Dear Brothers and Sisters,
By-Laws: What they are and why we need them!
What are By-laws? By-laws are an outline of the structure of an organization. Alone, they do not make an effective organization, but they are necessary to enable an organization to function properly.
Why do we need By-laws? Members can determine what rules they agree on and abide by while allowing them to make changes as the organization grows. By-laws must be adhered to by the membership and not altered by any officer to fit a specific situation.
With the 2022 State Grand Convention coming up in June, (this month), I encourage all, especially the delegates, to read the current by-laws of our organization so that he/she will be able to make intelligent decisions when voting. There will be amendments to the current by-laws presented
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
With regret I was unable to attend the March Grand Council Meeting due to medical procedures I had done. I am doing much better each day and by the end of May should be back to normal and able to travel!
It is hard to believe our State Grand Convention is next month (June). I am looking forward to attending, in person. It has been a long time coming!
I know this month my fellow officers will be
While recuperating from medical procedures I had plenty of time to think about membership. In so many ways it is the same form as leadership!
There are numerous ways to show members how we can incorporate kindness and respect to them. We know that attitude can be in different forms. It should always be in the form of kindness and respect. Having the ability
My dear Brothers and Sisters, after a year of political uncertainty and a global pandemic, I invite you to step forward with boldness and confidence, to experience a renewal of your hearts, minds, and souls. If the past year has taught us anything, it is that we cannot let opportunities to spend time together pass us by. I am looking forward to coming together in meetings and events; to lodge visits, hearing the laughter and rejoicing among all of you, especially after being apart for so long.
On Thursday, December 9, 2021, I attended Enrico Caruso Lodge #1463 (My Lodge), Meeting and Christmas Party. Our charities representatives from Bethlehem Center, Food Link, and The Rescue Mission attended the meeting. Each were presented with a check in the amount of $500.00 from our Lodge. We had a delicious dinner with a visit from Santa who gave each child a gift. The tables were set
A look back, during the pandemic:
It has been an unusual year and a half. The COVID-19 pandemic has reflected on how OSDIA and our members remain resilient and continue finding ways to serve our lodges.
Years from now members will look back on these issues and see how our world is constantly changing and how new things became part of our everyday lives, such as face masks and virtual meetings.
How many of you participated in a videoconference such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams before 2020? How many unfamiliar products are now considered commonplace as we use them to connect with others.
These platforms allow us to continue to connect, even if it is through a screen. The pandemic pushed us to use technology that has been around for a few years and get creative on how we reach members and serve our Lodges.
Our National Supreme Lodge and Grand Lodge
Hopefully, those Lodges that have a candidate for the upcoming Royal Pageant for the 2022 Grand Lodge Convention in Southern California have sent their participant notification to Pamela Ricci, Royal Pageant Chairperson. This is one of the few opportunities that we have to highlight our youth. This is a fun event and a good opportunity to encourage the youth members to get involved. Please let us all make, an effort to support this event whether you have a participant or not!
The sessions of the National Convention in August 2021 by Zoom ran smoothly and like clockwork! Our National President
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