Convention Schedule

Last Updated: 04/19/2018 02:22 PM

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Exhibits
 Saturday, June 30, 2018, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
 Exhibit

Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Hall 3.

Details: Display of activities by Grand Lodge Committees & Programs, State Major Projects and Trademark Licensees.

Sponsor: Grand Lodge

Registration
 Saturday, June 30, 2018, 8:00 AM - 4:15 PM
 Registration

Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Hall 3, 900 E. Market Street, San Antonio, Texas 78205

Details:

All Grand Lodge Members, Exalted Rulers, visiting Elks and their guests must be registered; your Badge must be displayed for admission into the EXHIBIT, SESSION halls and all Elks-related functions associated with this convention.

The Registration Area will open Saturday, June 30, at 8:00 a.m. at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Hall 3, 900 E. Market Street, San Antonio, Texas 78205. Information pamphlets are provided in the registration area to inform you about the convention and events. The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center should be considered your information center.

Pre-Registration will be available thru the Elks Web site April 1 through June 24, 2018. The Pre-Registration fee is $50.00 for all members - no fee for a non-Elk spouse or guest. In order to Pre-Register for the Convention you will need to establish a username and password for the “Members only section” of the Elks.org web site. Pre-register at https://www.elks.org/convention/prereg.cfm. When you arrive at the convention center in San Antonio have your email confirmation and current membership card available. Proceed to the Registration area, then enter the Pre-Registration line to collect the Badges for you and your spouse/guest and, if qualified voting credentials.

On–site registration will be available at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Hall 3, in the Registration Area. The On-site Registration fee will be $60.00 for all members - no fee for a non-Elk spouse or guest.

Sponsor: Grand Lodge

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Exhibits
 Sunday, July 1, 2018, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
 Exhibit

Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Hall 3.

Details: Display of activities by Grand Lodge Committees & Programs, State Major Projects and Trademark Licensees.

Sponsor: Grand Lodge

Registration
 Sunday, July 1, 2018, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
 Registration

Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Hall 3, 900 E. Market Street, San Antonio, Texas 78205

Details:

All Grand Lodge Members, Exalted Rulers, visiting Elks and their guests must be registered; your Badge must be displayed for admission into the EXHIBIT, SESSION halls and all Elks-related functions associated with this convention.

The Registration Area will open Saturday, June 30, at 8:00 a.m. at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Hall 3, 900 E. Market Street, San Antonio, Texas 78205. Information pamphlets are provided in the registration area to inform you about the convention and events. The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center should be considered your information center.

Pre-Registration will be available thru the Elks Web site April 1 through June 24, 2018. The Pre-Registration fee is $50.00 for all members - no fee for a non-Elk spouse or guest. In order to Pre-Register for the Convention you will need to establish a username and password for the “Members only section” of the Elks.org web site. Pre-register at https://www.elks.org/convention/prereg.cfm. When you arrive at the convention center in San Antonio have your email confirmation and current membership card available. Proceed to the Registration area, then enter the Pre-Registration line to collect the Badges for you and your spouse/guest and, if qualified voting credentials.

On–site registration will be available at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Hall 3, in the Registration Area. The On-site Registration fee will be $60.00 for all members - no fee for a non-Elk spouse or guest.

Sponsor: Grand Lodge

Special Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler Seminar
 Sunday, July 1, 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
 Business Meeting

Location: Grand Hyatt San Antonio in Travis C/D Room.

Details: PGERs are invited to attend.

Sponsor: Grand Lodge

Calling all Elks to SERVICE
 Sunday, July 1, 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 Other

Location: Henry B. González Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 3

Details: Calling all Elks to SERVICE - Be part of the largest ever gathering of Elks scholars! More than 100 scholars are in town for a mega-Elks Scholar Service Trip in celebration of the Order's 150th anniversary. On Sunday, they’ll be at the Henry B. González Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 3 from 10 a.m. to Noon to serve side by side with the people who made their scholarships possible, assembling hygiene kits for veterans in need. Whether you want to pitch in for two minutes or two hours, the scholars will welcome your help. Let’s celebrate through service together!

Sponsor: Elks National Foundation

Membership Seminar
 Sunday, July 1, 2018, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 Business Meeting

Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, room 221CD

Details: Learn how to grow your membership, enhance a new members experience, and improve the Lodges image in the community. Learn processes to modernize your billing practices.

