Cathy and I would like to thank you for this great honor of being your State President and First Lady, and we look forward to seeing you as we visit each district. Our motto for the year is Excellent Leadership through Kindness and Service, or simply put, ELKS. Each one of us has a duty to be a leader in our lodges, district and state association. We have a commitment to make life better for all – to offer a hand in kindness and to give back through service for the great life we live. We need to build long-lasting relationships and make a strong Elks for everyone so we can continue helping our children, veterans and order. We need stronger relationships with our members, both to keep members and to bring in new members. We need to build better relationships between our lodges to work together instead of against each other, and we need to build better relationships between the districts in getting the word out on what we do and who we help.
Only when we treat everyone with respect and kindness will we be able to close the back door through which so many of our members leave. It is so important to keep our members in our lodges not just so we can grow but for the knowledge they have and the things they know about our lodges and order. Their leadership is very important to help us be successful in all we do.
The Florida State Elks Association is working hard to help your lodges get new members and helping you get the word out on all the good works we as Elks do.
One of our new programs is the president’s grant program. From our state association we have been given $2,000 per district to give out at the Saturday evening dinner during the president’s visit to your district. It can all go to one lodge or be broken down to go to a few lodges. How to qualify is on the state website on the president’s page. Please take some time and check it out.
Once again, Cathy and I are so very proud to be traveling the state meeting all the great Elks, hearing your stories and seeing your lodges. We look forward to talking with as many great Florida Elks as we can.
Take care and God bless.
Carl Gerace, State President
Florida State Elks Association