State President Tony Cianciotta’s Message
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I hope this message finds everyone in good health and coping with the isolation from our family and friends. It was nice to have been able to take advantage of the Zoom video conferencing product that allowed us to hold a quarterly meeting and conduct needed business. Seeing everyone again, even though it was not in person. It was still nice to see everyone who attended the May 2nd Quarterly meeting.
The restrictions that were put on the American people were smart and hopefully people understood that it’s up to each of us to the stop the spread, we must continue following social distancing and maintaining a sanitary environment so we don’t experience a relapse of the Covid-19 and have to start over.
Many lodges are conducting their own Zoom council & general meetings, getting involved with their local community by donating to food banks, delivering curb side meals, holding unique events such as a drive-in Bingo that Key Largo held, delivering cookies and snacks to assisted living centers, and so many other unselfish gestures.
We had a very bad start to this year: Membership nationally has declined considerably and here in Florida alone we lost over 250 members this quarter, some from death, some from financial concerns. Let your lodge member know that you are concerned about their welfare and that we need them to remain a part of our OSIA family.
During the quarterly meeting it was decided that due to Hotel issues and time constraints to replace the June 12th & 13th meeting in Tampa with a ZOOM video quarterly meeting on Saturday June 13th at 1pm – 4pm, a separate Presidents Forum will be scheduled prior to the June 13th meeting as will a State Trustee meeting. All Officers, Presidents and Region Trustees will be invited to attend the Zoom meetings a week before scheduled meetings by email. Please look for it. Attendance to Zoom meetings is required. If you didn’t get an invite to the last meeting please check that the email address for you on the Website is correct, if not please contact me by email.
The Foundation Investment committee has invested a total of $200,000. The committee meets weekly via conference calls to keep abreast of our investment performance. The Florida Foundation portfolio to date has increased by 3.2%.
Brother Nick Cantore our 2nd V.P will continue to guide the Region Trustees and he is the proctor of the President’s Forum meetings.
Brother Joseph Dente, our 1st V.P., is in charge of all of the Foundation Committees and all Committee Chairs are reminded to send your quarterly reports directly to Brother Joe with all updates, changes and financial updates.
I wish that all our sisters have a very HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY and look forward to seeing everyone soon at the Quarterly meeting. My best wishes and prayers for everyone’s safety.
Tony Cianciotta, Pres.
FL Grand Lodge