The State Lodge held it's fall/winter board meeting this weekend and I wanted to pass a few important pieces of information onto you.
We have closed the physical location of the state office. This is due to Jeanette's retirement. The new email contact for the state lodge will be firstname.lastname@example.org. Your phone calls will be answered by an answering service and forwarded to the appropriate Eboard member. Please be patient as we work the details out.
Vice President Mike Peterson and Vice President Bill Splawn will be working with the local lodges in their area of the state to make sure you have a smooth point of contact between the state and local lodges. Please provide them with a speedy reply when they reach out to you.
We have worked through a merger with the National Legal Defense Plan. Starting in January the state lodge will no longer offer the state legal plan. We will merge all of our plan members to the national plan. This will come with increased overage and an rate of $20 a month group or $21.50 individual. Each member that has the state plan will receive an email soon advising of the change.
Please start your planning for the National Conference. Airfare is reasonable now and if you know who your delegates are, you may want to purchase flights. The dates are August 12th to the 15th. Delegate need to arrive Sunday (the 11th) and not depart until after 3pm on Thursday. This year the conference will be in Cincinnati Oh. More information will follow and details on cost sharing with the state lodge are being finalized.
The State Lodge is going to liquidate our 2001 15 passenger van. Lodge 7 ask offered to buy it from us and take over maintenance and insurance. They have offered to have it available for state lodge events if we need it. The State E-board has approved this purchase but we wanted to make sure another lodge was not interested in purchasing it as well. If your lodge is interested (no individual sale) please reply to me by Monday November 26th.