Brothers and Coworkers:
I thought we had a great Mid-Year Conference. Gary Urwiler and Barb McPherson were outstanding official visitors and the content of the meetings and sessions was very good this time. If you didn't leave Pasco more charged up than when you arrived, you were likely not paying attention. And if you didn't attend at all, you missed one heck of a time.
We did select our meeting locations for the next three years. I am still working on the exact dates, but here are the month/year and location for each:
March 2018 - Chautauqua Lodge, Long Beach
September 2018 - Red Lion, Pasco
March 2019 - Red Lion, Pasco
September 2019 - Red Lion, Pasco
March 2020 - Chautauqua Lodge, Long Beach (if March 2018 works well. Red Lion, Pasco if not)
September 2020 - Red Lion, Pasco
The biggest news to come out of the Conference overall is that the men stood in overwhelming favor of inviting the WOTM to join WSNIMA. We are the first Association in the fraternity to try this. It is now in the hands of the women. Each Chapter will receive a formal request from the Grand Chancellor requiring them to host a special membership meeting to vote on whether or not to join WSNIMA. These letters will come out just after the new Moose year starts in May. I am so excited by the prospect of finally being able to work with women as equals in the Moose. I really hope the women decide to do it, but they have their decisions to make. I just see so many possibilities and opportunities for all of us if they join us. My fingers are crossed.