Convention 2015

These Boots Are Made For Walkin’, Watch Where We Will Go!

I am so happy to be able to speak with you as the New State Representative of the Organization of Triangles.

We all know that shoes are a girl’s best friend and I am no different, so I thought I would start with a fact about them! Did you know? Men were the first to wear heels! For centuries, heels signified a high social standing rather than gender. It was also crucial for men riding horses to have a heel on their boot in order to stay in their stirrups. Now I told you this fact about shoes because shoes are a part of my theme this year! My theme is, “These boots are made for walkin’, watch where we will go.” To go with this theme I will be traveling across the state wearing boots under all of my gowns at all of the visitations I will be attending.

As you may know, one of our angles has to deal with charity. We also all know that Triangle girls love their food and I am no exception! With this in mind, I have decided to make my charity this year, No Kid Left Hungry. This charity’s goal is to end child hunger in America. They aim to do this by gaining donations with every dollar giving a child up to 10 meals. I plan to help raise money for this charity by selling pens throughout my term.

Now I would like to take a walk in my boots, specifically my Triangle boots, and tell you a little about how I got here today! I was first introduced to this wonderful organization by great family friends, the Kriese family. They were all involved in Triangle and told us about it at church one Sunday morning. Now, at the time I was a very shy soft spoken 12-year-old who had never heard about this organization. However, my mom thought it was a good idea to get her girls involved. So one night being dressed in street dress we went to the Masonic temple in Liverpool to a prospect meeting where of course we had spaghetti and were thrown with all sorts of information about the organization and how it works! There I also got to meet Kelly Walker and Ms. Madison for the first time and thought that these people were different than others I have met before. There is a bond between them like family even though none of them are related. This is when I realized this is a place I want to be. Just like that, my sisters and I were initiated into Bal-On-Sen Triangle on a cold February night. Finally, Bal-On-Sen were able to hold meetings and were getting themselves back on the map! That night I gained more sisters than just my biological ones.

Fast forward four years and I found myself becoming Beloved Queen of Bal-On-Sen Triangle! I knew this position was like no other. After I got over the sparkle fact of the crown, I realized that Bal-On-Sen girls would be looking up to me. I am the one with the crown and gavel to choose the future of Bal-On-Sen Triangle and help in any way I can to make our Triangle be successful. We all know success comes in numbers so my goal for Beloved Queen was to gain membership! Throughout my term I initiated 13 girls into Bal-On-Sen. This is what I view is my greatest accomplishment as Beloved Queen.

Then fast forward again to 2013 and I’m again taking on a leadership position, but this time it is at the State level. I became Junior Advisor of the Onondaga-Oswego District. With this position again Triangle girls would be looking up to me for advice on how to memorize a part or the correct way to escort a person in to a room or which way we are walking in or out. Throughout my Junior Advisor term, I along with Annie Parks had to plan a District Convention. The A&A Awards went off without a hitch and even the other “A” was installed as State Representative along with myself being installed as Chairman of the Junior Advisory Council. With this title I now get to organize and preside over all of the Jr. Advisory council meetings. This was a big responsibility with the success resting in my hands. I hope that I have done this position well as I pass it on to my successor. Now I come to today. The highest position in this amazing organization is passed on to me. I hope that I will carry this out well and do the organization proud.

With gaining this position I wouldn’t be here without many people who have gotten me this far and at this time I would like to thank them. First, I would like to thank my biggest fan and support system my mom. Mom, you have always told me to be the bird that I am and spread my wings and fly! This is just another way for my wings to become bigger and take me farther in life. I would like to thank you for always being there for me, to bounce ideas off of and just vent to you about things that probably weren’t as big as they seemed to me. I appreciate everything you have done for me and will continue to do for me.

Next, I want to thank my womb-mate, partner in crime, and twin sister Krista. Krista, you have been there for me from literally the beginning and I couldn’t have asked for a better person to call my twin. Thank you in advance for being that person I can call 24/7 with anything I need whether it is someone to just listen or to give me a reality check. Mary-Margaret what can I say. You literally make me laugh even when I don’t want to and of course the person I ask for a real opinion on how my dress looks which you will tell me, “No, that’s hideous try on another.” Thanks for being that person for me.

