From the West
Let’s look into a quote from Bro. Joseph Fort Newton's book The Men’s House. “It is not a Church, nor the enemy of any Church of any name, but a fellowship seeking to bring men of every faith together the better to teach them to honor and love one another; its secret the Open Secret of the world for such as have eyes to see and minds to think.
In Freemasonry, one of the requirements to be a member is the belief in a "Supreme Being.” This is the beauty of Freemasonry, which leads to a Fellowship of Brothers who come from different faiths and have different perspectives. One thing that comes to mind is the Universality of Freemasonry, yet it is deeper than this, we can not only learn from each other, but really get to know Brothers from different walks of life. Thus, we see Brothers for who they really are, and that we have more in common than we realize, for example, our similar values. From this, Brothers not only respect each other, but honor and love them from this Fellowship. This definitely opens Brothers eyes about our Fellowship, and opens their minds to the many other possibilities. So, no wonder that this secret is such an "Open Secret." Fellowship has and continues to bring people together.
My perspective is that this Fellowship of men of every faith bringing us together is truly wondrous. Because of Freemasonry, we meet other people that we truly would have not met. So, we can truly see Brothers with respect and lead to friendships with Brothers that we didn’t realize. Truly, this Fellowship that brings men of every faith together resonates to a lot of Brothers.
Br. Zackary Martin Senior Warden
It has been a pleasure to serve as Worshipful Master of the Lodge this past year. We have had many challenges, but with all the challenges, we have still managed to accomplish great things. With the lodge closed for half the masonic year, we have completed upgrades to the lodge, such as; our collation room has a new entertainment center, we have painted the west wall, voted in dual membership, accomplished the raising of two Master Masons, and initiate two new brothers into the lodge. We could not have done this without the assistance of the brothers of the lodge who have stepped in to make things happen. I owe the trustees, officers, and members of the lodge a great deal of gratitude. Your drive and hard work are well appreciated.
A Special thank you to RW Bob Volk. His many years as secretary has
provided professionalism and wisdom to the lodge. He will be taking on the position as Aide to the Grand Master.
Thank you to all the brothers who assisted with the upgrades to the lodge this year. Especially brother Joselito Mateo who has put many hours of his time with the painting of the west wall, the entertainment center in the collation room, and many other projects this year. If there is an award for Mason of the year, I certainly nominate brother Mateo. Job well done.
Congratulations to the 5 members of the
Grand Staff from the 2nd District -
RW Robert Volk, Aide to the Grand Master
RW Frank Williams, Grand Chancellor
RW Larry Williams, Grand Chaplain
RW Mike Volk, District Ritual Instructor
RW Roy Simpadian, District Deputy Grand Master
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Please feel free to contact me or any of the officers if you have any questions.