Happy New Year! I hope the New Year brings you health, happiness, and small daily joys. As I reflect on Nile year 2022, I think this year’s theme, Together We Can Do Great Things, resonated throughout our Temple and activities. We at Isis Temple No. 41, Daughters of the Nile, have a lot to celebrate. We accepted 18 new members into our beautiful order. We’ve seen great success with our fundraising efforts. Our events not only raised considerable money but were lots of fun. We had a strong presence at Supreme Session in Dallas, TX. Both the Egyptian Band and Patrol had successful West Side Nut Club Fall Festival booths. Our Card Party by Mail profits allowed us to purchase three cranial remolding helmets for the St. Louis hospital Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services (POPS) program. We welcomed and entertained Her Supreme Majesty, Vickie Tabor Hill. We experienced great teamwork between Nile members and Hadi Shrine Nobles while working the 88th Shrine Circus Ticket Office assisting with circus ticket sales. We recognized four ladies who have held membership in Isis Temple No. 41 for 50 years. We recognized our Founders Day by learning facts about our founding from seven of our officers. Many members and friends attended the Derby Dinner Theater in Clarksville, IN, to see Irving Berlin’s White Christmas theater production. The bus transportation for this social trip was sponsored by a generous donation from the Hadi Motor Corps. Sadly, we grieved and memorialized those members who passed away during 2022. We sent our Jars of Hope donations to the Daughters of the Nile Charitable Giving Fund. And we presented a substantial financial gift to the Daughters of the Nile Foundation, which as you know benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children.
I would say we’ve fulfilled this year’s motto of Live Well, Laugh Often, Let Love Grow with Friendship. It is always a delight to see the new members, along with the established members, attend Stated Session and participate in our events. Hospitality is the heart of who we are as Daughters of the Nile. You have been generous with lending your time, talents, and resources to make Isis Temple No. 41 great. You have invested personal involvement in reaching others to encourage participation and financial contributions. I want to express my sincere appreciation for your support and partnership.
Let’s celebrate. I want to give a hearty round of applause to our Past Supreme Queen, Past Queens, 2022 Officers, Ceremonial Assistants, pro tems, committee chairs, and every one of you. Let me thank each of you who served on a committee in any way. You individually and we collectively have made this year a success. Ultimately, the children receiving care through the Shriners Children’s health system will reap the benefits of your unwavering support, energy, and generosity.
I offer my deepest gratitude for the work you do in serving Isis Temple No. 41 and our Supreme Temple and your continued work to make the world a better place. I look forward to the joy and growth that 2023 will bring!
With Nile love and hugs,
Kathy Stewart, Queen