As we enter the 2014 Grand
Lodge year, it is my distinct honor and privilege to
have been selected as the Grand Master’s representative
to the 26th Masonic District. These are troubled times.
A common theme in Florida Masonry today is the fact that
we are losing members. We are having difficulty finding
Brothers willing to become officers in our respective
Lodges, and we are now facing financial difficulties.
There are no easy answers to these problems, and I am
not going to pretend that I have them, because I don’t.
However, there are some areas we can look into. At one
time, Masonry was comprised of men and leaders from all
walks of life. I believe that this is no longer true,
and it would be a positive step to move back in that
direction. We can ask ourselves: Is Masonry living up to
my expectations, and am I living up to Masonry’s
expectations? Masonry has a lot to offer in terms
building and maintaining the internal qualifications
which makes us good fathers, husbands, employers, and
employees, but most of all: Good Men. These are the
things that we need to understand, and be able to
communicate to our Brethren, and to prospective new
members. We also need to look towards our young men and
women, and offer to help guide them in these troubled
times. We need to teach them that the phrase:
“Friendship, Morality, and Brotherly Love; is not just a
bunch of words, but has real value in terms of helping
us make the right choices, and to serve as a positive
guide as we travel through life’s pathways. We need to
welcome them into our Masonic family.
I have spent a lot of time learning the ritual, and
during the first part of that time, I did not have an
understanding or appreciation of the messages that are
actually contained in it. I have now come to realize
that much of what it means to be a Mason is inculcated
in the ritual. By ritual, I mean the opening and closing
of a Lodge, the three Degrees, the lectures, the
charges, the installation ceremony, and even the
prayers. I encourage every Mason to go back and read the
charges, learn to read the lectures, and try to
understand what is contained therein.
We have a great District, and I am looking forward to
working with each and every one of you.
R:.W:. James W.
District Deputy Grand Master
The THUNDERING 26th Masonic District
Education/Leadership Training Zone 5 Workshop, October