Queen Gail Mitchell Martin

Nydia Temple No. 4 had the great joy of playing host to Supreme Queen, Donna Kramer, as she paid us her Official Visit this month.  It was a small miracle that she was even able to get across the border from Canada, due to its closure because of the Covid pandemic.

That Monday, July 12, we held our first in-person session in a very long time, including a Ceremonial, bringing in two new members.  I couldn’t have been more proud of our officers as they recited their parts of our beautiful ritual, and of our three Units, Chorus, Patrol and Padir, for their most impressive  performances afterward.  The banquet that evening featured surf and turf, and I heard many exclaim how delicious it was.

Next day, Tuesday, was to have been the traditional Supreme Queen’s visit to the Shriners Hospital, but again, due to Covid restrictions, this had to be changed to a “virtual tour”.  We gathered at the Al Kader Shrine Center and watched it together on a large screen.  It is always such an inspiration to hear the testimonials of doctors and patients alike, confirming the huge impact we make with our support of this most worthy cause.  The site was interactive, allowing SQ Donna to share comments at the end.  Nydia Temple Past Queens then treated her to a lovely lunch at McMenamins, before a group of us transported her up to Yakima, Washington, for her next visit.

There is no denying the month of July, 2021, has been one of extremes:  extreme, record-breaking heat, extreme sorrow at the loss of some of our dear ladies of the household, and extreme angst at having our Supreme OV so early in our year, with not even one in-person session to help us prepare. But I am extremely proud of Nydia’s officers and handmaidens for their fine work.  You came through with shining colors and I want to thank you, every one!  I chose the dragonfly symbol to represent resilience, little realizing how much this vital trait would be needed.  And you did it, ladies!  In spite of everything, you all came through and made Nydia Temple shine!!

Nile Love to all,
Queen Gail Mitchell Martin