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A Message From FLOE President, Mary McCoy

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I would like to take this opportunity to wish a healthy and happy new year to all the members of FLOE and to all the Elks of our beautiful state of Florida.

Our midyear convention this year took place at The Plantation on Crystal River. What a serene location this was! The grounds were lush and green and it is situated along the banks of the peaceful Crystal River, so spending time outdoors between meetings was a joy. Some of us took time to go on a boat ride down the river. The scenery was beautiful and it was a fun social event. Saturday evening there was a picnic which was unfortunately moved indoors because of rain, but we hardly missed the sunshine which was more than made up for by the great food and friendship.

As many of you know, FLOE hosts a ladies event at the midyear convention each year. We have had many special and fun events and this year was no exception. Our Vice President, Felicia Vuletich, prepared a jewelry-making class for our enjoyment. She is a talented jewelry designer and put her talents to work for us by offering six necklace choices to choose from including my favorite, a giraffe. She had each project assembled in a plastic bag containing all the material necessary to put the necklace together and a small sheet of paper with directions. She answered questions and offered assistance if needed. The ladies were amazed at how easily their necklaces came together. Coffee and cake were provided and it turned out to be a delightful two hours! Thank you so much, Felicia, for providing our ladies with this pleasant time!

Our FLOE meeting took place at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11. As our meeting opened, Chaplain Melaney McHale was officially installed by Past State President Beverly Messerschmidt and delivered her first opening prayer. Past State President Connie Kalel Poage presented a wrap-up of her very successful 54th FLOE conference at Sheraton Orlando North in Maitland, Fla. At her conference, she presented several special awards to longtime conference attendees and members who were attending the conference for the first time. She also shared with us the prayer book presented to her at the conference by her chaplain, Judy Schall. A vote was passed by the membership to donate $4,000, which is the proceeds of PSP Connie Kalel Poage’s year, to the Harry-Anna Trust Fund in equal parts to the Florida Elks Youth Camp and the Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services. This presentation will be made at the February quarterly meeting at the Florida Elks Youth Camp Feb. 10.

Our Nominating Committee chairperson, Past State President Becky Long, announced that anyone interested in running for office for 2018-2019 should email her at with their request. This includes ladies who are currently officers and want to move up to the next chair and ladies who wish to apply for treasurer or four-year advisory. The election of new officers will take place at the May 2018 meeting. Our Bylaws Committee Chairperson, PSP Connie Kalel Poage, informed us that she will take requests for bylaw and standing rule changes by email at or by mail. Bylaw and standing rule changes will be voted on at the conference in September 2018. Both committees will meet before our business meeting in February, so we encourage you to submit your request as soon as possible.

Here are a few announcements of interest. FLOE will have a Chinese auction and will assist with the silent auction at the state convention in May, and we will again host a luncheon at the state convention. Of course we will have our hospitality room, so please don’t forget to come and visit us. More about the state convention activities will be available at our February meeting.

I hope to see everyone at the February meeting in Umatilla where we will be honored to meet our Grand Exalted Ruler, Malcolm J. McPherson, and his wife, Pat. Our meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. Some of our agenda items for our meeting will include voting on a hotel location for the 2018-2019 conference and the progress of our new FLOE logo. Packets will be presented for the 2018 Florida Elks state convention. Immediately following the meeting there will be a major projects meeting where we will have the honor of hearing an address from the Grand Exalted Ruler. You won’t want to miss that!

This is promising to be a busy year and I want to thank all the wonderful ladies who have volunteered to help with the work, because without your help all of this would not be possible. Thank you for your confidence in me and if you haven’t had the opportunity before to come to a meeting, I hope you will make an effort to come in February and enjoy our beautiful camp and see what FLOE is all about.

Mary McCoy, President

Florida Ladies of Elks


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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