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February 2024

Our Thirty-fourth Year of Publication, Volume 34, No. 2

Publication of Borough Park lodge #409 – The Three Links Fraternity, IOOF

Next Meetings: 8 pm Monday, February 26, 2024, at Temple Shalom, Mill Basin, Brooklyn.

Introducing our newest members: Aaron Kupferberg, Jeff Nogid, Vincent Cafiso, and Dominick Oreste. We urge all our current members to join us at our February 26th meeting and greet our new members. The time is right to move Borough Park Lodge #409 forward. Won’t you join us?

New brothers and visiting brothers

Opinions, discourse, and empowerment: It is very much worth noting that a well-spoken candidate will always have our attention. Our support may go elsewhere, but we are inclined, at the very least, to listen. A clear, concise message will move people. An attorney with a limp argument has little hope for judicial intervention. The leaders among us all speak well. If they spoke poorly, they would not lead us for long. The art of public speaking is not hereditary. There is no medicinal supplement or magic potion. It is stand on your two feet and deliver. If you are not quite there, then you need to come to our meetings.

A Yellow Flower Embrace: Throughout the past three months, with all the verbal vitriol being spread around, the lives of the innocent Israeli hostages held in Gaza seem to be taking a back page. There is no greater goal of Israel than to return these captives to their families. As we consider and shudder at such a condition, there is a movement afoot to help keep these innocents in prime focus. Decorate your table with yellow flowers to commemorate their speedy return. When nothing else matters, this matters.

2023/2034 Dues are due: Once again, we will be collecting dues for the 2023–2024 fiscal year. This will be the last year for our annual dues to remain at $65.00. For the fiscal year 2024/2025, our dues will be $85.00 in keeping with our Bylaws.

Have you got game? Every Sunday (weather permitting), several seniors (your editor included) gather at Coney Island Park (Neptune and 27th Street) or Marine Park, to play doubles tennis. Blustery days, rainy days, or snowy days are not conducive to proper tennis playing, But, if the weather cooperates, tennis is wonderful. We now meet at 10 a.m. If you have game and would like to join us, call Fran Schwartz at 347-794-1315 for the Sunday tennis match! For pickles, contact Gus.

BnI Scholarship: Members are urged to get Bennett Heller information on their children or grandchildren going to college. We offer a $250.00 Scholarship award per semester for those who qualify. Contact Bennett at 718-627-5896 for further information!