Note: Dinners will be held at 6:30pm
I think for this month of March 2017 (even if I repeat myself ) it is necessary to reflect on the lessons illustrated by the Common Gavel and the 24 Inch Gauge. Through these working tools we are taught to shape ourselves into something better than we currently are. We are also taught to allocate our time accordingly-at least as best we can-serving our careers, ourselves and the Craft.
The solemn promise made by a Freemason on his admission into any Degree or office of the Lodge is technically called his obligation. In a legal sense, an obligation is synonymous with duty. Its derivation shows its true meaning, for the Latin word obligatio literally signifies a tying or binding. The obligation is that which binds a man to do some act, the doing of which thus becomes his Duty. By his obligation, a Freemason is bound or tied to his Order. Hence, the Romans called the military oath which was taken by the soldier his obligation. It is
said that it is the obligation that makes the man a Freemason.
We commit to becoming Masons, and together we commit to becoming better men. We have all knelt at the altar and taken the same obligations, yet sadly, for some of our brothers the words of William Shakespeare seem profoundly appropriate, “I say there is no darkness... but ignorance.”
Before concluding, I want to thank the Brethren for all of their support at the Lodge meetings. The attendance has improved a lot, and I want you to know it means a lot to me. Thank you!
As we continue on with our work, ask yourself, “Am I giving my best to my Brothers? Am I helping my Brothers receive more light? Am I setting the proper example of what it is to be a good Mason? Am I leaving a good legacy?”
We can claim “we love masonry, we love our Lodge, everything we do is for the craft.” If that were completely true, we would we have complete harmony among all, newly raised Brothers would be overwhelmed with information and we would feel totally satisfied with all we do. Utopia would be at hand.
However, that ideal probably isn’t possible. We are human, after all. We all experience moments of uncertainty, those times when we aren’t at our best. But it’s during those times that our character is defined. If we truly want the best for our Lodge, occasionally ask yourself, “Do any of my actions detract from the Masonic experience, for myself or another Brother? In other words, is what I’m doing killing the peace and harmony of the Lodge?”
My Brothers, we must remind ourselves of what it means to be a Mason.
We may not be as good as we think, but we can always be better than who we were yesterday... Be a great Mason and Leave a Legacy!
We are coming up on a month in our Lodge’s calendar where we will be focusing on our youth groups; Job’s Daughters, Rainbow Girls and Demolay. I find it highly appropriate that we take the time to acknowledge both the members and the adult leaders of these ne institutions. I have heard many people speak fondly of the time they spent in these organizations, men and women who are now successful adults and putting into practice in their careers the lessons they learned as youth from these groups.
I occasionally come down to the Lodge on the weekends and see them as they prepare for their meetings or just getting together to socialize. I find it refreshing that the values they are learning (which some may see as old fashioned) are timeless in their nature and will undoubtedly serve them well throughout life.
I have mentioned to a few Brother’s that I was in the Columbian Squires, the youth organization for the Knights of Columbus, and actually served as Chief Squire for my Circle (as our Chapters were called). I have many fond memories of the road trips, activities, dances and of course ceremonies we shared. I bring this up only to illustrate that these groups have a real, tangible value in the lives of our young and our Lodge. Because of that we should not only recognize them this month but also actively support them in their endeavors.
If we feel it is important to see these groups continue to exist, then we must be willing to work with them to ensure their survival. Help them find new members; nieces, nephews, sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters are great candidates, but often times they don’t know how to get involved. Come to their meetings and ceremonies; the Rituals themselves are often beautiful and well-presented and many times in need of adult participants. Buy their fundraising tickets; let’s face it, five bucks for a pancake breakfast is a pretty inexpensive way to help support a youth project. Let them know that we care; don’t see them as an inconvenience or an expense. Smile at them, let them know that they are a welcome part of our Masonic family and welcome them and their families to our family dinners.
I know that kids are being over programmed at school, at work, in life, but I also know that the three lessons that aren’t taught regularly enough in school are ethics, values and leadership. We are fortunate to be able to support groups that have effectively been teaching all of those for nearly one hundred years. Let us collectively work to ensure that the young people in our community will always have a place to come and learn those lessons, while creating friendships and having fun within the safe and caring confines of our Lodge.
I have been reconciling our Lodge dues records and I have found that some of you still have yet to pay your 2017 dues. Please check your cards and insure that it has 2017 on it. Thanks!
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