Queen Message November, 2023

2023-11-20T13:31:59-08:00

What is your definition for membership of Nydia Temple No. 4, Daughters of the Nile? To me it’s a way to build friendships with other women who wish to help support our philanthropy through donations and volunteer at Shriners Children’s to make an impact on a child’s life. In addition, for me it’s a great social outlet. I have really enjoyed traveling with other members to events such as NW Daze, attending Supreme Session, going to another temple’s Installation or SQ official visits. I have enjoyed these last four years attending Nydia’s many Nile Clubs’ meetings throughout the upper half of Oregon.

I have some concerns. Each year Nydia Temple’s number of members is slowly decreasing. It’s been since 2019 that Nydia Temple reported a positive growth in membership. There are two parts to membership we all need to work together on:
Retaining our existing membership
Bringing in new members

We started out the year well by initiating five new members in May, and most recently at the Supreme Queen official visit we initiated another new member. We have 26 open proposals; from January 2022 through October 2023, which have been balloted on. Using Constant Contact, I will send this list to our members. If you are the First or Second Signer, please call these women and encourage them to join.

Talk to your neighbors, to your associates, friends, and family about becoming a member. If you know of someone who you think would make a good member, submit a proposal. You do not need to talk with this person first. Submit your proposal to Pr. Recorder, Jennifer Moyer, PQ. Give her a call if you need assistance; she is willing to help you complete the proposal.

Your officers and I are willing to hold as many Ceremonials as needed or Obligation-only events to help bring in new members who have already submitted their petitions.

Retaining existing members is just as important and even more important. I recently read the following: “Retention is key! It’s so important to retain the members we have while working to increase membership. Happy, involved, and productive members are going to be there for the long haul.”

What does membership of Nydia Temple mean to you? Is being a member of Nydia Temple marking off all the boxes as to why you belong? Please communicate your feelings to your elected officers. This year your Membership Committee has held a membership event once a quarter. Those members who attended had a fun time. However, attendance was low. The Queen, with the assistance of other members, offers both a Spring and Holiday luncheon. We know that everyone has useful ideas and plans, please share them.

Please collaborate with us and help Nydia Temple retain its existing membership. Together we will continue to keep Nydia Temple strong as we support our philanthropic efforts in supporting Shriners Children’s. Together we can make an impact, not only on a child’s life, but also improve our own lives due to our own positive impact on a child’s life.
Come with me and together we will Spread our wings and Soar!

Nile Love,

Queen Donna 

Spread Your Wings And SoarSpread your wings and Soar!

Queen Message November, 20232023-11-20T13:31:59-08:00

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Queen Message August, 2023

I decided maybe sitting outside on my new patio furniture might help me write this article for the Nydian.   It only took me three days and a lot of bolts to put it together.  I am enjoying sitting on it, although I will tell you it’s a little warm out here.     Summer, as always, is zipping by.

Even though Nydia Temple is dark during the summer we still get together through various picnics and other fun events. We did a really good job initiating five new members in May.

Our next ceremonial will be held October 15, 2023 during our Supreme Queen’s official visit.  Let’s continue with the momentum we have started. Please continue during the summer months to send in your proposals to Pr. Recorder, Jennifer Moyer, PQ.    Jennifer has even offered to help any member to complete the proposal form.

I was so honored to represent Nydia Temple as Queen at the 107th Annual Supreme Session – The Four Season Experience at Mashantucket, Connecticut.    The flight there was a long one; however, the hour-long ride to Foxwoods was in style. Six of us got to ride in a party limousine with music and flashing lights.

Sunday evening PADIR presented me with a lovely arm bouquet with dragonflies. I proudly carried it during the Formal Opening and on Thursday prior to the Installation of Supreme Officers.    Members of PADIR were this year’s banner bearer and escorts.    Thank you, ladies, it was an honor.

The week zoomed by with the Queen’s / Unit’s party in our hotel room, membership awards, yummy Surf and Turf dinner, Nydia’s Dilly Dilly degree, elections, legislation, and breakout sessions.  PADIR did a fantastic dance performance to Proud Mary.   Oh, don’t forget the market place and Foundation table.    The last night was Supreme Officers Installation.  Before I knew it was time to come home.   This year was special for me, and I had a really good time.

Nile Love,

Queen Donna 

Spread Your Wings And SoarSpread your wings and Soar!

Nydia Queen Holly Austin

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO

I have been asked why I am so involved in The Daughters of the Nile.  My immediate thought is Why Not?  Actually, my first thought is that that person doesn’t know enough about what DoN does or it would be a no-brainer.

The Mission of Nydia Temple No. 4, Daughters of the Nile, is to support the great work of the Shriners Healthcare System and Shriners International. That is our only philanthropic project.  It is an honor for me to say that I help support “the kids.”  How can we not help support the medical care and attention for those children accessing a state-of-the-art medical system?  We have the best of the best caring for those beautiful children.

We can proudly say that the Daughters of the Nile are the greatest supporters of Shriners Healthcare and Hospitals, second only to the Shriners themselves.  We do that in many ways: financially, physically, and emotionally.  We give of our pocketbooks.  We volunteer at and for the Shriners Hospital itself. We help to spread the word.

This has been an unusual year due to “Miss Covid,” but we have continued to do what we can to assist and to remind the staff that we are ready to return at their beckoning.

My year as Queen is winding down.  We have surrounded ourselves with the “Angels Among Us.”  Personally, I am craving hugs.  I want to be able to see people’s mouths when they speak.  I just want to see people!  I want to see my friends.  The nurse in me says that this too will pass.  My impatient inner self says it isn’t happening soon enough.

My scripture this year has been “He will order his Angels to protect you wherever you go.” Psalm 91.11.  Little did I know that when I chose this bible verse just how appropriate it would be.  I ask that you love one another and that you keep yourself safe.  We will meet again soon.

Queen Holly

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