Exalted Ruler - Dee Cisneros

Breaking Barriers - Building a Better Tomorrow

 Looking back at the past Exalted Rulers before me, I saw something that was just monumental, but yet so real and down to Earth. Then, I looked in the mirror and asked myself, “How would I stand up to such greatness.” Then it hit me…”Breaking Barriers, Building a Better Tomorrow”. This simple quote came to me because of who I am. As a minority, I have been blessed with much in my life and to come into an organization, which throughout the years has been thought of as a “Race Restricted” club, really sets a tone for who we are now and the changing of times in our society. Today, we are setting a new precedence, and just like Nancy Keesler, PER, has done, we are “Breaking Barriers”.

This year, I am hoping to make it an exciting year with new possibilities, opportunities and growth. To start building a better tomorrow, we need to look at what we can do better and what we can change. We can not live by the same standards of “Its always been this way” or “We’ve always done it this way”. Well, let’s try to move forward instead of staying where we were and where we are. Times are changing, and with the 150th anniversary of the Elks, change is needed to carry on another 150 years. So to building a better future, we really need to embrace change and change with our times. This is the Computer age. The age of Artificial Intelligence and social media. Things are faster, brighter, easier and more accessible. And with that, people are becoming more adapted to what is going on around them, so we have to keep up with these changes to entice new members.

We have a wonderful lodge, but something I would like to achieve this year is more exposure. Exposure! Exposure! Exposure! Getting our name, our actions, our deeds within the community in the minds of those who don’t know who we are and what we do. The momentum we create this year, will generate excitement and extend to later years. And how we do this is getting involved, doing things differently, changing how we do things and breaking barriers. I want this next year to be an exciting and wonderful year for everyone and the lodge. The expectations should not be of what we can’t do, but what we can do to build a better tomorrow.

In fraternal brotherhood,
Dee Cisneros, ER

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