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A Message From FLOE President, Mary McCoy

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I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. I know the weather has been very hot, so please be careful when spending time outside. Remember, sunblock is our friend!

My thanks go to everyone who attended the state convention in May. Our luncheon and Chinese auction were well received and many of the attendees were happy to see the luncheon come back and look forward to it continuing to be a regular event at the convention each year. A special thank you goes to Barbara Carroll and Diane Sharp from the West Central District for running the Chinese auction for us this year. They worked very hard and raised money that will go toward FLOE’s Harry-Anna Trust Fund donation for this year. 

Our hospitality room was a big success. The safari theme was brought to life by the decorating skills of Heather Scott, Advisory Council member, and most of my giraffe collection which adorned the room. We were open on Thursday and Friday evenings and had many visitors. Our delicious banana daquiris brought many of our visitors back for a second or third time! I thank everyone who helped set up the hospitality room and take it down, especially my husband, Al, who turned out to be a darned good bartender!

Our big event is looming on the horizon! The 55th annual FLOE conference this year will be in Orlando at the Lake Buena Vista Resort Sept. 20-22, 2018. This is a lovely hotel with two pools and a separate conference center. Rooms are selling out quickly, so if you are planning to attend, be sure to call and make your reservation soon. There is a special link on the Florida State Elks Association website,, in the Florida Ladies of Elks section which will take you directly to the booking site for FLOE.

On Friday evening there will be a delicious buffet dinner and a show by the talented band Sequel that will perform a Vegas revue for us and some dancing music afterward. There will also be a luncheon Saturday. These events can be booked and paid for on the registration page of the conference packet which is also located on the Florida Elks website in the FLOE section. FLOE will again have a hospitality room and those delicious banana daquiris. My committees are working hard to be sure that everything goes off without a hitch. When you pick up your registration packet at the hotel, it will contain a schedule so you will know when and where everything is going to happen. I hope many of you will attend and join in the fun. 

Our FLOE meeting will take place Saturday, Sept. 22. The business session, which is open to FLOE members only, will begin at 8 a.m. Lunch will take place from 12-1:15 p.m. The afternoon session, which is open to all, will begin at 1:30 p.m. with our memorial service arranged by our Chaplain, Melaney McHale. I look forward to seeing everyone at the meeting. My officers and I have tried to put together an informative and enjoyable meeting for you.

I hope to see everyone in Orlando in September!

Mary McCoy, President

Florida Ladies of Elks


Louisiana State Legislature Increases New Orleans Hotel Occupancy Tax

The Legislature of the State of Louisiana has acted to increase the New Orleans Hotel Occupancy Tax from 13% to 14.75% effective April 1, 2014. This will affect our convention room rates and they will go from $128.56 to $130.52 per night.

Convention Attendees With ADA Transportation Needs Urged To Contact Grand Lodge

In order for the Grand Lodge to support the transportation needs of attendees with disabilities you are urged to contact the Grand Lodge if you require special assistance. Special coaches capable of kneeling to accommodate wheel chairs will be placed along the routes for those in need. If you require assistance please contact Tina or Jessica at the Grand Lodge as follows:


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