19 years ago, this month we endured the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil in history. Since then, we’ve lost thousands of brave heroes as a result of the selfless work that they performed at Ground Zero. We are forever in their debt and grateful for their sacrifice. They are gone but never forgotten!
At the June executive board meeting we voted to increase the dues in January 2021. The annual membership dues will increase from $35.00 per year to $50.00 per year. Any members who paid $17.50 in 2020 will be “grandfathered” in and continue to pay $17.50 in 2021. Members who meet the requirements of discounted dues beginning in 2021 will pay $25.00 dues. Thank you to the executive board for recognizing the need to increase dues. And thank you to the membership for your support and advice.
The By-Laws Committee has been hard at work cleaning up outdated language in our Shields Constitution and By-Laws. I will present the proposed amendments to the membership as soon as we are ready to vote on them.
It’s still unclear if we will be able to hold our September general membership meeting as of the writing of this message. The Governor still has a 50% capacity limit on the Elks, and I would never want to plan a meeting and have to turn people away at the door if we hit the capacity. I will send out a special e-mail to the membership once I know for sure if the meeting will happen.
I have decided to cancel the Golf Outing which was scheduled for this month. I did not think it was fair to “shake down” the loyal local businesses that have always donated and supported us in the past after many of those businesses had to endure the unprecedented hardships caused by COVID-19. Instead, we will have a Shields 300 club fundraiser in the not so distant future.
President Keith Hansen
1st Vice President Chris Cortelli
2nd Vice President Lou Falco III
Treasurer Joe Cain
Secretary Lynn Hayes
Financial Secretary Jim Sciacca
1st Sgt. at Arms Mike Heath
2nd Sgt at Arms Dennis Dodrill
Editor Mark Swammy
Chaplain George Albin
Orangetown Daniel Ryan
Clarkstown Gerry O'Connor
Haverstraw Manny Figueroa
Stony Point Bob Bertrand
Ramapo Mike Higgins
Trustee at Large Tim Connolly Jr
Health and Welfare John Dillon
Historian Jack Coleman
Past President Ed Weireter
Rockland County ShieldsPO Box 15New City, NY 10956