A Message from 2018-2019 FLOE President, Felicia Vuletich
- Written by Mary McCoy
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. We love getting to talk to old friends and making new ones as we promote FLOE. Many people are already members of FLOE and don’t even know it since there are no dues. Please stop by and get to know more about us! The Chinese auction will be set up as soon as possible and will be in the main hallway of the meeting area. This is one of our large fundraisers for FLOE and we are very glad to be continuing this tradition again this year. We always have a wide array of items from which to choose. This activity is enjoyed by all who participate. The winners will be drawn during our luncheon May 24. Make sure you stop by and see the prizes and buy your tickets.
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. 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.
Soon we will all be enjoying the FSEA February quarterly meeting at the Florida Elks Youth Camp. I am eagerly anticipating the meet and greet luncheon for the Grand Exalted Ruler’s wife. It is always a great time of fellowship with beautiful decorations and a wonderful meal. 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 and my committees are working hard to ensure we have a great year and increase our donations to the Florida Elks charities. My goal going through this year is to promote FLOE and our activities. One way I will be doing this is in addition to all our other fundraisers, I will have some FUNdraising during the Friday night entertainment at our next FLOE convention. I don’t want to give out too many secrets yet, but I guarantee it will be a new and very fun activity that has never been done before at FLOE. The convention will be Sept. 19-21 at the Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort right by the boardwalk. Please mark your calendars to attend. There is one meeting on Saturday morning that is only open to FLOE members. All other activities are open to FLOE members, all Elks and guests. If you have never attended a FLOE convention, you are missing out on a great time.
The 365 Club is always willing to accept donations as well. The idea of this club is that if every person saves just a penny a day and then donates $3.65 per year, a staggering amount can be earned overall. This project is why I chose copper as one of my colors since it exemplifies that every penny we earn to help veterans and children is important. Donations may be sent directly to Linda Rittenhouse, FLOE Treasurer. Click on the FLOE tab on the Florida Elks website for the address. I also chose the color aqua to represent the beautiful waters of Florida. My symbol for the year is the bright and beautiful peacock which symbolizes new life which is what we do when we help children and veterans, thereby causing changes that dramatically affect and improve their life. My flower, the water lily, stands for optimism.
Please join FLOE and me as we work together to “Brighten the Life of a Child.”
Felicia Vuletich, 2018-2019 President
Florida Ladies of Elks