State Sponsor Message
- Written by Michael F. Smith, PNP
As we return from the Past State Presidents workshop along with co-sponsors Bob Grafton and Val Bates, it is very apparent that it is great to be a Florida Elk. We had a chance to witness camp in progress with hundreds of children enjoying our facility. Our Camp Director, Nick Miller, and the entire staff are incredibly talented and certainly enjoy the fruits of their labor. Summer camp hosted 2,335 children; that is a record! If that is not enough excitement, how about Colleen Gallant, our Therapy Services Director, and our 28 therapists treating 510 children! Compound our major projects with Dana Beatty, Meeting and Events Coordinator, growing our Smith Conference Center to a premier corporate destination. Put all our superior programs together and add the outstanding work COO/State Secretary, Carl Seibert, and his staff achieve in administering our projects. We need to thank Rachael King and Laz Suarez for this publication. We should all be proud of our membership and the FSEA. If you share our story with others, we will grow beyond expectations. Give your friends and neighbors the opportunity to feel good by making them a member and share our story.
Our amazing Florida Ladies of Elks celebrated their 55th convention in September. The continued support from FLOE seems to have no limits. They are a vital part of the Florida State Elks and we congratulate and thank them for all their efforts and generosity.
Our midyear convention at the Plantation Resort in Crystal River is upon us and we hope you have made plans to come share fellowship with other Elks. There is much to learn while at the convention and have fun while learning about our opportunities. Come meet, greet and learn.
Mark your calendars and pay tribute to our veterans who made it possible to enjoy what we have in the United States of America. Make your lodge’s Veterans Day celebration a special event. Memorial Day Service is the first Sunday in December. This is a dedicated time to remember our absent members and their families.
As we move into the holiday season, Bob, the Bateses and the Smiths wish you and your families a safe and joyful experience. This would be a perfect time for your lodge to schedule a membership appreciation drive and have a goal of your lodge be at least a plus one net after delinquents going into the new calendar year. What a great way to celebrate the season by having positive growth with positive members. Set the goal and make the commitment.
Michael F. Smith, PGER/PNP
Florida State Elks Association