Vasa Order of America
Grand Master's Message

Spring 2017 -  click to HERE to View in Swedish

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By the time you read this, I will have attended a number of Vasa events, as always starting the year at district conventions at DL Pacific Southwest #15 in Woodland Hills, CA followed by DL Rhode Island #3 in Saunderstown, RI. Our own DL Golden Gate #12 Convention in Sacramento, CA was next and immediately followed by a Vasa National Archives Board meeting and a Grand Lodge Executive Board meeting - both at the same venue. Then, on our way to Sweden, my wife and I made a stop in Cape May, NJ for the DL New Jersey #6 Convention before continuing to DL Southern Sweden #20 in Ljungby in Småland and DL Northern Sweden #19 in Lidköping in Västergötland.

The next Grand Lodge Convention is just a year away. It will be in Sacramento, CA, June 29 through July 6. Make a note of the dates and consider attending this very special Vasa event that only happens once every four years. This is a great Vasa experience, where you can meet Vasa members from Canada, Sweden and all over the U.S.

It is time to elect your Grand Lodge delegate at your own convention. Information about your delegate must be submitted to Grand Secretary Joan no later than four months prior to the convention - by the end of February 2018. It is critical that you elect a delegate who is willing and able to run for a Grand Lodge position. All GL positions are filled by delegates and current officers. A delegate may run for and be elected to any GLEB position except Grand Master or Vice Grand Master, where prior service on the GLEB is either needed or strongly recommended. In addition, some appointed positions, including Grand Lodge Deputy, are frequently filled by delegates. While this is not mandated, the incoming Grand Master, who makes these appointments, will get to know the delegates quite well during the convention.

In a couple previous issues of Vasa Star, I requested secretaries to send me information about members who will be celebrating milestone birthdays in 2017, including everyone over the age of 100 years. Thank you to all who have sent me this information. And if you haven’t yet, it’s not too late. That said, I only want this information for upcoming birthdays.

I like to emphasize the value of your contributions to the Vasa Star with thoughts for the future: Write about upcoming events in your articles. Think three to six months out. This makes it an advertisement for your lodge and gives readers across Vasa Land ideas for their future programs, as well as opportunities to visit other lodges for their special events. Please also send in pictures, with a caption describing the event they are from and make sure to identify the individuals.

You have heard me say this before, but it needs repeating: MEMBERSHIP CONTINUES TO BE OUR NUMBER ONE CHALLENGE. Your lodge should have a Membership Chairman, though this is not the only person in charge of membership retention and recruitment – YOU ALL ARE! By retaining your members and getting new members, your lodge can grow and thrive. For this to happen, an interesting lodge meeting is essential. Make your meetings worth attending! The competition for your current and prospective members’ time is stiff. You need to have food at your meetings and have programs that your members don’t want to miss. Cultural Leaders should work with lodge members. It is every member’s job to make the meetings attractive to current and future members. ONE new member is all I ask from each one of you. Keep your current members!

Don’t be boring!
In Truth and Unity,
Tore Kellgren,
Grand Master

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