The Orangeman Spring 2014
From the Master’s Desk:
Dear Brothers & Sisters;
I hope this note finds you well and rested following the Holidays and New Year. On behalf of my wife Donna, we send you our sincerest best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2014. May this new year be a time of good health and joy for you and your loved ones. I also hope that each of you will feel energized about the prospects of a growing Orange Institution in the United States.
Together, we can do just that! There is no reason why a Protestant organization such as ours cannot recruit and keep new members interested and engaged. Over the next few weeks, I challenge each of you to think of a Protestant friend, church member, work associate or neighbor, and invite that friend to join our organization.
We need to grow, we need to find new ways to recruit and retain these new members. We all need to come up with new ways to encourage participation, to plan events that are both fun and meaningful. One way to begin that effort is to plan now to attend the Biennial Supreme Grand Lodge convention that will be held this summer from August 14 through August 16, 2014 in Baltimore, MD.
The area is full of events for families and children, including the Inner Harbor, Fort McHenry, The Baltimore National Aquarium, and the Baltimore Orioles. Washington DC, our nationâ€™s Capital, is only 45 minutes away. Letâ€™s try for the largest turnout ever! Reach out today to those members you donâ€™t see often at meetings. Extend the hand of friendship to them and encourage them to join us, not just in Baltimore, but at Lodge functions. If we donâ€™t follow up with inactive members, they will simply disappear from our roles.
Mark your calendars now to keep the dates open. Letâ€™s have a great turnout to welcome our new Supreme Grand Master and Grand Mistress as they begin to face the challenges that lie ahead.
Warmest fraternal regards to all, I remain your most humble and obedient servant.
Sincerely and Fraternally,
John W. Whiteside
Supreme Grand Master