President’s Message – December 2013

Brothers, it was good to see so many of you at our recent State Board meeting in Monroe. The meeting was very well attended. Thank you all for making the effort to come. Kudos to the brothers from Orange County for running such a fine event. I hope you agree that it was both productive and informative. Many National issues as well as State issues were discussed. Remember to plan for St. Louis in July/Aug. 2014.

Your nominations and elections should now be behind you and installations should be beginning this month. I hope to be able to attend several of them and am looking forward to being with you.  Congratulations to all the newly elected officers. Please remember to get your Form 9’s in promptly.

As discussed at the Board meeting, due to National’s ongoing negotiations with the IRS to have our Divisions included in their non-profit status, it is especially important this year to have your per capita reports into the National Secretary by February 15th in order for your Division to be included in their filing.

The State board calendars are out and should be in the hands of all Divisions by now. This is our only State fundraiser so please get behind it. Please buy or sell your calendars and return your checks this month to calendar chairman, Tom Conway at PO Box 216, Islip, NY 11751. Thank you.

Speaking of calendars, I am requesting that all Divisions and Counties please post your up- coming events, dances, parties, concerts, fundraisers, installations, etc. on our State website events calendar.  This is free publicity and may help you to enhance attendance and generate income. Please participate. Email to State Webmaster, Joe McDonald, at

Best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving and a very happy and holy Christmas season to you and your families.