A Message from 2018-2019 FLOE President, Felicia Vuletich
- Written by Felicia Vuletich
I hope all those who were able to attend the 2019 FSEA convention had as wonderful of a time as I did. Diane Sharp, Barbara Carroll and Linda Rittenhouse arrived Wednesday to receive Chinese auction donations and sell tickets for the Chinese auction. I can’t thank you ladies enough for all your long hours and hard work, not just at the convention but the weeks before, too. You all did an amazing job. Your dedication to FLOE is a great inspiration. Thank you, everyone, who made donations to the auction and who purchased tickets! The auction raised $2,540 which will be donated to the FSEA major projects.hope all those who were able to attend the 2019 FSEA convention had as wonderful of a time as I did. Diane Sharp, Barbara Carroll and Linda Rittenhouse arrived Wednesday to receive Chinese auction donations and sell tickets for the Chinese auction. I can’t thank you ladies enough for all your long hours and hard work, not just at the convention but the weeks before, too. You all did an amazing job. Your dedication to FLOE is a great inspiration. Thank you, everyone, who made donations to the auction and who purchased tickets! The auction raised $2,540 which will be donated to the FSEA major projects.
Our hospitality room opened Thursday evening and would not have been as successful as it was without the many hours of preparation, errand-running and hard work performed by two awesome Tallahassee Elkett lady Elks, Krystal Henson and Brandi Millin. These dedicated ladies worked in our hospitality room all three nights. They also set up and took down the centerpieces for the FLOE luncheon. I also greatly appreciate the help from Connie Kalel Poage, PSP-FLOE; Betty Orcutt, Chaplain; Mary McCoy, PSP-FLOE and her husband, Al; Becky Long, PSP-FLOE and her husband, Andy; and Adella Ashton and her husband, Richard. The gentlemen saved me from having to take apart and clean the slushy machine. The success of our hospitality room was due to all the help I had. Thank you! Our signature frozen drink was a Hawaiian peacock and it was a hit! We had many visitors.On May 24 we held the FLOE luncheon. Thank you, Elks, PSP wives, FLOE members and guests, for attending! Thanks go to Judy Reyes, PSP-FLOE for taking care of the luncheon tickets and to Connie Kalel Poage, PSP-FLOE who did a wonderful job coordinating the dignitary seating and creating the beautiful table signs and place cards for my table. Many thanks and praise go to Dolly Ledig, wife of Carl Ledig, PSP, for the gorgeous centerpieces. I know she put a ton of time and work into creating them and it showed!
Our business meeting May 25 was called to order at 9 a.m. Present were the Ladies Organizations outgoing State Chairman, Steve Carruthers, PER; Tom Carns, PER, Chairman; and Tom Moran, Vice Chairman. We were later visited by outgoing State President, Frank Malatesta; incoming President, Tom Ludwick, PDD; and Vice President at Large, Rudi Masi, PDD. We appreciated them taking the time to visit us. Nominating Committee chairlady, Connie Kalel Poage, PSP-FLOE, read the recommendations for FLOE officers for next year, and elections were held. I am very pleased to announce the following officers for the Florida Ladies of Elks year 2019-2020: President, Adella Ashton; Vice President, Linda Rittenhouse; Secretary, Debbie Farris-Mortka; Treasurer, Laura Sardella; and four-year Advisory Council members, Felicia Vuletich and Judy Fournier. Congratulations, ladies. I know you will all do an incredible job! Installation will be Sept. 21 at our FLOE conference. Bylaws Committee chairlady, Mary McCoy, PSP-FLOE, read the proposed changes to the current bylaws and standing rules. At the September conference, they will be read again, followed by voting. The rest of the meeting was spent on our upcoming FLOE conference. Packets were handed out and are available online at the FLOE conference tab of the Florida Elks website. If you need a paper packet, please contact your district delegate or me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 386-965-5594.
I want to thank Steve Carruthers, PER for an excellent job as the State Chairman of Ladies Organizations. He has been to our meetings and has worked hard to see how we can make an even better team with the FSEA and work together to support our major projects. It has also been a pleasure to work with Tom Carns, PER as the Vice Chairman and now as the Chairman. We welcome Tom Moran as the new Vice Chairman and look forward to working with you, too!
Our next FLOE event will be our 56th annual conference Sept. 19-21, 2019, at The Daytona Beach Hilton Oceanfront Resort. It begins Friday with the opening of our fundraising shop, incorporating crafts, raffles and other surprises, and will be open to the public each day. Friday evening, we are killing it with a modern mob murder mystery dinner sponsored by the Tallahassee Elketts. Please come dressed as your favorite modern mob character or in resort casual. A cash bar will be available. On Saturday morning, we will have our business meeting (the only closed meeting) followed by our luncheon (everyone can attend). Menus for the dinner and luncheon are available online. Our afternoon session will start with the memorial service honoring our departed sisters presented by FLOE Chaplain, Betty Orcutt. We will be announcing the 2018-2019 award winners and the session will conclude with the installation of the 2019-2020 officers. There will be hospitality rooms to visit afterward. There are several restaurants on site and many choices within walking distance. The hotel is right next to the boardwalk and pier. Reserve your room as soon as possible; they will go fast! FLOE has launched online registration on the FSEA website, floridaelks.org. Thank you so much, Mary McCoy, PSP-FLOE and Steve Harmon, PDD, for making this possible. FLOE members (including all lady Elks) now have a choice (online or via mail) as to how to register themselves and their guests as well as purchase meal/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 and is included in the conference packet on the website.
I hope to see everyone in September!
Felicia Vuletich, 2018-2019 President
Florida Ladies of Elks