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State President's Message

Carl Gerace FSEA President 2017-18Our year is halfway done, but what a great year we have been having! We just need a strong finish now! We had a great midyear convention in Crystal River. It was great to see everyone and hear all the great works the Elks lodges and members have been up to throughout our great state. You all make me so proud to be the state president. Please keep up the hard work that makes this the greatest state in Elkdom.

Cathy and I attended the Mississippi Elks convention. It was great to see how another state carries out their work of Elkdom. They are doing a great job. We have met so many great Elks, made a lot of new friends and have learned so many things about their state association.

With us entering the second half of the year, we really need to do a big push to achieve our goals for the year. We need to push hard on our membership. Remember, once an Elk, always an Elk! So, let’s call those members who have not renewed their memberships. Find out if they are doing well. If there is something wrong, perhaps your lodge can help them. Maybe they want to become more active. Talk to your members! Let them know that we always care about them. It would be great if we were back up front at the Grand Lodge convention for the 150th birthday bash in San Antonio, Texas! This would make it two years in a row for Florida to lead the way on membership!

We also need to continue our donations to the Harry-Anna Trust Fund so we can hit our goal! This makes such a big difference in children’s lives with our Florida Elks Youth Camp and our Children’s Therapy Services. If you can find it in your heart to become a monthly donor, please do. We could help so many more children with your support.

With the holiday season just over, we wish all of you a new year filled with health, happiness and prosperity!

We look forward to seeing everyone in the new year!

Take care and God bless.

Carl Gerace,
State President, FSEA


State President's Message (October 2017)

Carl Gerace FSEA President 2017-18

Members all:

Cathy and I along with Frank and Sally Malatesta hope that all our Elks family is doing well after Hurricane Irma. We should all stand ready to help all our Elks family who need aid.

We have enjoyed our travels through the state. We enjoy meeting all Elks and guests and visiting the lodges. You have lifted us up with the great deeds the Elks do throughout the state. You make me proud to be an Elk! We look forward to continuing our travels and meeting more Elks and seeing your great lodge! We would like to see as many Elks as possible who can make it to our visitation in your district. 

Membership is the lifeblood of our organization. I would like to encourage everyone to recruit new members into our order. With more help, we can serve more children and veterans and make stronger lodges for all to enjoy. It is not enough just to recruit new members; we have to teach them what it means to be an Elk. We should get them involved showing them what Elks do – our good charity works. If we build strong relationships with our new members, we can close the back door through which so many of them leave. By building stronger relationships with our members, we can build stronger relationships with our communities. I challenge each Elk to bring in one new member. We can double our size and double the charitable works we do and bring all our lodges to a stronger position. By bringing in five new members, you can earn the State President’s 2017-2018 membership pin which is a conch shell. I know we can do this!

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Keep up the hard work, Florida Elks! We hope to see everyone at the midyear convention in November at The Plantation in Crystal River. We have a great convention planned for all!

God bless. Take care.

Carl Gerace, State President

Florida State Elks Association


2017-18 Per-capita Goal: $13.4166


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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