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Welcome from the State President

Lynn LawrenceBenvenuti! I would like to welcome you to the Grand Lodge of California’s Website.

The April Showers will hopefully bring many May flowers and warmth and sunshine into our hectic, busy lives. Everyone is busily preparing for the State Convention in June. If you have not received your Convention Packages, please contact the Grand Lodge Office. They were sent out in late March to all lodge presidents. The Theme this year is “American Graffiti” for Thursday Night’s Dinner. Frank De Salvo will be doing a Show / Dance for Friday evening’s entertainment, and Saturday Night’s Grand Ball will be a time to congratulate and celebrate our 2017 Scholarship Recipients and the New Grand Lodge Officers. Rooms seem to going rapidly so don’t forget to book your reservations as soon as possible. Also remember deadline for the Convention Package is May 25th. Since this is an election year the candidates will be holding a meet and greet reception and having a few appetizers to munch on. 

April was filled with many family celebrations and activities, and unfortunately Bill and I were unable to attend the Renaissance and Dolly Sinatra Anniversary Dinners, and the Modesto Black Tie Event. Congratulations to all of you on these event and celebrations. Thank you State Orator Sadie Tamburine for representing me at the southern events. 

The office is presently shorthanded with the departure of our part time employee Martha. Thankfully, our faithful standby retiree Juanita is filling in on a limited basis. Please be patient we are trying to get things out as quickly as possible. Juanita will also be helping us at the State Convention. 

At the end of April, Bill and I attended on April 23rd the Santa Rosa Lodge’s 3rd Annual Fish Fry. In May, we will be back on the road to attend the Cristoforo Colombo Lodge’s Festa Primavera on May 6th, Vallejo’s Wine Tasting Event for Alzheimer’s on May 13th and I will be attending the NELA Gala on May 25th in Washington D.C. 

Bill and I wish all mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers a very Happy and “Thankful for you” Mother’s Day, and a great Big Thank You to all who have served in the military as we end the month of May celebrating Memorial Day!

Carolyn Lawrence-Murphy
State President

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