We need some good people who are willing to give up a few hours a week to help this lodge move forward. I hope you would consider running for one of the openings on our Board. The Board of Directors that will be in place for the next few years can have a major role in where we are going over the next several decades. We currently have about 450 members, but only nine will serve on the Board of Directors.
I volunteered for the Board of Trustees in hope that we could move in a more positive direction for the lodge and the golf course. Last year was my first on the board and it was sometimes frustrating, but ultimately encouraging. The philanthropic work of the lodge is significant and continues to grow. We have made significant progress in improving the golf facility and the activities it supports. We have increased the number of opportunities for member involvement in activities in the lodge facility. Changes are in the works to make lodge meetings more productive and relevant. We still have a lot of work to do but it can be done.
The Board of Trustees is being folded into the Board of Directors (the four major lodge officers and five Trustees) — as per our new bylaw revision required by the Grand Lodge. Agreeing to be on the Board is an important commitment. The new Board of Directors will typically meet on the first Wednesday of the month from 6:00PM to about 8:00PM. Lodge typically meets are on the second and fourth Wednesdays from 7:30PM until about 9:00PM but only meets once during July, August, November and December. The new Board of Directors will have at least three new members out of the nine. I would hope you would look at this as an opportunity to help steer a course for the lodge over the next several years.
The incoming Board of Directors will be faced with staffing the bar/dining/pro shop and replacing Bruce Olson, our golf course superintendant, who has resigned. How to orchestrate the facilities staffing remains to be determined. The new Board of Directors is authorized to establish a Facilities Oversight Committee who would report back to the B of D. The Facilities Oversight Committee would include the Exalted Ruler, an additional member chosen from the B of D., and two members at large chosen from the general lodge membership.
After my involvement this year, I see that we have the potential be a vital, family friendly, community active, organization that can not only survive but thrive. But, we are at a cusp. We will survive the next few years, but we have the opportunity to not just survive, but thrive.
There will be an opening to fill the Esteemed Lecturing Knight position. This individual will join incoming Exalted Ruler Alicia Neely, incoming Esteemed Leading Knight Sean Dorigo, and incoming Esteemed Loyal Knight Corey Ray as major officers of the lodge. There will also be two openings for positions as Trustee, one for a 5-year term and one for a 1-year term. They will join Dave McGraw (2-year), Chuck Labine (3-year), and my self – Ken Jordan (4-year), as trustees and members of the Board of Directors.
Please seriously consider these as opportunities to serve your lodge and your community. The election will take place at the Lodge Meeting on the 26th of February.
If you have questions, feel free to contact any member of the board through the office.