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We have so much to be proud of in our Florida State Elks Association. We had a “Day at the Rays” which was a terrific day (the Rays won and our State President, Suzi Simonelli, threw a strike at 90 mph?!). You should try to have your lodge rent a bus or join in with another lodge and rent a bus for the day. Thank you, Steve Harmon, for putting it all together. Our national convention was held in Tampa, Florida, and it ranks up with the best conventions. We had the Tampa Bay Lightning clinch another Stanley Cup while we were attending. We host the current Super Bowl champs and the Rays won their division. Our midyear convention is upon us and it promises to be a great time to gather and learn. Our membership is fighting back strong after the many COVID-19 challenges. Come and join the fun. Enjoy your membership and make a positive difference in someone’s life.

Some more good news is our Youth Camp Director, Nick Miller, and his competent staff have children on campus even after a tremendous summer camp. Our Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services Director, Colleen Gallant, has her staff treating approximately 500 children on a consistent basis. Our meetings and events/SCC marketing manager, Shannan Wilburn, is promoting and renting the Smith Conference Center in addition to arranging for a fabulous midyear convention in Gainesville, Florida. Come join us and let’s visit and share the Elks purpose. We continue to be impressed with the Florida State Elks Association (FSEA) and the direction of COO, Carl Seibert, and his efficient staff as they grow our association.

Sandra and I had the honor of attending the 58th annual Florida Ladies of Elks (FLOE) conference in St. Augustine, Florida, and we were once again extremely impressed with what this organization does to assist the FSEA. It is a fabulous group of volunteers. I would encourage all ladies to consider becoming a part of this organization.

We need to address how are lodges are growing their membership. The FSEA has a great need to reduce our past due members listing. Please help your lodge retain its members and sponsor new ones. Be a part of the solution and help us in our journey to a positive growth. On a brighter note, our sustaining donor list is rapidly growing. Thank you to all of you who have elected to make donations on a regular basis.

Mark your calendars to attend our February quarterly and meet our newly elected Grand Exalted Ruler, T. Keith Mills, and his wife, Amy. Then, consider joining us at the Elks national convention in Atlanta, Georgia, the second week in July.

Bob Grafton, PNP, state co-sponsor, Sandra and I wish you well and thank you for your dedication to the FSEA and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

God bless you all and remember to be PROUD, LOUD and VISIBLE.

 Michael F. Smith, PNP

State Sponsor

Florida State Elks Association