To begin, let me say that it is an honor to be elected as your Worshipful Master for the ensuing year. As the New Year is about to begin, now is the perfect opportunity to reflect on the past twelve months individually, and Masonically.
I believe we were successful this year and have established a firm foundation for the upcoming Officers. The framework has been set, and the goals and expectation of 2023 is to expand on these fundamentals and continue focusing on the future.
My goal this year is to focus on Lodge Fundraising, Community Service, and Brother Outreach. I believe we can continue to rejuvenate the Lodge and prosper for years to come by focusing on these three important aspects. To be successful, however, committees will need to be filled and held accountable. Therefore, each stated communication will include a set time for committee members to speak to the craft with plans and updates. Remember, Brothers do not need to be present at the meetings to be a part of a committee. We currently have 112 members apart of our lodge, and I would like all Brothers to be actively involved, and provide ideas, expertise, and experience to the craft. We all have something to give, (time, money, technology skills, accounting, carpentry, etc.) but most importantly, brotherly support.
Fundraising is essential to any organization. Without the necessary funds, our physical Lodge will eventually falter. As we all know, costs are increasing for most everything, including maintenance of the Lodge. Regrettably, dues alone are not enough. Every Brother can help, even remotely, by joining or assisting committees, marketing, showing up to lend a hand during an event, or just providing feedback and ideas to expand our presence. We have been fortunate renting out our facility and have also been successful with our annual Fritter Booth during the Plainville Pumpkin Festival. However, we can and should be doing more than one reliable event each year.
Increasing our Community Service is a personal goal of mine. Like fundraising, we have our annual events to help our community, but I believe we can do more. For example, something as simple as picking up trash at a local park, driving those who can no longer get around on their own, or volunteering at the local soup kitchen or Masonic Care are just a few small gestures that mean the world to others. There are so many opportunities to improve ourselves, all while aiding the communities that allow us those opportunities.
Finally, our Lodge will not continue to exist without you, the Brothers. Unfortunately, I have not had the pleasure to speak or meet with many of you. I would like this to change. In 2022, four Brothers were raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason. I have tasked them to do a “wellness” check with every member. You will be contacted by at least one of these Brothers over the coming months. I want you all involved, and would thoroughly enjoy being able to learn more about your individual lives and masonic experiences. Additionally, this will allow us to provide you a direct communication line if aid or assistance from the lodge is needed.
With all this said, I am excited and have high hopes for the 2023 year. I invite every Brother to our Officer Installation Ceremony on January 7 th , at 7:00 PM (with dinner being served at 6:00 PM). I appreciate the support and may the new year bring you all peace, good health, and happiness.
Worshipful Master Elect