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Tom Williams

September 2023

My brothers,

As summer begins to wind down (yes, it is September as I write this article, my apologies to our worthy bulletin editor Ken!), days are getting shorter and on some mornings there is a chill in the air. While I love summer and the warm days, there are many things to enjoy about the change of seasons – football, the Mariners still in contention (!!) and the coming of the fall traditions. When I was younger I used to mourn the “loss” of summer, but now I simply try to appreciate the seasons for what they are and what they offer. It is not easy, sometimes, when you have not seen the sun for a week due to the rain . . .

The Liability Insurance billing invoices have been sent out to the Council Financial Secretaries, as well as the LAMB1882 goal statements. A third piece of correspondence went out, an electronic billing survey. Please note that this is a survey of interest, not an announcement of a change in direction. My goal is to see if there is enough interest in electronic billing for us to do a deep dive into the practicality of implementing this for those who are interested. Of course, this would mean understanding the Supreme requirements as well as developing procedures for our financial trainers to share with you.

Financial Secretaries, please do return your Liability insurance payments quickly, the WSC has already paid this bill. As for the LAMB1882 goal statements, the key word is “goal;” this is not a mandatory invoice but a suggested donation amount. Any and all amounts will be gratefully received and added to the LAMB fund to build up the burse.

The updated Six Month Letter is posted on the state website, and is a good source of information for requirements, upcoming events and contact information for me. Remember, all checks should be written to the appropriate entity (Washington State Council, Columbus Charities or Pennies For Heaven) rather than to me directly, and should be mailed to my home address:

22909 40th Pl W
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043-5001

Lastly, the Regional meetings will be starting up in September, your DDs have all the information and should be communicating with you. These are a great way to learn the very latest from the WSC and to share fellowship and fraternalism. I will look forward to seeing many of you in person in the upcoming regional meetings.

Vivat Jesus!


Tom Williams

State Secretary