First of all I would like to thank the membership for having the confidence to elect me as their Exalted Ruler and represent them for this next fraternal year. I promise you all that I will do my very best not to disappoint you and with my team of officers that you have elected, we will try to make this one of the best years Middleboro has ever had.
As I stated in my acceptance speech at the installation of officers, my goals are to have a positive gain in membership, meet our ENF per capita goal so that we can continue to support our community, and continue what ER Mike had started in giving back to the membership.
Withthe assistance of Leading Knight Paul Grenier, I have started these goals by bringing back the "Couples Pool" or what some like to refer to as the 2 person pool. I have also planned an Elks tour bus trip, which will be taking place on 4/21. The sign up for the Bus Tour is already full and we are looking forward to having 52 of our members enjoy the day and visit 3 other lodges. If you look in the bulletin you will see our Grand Exalted Rulers message stressing the importance of our youth programs. Middleboro has many youth programs and this time of year is very important for our seniors in high school looking to go on to further their education. Laurie LeFebvre has scholarship applications available at the Lodge for you to pick up for your graduating son, daughter, grandson or granddaughter. Please pick one up and apply. Last year our Lodge gave out over $10,000.00 worth of scholarships.
The grants we received helped us with this, the PER Scholarship Golf Tournament helped, The Elks Riders Scholarship Bike Run and all of the members donations made this happen. I am in process of forming all of my committees and looking for volunteers.
If any of you would like to be on one of my committees please let me know when you see me at the Lodge or drop a note in the officers box.
Thanks again for your support and I hope to see you all at the Lodge!