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A Message from 2018-2019 FLOE President, Felicia Vuletich

Felicia Vuletich

It seems like yesterday we were at the FSEA quarterly meeting at the Florida Elks Youth Camp. The FSEA presidents’ wives hosted a beautiful ladies luncheon and gave us the opportunity to meet Barbara Luhr, wife of Grand Exalted Ruler, Michael T. Luhr. She shared her and her husband’s unique two-part nesting pins. The FEYC staff provided a delicious meal that we all enjoyed. Friday evening, we enjoyed an entertaining show by Re-Creation and another great meal. If you have never been to a Re-Creation USA show, you don’t know what you’re missing! They are a group of very hardworking young men and women who volunteer to take a year out of their lives to travel around the country to honor and entertain our elderly veterans who are often forgotten by putting on shows at veterans’ nursing homes. They are proof that there are many amazing youths in our fine country. Their patriotism and gratefulness to our veterans is a joy to experience.

Saturday morning, we had our FLOE meeting and FSEA President, Frank Malatesta, and FSEA endorsed VPAL, Rudy Masi, took time to speak to us before their meeting. Thank you, gentlemen.

During the meeting we discussed many topics. The highlights of the meeting were:

  • Our Chinese auction will be open all day Thursday and Friday morning at the FSEA state convention in May. The menu for the luncheon is also available in the May packet. If you do not have computer access, please contact PSP Judy Reyes for the information.
  • The nominating committee presented a slate of officers for the upcoming FLOE year. Nominations will be accepted at the May FLOE meeting followed by elections.
  • Vice President Adella Ashton presented her choices for the 2020 FLOE conference site. It was decided that the 2020 FLOE conference will be held at the Lido Beach Resort in Sarasota, Fla., Sept. 24-26.
  • The membership approved the final FLOE donation for the 2017-2018 FLOE year in the amount of $4,000.

The FSEA major projects meeting was inspiring as we got to see just how much the Elks earn for our major projects throughout the year. We also heard from Grand Exalted Ruler Luhr. PSP Mary McCoy presented the last proceeds for the previous FLOE year. There were many amazing reports given. Great job, all!

The FLOE officers, committee chairladies and members are working hard to prepare for the Elks state convention May 23-25. The Chinese auction will again be set up and running near the Elks silent auction Thursday and Friday morning. Remember if you are bringing your item donation for the Chinese auction to the state convention, we need to have it by Wednesday evening. There will be a table as close to the grand registration area as possible staffed by the Chinese auction committee and FLOE members for you to drop off your items. Winners will be drawn during the FLOE luncheon. The luncheon is open to all Elks, FLOE members and guests. Tickets for the luncheon will be available on the FSEA website or may be purchased via mail. The information about all the FLOE activities at state convention are available on the FSEA website. If you do not have computer access, you can call me and I will make sure to get it to you. The FLOE hospitality room will be open Thursday and Friday evenings; please stop by and see us! The next FLOE meeting will be at the FSEA state convention, Saturday, May 25, and is preliminarily set for 9 a.m. Please check the FSEA state convention agenda for confirmation.

Soon after the state convention, FLOE will start working on our 56th annual conference which will be held Sept. 19-21 at Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort. This is an amazing place! Onsite are two pools, two Jacuzzis, a spa, seven bars and restaurants, a fitness center, and a very nice gift shop. You can walk to the Daytona Beach pier and boardwalk and the oceanfront shops and movie theatre and down to the beach. There is so much to do that you don’t even need your car once it is parked.

This year’s FLOE conference promises to be another great one. The fundraising store will be open Thursday through Saturday. Friday evening there will be a murder mystery dinner sponsored by the Tallahassee Elketts. Thank you so much, Elketts! We welcome Elks and guests to the murder mystery dinner. Saturday morning will be our FLOE business meeting followed by a luncheon. We welcome Elks and guests to our luncheon and afternoon session. The afternoon session starts with the memorial service. FLOE will present several annual awards for the 2018-2019 year. The session will end with the installation of the 2019-2020 FLOE officers.

We invite all Elks, FLOE members and guests to attend our conference. Almost all activities are open to everyone. Information about the conference events and the hotel rates will be handed out at the May FLOE meeting and will be available shortly after under the FLOE tab on the FSEA website. If you would like a packet but don’t have a computer, call me and I will mail you one. My number is 386-965-5594.

We have some openings for FLOE district delegates. Our delegates have an important role in enhancing FLOE and our many activities and fundraisers. If you would like to become a FLOE delegate for your district, you may talk to any delegate, advisory council member or officer for more information.

See you in May!

 

 

 

Felicia Vuletich, 2018-2019 President

Florida Ladies of Elks

 

 

Louisiana State Legislature Increases New Orleans Hotel Occupancy Tax

The Legislature of the State of Louisiana has acted to increase the New Orleans Hotel Occupancy Tax from 13% to 14.75% effective April 1, 2014. This will affect our convention room rates and they will go from $128.56 to $130.52 per night.

Convention Attendees With ADA Transportation Needs Urged To Contact Grand Lodge

In order for the Grand Lodge to support the transportation needs of attendees with disabilities you are urged to contact the Grand Lodge if you require special assistance. Special coaches capable of kneeling to accommodate wheel chairs will be placed along the routes for those in need. If you require assistance please contact Tina or Jessica at the Grand Lodge as follows:

TinaH@elks.org

JessicaR@elks.org

 

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