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State President's Message

Carl Gerace FSEA President 2017-18

Members all:

Well, the year is off to a fast start! We have already traveled to four district visitations! We have visited the Southwest District, South District, Southeast District and the South Southeast District and enjoyed visiting with everyone.

We also attended the Elks National Convention in Reno, Nevada. It was great to see all of the Florida Elks and it was a great time to be a Florida Elk. Our hat is off to Tallahassee Lodge #937, winner of the national ritual contest! We are so proud of them; they did a great job! We also finished second in membership growth and first in membership growth percentage! Thank you all for working so hard to get us there. I hope you will continue to work diligently on membership so that we can do it again and maybe even finish first in membership growth next year!

I would like to take this opportunity and ask anyone who can become a member of the Chairman`s Campaign with a monthly donation of $19 to the Harry-Anna Investment Fund, to please do so. If we could get 8% of the Florida Elk members to make this sustained monthly contribution, we would reach $1,000,000 in donations in one year! Think of all the children we could help and all the programs we could expand. We could not only reach more people than ever before, but also make life better for so many. It’s easy to make your gift online at the FSEA website. Click the DONATE button, fill out the easy to follow information, and you’re done. Even if you cannot give $19 a month, give what you can. You will still have the satisfaction of knowing that you are making an ongoing difference in your community and to the lives of others in need.   

Once again, Cathy and I along with Frank and Sally, look forward to meeting you when we visit your district! Thank you for all you do for our great state and for Elkdom.

     

Take care and may God bless.

Sincerely and fraternally,

Carl Gerace

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:

TinaH@elks.org

JessicaR@elks.org

 

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