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2017 Elks Magazine Article: News of State Association

2017-2018 LEA State President Henry Daigle
Henry Daigle
2017–2018 President

The 81st annual convention of the Louisiana Elks Association recently took place in Lafayette, Louisiana. This convention highlighted the 2016-17 accomplishments of President Randy Bergeron of Slidell Lodge #2321. Among the many honored guests in attendance were State Sponsor/PGER- Millard Pickering and his wife Susanne; Past Grand Tiler/Special Deputy G.E.R. Richard Conran and his wife, Sue; Past Grand Esquire- Richard Jones; Past Grand Esquire Sam Echols; Arkansas President Johnny Hutchison and his wife Phyliss; Oklahoma President Mike Robinson and his wife, Dodie; and Texas President Donnie Cagle. These guests were presented gift baskets and personal gifts by President Randy Bergeron.

Henry Daigle of Plaquemine Lodge was installed as 2017-18 President. Other newly elected officers are: President-Elect Beulah Rodrigue, Houma Lodge; Vice President-Armand Buuck, New Orleans; Secretary Buddy Hartle, New Orleans; Treasurer Richard Jones, Shreveport; Parliamentarian Kenneth Lafleur, Opelousas; Tiler Gary Legendre, Plaquemine; Sgt.-at-Arms John Sasser, Plaquemine; and Chaplain Russell Madere, Plaquemine. State Sponsor/PGER Millard Pickering announced the appointment of Jim Cade, Shreveport as District Deputy GER and the reappointment of Richard Conran of Plaquemine as Special Deputy GER.

Franklin Courville of Opelousas Lodge was this year's recipient of the Steve Jenkinson-Louisiana Elk of the Year Award. President Randy Bergeron thanked everyone for making this convention a great success and Opelousas Lodge for hosting the Friday night social and dinner.

The next meeting of the Louisiana Elks Association for the mid-season workshop is scheduled for January 19-20, 2018 at the Plaquemine Lodge. The next annual state convention is planned for May 18-20, 2018 in Lafayette, LA and will be hosted by the Plaquemine Lodge.

Buddy Hartle, Past District Deputy
Secretary–Louisiana Elks Association