As Grand President it has been my honor to oversee many Native Son functions such as meetings, initiations and dedications. Recently, I have had the privilege to preside at two very special events which speak to one of our Order’s core precepts–Loyalty.
The first of these events was our donation to the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Craniofacial Center. For 63 years, the Native Sons Charitable Foundation has supported craniofacial treatment and research at UCSF. Through the assistance provided by the Native Sons, the Center is able to provide orthodontic, prosthodontic, and other services to its low-income patients who may not be able to otherwise afford these vital services.
Since 1953 the Charitable Foundation has given over $5.7 million to the Cleft Palate Centers at UCSF, Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica and Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento. The Loyalty that the Native Sons has shown these various clinics enables them to fulfill their critically important mission.
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The second event at which I recently presided that speaks to Loyalty was the presentation of a 75-year membership pin. Not every Grand President gets the opportunity to present a member his 75-year pin, and of those that do, fewer get to present it to a member of their home parlor. At South San Francisco Parlor’s Veterans’ Night Dinner, I was pleased to be able to present a 75 year membership pin to Russell Carr. Russ joined South San Francisco Parlor on October 1, 1941, just after his 18th birthday and for the next 75 years has remained a member. The Loyalty Russ has shown to the Native Sons helps ensure the continuity of our Order and that we can fulfill its mission.
We can all emulate Russ and do a part in guaranteeing the stability of our Order. The Native Sons of the Golden West is the finest fraternal organization one can choose to join. However, to ensure its continuity, it is the responsibility of each of us to recruit and keep active new members. Once we have initiated a new brother, we need to provide activities that will continually reinforce the reason for joining. Members join subordinate parlors and become a part of Grand Parlor and not the reverse. However, it all starts by asking a friend, co-worker, relative or neighbor if they were born in California and is he interested in joining the finest fraternal organization in existence.
With the holiday season approaching and soon to be upon us, many local parlors will hold various holiday dinners, dances and other events. Now is a great time to visit these parlors to see how they encourage their membership to be more active and assure their continued participation in our Order. The food is great, the brotherhood abundant, and there’s a wealth of new ideas to share with your parlor. Check with your brothers in neighboring parlors and the calendar section on our website, nsgw.com, to see what they have planned. There are more that seventy local parlors in Native Sons of the Golden West. Make a commitment for the coming to year to visit as many of your neighboring parlors as possible. And when you do go, call a brother from your parlor to accompany you.
On behalf of my wife Jaye and our son William, we send you all our best wishes for a blessed holiday season and wonderful New Year to you and your family.