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Florida Elks News

Members all,

By now most of you know that Raleigh Whiteman will be retiring after the Florida Elks News 2016 winter edition. We all owe Raleigh a great deal of gratitude for an outstanding job over the years. Ten consecutive years of Grand Lodge 5-Star ratings certainly speaks for itself. Again Raleigh, thank you for your dedication and service and congratulations on your retirement!  

The Florida State Elks Association is pleased to officially announce that the Florida Elks News (FEN) is being brought in house at the FSEA administrative offices which will now be responsible for its content and production starting with the spring 2017 issue. A shift in management usually leads to change and we are pleased to announce a very positive and exciting change!

FENMAG Cover Draft smThe newspaper layout is being changed to a full color 32-page magazine format to be published quarterly. The new format will allow us to address certain interest categories that our members indicated they would like to see. A survey of over 600 members earlier this year revealed that they are interested in more lodge charitable and civic news, help in better managing their lodges, more info on our state’s major projects, thought provoking articles, and an improved format. The magazine will be able to address all of these and more.

Going forward, Rachael King rachael@floridaelks.org will act as Managing Editor of the magazine and will be working directly with lodges and district reporters on article submissions and content. Greg Weis greg@floridaelks.org will be overseeing all aspects of the publication as Editor in Chief.

We encourage you to review the new article and photo submission guidelines found on the menu at the left.

These are certainly exciting times, and the FSEA staff looks forward to working closely with you to produce a first-class publication. Together we can do great things!

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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