State Deputy's Message
Well we have just completed the first nine, and are primed by the stretch run. The highlights you will find in this edition of the ESB, are the great programs and events which we have worked on this year.
We had a fantastic turnout at the Pro-Life Mass at the Cathedral, followed by our March 19 presence in Albany, with Catholics at the Capital. Many new faces were seen at these events, and it is most encouraging to see the number of clergy also in attendance. In particular, at the Albany rally, one of our newest Councils, St. Finbars #15728 of Brooklyn, was highly visible and lead by its GK/Chaplain, SK, Fr. Michael Gelfant. A proud day indeed! The Bishops of the State and the Catholic Conference was enormously grateful for our sponsorship and partnership.
We have also seen all the four N.Y. Districts complete very well attended exemplifications of the Fourth Degree, in the past two months. I was honored at the 2nd N.Y. District and was astounded at the turnout class of 106 new members.
Equally proud is to have presided over the 3rd Degree at Fordham University, with the fully re-activated Jack Coffey Council #6077.
The membership team, top to bottom, have helped institute or reactivate seven councils thus far. We are thankful for the time and talent they have brought to the job of growing our Order! Liaison and Senior G.A. Richard Malek and his top field agent for the yeoman's job of re-forming St. Joseph the Worker Council #1805 in mid-state. It is a tale of great perseverance and achievement.
As I write this note, N.Y.S. has just surpassed 2000 new members for the fraternal year with 2 1/2 months of fine weather to go! Our active recruiting, new council formation, and relentless retention efforts by the membership team, is poised poised to give us our best net-net numbers in years. Thank you all for reversing the curve, and growing N.Y. again!
So on this beautiful spring day, in the words of Hall of Famer, Ernie Banks, "why don't we play two?" See you at the 119th Convention.AMDG
State Deputy New York