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State President's Message

Carl Gerace FSEA President 2017-18

Members all:

Well, the year is off to a fast start! We have already traveled to four district visitations! We have visited the Southwest District, South District, Southeast District and the South Southeast District and enjoyed visiting with everyone.

We also attended the Elks National Convention in Reno, Nevada. It was great to see all of the Florida Elks and it was a great time to be a Florida Elk. Our hat is off to Tallahassee Lodge #937, winner of the national ritual contest! We are so proud of them; they did a great job! We also finished second in membership growth and first in membership growth percentage! Thank you all for working so hard to get us there. I hope you will continue to work diligently on membership so that we can do it again and maybe even finish first in membership growth next year!

I would like to take this opportunity and ask anyone who can become a member of the Chairman`s Campaign with a monthly donation of $19 to the Harry-Anna Investment Fund, to please do so. If we could get 8% of the Florida Elk members to make this sustained monthly contribution, we would reach $1,000,000 in donations in one year! Think of all the children we could help and all the programs we could expand. We could not only reach more people than ever before, but also make life better for so many. It’s easy to make your gift online at the FSEA website. Click the DONATE button, fill out the easy to follow information, and you’re done. Even if you cannot give $19 a month, give what you can. You will still have the satisfaction of knowing that you are making an ongoing difference in your community and to the lives of others in need.   

Once again, Cathy and I along with Frank and Sally, look forward to meeting you when we visit your district! Thank you for all you do for our great state and for Elkdom.


Take care and may God bless.

Sincerely and fraternally,

Carl Gerace

Carl Gerace,
State President, FSEA


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