Next I want to thank Aunt Martha. You have stepped up to help mom raise us and I can’t thank you more for it. I know that if I need anything crafty done or an idea I can come to you and we will always come up with something amazing.

Ms. Madison, I hope you are ready for some more crazy car rides! I can’t wait to travel the state with you and of course get more pictures of the princess that brighten my day just a little more. Thank you for always being a person that will listen to my crazy ideas and help me see them through!

And Danielle [NY Rainbow Grand Worthy Advisor] and Zach [NY DeMolay State Master Councilor], I hope you are ready for some crazy and fun times we are going to have this year!

I want to thank now, all of my Triangle sisters! Without you all I would be missing a part of my family. Each of you are truly a sister to me. I thank you for supporting me and being the truly awesome people that you are! Finally, I would like to thank all of our concordant bodies. Without your support Triangle wouldn’t be the organization that it is and I thank you all so much for continuing your support and showing us what it means to be a Masonic family.

I’m looking forward to the year to coming to and getting to attend as many events as I can. I can’t wait to share and treasure the memories I will make with everyone throughout my visitations. Now with that being said, let’s start these boots walkin’. Thank you.

Alison Wright

State Representative 2015-2016

Convention 2015, Traveling Around the State

Happy Holidays!

To the members, Supervisors, and supporters of The Organization of Triangles,

I hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of winter break and the Triangle holiday parties! So far in my term, I have not had the chance to promote our organization at any large functions since the holiday season is such a hectic time. However, I am looking forward to my first opportunity to represent our organization at the Royal Arch Banquet on March 6th.

The Organization of Triangles celebrated another year of sisterhood at the Onondaga- Oswego, and Capital districts Convention on October 12th. Ally Callaghan completed a wonderful year as State Representative and passed the crown over to me. The new Chairperson of the Junior council, Miss Alison Wright, our new Deputy State Director, Mrs. Turri, and our new State Treasurer, Mrs. Ferretti,were announced and installed as well.

Shortly after the District Convention, I traveled to Lockport Triangle for their Installation of Officers on November 1st. Beloved Queen Haley finished a successful year as Beloved Queen and handed the crown to Past Beloved Queen Sam for another term.

A week later, I attended Bal-On-Sen Triangle’s Installation of Officers on November 8th. This was especially important to me because Bal-On-Sen is my home Triangle. Newly installed Beloved Queen Halle made an eloquent speech and blew the crowd away. I am really looking forward to the future leaders of this organization.

I also attended the Installation of the Beloved Queen of Fides Triangle on December 6th . Ashlee, the winner of the State Director’s Award in October, was installed as Beloved Queen of her Triangle. Triangle girls from three different Triangles helped Fides install Ashlee. There were three generations of Triangle girls from Ashlee’s family present. It is wonderful to see the way Triangle has influenced many generations.

The next day, I attended the initiation held at Onistagrawa Triangle. They brought in a new member and then had a gift exchange and cookie exchange. The Triangle girls also made ornaments for the residents at the Masonic Care Community for the holidays. It is always nice to see our Triangle girls being compassionate for others in the holiday season.

Fidelity Triangle also had an initiation of their new member on December 13th. Yet again girls from other Triangles came to help and grow our smaller Triangles.

Since a year is coming to a close and a new year is about to begin, I am creating my New Year’s Resolution. This year my resolution is to be more compassionate and understanding to my friends and family. I also tend to be a bit of a procrastinator with school work and I am going to start doing my work long before it is due. My resolution for Triangle this year is to not only show other organizations how wonderful Triangle is, but also to show my support in every community where Triangles lives. I hope that by showing my support to each Triangle we can keep moving into the future.

If any Triangle girl is interested in having my job next year please apply to be the State Representative by January 30th. You must be a current or past Junior Advisor to apply. The application is under events-Convention 2015.

Have a Happy Holiday season and a great start to the new year.
In Triangle Love,

Annie Parks

State Representative 2014- 2015