Thank you for the confidence you have shown in electing me as Grand President of the Native Sons of the Golden West. It is my honor to serve you and our Order in this role.
To those who may not know me, allow me to begin by telling you a little about myself. I was born in San Francisco and raised in Daly City. I graduated Serra High School in San Mateo and the University of California, San Diego. My wife Jaye and I have been married for 27 years. We have one child, William, who just finished his freshman year in college. I work for the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in Audit and Advisory Services. Prior to working at UCSF, I worked as an auditor for various financial institutions.
I am a 17-year member of the Native Sons, joining South San Francisco Parlor #157 in July 1999 along with my brothers Robert and Richard. We were sponsored by our dad Bob. I was installed as parlor president in July 2002 and served two consecutive terms. Currently, I am the financial secretary for South San Francisco Parlor. I’ve been on several Grand Parlor committees prior to winning election to the Board of Grand Trustees. I have attended almost every Grand Parlor since 2001, first as a parlor delegate, then as a committee member and finally as a grand officer.
We have just concluded another very successful Grand Parlor. The business sessions were occupied with the delegates considering more than 30 resolutions, nomination speeches for grand officers, reports from various committees and the Cleft Palate March. Out of session, delegates and guests enjoyed hospitality rooms (including one that was raising funds for the Historical Preservation Foundation), various Play Day events, the Grand Banquet and training workshops. A more complete report of the Grand Parlor events can be found elsewhere in this issue of The Native Son.
Brothers, this is your Order; as a member of the Natives Sons you are welcome at parlors throughout the state. I encourage you to visit other parlors. Summer is almost upon us—now is a perfect time to get out and meet your brothers of these parlors. Parlors throughout the state are hosting many special events, including parades, barbecues and picnics.
Two events coming up very soon commemorate very important chapters of our state’s history. The first is the raising of the California Bear Flag which will be celebrated on Sunday, June 12 in Sonoma. The Second is Commodore Sloat’s landing in Monterey and claiming of California for the United States. This will be celebrated in Monterey on Saturday, July 9. Details on these and other events can also be found in The Native Son and the calendar page on our Order’s website, nsgw.org.
I hope to keep up the momentum built by Past Grand President Tim Tullius and Jr. PGP Zellers. As in previous years we should follow up on the goals of our predecessors as we strive to finish the goals that were not completed. We all have one ultimate goal to preserve the finest fraternal organization in California for our children and for their children. Specifically, I want to continue the use of technology to support the Order in accomplishing its goals and mission. Fortunately, I do not walk this path alone, as one member does not run the Order but can only hope to guide it during his term. In the past days and weeks, many brothers have come forward to offer their support on this journey. I know I will be able to call on support from my family, my parlor, Grand Officers, Past Grand Presidents and members in this endeavor.
I look forward to meeting you during my travels to discuss ideas for meeting the challenges our Order faces and answer your questions on the improvement of our Order. Thank you again for entrusting me with special responsibility; I hope that I can truly earn the title “Worthy” Grand President
In Friendship, Loyalty and Charity
Paul D. Lapachet
140th Grand President Native Sons of the Golden West