Hello one and all. I hope everyone is celebrating the holidays with their loved ones around them. December 2015 is going out like a lamb this year. I hope 2016 stays just is quiet on the weather front for one and all. Looking forward to the New Year. In December we had a very busy month. We closed out 2015 with our annual holiday party, this year at the Nyack seaport. It was a very gala event in a new venue with our JW Bro Seth Lee doing a terrific job. We celebrated with our ladies, guests and brothers in the true holiday Manor. Special thanks to our DDGM R∴W∴ Bruce Wiegand and Grand Sword Bearer R∴W∴ Colin Oakenful for joining us with their ladies. Congratulations are in order for our very own brother Hubert Urruttia who received the Traveling Man award at the dinner.
I am especially proud of our efforts at the annual United Hospice Tree of Life at the Palisades Center Mall on Saturday, December 19th. You can read all about the details as well as a full list of participants in the Secretary’s column with in this Trestleboard. Suffice to say it was another very successful fundraiser for Hospice in a single day! Thank you to all who participated! The next big event on the radar screen will be a big Child ID program at Rockland community college. Date to be announced. We are need of volunteers for this event so please do mark your calendars and plan to help us out for that.
I want to wish you and your family's good health, happiness and a prosperous New Year in 2016. I am looking forward to a busy year at Athelstane, and I do hope to see you soon at Lodge.
W:. Dennis O’Connor Jr.