Illustrious Sir Paul V. DiGaetano
Dear Illustrious Sirs and Nobles,
Illustrious Sirs and Nobles, I hope this message finds you and your families faring well in these uncertain and tumultuous COVID-19 times.
As this is my first message of the year, please allow me to extend my sincere appreciation for the distinct honor which you have bestowed upon me by electing me your Potentate for 2021. Notwithstanding the COVID-19 restrictions which have been placed upon us by our government, you should be comforted in knowing that the operation and function of Salaam Shriners has continued at a rather high level throughout. Our Shriners Children are being served and their needs are being met in our customary and exemplary manner.
As you know, we have elected a new Recorder and Treasurer in Noble Harry Worstell and Illus. Sir Frank Williams. They have both spent the past few weeks becoming familiar with and organizing the functions of their respective positions to ensure that the administration of Salaam Shrine is performing at the highest level. I would like to extend my personal gratitude to both of them for the amount of their time and effort invested in the performance of their duties. Our Recorder has been physically present in our office almost every day and he is regularly there for the entire day which is much more than was anticipated. His personal dedication and service is saving us a substantial sum of money as well and we are very thankful. Our Treasurer’s attention to detail coupled with his legal expertise have proven to be extremely beneficial for us and you will hear more in this regard this very shortly.
I am also extremely pleased and encouraged by our entire elected and appointed Divan for 2021 who have taken their obligations seriously. There is clearly an elevated level of energy and I very much look forward to the year working alongside each of them. Together we hope to reinvigorate some of our traditional Units and Clubs as well as to consider the establishment of some new and innovative groups of nobles as the interest and desire is manifested. I encourage each of you who may have a little time and interest to step forward and to participate in renewing the excitement and fraternal interaction of Salaam nobles. While the future restrictions and constraints of COVID-19 remain rather uncertain, it is my sincere hope and my belief that by the end of spring we may see the ability to enjoy, once again, some of the larger group activities. In that regard, I would like to see us plan to participate in local and nearby parades this year in the hopes that COVID-19 science and our government will permit that.
With regard to our stated session attendance, the Divan has deemed it appropriate to have only Divan members present in person at our February stated session and to provide a Zoom connection for all other nobles.
By the date of our March Stated Session, however, we do anticipate some revised direction from Grand Lodge and we hope to be able to invite all Salaam Nobles to be physically present if they so choose for that and for future Stated Sessions and activities. We will certainly keep all of you informed as things continue to evolve in this current state of flux.
In closing, please allow me to restate my goal of having a great deal more of fraternal interaction and in-person activities here at Salaam Shrine and I look forward to an exciting year ahead for Salaam nobles and families.
Yours In The Faith,