Florida State President’s Report

State Reports

We are all experiencing concerning times so I am sending prayers to our Florida membership for continued strength, health and prosperity.

Since being elected the Florida State President in October there has been a whirlwind of activity, not only on the State level but Nationally as well. First, right out of the gate finding and seating the new Florida State Board and it’s Chairmen (a few are still needed). The week after our State convention I had the honor of representing the State, along with Vice President Brendan Kelley and Deputy National
Organizer Keith Reynolds in Washington at the National Presidents weekend/dinner. Soon after, our Convention Committee hit the ground running with continued plans for our scheduled week-long event in Orlando. We all know how that turned out, but in some way it was a blessing in disguise as it gave me the opportunity to focus on the upcoming elections of National Directors for 2020-22, a position I was elected to. With the newfound social media platform Zoom I was able to do virtual caucusing and was able to speak with many members from almost every State. It was very different from “in person” caucusing but I’m grateful I was able to experience it as I met many Brothers that I wouldn’t have at the Convention. Thank you all for your constant guidance and support during the elections, I truly appreciate each and every one of you who stepped up and became part of the effort.

Focusing on our State, Counties and Divisions, I am challenging everyone to bolster membership. This will only strengthen us at every level and ultimate need. I am asking every Division to try and add one new member by the end of this year, and four by the end of 2020. Our State Organizer is working with the National Organizer’s team on candidate lists to supply you with possible additions. We should also
be looking towards installing new Divisions, securing At-Large members and setting up membership awareness days within the Parish’s of Florida. This is an “All hands on Deck” call as our newly elected National President is watching growth numbers. We need to show that we are capable and involved in doing the same.
In closing, I would like to thank everyone for “staying the course” during this somewhat chaotic time and look forward to when we all may be able meet in person and embrace our motto….
In Friendship, Unity, & Christian Charity
Ray Lynch