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State President's Message

“Blast Elkdom into the Future” March, 2017

Hello Florida Elks! We are in the countdown of our year and have finished all 14 district visits. I cannot come up with enough words to thank all the people who were involved in creating every visitation - especially the homecoming weekend! Kudo’s to every member, volunteer, officer and lodge for a spectacular year. I thank you.

I hope that all of our great lodges have elected, or will soon elect, their officers for the coming Elk year. Now is the time for all lodge officers to get together and plan ahead by looking at what was accomplished in the previous year and building on it by trying new approaches to energize your membership.

March is the time of our Officer Training Seminar. Your lodge needs to send its Leading Knight and Treasurer to this worthwhile training program. Some ER’s have never been through the chairs and some have no clue on how to run an Elks Lodge. Some ER’s have never managed a business or managed people. This is a good time to learn how to do it. Also, by sending your Leading Knight, he/she will know a year in advance how to properly handle their ER duties. This is especially important in the event the elected ER is not able to execute their duties due to illness. Everyone who attends will learn something. The seminar also offers workshops for treasurers and trustees as well.

We are down to the last month of new and re-instated members. Our numbers are good but not great. Here are the numbers that our State membership chairman, Suzi Simonelli, is looking at:

55,549 Membership as of April 1, 2016
+6,749 ADDED so far this year!
-3,850 LOST this year to date :(
- 3,544 Still in Lapsation
+ 865 Candidates Waiting!
55,769 Estimated ENDING March 31st!

This calculates to a gain of +220 - ONLY if we initiate the 865 candidates in waiting.

If necessary, let’s have special membership initiations in our Lodges. Don’t wait until it normally rolls around. Remember, March is the last month. Do it early to get them on the rolls.

April has a full schedule with the FSEA Golf Tournament, Harry-Anna Trust Gala of Hope and the State Softball Tournament. I hope to see everyone at each event.

In conclusion, Carl, Cathy, Frank, Sally and I thank you all for a terrific year.

As always, if you have any good ideas, please let me know!

Thanks again for all of your help. Remember, your ideas will “Blast Elkdom into the Future.”



John C. Harris, State President
Florida State Elks Association


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