As we prepare for the Holiday Season, I am reminded of all the blessings that have come to us and how I want to thank each of you, our members. I wish I could hug each one of you right now. As I think about our scripture reading for this Administration, “Be Ye kind to one another…” I see it every day from so many of you: your generosity in reaching out to veterans who were impacted by the hurricanes, reaching out to our Daughters who were impacted by the California fires, your gathering to honor our deceased leaders as we show our respect and mark their graves, your service to our youth as you donate time and money to them and encourage their patriotism and love of American history, your service in your own communities, and your kindness and outreach to my family as we have gone through this year. I send you my love as you gather with your families during this time and wish you to add beautiful memories to your memory books.
A delightful Heritage Tea brought us together in Roseville in November as we heard State Chaplain Katryna Gonzales tell us of the Symbolism of the Butterfly in Faith and Myth. And now we soon will gather at our State Headquarters on December 9 for the Annual Victorian Christmas Tea. It will be a wonderful time as we enjoy each other and Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. Don’t forget your “Toy for a Tot” as the Marines will be with us again this year collecting for this project.
Although this is the month we traditionally honor our veterans, and in December many of us celebrate Wreaths across America, we are always reminded to thank God for these brave men and women who offer themselves for our protection every day of the year. Please keep them in your daily prayers!
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for March 15-18 for State Conference in Irvine—lots to celebrate this year! And we’ll be electing a new State Board to serve us for the 2018-2020 term. You’ll want to be with us.
Happy Thanksgiving, a Blessed Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, each according to your own beliefs, with love.