Brothers, the year has gone by quickly and this is my last article as Grand President. I have been told by several Past Grand Presidents that this year would feel like one of the longest and shortest years in my life. In looking back, I believe they were correct in their evaluation. I, like many Grand Presidents before me, had several goals I would like to have accomplished. But because of issues I needed to address, I was not able to achieve everything I had set out to do. It is these distractions which make the job as Grand President frustrating. Just because I was not able to accomplish all my goals during my year as Grand President does not mean I have abandoned them. I look forward in the coming year to continue to achieve many of my goals and I look forward to working with the incoming corps of Grand Officers. I offer my complete support. Our Order was founded to preserve the history of 1849 and one of the great events in world history, the California Gold Rush. In doing so, we pledge our loyalty to the State of California and its rich history. From the beaches of the Pacific Ocean to the Mojave Desert to the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the California landscape is marked with those places representing the people and events which have made our state great. It is our charge and responsibility to preserve those places for generations to come. Time is NOW to not only preserve our history, but to make history. Our present will soon be the past and we need to be ready to proclaim the values and deeds which we have ac- complished. The Native Sons was founded in 1875 by General A.M. Winn, and true to his legacy, we still try to instill the historical values of the past upon the present to preserve the past and make new history in the present; our belief in our birth state, California, is inherent to this day.”
Success in this mission statement can only be achieved if we all work together as a brotherhood. Our founder called us
brothers and we should remember that as brothers, although we do not always agree, our heritage and the legacy we leave be- hind are shared among all of us. There are good and bad times in all families. But those ties which made us a family shall always hold us together as such. In preserving the rich legacy of California we fulfill that portion of the oath we each take which states to Revere and Protect her as you would protect the one that gave you life and love.
Brothers, this has been a year with a few ups and downs. I do not like to admit to mistakes; however, I was slow in working on many things and issues I should have addressed quicker. By letting those issues fester, the pain lasted longer than it should have. But in the end, I believe the decisions I made were correct and reflect my best efforts for the good of our Order. Only time will tell if this conclusion which I have reached was correct. As this article started, the history of our Order is the responsibility of each of us. Issues need answers and with the thoughts of Friendship, Loyalty and Charity, it should guide the actions
each of us take to make our history as rich and rewarding as the great state we call home.
With the 138th Grand Parlor to be held in San Luis Obispo just around the corner, I would like to take time to thank the brothers of Golden Gate Parlor for their assistance and sup- port during this past year. We look forward to hosting you
at an event which we hope contributes to the great history of our Order. Make your reservations, I look forward to seeing and greeting each of you during the third week in May.
P.S. I have a niece whom I forgot to mention in my first article. I would like to give her a shout out at this time. Thanks Karen for being you. Karen is a member of Argonaut Parlor No. 166 of the Native Daughters of the Golden West and has been for over 17 years. She follows the rich legacy of her great grandmother Claudia Evans who was a 75-year member, her grandmother Helen Tullius who was a long time member, her mother Jean Sheppard who is a 49-year member and aunts Kathy Tullius and Terri Terada, all who are members of one of the finest organizations in California, the Native Daughters of the Golden West. Along with her uncles, cousin, aunts and mother who are members of the Native Sons of the Golden West, it is a rich heritage she follows.
Until we meet in San Luis Obispo for the 138th Grand Parlor,
In Friendship Loyalty and Charity
Tim Tullius, Grand President
And Karen’s Uncle