Hi ladies, we need your help, and we need it like never before.
The Covid19 pandemic has been unkind to us – unkind to us in many ways. Our country, our community, our ways of life, and all the nice and wonderful things we enjoyed have suffered. And it continues. It has become apparent we cannot just sit back any longer, let the pandemic run its course, and hope that soon our lives will be back to normal. While we’re doing all we can do to reduce or eliminate the virus, our lives go on; we must pay bills, we sadly must say goodbye to our faithful members. During this time, we have been prevented from initiating new members, holding fundraisers, and just getting together to enjoy each other’s company, and support each other through these difficult months. As a result, the temple is now experiencing budget and membership issues, which are creeping towards a crisis. Already this year (since April 1st) we have lost 14 members to death.
How can you help? We are requesting, even imploring our current members to help us in getting new members, keeping the ones we have, and restoring those we have lost.
Please, please, please, fill out and turn in proposals. Not sure of the eligibility? You can find that information on the website, under “About Us”, ask the Recorder, me, or any officer. We have a ceremonial planned in January, but until then we are able to perform obligation-only ceremonies, either in person or by Zoom.
If you know of a lady who used to be a member and through time or circumstances dropped her membership, please reach out and see if she willing to join us again. And please, stay in contact with each other. In some areas, in-person meetings are okay, so are lunches out, picnics, etc. If not, then phone calls, emails and zoom meetings help us stay connected.
Your Membership Committee and officers are here to help, but it’s really up to all of us. The more on our team the better – the more we can do with each other and the more we can do to support the children at the Shriners Children’s Hospitals.
Thank you for everything you did before the pandemic, during it, and all you’re doing as we come out of it. God bless you all.
Past Queen Kathy Walliker, Membership Chairman