Note: Dinners will be held at 6:30pm
I would like to thank you for your trust and con dence in electing me to serve you for the year of 2017.
I was looking forward to using my year as Senior Warden to get some rest and plan my for year as Master. So, believe me when I tell you that I was surprised and shocked to be elected as Worshipful Master.
To serve the craft and be part of Vegas 32 is a challenge for most of us. It makes me think of the words of Plato when he said, “ The first sign of failure is when you try to please everyone.”
I might not please everyone, but I assure you that I will serve the craft and do my very best to maintain Peace, Harmony and Unity in our Lodge. It is time w return to the values of Freemasonry and serve only one Master, not two. I know this will be a very hard task, but when we are united, we will be closer to the principles of our Grand Architect of the Universe.
In closing, I would like to share one of my favorite quotes from brother Albert Pike:
“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”
See you at the lodge, and God Bless you all!
Brethren, it’s an honor and privilege to be serving as Senior Warden. Thank you for the opportunity.
One of my responsibilities is to see that the craft receives their wages and that harmony prevails. To do that, I hope to assist the Worshipful Master in improving our communications between offcers, trustees and brethren, in an effort to see that we are all on the same page; receiving the light, subduing our passions, improving our Masonic experience.
As we look forward to the coming year, let us look to the past with reverence and thanks to Worshipful Master Peter and his team.
Happy holidays to all.
Lawrence Dermott, the author of the first “Ahiman Rezon” (Constitutions of Masonry), remarked about Table Lodges: “It was expedient to abolish the old custom of studying Geometry in the Lodge, and some younger Brethren made it appear that a good knife and fork, in the hands of a dexterous Brother, over proper Materials (food), would give great satisfaction and add more to the conviviality of the Lodge than the best Scale and Compasses in Europe.”
My Brothers, I want to first thank you for entrusting me with the position of Junior Warden for the upcoming year. It is an honor and responsibility that I take very seriously. By the time you will read this we will already have enjoyed both the Offcer’s Installation Banquet and the Lodge Holiday Party, at which point we will have collectively served around three hundred dinners between the two events. It is my hope that you enjoyed the menus at both!
If you go back in the history of our Fraternity, you will see that our early brothers met in and around taverns, and many of their early activities centered around feast days. One of the primary reasons for the founding of the Grand Lodge was to ensure that they held an annual feast celebrating Freemasonry. So you see, the concept of “breaking bread” with your brothers certainly can be traced to the very earliest days of our brotherhood, and why shouldn’t it? What better place to enjoy one another’s company than around a dinner table, dining on good food and sharing good conversation with brothers? In fact, in my Masonic travels I have always shared a meal with my hosting brothers either before or after a meeting. This brotherly repast is probably one of Freemasonry’s most enduring, universal customs (ironically in Barcelona, Spain we had pizza).
You’ll notice that I use the word “dining.” This is to separate the concept from the act of simply eating, which we all must do to sustain our bodies. Dining, on the other hand, signifies that you are relishing the experience and taking the time to enjoy both the repast and the company in which it is being shared.
I will be doing my best over the coming year to see that our meals here at Vegas 32 -which are provided freely to any Mason- will be varied, appetizing and assist in creating a positive feeling and presence to our Lodge, not only for our guests, but for all of our members as well. If you have special dietary concern (i.e.: Kosher, lactose intolerant, gluten sensitivity, etc.) please let us know so that we may be prepared to accommodate you. If you are Vegan... well, I’d like to tell you to man up, but I will instead inform you that the salad bar is coming back! You see, even you healthy guys will find a good meal here at Vegas 32! (Just joking about the man up thing, kind of..., I mean how can you live without a hamburger once in a while?)
To me, brotherhood can be developed in the dining hall just as much as in the Lodge Room. That is why the Stewards and I make the following commitment to you: if you will be there to join us for the dinners -both before the meetings and the special/family events- we will prepare you a meal that will satisfy your appetite, and more importantly, satisfy your need for that fellowship that we should all crave with our fellow Masons.
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