Sponsor: Grand Lodge

Official Grand Lodge Opening Ceremonies & 150th Anniversary Celebration
 Sunday, July 1, 2018, 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 Ceremony

Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Hall 2

Details:

Members and accompanied guests are invited to attend. Opening remarks and Introduction of the Past Grand Exalted Rulers and Past First Ladies by Master of Ceremonies John D. Amen, Past Grand Exalted Ruler. Introduction of State Presidents and presentation of Flags by the Chairman of the Grand Lodge Fraternal Committee, Douglas A. Schiefer. Elks National Foundation Report including Hoop Shoot® and Scholarship presentations. Principal Address by Malcolm J. McPherson, Jr., Grand Exalted Ruler.

150th Anniversary Celebration

Featuring Re-Creation USA and headliner Gary Sinise & the LT Dan Band. Honor. Gratitude. Rock and Roll. That's the mission of every Lt. Dan Band concert. There's something for everyone as the 12-member group covers hits from Stevie Wonder to Kelly Clarkson, Adele to the Zac Brown Band, and everything in between. Whether boosting morale on military bases at home and abroad, raising awareness at benefit concerts across the country, or headlining Invincible Spirit Festivals, the band entertains, educates, inspires and builds communities with its explosive live show everywhere it goes. The performance is sponsored by the Elks National Foundation through a generous donation to the Gary Sinise Foundation, which serves veterans, military families and first responders. Food and refreshment will be available for purchase during the concert.

Sponsor: Grand Lodge

Monday, July 2, 2018

Exhibits
 Monday, July 2, 2018, 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
 Exhibit

Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Hall 3.

Details: Display of activities by Grand Lodge Committees & Programs, State Major Projects and Trademark Licensees.

Sponsor: Grand Lodge

Registration
 Monday, July 2, 2018, 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
 Registration

Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Hall 3, 900 E. Market Street, San Antonio, Texas 78205

Details:

All Grand Lodge Members, Exalted Rulers, visiting Elks and their guests must be registered; your Badge must be displayed for admission into the EXHIBIT, SESSION halls and all Elks-related functions associated with this convention.

The Registration Area will open Saturday, June 30, at 8:00 a.m. at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Hall 3, 900 E. Market Street, San Antonio, Texas 78205. Information pamphlets are provided in the registration area to inform you about the convention and events. The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center should be considered your information center.

Pre-Registration will be available thru the Elks Web site April 1 through June 24, 2018. The Pre-Registration fee is $50.00 for all members - no fee for a non-Elk spouse or guest. In order to Pre-Register for the Convention you will need to establish a username and password for the “Members only section” of the Elks.org web site. Pre-register at https://www.elks.org/convention/prereg.cfm. When you arrive at the convention center in San Antonio have your email confirmation and current membership card available. Proceed to the Registration area, then enter the Pre-Registration line to collect the Badges for you and your spouse/guest and, if qualified voting credentials.

On–site registration will be available at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Hall 3, in the Registration Area. The On-site Registration fee will be $60.00 for all members - no fee for a non-Elk spouse or guest.

Sponsor: Grand Lodge

Opening Grand Lodge Business Session
 Monday, July 2, 2018, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 Business Meeting

Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Hall 2

Details:

8:00 A.M. Annual Report given by the Grand Exalted Ruler. Reports from Elks National Convention Commission, Board of Grand Trustees, National Memorial & Publications, Veterans Restoration Trust, Activities Committee, and Fraternal Committee “All American Lodge Awards” Reports. Committee on Judiciary Preliminary Report and Legislative Session Discussion.

10:30 A.M. All registered attendees are invited to attend the Session.

10:35 A.M. Nomination & Election of Grand Lodge Officers for 2018-2019.

11:20 A.M. CELEBRATION and Grand Exalted Ruler-Elect Acceptance Speech.

Sponsor: Grand Lodge

Community Investments Program: Lodge Grants
 Monday, July 2, 2018, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
 Business Meeting

Location: Henry B. González Convention Center, room 221 A/B

Details: This session will be an overview of all 2018-19 Community Investments Program Lodge grant opportunities, including best practices for grant use and updated deadlines and processes.

Sponsor: Elks National Foundation

ENF Fundraising Chairs: Promote, Acquire, Renew, Recognize
 Monday, July 2, 2018, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
 Business Meeting

Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in Room 221CD.

Details: ENF Fundraising Chairs have diverse and critical role responsibilities—Promote, Acquire, Renew and Recognize. Learn more about your role, along with tools and tips to be an effective Chair. Though the content for this seminar is designed for ENF Fundraising Chairs, all are welcome to attend.

