Now that the calendar has turned from the year 2016 to 2017, there are only a few more months before Native Sons from across the state will meet at Grand Parlor. This year, the 140th Grand Parlor will convene at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 15, 2017 at the Monterey Marriott in downtown Monterey. This location provides a superb setting for the annual convention of our Order, with a wide selection of restaurants and many other attractions conveniently located in the area. Grand Parlor concludes on Thursday, May 18th with the installation of officers for the 2017-18 term. The committee and I look forward to hosting the delegates and guests for a week of business, brotherhood and fun, and anticipate an enormously successful Grand Parlor.
In a previous message, I wrote of the importance of an active membership. For our Order to be a thriving and vibrant fraternal society, commitment from members is essential. There is no more important commitment from membership than service to the administration of the Native Sons, whether at the local parlor or Grand Parlor level. The Grand Parlor in Monterey, and events leading up it, afford our membership the opportunity to positively affect the future of our Order.
At Grand Parlor elections will be held to select the leaders of our Order for the coming term. Additionally, resolutions to revise the Native Son’s Constitution and set the budget for the following year will be discussed, voted upon and decided. Training workshops to instruct members on the essential duties of book officers will be offered. Finally, parlors and individuals members will make their donations to our Order’s tax exempt foundations (the NSGW Charitable Foundation and the Historical Preservation Foundation).
Shortly, next year’s budget and constitutional resolutions will be distributed to parlor recording secretaries. I encourage all members to review these materials and discuss them among parlor membership. Additionally, there will be opportunities to meet and speak with candidates for grand office. All members should take advantage of these occasions and discuss ideas to improve and strengthen our Order with these candidates.
Brothers, this is your Order—as a member of the Native Sons these are your opportunities to become involved in its governance and leadership. It is each of our responsibilities to provide our input into the management of our Order. By doing so, our Order will grow stronger. The future of our Order is in your hands. Mark the dates for Grand Parlor on your calendar and plan to attend. Until then, I hope to see you in my travels and I hope that you will join us in Monterey for the 140th Grand Parlor.
In Friendship, Loyalty and Charity
Paul D. Lapachet
Grand President Native Sons of the Golden West