ILLUSTRIOUS SIR, JOSEPH J. McALEESE, JR.
During this upcoming year, we have some opportunities to grow our brotherhood. The Nobility can take a more active role in recruiting Great Masons into this Fraternity which is essential to increase membership, support our units and clubs, and promote community awareness for our philanthropic cause. We welcome formation of new units and clubs to inspire and increase Nobility participation. While I’ve working with the Elected Divan for the last five years, two new units have been formed and three more units revived. We, as the nobility, need to keep this momentum going with the Shrine.
With focus on the future, making the Shrine financially solvent again for our members is essential. Without Nur Shrine we will not be able to support our main goal which is the Hospitals for Children.
Which leads into my slogan for 2018, “Cruisin’ for our Kids”. This is meant to remind us of who we are, what we do for our children and why we are the greatest fraternity in the world. The car on the pin is of my own 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass Convertible. When I first purchased this vehicle, the top was torn badly, it was rusting apart in several areas, the motor didn’t run well and the transmission leaked more than the Exxon Valdez. But I rolled up my sleeves and went to work on rebuilding the engine, replacing the suspension and investing in the bodywork. Now it has been a featured car and been requested at several car events. This can be the story of Nur Shrine, we need members like you to roll up your sleeves and participate and let’s show others what makes the Shrine worth the effort.
I am looking forward to seeing all of you through this year’s events. We again have a jam-packed year with events for the nobility, their ladies, and families.