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A Message from 2018-2019 FLOE President, Felicia Vuletich

Felicia Vuletich

Our first meeting of the new FLOE year took place at the Elks midyear convention held at Plantation on Crystal River Nov. 10, and it was a great start to our new year. I thank all those who attended.

The ladies activity this year was organized by Vice President, Adella Ashton, who did an amazing job by bringing in Frank Joliff, a Vietnam veteran who entertained us with comedy, magic and stories about his time in Vietnam. Everyone who came was very glad they did! Thank you so much, Adella, for all your hard work and preparation for this event.

Immediate Past State President, Mary McCoy, and her committee chairladies gave their reports for the 55th annual FLOE conference which was held Sept. 20-22 at Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort. You did a great job, PSP Mary! The food was wonderful, and the Vegas revue Friday night was a blast! On Saturday, FLOE’s 2017-2018 Chaplain, Melaney McHale, presented PSP Mary with her prayer book. A great time was had by all who were able to attend. It was wonderful to see our FLOE friends from all over the state. PSP Mary’s motto was “Stick your Neck out for a Child,” and she and her chairladies did just that to ensure we had a great FLOE year.

A big thank you goes to all the officers, advisory members and delegates who have agreed to chair a committee for the upcoming year. I am looking forward to working with you! We still have district delegate positions open and would love to have them all filled! Please consider joining us as we continue the great works we do as FLOE. We are already preparing for the FLOE luncheon and Chinese auction to be held at the Florida State Elks Association convention at Orlando World Center Marriott May 24. FLOE’s hospitality room will be open Thursday and Friday evenings and will be serving peacock blue frozen cocktails. Make sure to stop by!

The 2018-2019 nominating and bylaw committees will meet prior to the February 2019 FLOE meeting and their reports will be presented at the February FLOE meeting. Letters of interest for the 2019-2020 FLOE Treasurer and four-year Advisory Council positions are being accepted now. Per the October 2018 FLOE bylaws handbook, any active member who has served as chairlady of two conference committees within the last two years, a former delegate having served a two-year term within the last two years, or a member from the Advisory Council is eligible for office. Please consider serving in one of these two positions for the next FLOE year. If you are interested, please send your letter of interest by mail or email to nominating committee chairlady, Connie Kalel Poage, PSP, no later than Jan. 19. Her email address is ckalel@verizon.net. The election of new officers will be held at the May 2019 FLOE meeting. The bylaws are revised every three years with changes considered in the interim by a two-thirds majority vote at the next scheduled conference. Any FLOE member wishing to propose a new bylaw or standing rule or has a proposed change to an existing bylaw or standing rule can submit in writing to the bylaws committee. Please send to bylaws committee chairlady, Mary McCoy, PSP, by Jan. 19. Her email address is mbmccoy918@gmail.com. To reach Connie Kalel Poage or Mary McCoy by mail, please visit the FSEA website directory to retrieve their address.

I look forward to seeing you all at our next meeting which will be at the Florida Elks Youth Camp Saturday, Feb. 9, at 9 a.m. in conjunction with the FSEA February quarterly meeting. I wish you all a happy holiday season!

 

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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