Convention Events Schedule

The following events have been tenatively scheduled for the Grand Lodge Convention in Tampa, FL, July 4 - 7, 2021. Times and locations are subject to change, and due to capacity limits, members must register for each event they'd like to attend.

Event Name / Description Location Time Status
Sunday, July 4, 2021
Q&A With Audit & Account Committee and the Financial Reporting System Team No reservations required
Come by and ask Audit & Accounting Committee and the Financial Reporting System members questions. Meeting Room 19
Tampa Convention Center
9:00 - 3:00 PM
Writing for the Elks Magazine 31 seats left
9:00 A.M. – 9:45 A.M. The staff of "The Elks Magazine" will give a seminar at the Tampa Convention Center in room 20 on how to submit fraternal news and photos to The Elks Magazine. Meeting Room 20
Tampa Convention Center
9:00 - 9:45 AM
A Tour of the Elks.Org Website 275 seats left
Director of Internet Operations Frederick Mensch will provide a high-level tour of the Elks.org website with special attention paid to features of interest to Exalted Rulers, such as your local lodge "Virtual Home Page," CLMS, and the By-Laws Revision System. Ballroom C
Tampa Convention Center
9:00 - 9:45 AM
Activities Committee 122 seats left
The Activities Committee Seminar will provide an overview of the committee’s programs, including the Soccer Shoot, Student/Teenager of the Month/Year, JROTC Awards, Scouting, Dictionary Project, Antlers, Community Projects Contest, Public Safety Medals, and the Junior Golf Program. At the end of the seminar, there will be a panel discussion and the opportunity for the members to ask questions of the committee regarding the programs. Meeting Room 25
Tampa Convention Center
9:30 - 10:15 AM
Membership & Marketing Seminar 141 seats left
Recover, Respond, Renew, are three key words for our Lodges in 2021. We must recognize this as an opportunity to help our Lodges to be better. Recover by using the lessons learned from 2020 to help build a new foundation and way forward. Respond by understanding the importance of leading our Lodges to a sustainable future. Learn how to respond to our decline in membership and the challenges of the present moment by changing how we do business while remaining faithful to the spirit of Elkdom. Ballroom B
Tampa Convention Center
10:00 - 11:00 AM
Special Deputy Grand Exalter Ruler Meeting No reservations required
SDGER Meeting. PGER's are invited to attend. Grand Ballroom Salon A
Marriott Tampa Water Street
10:00 - 12:30 PM
All American Lodge Contest and Other Awards Workshop 60 seats left
Fraternal Committee workshop on All American Lodge Contest and other awards. How can you add value to your year as Exalted Ruler? The All American Lodge Contest is a valuable guideline for Exalted Rulers as it provides a concise list of activities essential to a successful lodge year. This seminar will explain the contest criteria in detail and help Exalted Rulers understand it as a tool to manage and measure success. Is it important to say thank you to volunteers and recognize dedication? It sure is! Let the Fraternal Committee help you say, “Thank You”. The committee has several awards available for your use. Detailed in the seminar will be Elk of the Year, Officer of the Year, Citizen of the Year, and Outstanding Members. Meeting Room 25
Tampa Convention Center
11:15 - 12:00 PM
Membership & Marketing Seminar 271 seats left
Effective dues and donation collections are the key to Membership Retention and driving Lodge revenues. We will focus on how to use the new Billing System for maximum results. We will demonstrate how to work with the USPS to keep up to date with member addresses and postage savings opportunities. Ballroom C
Tampa Convention Center
11:45 - 12:30 PM
Elks Magazine 62 seats left
The staff of "The Elks Magazine" will give a seminar on how to submit fraternal news and photos to The Elks Magazine. Meeting Room 20
Tampa Convention Center
12:00 - 12:45 PM
Elks National Veterans Service Commission 196 seats left
Grab your party hat and join us as we celebrate 75 years of serving veterans with the Elks National Veterans Service Commission! To commemorate the occasion, we’ll hear from Commission members, volunteers, and veterans that Elks have helped. We’ll share stories, videos and updates from the past 75 years. And, our partner Help Heal Veterans will teach a short class using Elks leather craft kits! Ballroom B
Tampa Convention Center
12:00 - 2:00 PM
A Tour of the Elks.org Website 158 seats left
Director of Internet Operations Frederick Mensch will provide a high-level tour of the Elks.org website with special attention paid to features of interest to Exalted Rulers, such as your local lodge "Virtual Home Page", CLMS, and the By-Laws Revision System. Meeting Room 23
