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I hope all of those who were able to attend the 2022 Florida Elks state convention had as wonderful of a time as I did.

Thank you, Susan Kikta; Diane Sharp, Chaplain; and all of the other volunteers, for your hard work organizing and managing the chance auction! This year the chance auction generated $3,010. I thank all of those who donated the many auction prizes and those who bought tickets. The chance auction drawings occurred while many people attended the FLOE luncheon. I hope everyone enjoyed their lunch. Thank you, Elks, PSP wives, FLOE members and guests, for attending! Thank you, Amy Bovair and your committee, for setting up the centerpieces. Thank you, Betty Orcutt and Connie Kalel Poage, PSP-FLOE, for taking care of the dignitary seating.

In addition to the chance auction, we sold tickets for our Angel Project reverse draw, the proceeds of which will help many families of Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services patients by supplying holiday gifts to the patients and their siblings whose families are unable to buy gifts due to the prohibitive cost of raising children with special needs. I am grateful to Adella Ashton, PSP-FLOE, for chairing this wonderful fundraiser. The reverse drawing will be held at the 2022 FLOE conference.

We also sold tickets for this year’s FLOE conference raffle. The grand prize is a two-night stay at the Daytona Beach Hard Rock Hotel plus a $600 Visa gift card. The second-place prize is a Honda generator plus a $100 Visa gift card. The third-place prize is a 55” Samsung LED smart TV. Pauline Talbott, Secretary, did an outstanding job leading the FLOE conference raffle committee. I thank her and her committee’s hardworking members and the many sponsors who supplied the funds for the prizes!

To purchase tickets for the FLOE Angel Project tickets, please contact Adella Ashton at floepresident@gmail.com. For FLOE conference raffle tickets, please see your FLOE district delegate or email Pauline Talbott at ladyelk2714@gmail.com.

Our business meeting May 28 was called to order at 9 a.m. We had the Ladies Organizations State Chair, Rhonda Smith, PER, and Vice Chair, Paul DeLand, present for our meeting. We were visited by outgoing State President, Suzi Simonelli; incoming President, Mark Thompson; and Vice President at Large, Phil Gersbach, PDD. We appreciate you taking the time to visit us at our meeting! Nominating committee member Linda Rittenhouse, PSP-FLOE gave the recommendations for FLOE officers for next year, and elections were held. I am incredibly pleased to announce the officers for the Florida Ladies of Elks year 2022-2023: Laura Sardella, President; Pauline Talbott, Vice President; Shelley Fuller, Secretary; Pam Snyder, Treasurer; and Felicia Vuletich, PSP-FLOE and Jennifer Ross, 4-year Advisory Council members. Congratulations, ladies. I know you will all do an incredible job! The rest of the meeting was spent on our upcoming FLOE conference. Packets were handed out to the members in attendance and are available at floridaelks.org. If you need a paper packet, please contact your district delegate or me at fvuletich64@gmail.com or 386-965-5594.

Our hospitality room opened Thursday evening and was successful because of the hours of preparation, errand running and hard work performed by Tallahassee Elkett Krystal Henson. She worked in our hospitality room all three nights (Thursday, Friday and Saturday). I also greatly appreciate the help from Connie Kalel Poage, Laura Sardella, Pauline Talbott and the many other volunteers. I can tell you the success of our hospitality room was due to all the volunteers who helped. Thank you!

Our next FLOE event will be our 59th annual conference Sept. 22-24 at the Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach. Our festivities will begin Friday with the opening of our fundraising shop, incorporating crafts, raffles and other surprises. The shop will be open to the public each day during the conference. Friday evening we will be entertained by comedian Jason Douglas, sponsored by FLOE. The after-dinner entertainment will be Jonathan Len, the Traveling Elk, sponsored by the Tallahassee Elketts. A cash bar will be available.

On Saturday morning, we will have our business meeting followed by our luncheon. Everyone is encouraged to attend the luncheon and the FLOE meeting afternoon session. Menus for the dinner and luncheon are available online. Our afternoon session (open meeting) will start the memorial service honoring our departed sisters, presented by Diane Sharp, FLOE Chaplain. We will be announcing the 2021-2022 award winners and the session will conclude with the installation of the 2022-2023 FLOE officers. There will be a joint hospitality room to visit after that. Reserve your room as soon as possible; they will go fast! You don’t want to miss this one! I am pleased to announce online registration is available and preferred for this year’s FLOE conference at floridaelks.org. Thank you so much, Mary McCoy, PSP-FLOE, and Shannan Wilburn, FSEA Meetings & Events/SCC Marketing, for making this possible. FLOE members including all lady Elks now have a choice as to how they want to register themselves and their guests as well as purchase meal and dinner show tickets. If you register online, the confirmation receipt will tell you to bring your ladies organization membership card or Elks ID card. The hotel must be booked directly. The information for booking the hotel is included in the FLOE conference packet available on the website listed earlier. Those who would rather send in the registration form by mail may certainly do so.

I hope to see everyone at the beach in September for the 2022 FLOE conference!

Felicia Vuletich, PSP-FLOE
2021-2022 FLOE President
fvuletich64@gmail.com