Message From the President

It’s hard to believe that the first month of 2019 has past and by the time you read this we will be well into the 2nd month. Time flies. You will see information in the Il Leone regarding the winter National Plenary. being held in California, YES California. San Diego to be exact, I am hoping many of our members can attend this event. The dates are Feb 28 thru the 3rd of March. Information is in the Il Leone for times, and place. If you have any questions feel free to contact any of your National Officers representing California. Let us show a big welcome to our National Officers the WEST COAST!!

We are busy preparing for our Grand Council meeting in March. It will held on March 15th thru the 17th in American Canyon, at the Doubletree Hilton. It will be nice to have a council meeting in almost my own backyard. Again I want to remind you the Grand Council is open on Saturday for all members. If you have questions or just want to see what goes on at these meetings you are welcome to attend. I hope to see a lot of members in the audience. We have a lot to discuss, such as the queen’s contest and the future of the building committee plus reports from your State Officers.

Speaking of officers I have been attending a lot of Lodge Installation of new officers. Congratulations to all the newly elected officers, Thanks for taking a leadership roll with your lodge. Always ask questions of the outgoing officers for advice, Work together!! This is one key to success.

I know I keep mentioning membership in my articles, But membership is our key to survival. We all need to work hard on obtaining new members. I personally was at one lodge installation and was able to sign 5 new member applications, one other event I handed out 3 applications. I have their names and will follow up with them. The other thing we need to do, as we have new members get them involved. Ask them for ideas of what they want to see and do to help your lodge grow but also have fun in doing it. Let us all work hard to obtain that one new member, but don’t stop at one!!

Crab feed season is upon us and many lodges are having them as a fund raiser, I look forward to helping at a few but also look forward to sitting down and eating my fair share of those little crustaceous.

I think I mentioned this last year, Presidents day is coming, lets show a little appreciation to all of the Local Lodge Presidents, remember this is a volunteer position so even thou we honor our founding fathers in February lets thank our local lodge presidents also.

Valentine’s day is fast approaching also, how about his year instead of buying that box of chocolates or those flowers you purchase a “365” raffle ticket from the Grand Lodge, this way your sweetheart could win multiple time. Not a bad idea. For all the Filial Lodge Presidents:

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.

Dwight D. Eisenhower
Hope to see a lot of you at Grand Council March 16th in America Canyon.

Until next month
Ciao
John