|49th Voluntary Campaign|
Sir Knights of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar, I bid you a Fraternal and Respectful Salute. For those of you who do not know me, I am Sir Knight David M. Dryer. I spent over 40 years as an attorney (now retired), and over 20 years in the US Army (retired LTC). I have served the Order as Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Iowa (2008-09), North Central Department Commander (2009-12), and was elected to be a Trustee of the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc. (KTEF) in 2015.
I address you at this time in my capacity as the Voluntary Campaign Chairman for the 49th Campaign for the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc. Grand Master Duane L. Vaught has appointed me to this position. While I sincerely question my worthiness for this important post, I will do my very best to serve the Order.
The 48th Annual Voluntary Campaign was a success which raised $1,586,120. I congratulate each of you who helped make "48" a good campaign! That makes $43,900,429 raised since Voluntary Campaign # 1. That is a tribute to all the donors over the years. Now we must turn our attention to "49".
There are a number of ways to contribute. You can be a Life Sponsor for only $30.00. If you belong to more than one Commandery, consider being a Life Sponsor in each of those Commanderies. A contribution of $50.00 makes you an Associate Patron; a contribution of $100.00 makes you a Patron. If you would like to enroll in the Grand Commander's Club you may do so for as little as $100 for your initial contribution with a pledge of $100 for the next 9 years which then elevates you to the Grand Master Club. But with an initial contribution of $1,000 you may enroll from the start into the Grand Master's Club. Also available for $10,000.00 is the Golden Chalice or $25,000.00 for a Sword of Merit. Don't forget you can also give to KTEF through estates and planned giving.
Those who know me well are aware of how I like to make a point and how I try to convince people to do what I believe needs to be done to accomplish the mission. Those of you who do not know me yet will learn over the next few months that I frequently use historic events, lessons from the classics and Masonic ritual when I speak and write.
I conclude with some ritual that, in my judgment, addresses the attitude, viewpoint and conviction that ought to drive each of us, and all of us during this 49th Annual Voluntary Campaign.
Let us prove ourselves to be true Masons and honest men. Let us set examples of charity, kindness and forbearance. Let us remember that it is better to love than to hate; that your duty is not to be better than others, but to be better than yourselves; and that the more you have, the more you owe to those who need assistance.
Fraternally & Respectfully
David M. Dryer, KGC
Chairman 49th Annual Voluntary Campaign
Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc.