We got back on Thursday from the national convention in San Antonio. It was a blast as always, when you get together with fellow Elks. They are a second family. We just had the state convention the week before we left. That was too much fun too close together!
To quickly steer this to a “writery” post before I get too vacation/Elk winded…
I may blast myself online, trying to find new readers, but when it comes to face to face, I’m not one who tries to bring attention to myself. A lot of people I know personally still have no clue I’m published. A few she-Elks found out I write (and a gent or 2…). The biggest request with them of course, is the one I kill off my hubby!
I had requests at the state convention to bring some to TX since I never have books on me. They found their homes…now we wait. I also made it 99¢ everywhere for those who wanted to read it on their e-readers. If you haven’t gotten it yet – now is the time. When I do signings, I give out purse tissues. It’s a guaranteed tear jerker.
See the Coast Guard boat? That’s the branch where hubby did his military service. He is now the state chair for Veterans with the Elks. He had a few mandatory meetings at convention and the rest of the time we spent enjoying San Antonio.
The river walk was a lot of fun. We hit something new everyday and did the boat tour. There are more than a handful of fun bars along the way.
Save some fries!! 🙂 (I know you’re not supposed to but c’mon… )
State convention = 48 hospitality rooms! This was the lobby of where Texas had theirs. We have a winner of the favorite room. (This pic alone beat out Utah’s polygamy punch & “shut the box” game. 😉 )
After convention closing, we got to see Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band! They were amazing! I didn’t even know he had a band. Proceeds go to helping homeless vets. Check him out! Gary Sinise Foundation.
I met up with a writer friend from Absolute Write! We took the infamous “chubby bunny cheeseball” pic. He was great & let us park our car at his place to save the $20-$42 a night parking! We lost a day of that having to get hubby to a VA clinic with a spider bite & pay Uber, but it still helped a great deal. (Things in Texas try to kill you, BTW!) Thanks, III!
I got to see a cousin on the way down and one on the way back who I haven’t seen in 35 years! It was a great trip all around.
“What are the Elks?” is the 1st thing I’m asked. We are the best kept secret, unfortunately. In a nutshell, they give to veterans and children. Last year we donated over 600 million dollars! What surprises me most about how we’re such a secret is the fact that we are 2nd to only the US government for scholarships. I’m not big on any organizations, but this bunch has stolen my heart. If you have a local lodge, I know you’ll find a 2nd home. If you are interested in learning more about the Elks, feel free to message me.
Happy reading & do-gooding!