2013 BPOE Grand Lodge Convention
- Created on Monday, 22 July 2013 11:04
One of the highlights for me year after year is the announcement and acceptance speeches of the ENF Scholarship winners. This year was no different with both winners speaking so eloquently on receiving their award and how the award has affected them. There is no doubt that both young adults were the correct choice for the award. The top male Most Valuable Student winner was Anish Athalye who is headed for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, while the female MVS winner, Grace Young will be attending Harvard. Each winner received $60,000 toward their tutition.
The Baranyai family, PSP Al, PDD Ed, PER Edward, ER Janet and newly installed member Cecilia, of THE Bridgeport Lodge #36 was mentioned in the daily GLC Newsletter for having five family members of the Lodge in attendance at the National Convention. There was the voting on a number of Resolutions that will affect the future of Elkdom. There were some very lively discussions on a number of these resolutions. Please talk to your lodge officers that were in attendance about the outcome of the voting for the changes will affect each lodge and lodge member. Another highlight is the welcoming of the new GER, Millard C. Pickering from Sapulpa, OK Lodge # 1118. With all the hoopla of a political convention GER Millard came into the Convention Hall with the fanfare of balloons and the roar of very enthusiastic Elks. His acceptance speech was very powerful and will be in the next issue of The Elks Magazine, please be sure to read it. The 4 District Deputy’s, John F. Romano(Central), Matthew C. Frankel(Coastal), Alex Coriaty(East), and Michael E. Gannon(Northwest), took their Oath on the last day of the convention and later received their jewels from PGER Peter Affatato during the Connecticut Dinner which was held at The Sliver Legacy Hotel and Casino. PGER Peter announced that SDGER Robert Hansen was endorsed as Grand Lodge Trustee for next year.
Outside of the Convention Hall the city of Reno and its surrounding towns had much to offer to the convention goers. With a casino on nearly every corner you can see if Lady Luck is on your side. You also had the opportunity to take road trips to Virginia City, Carson City or Lake Tahoe; all are about an hour outside of Reno. I can only suggest that for all Connecticut Elks if you get the chance try and take your vacation next year during the GLC. You will make new friends and revisit old acquaintances. You will have experiences that will stay with you forever. Hope to see you all next year at the GLC in "THE BIG EASY”: New Orleans, Louisiana.