As a reminder of Table Settings four goals are to:
1) Reach out to our membership and ensure we are taking care of them. “THE FIRST MISSION OF OUR MEMBERSHIP is to ensure that we RETAIN those members that we already have…”
2) Develop ICE initiatives.
3) Develop new membership. And;
4) Collect and exchange ideas on how to do all of the above.
Sometime during the last quarter century or so, it became the fashion for organizations to develop mission statements or visions. Good mission statements or visions will accomplish three goals: 1) focus on what is really important to that organization; 2) be easy for its members to remember and 3) resonate with those who are not members.
Our Supreme Council recently announced their new Vision Statement:
“We will strive to be a fraternity that fulfills our Masonic obligation to care for our members”
How does this new vision statement stack up against those goals?
1) Does it focus on what is really important to the organization? Our focus could not be clearer.
2) Is it easy for our members to remember? It certainly should be. Caring for each other should be a part of each and every one of us.
3) Does it resonate with non-members of the organization? It will for those men who we would welcome as new friends and Brothers.
So does this mean we can all sit back and say – “Vision in place; My work is done?” No. This is the time when we need to get busy. It is not the organization that makes any mission statement or vision work; it is the members of that organization. We all took the same obligation -- to care for each other and each others widows and orphans. It is up to us to make this vision more than just words.
During this time of year and with our new vision in hand, what can we do during these cold winter months when many of us would rather stay in a warm home instead of traveling?
Click below to download the Winter 2011 Edition of the NY CoD newsletter "Table Settings".