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State President's Message

“Blast Elkdom into the Future”
April, 2017

Hello Florida Elks!  

We are in the countdown of our Elk year. March was the month where we anticipated a membership increase in quite a long time. With all our Lodges pulling together, we will accomplish this goal.

I want to thank all members who stepped up in our state to be Exalted Rulers and officers. We are going to have a fantastic year next year. Endorsed State President Carl Gerace and Endorsed Frank Malatesta have some great ideas and we all need to back them as much or more as you did with me.

This year we tried to do some new things and some of them worked and some did not. We need to improve on the process and make changes to better our ideas.

Last month we attended the Georgia state convention and also attended the Elks Regional Hoop Shoot contest in Valdosta, GA. The great state of Florida has four (4) winners. The most in a while. I also attended the Blue Star and Gold Star dedication held in West Palm Beach. Even had the opportunity to participate in the parade.

All and all, this year was a great year and I thank all members for your support.

April 1 starts off a brand new year. New Exalted Rulers, new officers and new committee people. You need to back your Lodge’s leadership. They took the position to help the Lodge go forward. Some of their ideas may not seem worthwhile to you, but it is the membership you are trying to please. Try all new ideas. We don’t want to get caught up in the EVOLUTION theory of “That’s the way we have always done it.” We need change, we need to go forward. Old school is great, but the latest generation sometimes don’t like the old school attitudes. We are trying to go forward, not stay where we are. Good luck to you all. One thing you may forget about, the Lodge membership runs the Lodge.

In conclusion, Carl, Cathy, Frank, Sally and I thank you all. We have the best state in the country.

Remember, your ideas will “Blast Elkdom into the Future.”


John C. Harris, State President
Florida State Elks Association

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