Our year is halfway done, but what a great year we have been having! We just need a strong finish now! We had a great midyear convention in Crystal River. It was great to see everyone and hear all the great works the Elks lodges and members have been up to throughout our great state. You all make me so proud to be the state president. Please keep up the hard work that makes this the greatest state in Elkdom.
Cathy and I attended the Mississippi Elks convention. It was great to see how another state carries out their work of Elkdom. They are doing a great job. We have met so many great Elks, made a lot of new friends and have learned so many things about their state association.
With us entering the second half of the year, we really need to do a big push to achieve our goals for the year. We need to push hard on our membership. Remember, once an Elk, always an Elk! So, let’s call those members who have not renewed their memberships. Find out if they are doing well. If there is something wrong, perhaps your lodge can help them. Maybe they want to become more active. Talk to your members! Let them know that we always care about them. It would be great if we were back up front at the Grand Lodge convention for the 150th birthday bash in San Antonio, Texas! This would make it two years in a row for Florida to lead the way on membership!
We also need to continue our donations to the Harry-Anna Trust Fund so we can hit our goal! This makes such a big difference in children’s lives with our Florida Elks Youth Camp and our Children’s Therapy Services. If you can find it in your heart to become a monthly donor, please do. We could help so many more children with your support.
With the holiday season just over, we wish all of you a new year filled with health, happiness and prosperity!
We look forward to seeing everyone in the new year!
Take care and God bless.