My motto is “Catch A Falling Star.” Sisters and Brothers, a question that I propose to you is, ‘How can we take care of our communities so well and not take care of one another with the same care and enthusiasm?’ While our communities suffer with poverty, food, insecurity, drug & alcohol addiction, and physical & mental health issues, many of our members struggle with these same issues. We must stop saying, ‘We are our sisters’ and brothers’ keeper, and be our sisters’ and brothers’ keeper. This is not to say that we haven’t done our part to help. But if we are truly honest with ourselves, more times than not, we have failed to encourage one another, support one another, or be respectful to one another. It’s not what we say. It’s what we do. Actions speak louder than words. We should strive to be Christ like, by focusing more on growing, developing and supporting others. If we do our work with the Be-Attitudes, we can let our actions be driven by service and dedication to a cause or a relationship that we will model with confidence, as we encourage these values in others.
I will continue to do my best to fulfill my duties and obligations. I simply request that you do the same. With God’s guidance and your willingness to work and support the program I am setting before you, all things are possible. Again, thank you for your vote of confidence and for your prayers. The late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King once said, “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do, do it, and keep moving forward.”
As we move forward, I thank God for the opportunity to serve as your 24th Grand Worthy Matron for the Jurisdiction of North Carolina. I want to thank you for electing me to lead our Grand Chapter. I look forward to sharing my gifts and talents with the Order that I love so much. I will continue to be the servant leader that emulates the traits of our beloved five heroines. My theme is “Manifesting Our Be-Attitudes: Be Available, Be Accountable, and Be Acceptable.” Matthew 5:3-12, which is the Sermon on the Mount that Jesus delivers to the people, teaching the Be-Attitudes that we are to uphold as we navigate our daily encounters with one another.
We must be willing to ‘Be Available’ to be used by the Holy Spirit so that people can recognize the goodness in our deeds to our communities and to one another. We must be willing to ‘Be Accountable’ for our words and actions. We are not charged to be perfect, but we are charged to learn from our mistakes and grow. We must be willing to ‘Be Acceptable’ to the Holy Spirit so that we have favor. By upholding the Be-Attitudes, we are allowing our light to shine brightly. Please be reminded to: ‘Be Available, Be Accountable, and Be Acceptable’.
- Sister Mary R. McGhee, Grand Worthy Matron