I want to start out my very first note in the newsletter to let you all know how humbled and honored I am to be able to serve as your Exalted Ruler for the lodge year 2014-2015.
Before I begin to introduce myself I would like to give a big THANK YOU to our outgoing Exalted Ruler, Mike O’Donnell. Under is exceptional leadership our lodge is more prosperous than it has been in several years. We are doing well financially, we have many more social events on the calendar and our membership is strong. In addition to his leadership he has graciously agreed to forego the traditional gift we give to all outgoing Exalted Ruler’s as a way to kick-start the bocce ball courts we’re hoping to build this year and I know many of you are excited about. I’ve been told that the Exalted Ruler position is a thankless one so I would like to personally thank Mike for his commitment to this lodge over the past year. If you see him around the lodge I would encourage you to do the same and just say thanks.
Many you may already know who I am, a Chico Native with strong ties to the charitable and business community of Chico. As a business owner I’m looking forward to bringing my leadership and financial acumen to our lodge in helping it become the best that it can be. I am proud that our lodge is one of the most active and prosperous in the entire district and I want to see it stay that way. I want to see us build on our social events and continue to expand the benefits of what we can offer prospective members. I’m looking forward to working on the Bocce ball courts which we expect to be completed by the end of the year.
I hope to be accessible as your Exalted Ruler and encourage you to come and talk to me with any suggestions or comments that you may have. I promise to keep an open mind and work with all of you to make the lodge the best that it can be.
There are many people who make this lodge run and I would like to finish by letting all of the staff at our lodge and especially those in the office, Dan, De, Randy and Norm that I am looking forward to working with all of you in serving the needs of our lodge.
Chico Lodge #423.