Now is the time for us as a “Band of Brothers” to once again come together and support our New Grand Master and the Elected Line Officers. Each of these men are here to serve you and assist you in any way possible.
The past several years of working with R.W. Brother Cal, I have grown to know his heart and I can assure you he will serve us with all his energy, heart and soul with an impartial mind to make those difficult decisions that come with the duty of being our Grand Master.
The cement which binds our Subordinate Lodges as one Grand Lodge is our Code and Constitution, Rules and By-Laws, we each freely took under obligation to abide by. We must not always look to the Grand Lodge to solve Lodge problems. We must solve our problems before they get out of hand, and cease looking for someone else to solve our problems by sweeping it under the rug of complacency hoping it will go away. This has never worked because the problems remain there getting bigger and more out of hand. As Deputy Barney Fife said, “Nip it in the bud.” Some of the problems Lodges want the Grand Master to solve are personal conflicts between Brothers, budget, finances, and the question of “should we merge with another Lodge?” My Brothers, these challenges can only be solved on the Lodge Level as God fearing men who want our Fraternity to continue. We must educate, challenge, and inspire our new and old members to stand up and “Do That Which is Right.” Let us begin anew to enforce our laws, become one mind as our ancestors did, which made our Fraternity what it is today, this is the time, now is our place in history, and none other should satisfy us.
Our Grand Master and your elected line can only recommend, it is up to each Brother to roll up his shirt sleeves and work in his Lodge and show the community what we as a Fraternity stands for. Each of us need to stop, look and listen to the changes the world is taking. Churches are losing members, 40 percent of the population does not believe in God, crime is on the rise, and people only think about themselves. Many seek what they can get for doing nothing. My Brothers A.F.M. does not mean All for Me!! Now is the time for each of us to demonstrate to humanity what we are made of and what we stand for, and how we are here for our neighbors and Brothers in a time of need. Now is the time, here is the opportunity before us, we shall pass through this world but once, any good; therefore, that we can do, any wisdom we can impart or any kindness we can show to any human being, let us do it now! Let us not be deterred or neglect our duty, for this world is not our home and we shall not pass this way again.
Word of the Month: Destiny: the hidden power believed to control what will happen in the future.
Quote of the Month: Be all that you can be!
Thought of the Month: May God, the Grand Architect, continue to Bless our Fraternity.
O.B. Smith, Senior Grand Warden
Chairman, Masonic Education Committee