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FECTS Director Message

Gallant Colleen 2018 for web

Happy New Year!

As we say goodbye to 2019 and welcome 2020, I want to thank every one of you for your support of Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services (FECTS) over the last year.

A special thank you goes to Deborah Hall who has worked extremely hard this year keeping all of us at FECTS in line. Deborah works well with all our therapists as well as the many parents who call our office. As you can imagine, when a parent calls our office looking for much needed OT and PT for their children, it takes a very special person to help walk them through the process. We are so blessed to have Deborah as such an important part of our team.

We are also blessed to have 28 of the finest therapists. Each of our therapists is well trained and you can be assured that they are kind and loving while treating the children of Florida. They truly are our angels. 

January through March 2019, we finished our Elk year traveling with then State President, Frank Malatesta, and his lovely wife, Sally, to the final district visitations. It was so awesome meeting so many of our members and hearing all the good each lodge does in their community. We also appreciate the time the therapists take out of their busy lives to go to the visitations to meet our State President as well as the members attending the state president’s dinner.

After our state convention in May, we began the district visitations with State President, Tom Ludwick, and his lovely wife, Joyce. Being able to spend time with our therapists at these visitations has been so rewarding for me as well as the therapists. We look forward to the final four visitations where three of our newer therapists will attend the visitations. They are really looking forward to meeting our members and sharing their stories.

I hope you are all planning on attending the February quarterly meetings here at our beautiful Florida Elks Youth Camp. I really enjoy having the time to visit with you and talk about our program.

We will also be attending the 2020 officer training seminar. This is such a wonderful time to meet our incoming officers and share the story of Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services and what you as members can do to help families that might contact your lodge asking for help. Informed members are so important to help get the word out to the public about this amazing program.  

As you are well aware, in Florida, we are so blessed to have two of the finest major projects in this country. I encourage you to learn as much as you can about both projects and you will have so much to share with your friends while encouraging them to become members – to become a part of this amazing organization.

Thank you, one and all, for your continued support of FECTS. We cannot do this without you and your support.

On behalf of Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services, thank you for the confidence you have shown in our 28 therapists, Deborah Hall and me. We genuinely appreciate every one of our members. We are looking forward to an even better 2020.

Best wishes for a safe, happy and healthy 2020!


Colleen Gallant, Director

Florida Elks Children's Therapy Services



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