Hi everyone! I am Mary McCoy and I am so honored to be your new FLOE President.
I was installed at the 54th Annual FLOE Conference on September 21-23rd where I had the pleasure of meeting so many of our Delegates. I’d like to thank our 2016-2017 President Connie Poage for the excellent job she did last year. She has given me big shoes to fill. My motto for the year is Stick Your Neck Out for a Child. My colors are yellow and brown and my fun symbol is the beautiful Giraffe.
I was born and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. My parents were Scottish immigrants who came to this country to obtain work and a better life. I was the second of 4 children, the only girl, and I attended Catholic Elementary and Highschool. I started working in Downtown Manhattan when I was 18 years old at the now defunct Irving Trust Company as a Secretary in the Trust Department taking dictation from a Bank Lawyer and transcribing Wills and Trust Agreements for him. When I became pregnant with my first child, I was asked to leave the bank, which was the custom at that time.
I was blessed to have 2 more children over the next 8 years and I was fortunate enough to be able to stay home with them while they were young. Eventually, I became a single working Mother, again working in Downtown Manhattan at the Royal Canadian Bank. My husband Al and I were married in 1985 and have been happily married for 32 years. Soon after we were married we moved to Jackson, New Jersey where I worked again as an Executive Assistant for 15 years with Kronos, Inc. In 2001 we moved to Florida, where we now reside, and I again worked as an Executive Assistant with Tech Data in their Human Resources Department until I retired in 2012.
I became involved with FLOE in 2002 when I belonged to the Ladies of Tarpon Springs Lodge, where I did two terms as President. It was there that I learned about FLOE and all they do for the children of Florida. I also served as President of the Dunedin/Clearwater Ladies, to whom I now belong. I began serving as a Delegate at my first FLOE meeting and continued to be an active Delegate until 2014 when I was elected Treasurer of FLOE. I have enjoyed every moment of my participation in FLOE and I am looking forward to many more years of service. As your State President this year I will do my best to support the Elks Special Projects and help to keep the good work of FLOE going for a long time to come.
Thank you so much for all you do for FLOE and, please, keep up the great work you do because our children continue to need our help and dedications. I look forward to seeing everyone at the Mid-Year Convention in November and remember to “Stick Your Neck Out for a Child” every chance you get!
FLOE President 2017-2018