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State President's Message

“Blast Elkdom into the Future” February, 2017

Hello Florida Elks!  

We are in the countdown of our year. We have finished 13 of 14 visits and only have the homecoming visit left. If you are interested to attend, the Florida website has all of the information you need. It will be February 25, 2017 at Ft. Pierce Elks Lodge. Hope to see you there.

Don’t forget that the PER’s will have the first meeting to nominate your new officers. I hope all PER’s participate. This is another way to get involved with your Lodge. As our GER Mr. Zellen states, February is a good time for reflection and planning. Look what was accomplished in the previous year and build on it. Try new things to get your membership back to your Lodge.

Our goal is to have a plus in membership. The only way we can do that is to have most all of our 900 plus people waiting to be initiated. Please don’t let them sit there wanting to be Elks. We had a couple of programs to help the Lodges attain new members. The State put together a program to give away $20,000. We also had the Lodge Membership Challenge to award your members who brought in the most new and reinstated members. Distributed to the member. We need to Kick Down the Door to membership. And don’t forget about our delinquents. They were a part of our Lodge, we just can’t forget them.

How do you get more volunteerism? If you saw my Facebook post, my cover page said it all: “A person who feels appreciated will always do more than expected.”   I believe in this. You hand out good deeds and not try to micromanage them.

In conclusion, one thing I want to cover is our charitable stats. We need to write down all of our volunteer activities. I wrote about that in my first message. We need this to keep our status.

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

As always, if you have any good ideas, please let me know!   We have other ideas that will come out in next month’s message.

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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