Sponsor: Elks National Foundation

Improving Your Lodge Finances and Proper Reporting
 Monday, July 2, 2018, 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
 Business Meeting

Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in room 225A.

Details: Members of the Grand Lodge Auditing and Accounting Committee will be making presentations on subjects ranging from proper financial reporting – UBI (taxable income and IRS concerns) – budgeting and other Lodge financial subjects; followed by an open discussion - question & answer session of topics determined by the seminar attendees.

Sponsor: Grand Lodge Auditing and Accounting Committee

District Deputy Designate Conference
 Monday, July 2, 2018, 12:45 PM - 4:00 PM
 Business Meeting

Location: Grand Hyatt San Antonio in room Texas Ballroom A/B.

Details: SDGERs are required to attend.

Sponsor: Grand Lodge

Major Projects Administrators Workshop
 Monday, July 2, 2018, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 Business Meeting

Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in room 224.

Details: Workshop for State Association Major Projects Administrators.

Sponsor: Grand Lodge

Ritualistic Finals
 Monday, July 2, 2018, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 Ritual

Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

Details:

Sponsor: Grand Lodge Ritual Committee

Judiciary Committee Q & A
 Monday, July 2, 2018, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
 Business Meeting

Location: Grand Hyatt San Antonio in San Jacinto Room

Details: Committee on Judiciary will be available for questions.

Sponsor: Grand Lodge Judiciary

Increase Your Impact: How to Optimize Your Veterans Service
 Monday, July 2, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
 Business Meeting

Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, room 221AB.

Details: Learn how your Lodge can target its veterans service programs to make the biggest impact in your community. This session will give an overview of existing resources and how to use them to meet the needs of local veterans.

Sponsor: Elks National Veterans Service Commission

GER-Elect / State President Photos
 Monday, July 2, 2018, 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
 Business Meeting

Location: Grand Hyatt San Antonio, Presidio Room.

Details: The Grand Exalted Ruler-Elect will be available for photos with the State Presidents.

Sponsor: Grand Lodge

Marvin M. Lewis Elks & Scouting Awards Presentation
 Monday, July 2, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
 Ceremony

Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in room 221CD.

Details: Presentation of the Marvin M. Lewis Elks & Scouting Awards.

Sponsor: Grand Lodge

GER-Elect / District Deputies Designate Photos
 Monday, July 2, 2018, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 Business Meeting

Location: Grand Hyatt San Antonio, Presidio Room.

Details: The Grand Exalted Ruler-Elect will be available for photos with the State Presidents.

Sponsor: Grand Lodge

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Exhibits
 Tuesday, July 3, 2018, 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
 Exhibit

Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Hall 3.

Details: Display of activities by Grand Lodge Committees & Programs, State Major Projects and Trademark Licensees.

Sponsor: Grand Lodge

Registration
 Tuesday, July 3, 2018, 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
 Registration

Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Hall 3, 900 E. Market Street, San Antonio, Texas 78205

Details:

All Grand Lodge Members, Exalted Rulers, visiting Elks and their guests must be registered; your Badge must be displayed for admission into the EXHIBIT, SESSION halls and all Elks-related functions associated with this convention.

The Registration Area will open Saturday, June 30, at 8:00 a.m. at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Hall 3, 900 E. Market Street, San Antonio, Texas 78205. Information pamphlets are provided in the registration area to inform you about the convention and events. The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center should be considered your information center.

Pre-Registration will be available thru the Elks Web site April 1 through June 24, 2018. The Pre-Registration fee is $50.00 for all members - no fee for a non-Elk spouse or guest. In order to Pre-Register for the Convention you will need to establish a username and password for the “Members only section” of the Elks.org web site. Pre-register at https://www.elks.org/convention/prereg.cfm. When you arrive at the convention center in San Antonio have your email confirmation and current membership card available. Proceed to the Registration area, then enter the Pre-Registration line to collect the Badges for you and your spouse/guest and, if qualified voting credentials.

On–site registration will be available at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Hall 3, in the Registration Area. The On-site Registration fee will be $60.00 for all members - no fee for a non-Elk spouse or guest.

Sponsor: Grand Lodge

Community Investments Program Office Hours
 Tuesday, July 3, 2018, 7:45 AM - 2:00 PM
 Business Meeting

Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, ENF Booth in Exhibit Hall 3

Details: ENF staff will be available to answer your questions about the various grants available to Lodges—Anniversary, Beacon, Gratitude, Promise, Impact and Freedom. This is not a seminar—meetings are one-on-one with ENF staff. Visit the ENF Booth in Exhibit Hall 3 to sign up for a 10-minute time slot.

