“Lead or Be Led,” Revisited
It will soon be officer election time in our lodges, so this issue’s message will of course be centered around this most important event. If you have even a slight interest in either running to become a part of the lodge’s officer team, or should you decide to play an equally important role in the lodge by being an elector of that officer team, I implore you to visit the Florida Elks website and read my article from this period last year entitled “Lead or Be Led.” The URL for that article is floridaelks.org/carls-corner/2022/lead-or-be-led. I believe this to be a time-honored article that focuses on the need to elect qualified members to the lodge officer team, and it provides a good argument for why I believe it necessary for those elected officers to receive Elk-centric training, training in the how and why of how Elks do things. This can only be accomplished by attending the state-sponsored Officer Training Seminar in Orlando March 10-12. I feel so strongly about this training, not just for the benefits it provides our lodges, as in better-trained officers, but I also believe this to be a test of a member’s commitment to high office in the Elks and that if a new officer is incapable of committing to this training, perhaps that person should be passed over this year until such time that they can commit!