Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I hope this message finds you and your family well. As the nation continues to distribute vaccines it is with great optimism we view the year ahead. While it will take time to turn the tide in this pandemic, we should narrow our focus today and re-engage with the Brotherhood. By setting chapter agendas and plans now, we will be prepared for when we can gather together safely once again.
As we begin to prepare for the year ahead, I wanted to share the following information and updates with you:
Chapter Presidents Zoom Event Follow Up
Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of meeting virtually with the chapter presidents of the Pan-Icarian Brotherhood. This event was designed to establish a dialogue with chapter representatives and share ideas on how we can help members stay connected. While we anticipate similar meetings to be held in the near future, the Supreme Lodge has challenged each chapter to host a virtual event with their chapter members within the next month.
Thank you to all the chapter presidents and officers who attended, and I look forward to hearing updates on your virtual events in the coming weeks.
Art and Culture Focus
As I mentioned in my last message to you, the Brotherhood has established a culture and arts committee which will work to bring together the many talents that live within our membership base. As a first initiative, a “Call for Artists” has been made which will celebrate the many artists we have within our organization and help us learn more about their accomplishments and inspiration. You can learn more about this initiative through our website and social media platforms, or by contacting me or lodge members directly.
2021 Membership Drive
This year’s 2021 Membership drive will run through the month of June 2021. With last year’s membership numbers greatly impacted by the pandemic, in 2021, we hope to boost membership and reestablish our strong membership base. We ask that all members participate in this drive by paying their memberships dues as soon as possible.
Remember, you can pay memberships through our website (https://pan-icarian.com/membership/), by mailing a check to Supreme Treasurer Evangelos Fragos (8101 Yellow Daisy Drive, Wilmington, NC 28412), or by paying your chapter officers directly. Thank you to District Governor Chrissa Lefes for initiating this drive and for her hard work!
Supreme Lodge Meetings & Chapter Events
The Supreme Lodge is anxiously awaiting the opportunity to begin meeting directly with each other and chapters. While many restrictions on social gatherings and travel still exist, a sense of optimism and change is arising in many areas of the country. My hope is that the covid numbers continue to drop and we begin to rapidly emerge from isolation. As chapters begin to set plans to meet, even tentative ones, I ask that you inform your district governors and lodge members of them. We will always do our best to attend meetings and events safely as they are scheduled.
Thank you for your strong support and dedication to the Pan-Icarian Brotherhood of America “Icaros”!
Damianos T. Skaros
Pan-Icarian Brotherhood of America “Icaros”