The Florida State Elks February quarterly meeting took place at the Florida Elks Youth Camp. There was a wonderful ladies luncheon in a beautifully decorated room with butterfly favors, and the chef treated us to a tasty meal. It was so wonderful to meet the Grand Exalted Ruler’s wife, Amy Mills. What an inspiring lady she is. Friday evening, Re-Creation entertained everyone. It is so heartwarming to see these talented youths give their time (sometimes years) to travel to entertain our veterans.
FLOE discussed many topics at the Saturday morning meeting. The chairladies of the nominating and bylaws committees gave their reports, and the members selected the 2023 conference hotel. At the Florida Elks major projects meeting following our meeting, Linda Rittenhouse, PSP-FLOE, presented a check for $8,346.66 for the remainder of the 2020-2021 FLOE year. Combined with other donations made by FLOE during the year, FLOE has donated a total of $15,816.06 during our 2021-2022 fiscal year.
Each year, FLOE members have a chance to provide items for the youth camp. This year the camp staff would like to receive photo booth props (no hats or wigs) and self-tying water balloons. If you would like to help with this project, you may give your donations to your Ladies organization, FLOE district delegate or a FLOE officer for the May meeting at the state convention or you can bring them to the 2022 FLOE conference. For more information, contact me or your district delegate.
At the Florida Elks State Convention, FLOE’s hospitality room will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and will feature frozen Butterfly Effect cocktails. We love getting to talk to old friends and making new ones as we promote FLOE. Please stop by and get to know more about FLOE and how we help the Florida State Elks Association support its major charities. The FLOE luncheon will be Friday, May 27 at noon. It is open to Elks, Ladies and their guests. The menu and ticket information are in the May packet posted on the Florida Elks state website, floridaelks.org. The chance auction will be set up early Thursday morning and will be in the main hallway of the meeting area. The chance auction committee will draw the winning numbers during the FLOE luncheon May 27. Make sure you stop by to see the prizes and buy your tickets prior to the luncheon. The auction is a major fundraiser for FLOE.
Also at the state convention, we will be selling reverse draw raffle tickets for our FLOE Angel project. This year the proceeds will go toward buying Christmas presents for Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services patient families that cannot afford to buy them due to the cost of raising a child or children with special needs. We will announce the reverse draw raffle and conference raffle winners during our annual conference in September. Please purchase a ticket and possibly be our next $2,000 winner.
We will also be announcing the 2022 FLOE conference raffle. The raffle committee has not finalized the prizes, but the grand prize will be a two-night stay at Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach, plus a surprise bonus. The other two prizes are going to be exceptional as well! Tickets will be available to buy, so please stop by this table also and say hello and purchase tickets. You do not need to be present to win an Angel project or conference raffle prize.
At the May 2021 FLOE meeting, there was positive feedback about FLOE hosting a ladies retreat, a weekend of fun with FLOE ladies from around the state. FLOE formed a committee, and the members began their work. Plans have now begun to host a weekend ladies retreat in September. Holding it at the Florida Elks Youth Camp would result in the retreat being a fundraiser for the youth camp. At this past quarterly meeting, the committee gave a brief outline of what the weekend could be like. The committee will have more information to relay at the May meeting, including costs. We anticipate that the sign-up will be on the Florida Elks website right after the May meeting. The committee is beginning to plan activities for the ladies at the retreat. If the first retreat is successful, there could be another retreat in Spring 2023. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the ladies retreat this year becomes a reality. It is sure to be a lot of fun. What a wonderful way to meet new FLOE members.
The FLOE conference will be Sept. 22-24 at Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach. There is one meeting Saturday morning that is only open to FLOE members. All other activities are open to FLOE members, all Elks and guests. There will be live music after each day’s events. If you have never attended a FLOE conference, you are missing a fun time. Please mark your calendar to attend our conference this year.
We still have district delegate positions open and would love to have them all filled! Please consider joining us as we continue the great works we do as FLOE!
Welcome to our new delegates.
I want to thank all the delegates, officers and FLOE Past State Presidents for getting involved; it is great to see such enthusiasm. I am really enjoying working with all of you.