Brothers and Sisters,
I would like to thank PER Wendy Carns for leading our lodge for the last two years. These past years have seen its ups and downs, but we have always managed to overcome them. I am eager to start my term; and even though I don’t have Wendy’s experience, I will work my hardest for this lodge. While I was recently at a District Deputy Workshop, someone stood up and said that our lodges should be known as a place to come where you help your community; and while you are there, you can also have a drink. I totally agree and think we all need to get into that mindset. We are not just a bar. I would like to see us apply for and get approved for all the grants offered to us by the Grand Lodge. It is so important for us to get our name out in the community. I believe this is the only way we will improve our membership. I am also asking that you mentor the new members you bring in; without mentoring them, they are lost souls who might never return. Think about how you would feel if you were brought in as a new member with no one around to introduce you to other members when you came down to the lodge. It would not be a comforting feeling and would not make you feel like returning. We need to remember that we are a fraternal organization that believes in charity, justice, brotherly love, and fidelity. With the lodge currently being closed due to the Coronavirus, I hope that you can understand that this is not only for your safety, but for the safety of everyone else. I will be in constant contact with my Board of Directors. Any decisions and/or changes will be blasted to you as soon as they are voted on. Until then, stay well, sanitize often, and stay safe.