State Sponsor Message
- Written by Michael F. Smith, PGER
Welcome, all new officers and committee members, to an exciting year in our order. We have a new location for our FSEA state convention and officer training seminar at the beautiful Marriott World Center in Orlando, Fla. We have a new slate of officers and our membership is growing in numbers each year. Be sure to make arrangements to attend our convention May 25-27. We will once again feature a guest speaker, attorney Mark Vazzana, to discuss some lodge legal issues and information on the responsibility of your lounge employees/volunteers for overserving. You will not want to miss this session.
Our officer training seminar was held March 10-12 and had a record attendance. Our COO/State Secretary, Carl Seibert, and his team prepare all year to provide your lodge officers the most up-to-date information on lodge management to enhance your lodge.
Grand Exalted Ruler Mike Zellen and his wife, Donna, joined us at our February convention and delivered a moving address. We had a ribbon-cutting celebration at the newly remodeled FSEA offices and the Smith Conference Center was dedicated and marks a new era in the opportunities we offer our communities. We are developing a corporate team seminar to offer businesses to assist in management development. This will allow us to show our facility and enhance our membership, revenue and corporate donations.
The FSEA annual golf tournament was another successful and fun event for the Harry-Anna Trust Fund and our members. Chairman, John Holbrook, PDD, and Secretary/Treasurer, Jim Lind, PDD, work diligently all year to see that this event is fun for all. The FSEA annual softball tournament was held April 28-30 under the supervision of chairman, Chris Chatham, assisted by PDD Joe Rogers, Co-chairman Emeritus. This tournament provides fun for fans and players and raises funds for our major projects.
The summer camp schedule is rapidly filling up and camp director, Nick Miller, and his staff are looking for the best camp season ever recorded. They have many new programs to offer the children of Florida.
Your registration for the Elks national convention in Reno, Nev., in July is available online. Come join other members of the order for an informative convention along with a vacation.
The state sponsors continue to meet with the management team on a monthly basis to discuss ways in which we can continue to support the lodges and members and continue to be the flagship state association for our nation.
We look forward to seeing you in Orlando in May and hopefully in Reno in July.
Here are some closing thoughts to reflect on as we begin our new Elk year:
BENEVOLENT: Well-meaning (charitable)
PROTECTIVE: Elks are never forgotten, never forsaken (brotherly love)
ORDER: We have rules, regulations, statutes, the Constitution and oath
ELKS: Unconditionally protective of their own and live in groups
USA: We are strictly American. We took an oath to honor and obey the Constitution of the United States. We honor and pledge our allegiance to the flag. No USA – No B.P.O.E.! (fidelity)
BE LOUD – BE POUD – BE VISIBLE