Happy New Year Nobles and Ladies, we hope all is well with everyone and this year has started smoothly. Congratulations to all 2017 Officers, the installation was combined with Our Potentate's Ball on January 8th and a good time was had by all. Potentate Swartwood has planned many new endeavors for 2017 and we would like all Nobles to come out and attend and join the fun in 2017.
Nobles, Elf Khurafeh lost 121 members during 2016; (33 suspended, 6 demitted, 1 dropped, and 81 Nobles deceased). We created 32 new Nobles, restored 7, associated 2 and affiliated 1, for a total net loss for 2017 of 79 Nobles. Elf Khurafeh January 2017 membership is; Regular = 1318 + 4 Associates = 1322 total members. The new Membership Committee is planning to work hard on Restorations in 2017 and also on having members join Clubs and/or Units and attending Shrine activities. The main reason of losing members, we have no control of, but losing members because they are not active could very well be our fault. We should all mentor and help our Brother Nobles whenever we can; this makes our Fraternity stronger, are we doing our best? Are we trying to sponsor new members? Only you can answer these questions for yourself, the Officers don't need your answers, we see by who sponsors new Creations. Always remember that our Blue Lodges need new and active members. Visit your lodge in 2017 or a Lodge nearby your home. The Lodge Officers will be pleased to have you there.
For you Nobles looking for something to do and have spare time, Elf Khurafeh needs drivers to transport Shrine Patients to the Chicago Hospital (food, fuel, hotel (when needed) and van are provided by Elf Khurafeh Transportation Fund), what we need is your time. The success stories you hear about from Kids and Parents will bring tears. That's the biggest reward we can give you. Thanks for helping the Kids. Contact the Recorder if you could help drive.
Clarence W. Meyer, Jr., P.P.