Tampa Convention Center
1:00 - 1:45 PM
Activities Committee Workshop 131 seats left
The Activities Committee Seminar will provide an overview of the committee’s programs, including the Soccer Shoot, Student/Teenager of the Month/Year, JROTC Awards, Scouting, Dictionary Project, Antlers, Community Projects Contest, Public Safety Medals, and the Junior Golf Program. At the end of the seminar, there will be a panel discussion, and the opportunity for the members to ask questions of the committee regarding the programs. Meeting Room 25
Tampa Convention Center
1:00 - 1:45 PM
National Drug Awarness Program 262 seats left
Come meet our newest member of the Elks Drug Awareness Speaking Tour Heather DiBlasi, who has been brought on Board to speak directly with Elementary School Children. She’s dynamic and energetic and is anxious to meet with Elks. Also learn about Teen Zone and how to reach schools during the pandemic and beyond! Ballroom C
Tampa Convention Center
1:30 - 3:00 PM
Official Grand Lodge Opening Ceremony and Reception 3565 seats left
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 Malcolm J. McPherson, Jr, Past Grand Exalted Ruler. Introduction of State Presidents and presentation of Flags by the Chairman of the Grand Lodge Fraternal Committee, Robert R. Hinkle. Pearl Harbor Presentation, Elks National Veterans Service Commission Report, Drug Awareness Program Report, Elks National Foundation Report including Hoop Shoot® and Scholarship presentations. Principal Address by Paul R. Ryan, Grand Exalted Ruler. Followed by the Party Crashers Band. The Party Crashers are incredibly versatile covering everything from classic rock to country, from Latin to today’s most current pop hits led by the extraordinary vocal talents of top-selling recording artists. Sponsored by the Elks National Foundation. Food and refreshment will be available for purchase during the Reception. West/Central Hall
Tampa Convention Center
4:00 - 9:00 PM
Monday, July 5, 2021
Opening Grand Lodge Business Sessions 4237 seats left
8:00 A.M. Opening Grand Lodge Business Sessions. Annual Report given by the Grand Exalted Ruler. Reports from Elks National Convention Commission, National Memorial & Publications, Veterans Restoration Trust, Board of Grand Trustees, Committee on Judiciary Preliminary Report and Legislative Session Discussion. 9:50 A.M. All registered Guests are invited to attend the Session. Guest will not be allowed into the session hall until after the Legislative Discussion. 10:00 A.M. Nomination & Election of Grand Lodge Officers for 2021-2022. 10:55 A.M. CELEBRATION and Grand Exalted Ruler-Elect Acceptance Speech. This time line represents estimated time of report and is to be used as a guideline. West/Central Hall
Tampa Convention Center
8:00 - 11:59 AM
Q&A with Audit & Accounting Committee and the Financial Reporting System No reservations required
Come by and ask Audit & Accounting Committee and the Financial Reporting System members questions. Meeting Room 19
Tampa Convention Center
8:00 - 11:30 AM
Members of the Grand Lodge Auditing and Accounting Committee 149 seats left
Introduction to Lodge Accounting using Quick Books. Meeting Room 23
Tampa Convention Center
12:00 - 1:30 PM
Financial Reporting System Seminar 115 seats left
A Seminar on The Financial Reporting System. Meeting Room 19
Tampa Convention Center
12:00 - 1:30 PM
Americanism Essay Contest and other contests Workshop 35 seats left
Does it really make a difference to explain why patriotism and respect for our country is important? Yes, especially when you have the task of putting your thoughts on paper! The Americanism Essay Contest is a citizenship building exercise that many schools use annually in preparing the next generation of informed Americans. The contest procedures will be described in detail and questions will be welcome. What contests are sponsored by the Fraternal Committee? The committee administers several contests for lodges and state associations. Discussed during this seminar will be the Local Lodge Website Contest, State Association Website Contest, and the State Bulletin Contest. Meeting Room 20
Tampa Convention Center
12:15 - 1:00 PM
Elks National Hoop Shoot 85 seats left
The Elks Hoop Shoot—Bouncing Back! 2022 marks the Hoop Shoot’s 50th anniversary as a national program, and we intend to deliver a gold-medal National Finals for a golden anniversary. Learn about the program’s history and what’s in store for the upcoming season. One attendee will be selected to receive a $100 soft credit to the ENF-funded program of their choice. Meeting Room 25
Tampa Convention Center
12:30 - 1:30 PM
National Drug Awareness Program Seminar 229 seats left
