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 

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