2018 State Association Convention
The Maine Elks Association held our 89th annual convention at the Waterville Lodge over the weekend of May 4th, 5th & 6th. The weekend is the time we recognize the successes of the lodges and committees and acknowledge the efforts of the associations committee chairmen and officers. It is also when we get the chance to meet many of Maine’s outstanding youth and learn about their vision of Drug Awareness and hear about their aspirations for higher education.
This annual meeting for the states Elks is also the time to change over leadership of the association for the coming year. For President Dave Anderson and First Lady Sandy it’s been a hectic and enjoyable year since he took his obligation of office in Augusta.
But the convention isn’t just for lodge officers to enjoy, all Maine Elks are encouraged to attend and participate, with one vote for every 50 members allocated as delegates for each lodge. For the Saturday morning business meeting 169 members and officers from the state’s 22 lodges were on hand to hear the various committee reports, and to ballot for the coming years association officers.
Sue Piper, PER, Past District Deputy (ME Northern) and Past MEA First Lady (You may recall her husband, PSP Don Piper) from the Ellsworth lodge was selected as Maine’s first lady President. Due to health reasons Association Treasurer Jeff Neal was compelled to step down, and Felicia Gaulin (Waterville’s current treasurer) was chosen to mind the financial books for the Association, and Bangor’s PER/PDDGER Scott Monroe was elected to the leadership team as Second Vice President.
Saturday evening’s gala is all about the order’s external programs. The state level winners in the various Drug Awareness contests were greeted with their plaques, and the top graduating seniors were on hand to meet the members. We met Maine’s candidate for the Enrique “Kiki” Camarena” award, York Police Department’s School Resource officer Jamie Robie (who assisted in distributing the kids’ Drug Awareness awards), and we learned how much Maine’s Elks had together raised to support the Maine Children’s Cancer Program.
Once the installation of the elected officers and Trustees was completed Sunday morning it was time for our annual statewide memorial service. The three Vice Presidents and President each lit a candle, and the Exalted Rulers from our 22 lodges read the names of their members lost over the preceding year while placing a wreath in their memory.
Especially poignant during this year’s ceremonies throughout the weekend was the unexpected loss of the state MCCP Chairwoman, Past State First Lady and Rockland Lodge PER Barbara Guy. PSP Dwayne Guy attended, accompanied by their granddaughter Emily in Barbara’s stead.