Our 4th Annual “Open House”. Come meet and learn about what’s new in the Elks Drug Awareness Program. Learn how to navigate our websites; learn about our 2021 video with the DEA; and learn new drug trends. Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the DAP. SWAG for the first 300 attendees. Ballroom B
Tampa Convention Center
12:30 - 2:00 PM
District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler -Designate Orientation Seminar 254 seats left
District Deputy Designate Orientation Seminar. SDGER’s are required to attend. Ballroom C
Tampa Convention Center
12:30 - 3:00 PM
Board of Grand Trustees No reservations required
Board of Grand Trustees will be available for questions. Terrace Boardroom
Marriott Tampa Water Street
1:30 - 3:30 PM
Committee on Judiciary No reservations required
Committee on Judiciary will be available for questions. Meeting Room 7
Marriott Tampa Water Street
1:30 - 4:00 PM
Writing for the Elks Magazine 49 seats left
The staff of "The Elks Magazine" will give a seminar on how to submit fraternal news and photos to Magazine. Meeting Room 20
Tampa Convention Center
2:00 - 2:45 PM
GER-Elect Photo with State President No reservations required
Grand Exalted Ruler-Elect will be available for photos with the State Presidents Meeting Room 21
Tampa Convention Center
2:00 - 2:30 PM
Activities Committee Seminar 125 seats left
The Activities Committee Seminar will provide an overview of the committee’s programs, including the Soccer Shoot, Student/Teenager of the Month/Year, JROTC Awards, Scouting, Dictionary Project, Antlers, Community Projects Contest, Public Safety Medals, and the Junior Golf Program. At the end of the seminar, there will be a panel discussion, and the opportunity for the members to ask questions of the committee regarding the programs. Meeting Room 25
Tampa Convention Center
2:30 - 3:15 PM
Audit & Accounting Seminar 149 seats left
Advanced Lodge Accounting using QuickBooks Seminar to be held at the Tampa Convention Center in Meeting Room 23. Meeting Room 23
Tampa Convention Center
2:30 - 4:00 PM
Financial Reporting System Seminar 118 seats left
A Seminar on The Financial Reporting System. Meeting Room 19
Tampa Convention Center
2:30 - 4:00 PM
Membership & Marketing Seminar 225 seats left
We will introduce the exciting & Interactive Virtual Membership & Marketing Guides. Lodges that succeed in retaining current Members, gaining new ones, and thriving in today’s social landscape will do so not by chance but by change. No matter what title you hold, there is plenty for you to learn and use in the Membership Guide. Read it, learn it, and use all it has to offer. Respond, Recover, Renew! Ballroom B
Tampa Convention Center
3:00 - 3:45 PM
GER-Elect Photo with DDGER-Designate No reservations required
Grand Exalted Ruler-Elect will be available for photos with the District Deputies Designate Meeting Room 21
Tampa Convention Center
3:00 - 4:00 PM
Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Q&A with Audit & Accounting Committee and the Financial Reporting System No reservations required
Come by and ask Audit & Accounting Committee and the Financial Reporting System members questions. Meeting Room 19
Tampa Convention Center
8:00 - 11:30 AM
Grand Lodge Business Session. 4337 seats left
8:00 A.M. Grand Lodge Business Session. Report of Resolutions Committee, Registration (Final), Board of Grand Trustees (Final), Grand Forum/Pardon Committee, 8:40 A.M. Committee on Judiciary Legislative Session. 9:10 A.M. Disaster Relief Fund Report, Auditing & Accounting, Activities Committee, Government Relations and Fraternal Committee “All American Lodge Awards” Committee Reports. 9:45 A.M. GER Elect Program Remarks 9:55 A.M. Chicago Headquarters 2021-2022 Program 10:10 A.M.Guest will be admitted or following the Chicago Headquarter program which ever occurs first. 10:15 A.M. Final Report and Team Awards of Ritualistic Committee, 10:30 A.M. Legislative Results This timeline is to be used as a guideline and represents estimated times for reports. West/Central Hall
Tampa Convention Center
8:00 - 11:00 AM
Photo opportunity with the GER-Elect No reservations required
Meet the Grand Exalted Ruler – Elect by the Elks Memorial Clock, Outside Ballroom B for a picture and get your membership card signed. Outside Ballroom B
Tampa Convention Center
11:00 - 1:00 PM
Auditing and Accounting Committee 163 seats left
Advanced Lodge Accounting using QuickBooks Seminar. Meeting Room 23
Tampa Convention Center
12:00 - 1:30 PM
Financial Reporting System Seminar 118 seats left
A Seminar on The Financial Reporting System. Meeting Room 19
Tampa Convention Center
12:00 - 1:30 PM
District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler -Designate Seminar 252 seats left
