- January 2015 -
A new year, a new core of officers, and so many possibilities! Before getting into my usual pontifications, let me first thank all of my fellow brothers for your confidence and support in electing me to the station of Master. I pledge my very best in serving Vegas 32 with distinction and integrity. I am honored, humbled, and admittedly just a little nervous.
My touch of anxiety does not come from knowing the work, or doing the rituals... it comes from wanting to validate your trust in me by appropriately fulfilling my role as Master and overseeing the business of the Lodge. You see, it’s all those little things which have yet to reveal themselves which concern me. I know there are unseen obstacles out there lurking in the darkness of unrevealed time, and I’m concerned that I might stumble upon some of them and thereby fail my given task. If these matters only concerned myself, I could shrug them off, as I would be the only one to bear the repercussions... but it’s not just me—now my decisions and actions will have consequences for my Brothers as well. That’s a heavy burden. So goes the axiom, “weary is the head that wears the crown,” or hat, in this case.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not sitting here, wringing my hands, wrought with stress or nervousness. Far from it. I’m actually heading into this year with a strong sense of cheerfulness and optimism. It’s just that wanting to do my best for all of you has the result of me trying to prepare for the unknown... which is an impossibility. If I could only get my crystal ball fixed, everything would be fine.
Strangely enough, I am a little surprised about how positive and chipper I feel about the coming year. Normally, I would feel more stress about taking on a role of this magnitude, but in the short time since the election, I’ve already received so much support and assistance from the Brothers, I just know we’re going to have a fabulous year! We’ve got a strong core of officers and plenty of Brothers eager to show their support for the Lodge. How could I not feel positive when surrounded by so much Brotherly love?
It also doesn’t hurt that I’m following in the steps of our most recent Past Masters, Chuck and Dan, who both did a great job at steering this Lodge towards that positive horizon. I assure you I’m going to do my best to see that that momentum is continued.
Well, that’s enough from me. You’ve still got three other officers to read through before you’re finished.
Oh! Before I forget...! If any Brother wants to work on their ritual work, I’m still happy to help. Just let me know that you want to get together and I’ll make myself available.
Thanks for making it through this prolonged exposition. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at Lodge!
First I wish to express my gratitude for your confidence in electing me to serve Vegas 32 as Senior Warden.
I would like to congratulate Worshipful Brother Chuck for his inspired leadership in 2014 and the amazing advances and achievements Vegas 32 has enjoyed in the course of his stewardship in the East.
Congratulations to Worshipful Brother Bill on being elevated to Master, you certainly earned it and, I believe, our fraternity is in very good hands as we advance into 2015.
A goal for the 2014 year was to include brethren in the ritual who might not otherwise participate, such as newer members, PM’s or any other non regular participants who may wish to step up and “have a go.” I would very much like to see this continue into 2015. To this end anyone with a mind to step up, please speak up and we will assist you in preparing yourselves for the role you would like and making sure you have your opportunity.
With the participation of the Brethren and our cadre of officers under the leadership of Worshipful Brother Bill, doubtless Vegas 32 will build on the work done in 2014, continuing the trend of improving our craft for an outstanding 2015.
My congratulations to the rest of the officers on your appointments, I am sure you need no reminding that we are all members of a team and it is our combined efforts which will make the coming year a success.
I wish to thank my Bothers for their confidence in electing me to serve the Lodge as your Junior Warden for 2015.
While we are all familiar with the duties of this position, I felt I should remind myself. Certainly we have heard the Junior Warden tell us that he has the responsibility to “call [us] from labor to refreshment”, to see that the “means of refreshment are not perverted to intemperance or excess”, and that we “return to [our] labor” for the “honor” of the Worshipful Master. Quite a formidable task in which Vegas #32 have established a tradition of culinary delights for the pleasure of the Brothers as well.
I am indeed fortunate to have two talented and experienced Stewards, David Griego and Mitch Hostmeyer, who will be working with me to prepare the excellent menus for your pleasure during the year. Thus is the Beauty of the Junior Warden’s role in the Lodge and my promise to you.
Congratulations to our new line of officers! I am looking forward to another good year. I would to thank the Brethren for their confidence in me to continue another year as your Secretary. This position has taught me so many lessons that are going to help so much in my preparation for next year. I continue to serve you with eagerness and will attempt to perform the duties incumbent upon me with my usual cheerful manner.
Again, thanks to all and let’s get this year started.
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