working hard to prepare for the upcoming 112th annual FSEA state convention at the beautiful Orlando World Center Marriott May 24-26. I hope many of our FLOE members and delegates are planning to attend and help us reach our fundraising goal.
We will be hosting our annual Chinese auction Thursday and before lunch Friday; the items will be raffled after lunch as usual. We will be asking our members to donate an hour or two of their time so that our chairladies, Barbara Carroll and Diane Sharp, will not have to spend every minute of their day standing at the tables Thursday. If you have a gift to donate to our auction, please check the FSEA website, floridaelks.org, under the Florida Ladies of Elks section for the information and the forms to make your donation. Our Chinese auction has always been a big part of our ability to help our two major projects, and with everyone’s help it will continue to do so.
FLOE will also be assisting Dan Masi, Development Director for the Florida State Elks Association, with the running of the silent auction. Auction item drop-offs will begin Thursday at 8 a.m. and the bidding will be Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. when the winners will be posted on the monitor at the auction site. Remember, the individual or lodge that donates an item to the silent auction will receive Harry-Anna Trust Fund credit for their donation. Please be sure to fill out a donation form and submit it with your gift so your credit will be properly applied. Forms will be available on the FSEA website under “FLOE” or at the drop-off site.
I am happy to say that our luncheon will be back this year! There will be one change, however, due to the large schedule of activities for the convention. Our luncheon will be Friday instead of Saturday as it has been in the past. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased on the FSEA website. The menu is available on the website under “FLOE.” If you do not have access to a computer, please contact Judy Reyes, PSP. Everyone is welcome to attend this fun time. I hope to see lots of you there!
FLOE will host a hospitality suite again this year Thursday and Friday evenings. Along with sweets and treats, we will have a special frozen drink for your enjoyment. The theme for this year is safari style so don’t be surprised to see a few fascinating safari sights.
I must say, I am thoroughly enjoying my year as FLOE State President. I learn something every day and I have met some new and interesting people. Once the state convention is over, we will be in full swing for our annual conference which will be at the Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort Sept. 20-23. Our members who attend our May meeting will receive a packet containing information about the conference. This packet will be available on the FSEA website under FLOE so everyone can be informed about the activities at our exciting conference!
I would like to thank the officers and delegates of FLOE for all their help and dedication. Without them it would not be possible to do the good work we do for the Florida State Elks. I look forward to seeing everyone at the May convention and at the FLOE conference in September, and don’t forget to Stick your Neck out for a Child every chance you get!
Mary McCoy, President
Florida Ladies of Elks