District Deputy-Designate seminar on the Financial Reporting System. DDGER-Designate and SDGER’s are required to attend. Ballroom C
Tampa Convention Center
12:30 - 3:00 PM
GL - Activities Committee Seminar 159 seats left
The Activities Committee Seminar will provide an overview of the committee’s programs, including the Soccer Shoot, Student/Teenager of the Month/Year, JROTC Awards, Scouting, Dictionary Project, Antlers, Community Projects Contest, Public Safety Medals, and the Junior Golf Program. At the end of the seminar, there will be a panel discussion, and the opportunity for the members to ask questions of the committee regarding the programs. Meeting Room 25
Tampa Convention Center
12:30 - 1:15 PM
Elks National Foundation 196 seats left
Your Foundation in 1928, during the annual Grand Lodge Convention in Miami, then-National President John F. Malley’s call to service inspired delegates to vote to establish the Elks National Foundation with an initial $100,000 grant. More than 90 years later, your Foundation continues to unite Elks in service to their communities with nearly $40 million in grants and distributions. Come hear how. One attendee will be selected to receive a $100 soft credit to the ENF-funded program of their choice. Ballroom B
Tampa Convention Center
12:30 - 1:30 PM
National Drug Awareness Program Seminar 31 seats left
Visit with and learn about the Elks Drug Awareness’ new partners, The Young Marines. And learn how their mission blends nicely with that of the DAP. Also present will be Heather” DiBlasi to answer your questions about the DAP’s new Elementary kids program. SWAG for the first 90 attendees. Meeting Room 20
Tampa Convention Center
12:30 - 1:15 PM
Writing for the Elks Magazine 83 seats left
The staff of "The Elks Magazine" will give a seminar on how to submit fraternal news and photos to Magazine. Meeting Room 21
Tampa Convention Center
12:45 - 1:30 PM
Board of Grand Trustees No reservations required
Board of Grand Trustees will be available for questions. Terrace Boardroom
Marriott Tampa Water Street
1:30 - 3:30 PM
Committee on Judiciary No reservations required
Committee on Judiciary will be available for questions. Meeting Room 7
Marriott Tampa Water Street
1:30 - 4:00 PM
National Drug Awareness Program Seminar 131 seats left
How is the Elks Drug Awareness Program reaching students in the era of school closures and tenuous school openings? Amazingly well, actually! Join us to hear Ray Lozano, National DAP Spokesperson, describe his innovative, effective approach and learn how YOU can reach youth with the drug-free message in YOUR community! SWAG for first 200 attendees. Meeting Room 25
Tampa Convention Center
2:15 - 3:15 PM
Financial Reporting System Seminar 137 seats left
A Financial Reporting System Seminar Meeting Room 19
Tampa Convention Center
2:30 - 4:00 PM
Elks National Foundation—#ElksAlwaysCare 218 seats left
Learn how Lodge grants help Elks build stronger communities and stronger Lodges. We'll walk through available Community Investments Program grants and resources and feature innovative projects meeting today’s needs. One attendee will be selected to receive a $100 soft credit to the ENF-funded program of their choice. Ballroom B
Tampa Convention Center
2:30 - 3:30 PM
Auditing and Accounting Committee 171 seats left
Auditing and Accounting Committee Introduction to Lodge Accounting using QuickBooks Seminar. Meeting Room 23
Tampa Convention Center
2:30 - 4:00 PM
A Tour of the Elks.org Website for Exalted Rulers 35 seats left
Director of Internet Operations Frederick Mensch will provide a high-level tour of the Elks.org website with special attention paid to features of interest to Exalted Rulers, such as your local lodge "Virtual Home Page," CLMS, and the By-Laws Revision System. Meeting Room 21
Tampa Convention Center
2:30 - 3:15 PM
Fraternal Committee Available for Q & A No reservations required
Stop in to see the Grand lodge Fraternal Committee as they will be available to answer all your questions relating to Fraternal programs. Meeting Room 20
Tampa Convention Center
2:30 - 3:30 PM
Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Final Grand Lodge Session 4207 seats left
Final Grand Lodge Session. Open Session, Members and accompanied guests are invited to attend. All District Deputy-Designates are required to attend. 8:00 A.M. Memorial Service under the direction of PGER Robert L. Duitsman. 9:00 A.M. Membership & Marketing Presentation 9:15 A.M. Installation of 2021-2022 Grand Lodge Officers by PGER Michael T. Luhr 9:35 A.M. Installation of 2021-2022 District Deputies Grand Lodge Session will conclude by 11:00 A.M. West/Central Hall
Tampa Convention Center
8:00 - 11:00 AM