Sponsor: Elks National Foundation

Grand Lodge Business Session
 Tuesday, July 3, 2018, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 Business Meeting

Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Hall 2

Details:

8:00 A.M. Report of Resolutions Committee, Registration (Final), Grand Forum/Pardon Committee, Board of Grand Trustees (Final), Disaster Relief Fund, Auditing & Accounting and Government Relations Committee Reports.

9:00 A.M. Committee on Judiciary Legislative Session.

9:40 A.M. GER Elect Program Remarks

9:50 A.M. Chicago Headquarters 2018-2019 Program, Membership Presentation

10:15 A.M. Presentation of 2018-2019 programs of Activities and Fraternal Committees

10:45 A.M. Non-Members Admitted

10:55 A.M. Elks National Veterans Service Commission Report

11:05 A.M. Drug Awareness Program Report

11:15 A.M. Final Report and Team Awards of Ritualistic Committee

11:50 A.M. Legislative Results

Sponsor: Grand Lodge

Improving Your Lodge Finances and Proper Reporting
 Tuesday, July 3, 2018, 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
 Business Meeting

Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in room 225A

Details: Members of the Grand Lodge Auditing and Accounting Committee will be making presentations on subjects ranging from proper financial reporting – UBI (taxable income and IRS concerns) – budgeting and other Lodge financial subjects; followed by an open discussion - question & answer session of topics determined by the seminar attendees.

Sponsor: Grand Lodge Auditing and Accounting Committee

National Drug Awareness Program Seminar
 Tuesday, July 3, 2018, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
 Business Meeting

Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in room 221CD.

Details: Join us for an opportunity to learn all about the Elks Drug Awareness Program and get the information you need to build a successful and rewarding Drug Awareness Program for your community. You will have the opportunity to meet with the Directors, learn how your lodge can be a local hero by using the many educational programs, videos, brochures, and other educational tools to educate your kids, grand kids and their parents. You will hear from renowned DAP spokesman Ray Lozano and learn how you can bring him to your community. You will meet and hear Mrs. Enrique Camarena and a special guest from Hollywood, Bob Sabouni, who is the creator and producer of the videos and comic books we have used to educate our children. By attending, you will have the chance to win fun and educational DAP prizes, like fatal vision googles, DAP Notebooks, limited number of DAP G/L Convention 150 posters and the newest Elks DAP Challenge Coin. This coin is only be available at this open session and is a collector. The first 350 Elks in attendance will receive a Elks, DAP G/L 150 t-shirt. This program will be the highlight of your G/L Convention experience. You do not have to be an Elk to attend as this program is open to all Elks and guests.

Sponsor: Elks Drug Awareness Program

Judiciary Committee Q & A
 Tuesday, July 3, 2018, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
 Business Meeting

Location: Grand Hyatt San Antonio in San Jacinto Room

Details: Committee on Judiciary will be available for questions.

Sponsor: Grand Lodge Judiciary

Writing for the Elks Magazine Seminar
 Tuesday, July 3, 2018, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
 Business Meeting

Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in Room 224.

Details: Learn how to write for the Elks Magazine Seminar.

Sponsor: Grand Lodge

Grand Lodge Activities Committee Seminar
 Tuesday, July 3, 2018, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
 Business Meeting

Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in room 221 AB.

Details: Come learn about Antlers, Community Projects Contest and more.

Sponsor: Grand Lodge Activities Committee

Exalted Rulers Ball
 Tuesday, July 3, 2018, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
 Social Meetup

Location: Grand Hyatt San Antonio Hotel in the Texas Ballroom.

Details: Honoring all Exalted Rulers and their families. ALL ELKS and their spouses are invited to attend. Admission by badge. Dress: Business. Refreshments available.

Sponsor: Grand Lodge

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Final Grand Lodge Business Session
 Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
 Business Meeting

Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Hall 2

Details:

8:00 A.M. Open Session, Members and accompanied guests are invited to attend. All District Deputy-Designates are required to attend. Memorial Service under the direction of PGER Michael F. Zellen.

9:00 A.M. Membership Presentation

9:15 A.M. Installation of 2018-2019 Grand Lodge Officers by PGER Ronald L Hicks.

9:40 A.M. Installation of 2018-2019 District Deputies

All registered attendees are invited to attend. Grand Lodge Session will conclude by 11:00 A.M.

Departure plans should be made accordingly. Late checkouts should be arranged with individual hotels in advance.

Sponsor: Grand Lodge


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