State President's Message
- Written by John Harris
Meet FSEA State President, Carl Gerace
Carl was born in Utica, New York on December 25. 1959. He is the youngest of five siblings. Carl moved with his family to Port Charlotte in 1972. He met Catherine Lynn Towse while attending high school. He graduated from high school in 1979. Carl married Cathy on July 19, 1982. They have three daughters, Sarah, Tiffany (married to Jesse Collins), and Megan.
Carl earned his degree in Business in 1982. He worked in the family business, Gerace’s Italian American Cuisine, a full service restaurant and lounge until the family decided to close it in 1987. Carl has also worked for ABC Liquor Company as a store manager, Coca Cola Enterprises as an account manager, and now with his wife Cathy owns their own business Coast Financial Advisors. Carl is the Financial Advisor and Cathy is the Accountant.
Carl joined the Charlotte County Elks Lodge #2153 in 1986. Carl has served at the lodge level as Lecturing Knight, Loyal Knight, Leading Knight, and Exalted Ruler four times (2004-2005) (2005-2006) (2011-2012) (2012-2013), Chairman of the House Committee, Treasurer, and Trustee for 7 years. Carl has served at the District level as Youth Activities Chairman, District Esquire twice (2007-2008) (2014-2015), District Auditor (2011-2012), District Interlodge Visitation Chairman (2008-2009), South Southwest District Vice President (2009-2010), and South Southwest District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler (2010-2011). Carl has served on two Lodge Steering Committees and as a Special Representative. At the State Level, Carl has served on the State Officer Training Team, Hope Scholarship Committee, Chairman of Wills & Bequests, Lodge Liaison Committee, Community Activities Committee, State Chaplin and is on the Board of Directors for the Florida State Elks Youth Camp. Carl was VPAL for 2016-2017. At the November 2016 Midyear Convention, Carl was endorsed as State President for the Florida Elks Association for 2017-2018 by the Past State Presidents Advisory Council.
Carl also volunteers with other organizations in his community. He has been involved with the Kiwanis Club – Past Club President two times, Past Lieutenant Governor for Florida Kiwanis Zone 18, currently on the Board of the Kiwanis Foundation of Charlotte County and a current member of the Port Charlotte Sunrise Club. He has been involved on the Board of Saint Vincent De Paul Free Pharmacy, Good Sam’s Club, and the Council on Aging. When not volunteering Carl and Cathy enjoy boating, scuba diving, fishing, riding motorcycles, shooting, coin collecting, visiting with family and friends, hanging out at the lodge, traveling, working on old cars. Carl is a long-time fan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.