Greetings brothers and sisters,
Firstly, I would like to tell you a little bit about myself, my Elk experience, and my focus for The ensuing year. I am the father of a twenty year old son who i am very proud of. I spent seventeen years growing up in southern California before moving back to Ontario in 1980. It was a great experience and i miss it sometimes especially in February!
I have spent most of my working life as a technician in the automotive service business and from 1997-2007 was owner/operator of my own service business in Wellington Ontario. I have spent the last eleven years in the insurance business and enjoy it very much!
My time with the Elks started when i joined the Wellington Elks dart league in 1998 and soon after was asked by a member of the Lodge if i would like to join and after some inquiring as to what the Elks do i joined. I have had most positions in the lodge including Exulted Ruler twice as well as regional rep. for district 3. I joined the Ontario Elks Association in 2014 as member at large, due to circumstances i had to skip some positions and take on 3rd Vice President in 2015 and now president in 2018.
This past August i was able to attend the Voice camp weekend held at the Bark Lake Conference Centre. It was truly an amazing experience to witness ﬁrst hand the impact that the time and eﬀort we all contribute has on these hearing impaired kids. The parents telling us how there would be no way they could aﬀord to bring their kids to the camp without the Elks was truly inspiring. I want to thank our Voice chair Shelley Southwell and Esquire Jane Misener for their hard work setting up the meet and greet which included handing out of Charley the Elk colouring books to the kids and wine and cheese for the parents.
For the ensuing year my focus at my lodge visits will be membership attraction and retention as well encouraging lodges to try and contribute more to our provincial and national charities. We need to keep the Elks and Royal Purple Fund for Children strong so we can keep these programs going. At the National Convention in Regina back in July we were lucky enough to have Rick Gathen from the American Elks come and speak to the issue of membership and share with us some of the ideas that has worked for their organization. I believe these ideas if implemented at a national, provincial and lodge level will work for us as well. I will be discussing those ideas at my lodge visits.
Lastly, i would like to thank all members of the Ontario Elks Association for their dedication and hard work.
Ontario Provincial President