The Royal Arcanum has been raising its profile again as the summer has turned into autumn. It will be a whirlwind to try and cover all the news from the last several weeks, but it's exciting to be involved in so many activities!
New Jersey and the Felician Sisters
At the end of August, the Grand Council of New Jersey invited me to visit their jurisdiction. While I was there, I was able to join members on a visit to the retirement home of the Felician Sisters. Our members were welcomed there as old friends, as they regularly visit and help out where there's a need. We sang along with the sisters in the nursing wing, and sponsored a bingo game featuring donuts from their favorite bakery. Hugs and smiles sent us on our way, with lots of happy memories.
American Fraternal Alliance Meeting / Fraternalist of the Year
Just two weeks later, I attended the AFA meeting in Indianapolis, where once again the Royal Arcanum was in the spotlight. Evelyn Magarban, from Versitility Council in New Jersey, was chosen as the ARA Fraternalist of the year! Evelyn's giving nature is beautifully highlighted in a video that was shown at the conference, and is available for your viewing on our web site. Congratulations, Evelyn!
Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Massachusetts Visits
October featured three more jurisdictional visits. First stop was in Philadelphia, where beautiful weather and cheerful members greeted us. We were able to join them in their charitable work, helping to feed the homeless. It was a moving experience, and a joyfully one, especially in the warm parting goodbyes from our dinner guests as we left that evening. The next weekend saw us in Michigan, just a few miles from the Michigan / Michigan State game, as members gathered for my visit and to help collect food and funds for the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Our members provided a tableful of non-perishable items and a generous donation to the representatives who attended. The following weekend, we spent a half day at the Home Office in downtown Boston, where the staff had just completed a collection of over 140 hats and mittens for Cradles to Crayons. The next day the Grand Council of Massachusetts held a brunch for my visit, and collected for the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a camp for children with medical needs who couldn't attend other camps. Just for good measure, they threw in a donation for the Veterans.
Notice the trend? This is what makes the Royal Arcanum special. Yes, we have competitive rates for life insurance. Yes, we have wonderful annuity products. And yes, we have great benefits for our members. But it is our members giving to others that is our proudest attribute. This is why our members from coast to coast win the AFA Fraternalist of the Year Award, and why I'm confident that our organization will continue to be strong and grow.