Note: Dinners will be held at 6:30pm
We are three months into the New Year, so my brother, 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 example of what a good Mason is supposed to be? Am leaving a positive 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 have complete harmony among all and newly raised brothers would be overwhelmed with information. We would feel totally satisfied with all we do. Utopia would be at hand.
However, such perfection probably isn’t possible. We are all human, after all, and we all experience moments of uncertainty, those times when we aren’t at our best. It’s during these times that our character is defined. If we truly want the best for our lodge, occasionally ask yourself, “Do any of my actions impede or downgrade the experience or masonry for myself or another brother? Are we destroyers of peace and harmony?”
1. Do I attend regularly?
2. When I do come, do I come late or at the last minute and then leave early?
3. Is it good to tell an officer’s failings to visitors and or other brothers?
4. Do I fail to participate in ritual or be an officer, but then criticize those that do?
5. Do I talk and listen to all of my brothers, or just a select few?
I am delighted to report that Brother Greg Mannarino will be stepping up to lead the Vegas 32 Masonic discussion group. We have several presentations pending, so there is a lot of light coming our way. Stayed tuned for details, but we will be on track for April.
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.
Who signed for you? Do you remember who the top line signer was on your petition when you first submitted it to a Lodge? Was he a personal friend or acquaintance or was it someone you met while visiting the Temple during your first times visiting? There was a time in our past when the man that signed for you was expected to have known you for some length of time, his signature was essentially vouching for you to the rest of the brothers that he had personal knowledge of your worthiness to be a Freemason. It was a pleasant way of introducing a friend to brothers in the hope that, based on their perception of you, they would have a positive perception of the gentleman submitting his petition. It was a system that worked rather well...back then.
In this day and age we find that the men coming to our doors are increasingly an unknown commodity. They come to us for a number of reasons, but more often than not, they are not known to us. They don’t have any friends or peers that are existing members of the craft, and often only have the “Hollywood” perception of what we are and what we do. None the less, they have made the first, difficult step in walking through our doors and making inquiries about Masonry. Think about it; you drive up to Vegas 32’s windowless building, have to be rung in (or follow someone in who has the code) through the gate, walk through the back doors not having any idea of who to talk to or where to go, and initiate contact with someone who you have never met and actually ask if you can join them in their secretive activities. A little daunting for anybody, don’t you think? I would say that any man willing to take that first step is worthy of some respect.
The fact is that not
many know the process to
joining our Fraternity, no
one showed them how to
do it. Their fathers weren’t Masons, their grandfathers may have been but are long gone, save for the memory of the ring with the square and compass on it, and even if they have watched National Treasure or History Channel documentaries, nothing has prepared them for that first encounter. That’s where we come in...it is our responsibility to make them to feel comfortable while they are guests in our Temple. It doesn’t matter if they were uninvited, by virtue of their courage in walking through our doors they should be given the courtesy of a warm and sincere welcome. Let us answer their questions, let us show them our facility, let us with pride recount the history of our Lodge, and let us not hesitate to offer them a cup of coffee or a bottle of water. In short let’s assure that they leave with a better perception of Masonry than what they may have had before walking in.
It is not one brother’s job, it is every brother’s job! At coffee club, invite them to your table, at dinners make sure they are seated with brothers and by all means take the time to introduce them to the officers of the Lodge. We know that not every man is right for our Lodge or our Fraternity, but every man is deserving of our courtesy. The process toward membership is not defined by a specific time frame but rather by the amount of time it takes for brothers to be willing to vouch for the candidate. The only way you can develop that level of confidence is by getting to know them, breaking bread with them, talking to them and welcoming and respecting them for taking that first step through our doors. If they could muster the courage to step in, shouldn’t we respond by stepping up to them and extending the hand of friendship?
The Grand Master’s Official Visit was an all around success. Most Worshipful Marsh lauded the fine ritual opening and the nice work done by all the officers. He also gave an unexpected accolade to the South for presenting an excellent meal to honor his visit. Although the Grand Master gave the praise to me, the Junior Warden, it was not solely mine to receive. Worshipful Florian showed me his secret recipe and method of preparation for his now famous prime rib and salmon dinner. He left me to cook it on my own and for that I’m grateful for his confidence in me and my exceptional team of assistant chefs. They all have their respective specialties in food prep and I am blessed to have them on my team. Of special note is brother Rod Delacruz. the most versatile assistant chef on the team. He always shows up early and nothing that has to be done gets past him, and it gets done without a word being spoken. Thanks to all my team! You make it easy and make the South look great and competent in its task.
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