I hope it goes without saying that it’s been a real honor and a pleasure serving the lodge this year but particularly and especially to our excellent staff of officers. You all (including too many others to name) have inspired me and allowed me the support and dedication to discharge my duties with gratitude, confidence and joy. This is truly a year that I will never forget and I thank you my brethren for the opportunity. I will look back over the years with pride and comfort knowing that we gave it our all.
We have only a few more meetings before the year is out. November will host our usual and regular election of officers with our public installation that following Saturday at 5pm (dinner will be provided). It is with confident resolve that I hereby recommend our current line of officers for promotion as well as welcome Brother Ramos’ chosen appointments as additions to our line. I look forward and anticipate a delicious dinner and a harmonious election (remember the trowel’s emulation of who best can work and best agree). In December we’ll have a holiday party at our stated meeting dinner.
By the year’s end, our staff of officers, Past Masters, visiting Brethren and traveling companions together will have planned, participated, attended and/or gave witness to over 100 meetings including but not limited to stated meetings and its dinners, degree conferrals, fund raisers, blood drives, education nights, officer nights out, lodge visitations, trustees & other committees, qualifications, OCMOAs, OSIs, Secretaries, Treasurers, Masters and Warden’s Retreats, Grand Master’s Reception, Youth Orders and Appending Bodies visitations, Annual Communication…and these are only the meetings I can remember or refer to on our official calendar but I can confirm that we had many other informal 1-on-1s, breakfasts, lunches, phone calls (sometimes in the middle of the night), emails, letters and the like. I reflect on the symbolism of the beehive and the bee in short, “[that] we should ever be industrious ones; never sitting down content while our fellow creatures around us are in want.”
I’m reminded of our departed brethren who through it all have returned to their final places of rest. I can’t help but think of the hour glass, not necessarily for its emblem of human life but its dichotomy between upper & lower, life and death, heaven and earth. Let it remind us at times, our need to reverse our attitudes and actions for continuity. I would appreciate your thoughts and prayers as my wife Nastasia and I are expecting our first baby boy sometime in early November. If I am missing from one or more of our upcoming events, I trust you’ll know why.
Finally, I ask that the Lodge be serviceable to Brother Ramos in his year as Master. He is not only willing, qualified and able but has earned the respect and affection of all good Masons yet still requires our careful protection, obedience and consideration as he expounds his duties. Serving him faithfully as our new Chief will ultimately be my greatest reward from the Lodge and he and his staff of officers have my unabridged & unconditional support.
See ya’ll at lodge.