Tidings from the West
As hard as it may be to believe, two months (January and February), have already passed during the 2014 Masonic year. Hopefully, as we, experience warmer weather and less snow with the approach of spring, let us also hope for even a greater increase in attendance at lodge. If you know of a brother who his hindered from attending lodge due to in climate weather, the offer of a helping hand by providing transportation might be of assistance in allowing him to attend lodge on a particularly “nasty weather” evening.
Attendance at our meetings is a good barometer of how well we are doing as a Lodge. Let’s face it! Some meetings we attend are good; some better, and, some are a waste of time. Good meetings are the result of a combination of factors such as when the work is good and when there are expressions of fellowship among the brethren. To make the work good, requires proficiency. To that end, there is a need for brothers to fill degree team positions. Our Junior Warden has been busy recruiting brothers to take a part in the degree teams to supplement those faithful brothers who have discharged those duties often in the past. Additionally, there is always a need for brothers to learn the degree lectures and to be ready to give them during the degrees. Our goal is to have a ready reserve of brothers to call upon to perform these functions, as the need occurs, sometimes at the last moment, and to have brothers who are proficient and able to rotate between parts.
Lastly, let me again, encourage you to seek out opportunities to cause the good men of our community, who are uninitiated in Masonry, to want to request membership in our august fraternity. We can do this in a number of ways, 1) by always having a petition available to share with someone who asks us about joining our ranks, 2) by advertising to others that we are Masons by wearing our rings and pins, openly in public and displaying the emblems of the fraternity on our automobiles while ready to give an account of what being a Free Mason is about, and 3) lastly, but most importantly by exemplifying the moral teachings of freemasonry in our conduct for it is by our conduct that others will judge us and consider in deciding if they to want to become Masons. Where would we be without men like these?
SW F.L. “Jim” Lee, Jr. , Senior Warden