Grand Lodge Convention
Grand Lodge Convention will be held in Saint Louis, MO starting Sunday, June 30th through Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019.
It is each Lodge’s responsibility to send their Exalted Ruler to the National Convention; however, it is the incoming Exalted Ruler’s responsibility to complete the forms and see that the required funds are submitted to the WSEA Office by the March 22nd, 2019 deadline. It is imperative the registration form and check be received by the March 22nd deadline.
The Grand Lodge Convention OPENING CEREMONY WILL TAKE PLACE AT 4:00 PM ON SUNDAY, June 30th at the America’s Center Convention Complex, 701 Convention Place, St. Louis, Missouri, 63101.
The Washington State Elks will be housed at the Marriott St. Louis Grand, 800 Washington Avenue which is the Headquarters Hotel for this 155th Convention.
All room reservations must be made on the form which is provided with a first-night room deposit of $114.00 plus tax and the activity fee for All ER’s or Alternate. These payments MUST BE PAID BY CHECK TO THE WSEA OFFICE and be received by March 22nd, 2019. Room rates are $114.00 Single/double occupancy per night plus sales and occupancy taxes. The hotel will NOT accept your individual reservations. Standard rooms available are all non-smoking with a standard king or two double beds (NOT QUEEN) and every effort will be made to accommodate your desires (e.g. king or two doubles, ADA handicapped or other special needs). All efforts will be made to house the Washington Delegation on the same and/or adjacent floors.
As most all of you know, Michael Luhr from our sister state of Alaska is our current Grand Exalted Ruler and WSEA PSP Sandy Barber is the Grand Esteemed Leading Knight. Let’s give them a great send off after a very successful year.
We want to make your trip to the Grand Lodge Convention an enjoyable one and will try to accommodate your needs as best we can. Your cooperation in filling out the forms completely and returning them prior to March 22nd, 2019 will assist us to that end. Your mode of travel to St.Louis is strictly up to you, however, since most of you will be flying; make your reservations early to get the best rates and to arrive in time to attend the 4:00 PM Opening Ceremony on Sunday, June 30th, 2019. St. Louis has a lot to offer in the form of entertainment, great food and historical sites. Plan accordingly.
If you have questions regarding housing please contact me at the numbers and addresses listed above. Our hospitality room will be hosted by Sergeant at Arms Scott Knight along with WSEA President Greg Heimgartner. This entire packet of information and registration form will also be found on the Washington State Elks website.
Joe Basil, Chair
WSEA Grand Lodge Housing Committee