Second, we address the elephant in the room, membership. We can be a footnote in some history books about the group that helped initially found and support the World’s Greatest Philanthropy, back in the 1920s. Or a group that owned a Golf Course on Lake Ballenger. Or we can find new members to allow us to be around in another hundred years.
I am proud of my red fez and what it stands for and I am not ashamed to ask my friends to join, even if they are not currently Masons. That’s right; I can’t ask someone to be a Mason, but I can ask them to be a Shriner. Several lodges in the area are willing to partner with us. We are working to reduce the barriers, but we need every Shriner to solicit prospective members. As an incentive for referring new members, the top line signer will receive a $25 discount off of their next year's dues for each new candidate who joins (up to the amount due). June 18th is also a membership event where you can bring prospects to learn more.
Third, we need to grow our value streams. We need to build our revenues and continue to add value to the Building, Grounds, Golf Course, Catering, Restaurant and Haunted House businesses. Some big projects on the horizon include remodeling the picnic ground restrooms, upgrading the elevator, inspecting & replacing the sprinkler system.
If we accomplish these three items this year, the Nile will be in a much better position going forward. I have worked hard for the past five years, not for my year, but so the Nile will be stronger for my contribution.
I am very pleased to be the 2020 Potentate of the Nile Shriners. I hope that you can attend our upcoming fun events, including the Roaring 20’s Costume Ball on March 28th, the Mariners’ Game on May 1st and the Kentucky Derby Themed 1st Lady’s Luncheon on May 2nd. Thank you for your support and I look forward to another year of Having Fun Helping Kids.