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Michael E. Dempsey
Grand Monarch 2017-2018


Greetings from the Grand Monarch....


Just let me start by saying "Thank You" to all of the Prophets for giving me this opportunity. I truly feel honored to hold the office of Grand Monarch. Seven years ago, when Karen and I started this journey, it seemed like it would take us a life-time to reach this honorable position, but wow, we have made it!

So let's talk membership.  We lose more members from non-payment of dues and suspending them than from any other reason. Let's give our members something to do when we bring a new guy into the Grotto.  Find something for him to do, even if it is mopping the floor.  Empower them with responsibility.  When we feel the responsibility of doing a good job, of creating a happy and fun environment, it becomes easier to want to be at fellowship, meetings and gatherings.  It feels good to be needed.


I have had guys drop out of the Grotto that I have brought in.  Part of it is not checking the candidate out thoroughly first, because the Grotto is not for every Mason. Remember we must do a better job of keeping our members.

Retention, Retention, Retention must be our goal this year. We must stop losing our members out the back door. We must stop this from happening in order for our membership to grow.  I am committed to making our membership grow and hope you are, too.


We should each be responsible for keeping the members that we bring into the Grotto.  This is the job I have for you.  You ARE needed.


I wish you a great year and I hope you will join me and Karen as we “Race to Indy.”


Thank You!!

Yours in Goodfellowship

Michael E. Dempsey
Grand Monarch
Grottoes of North America


Grand Monarch Annual Calendar

Southwest Grotto Association
09-01-2017 12:00 am
Florida State Grotto Association
09-21-2017 12:00 am
Tampa, Florida
Midwest Grotto Association
09-27-2017 12:00 am
Columbia, MO
Empire State Grotto Association
10-20-2017 12:00 am
Syracuse, NY
Board of Governors Meeting
11-02-2017 12:00 am
Indianapolis, IN
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