FROM THE SOUTH
Good afternoon brethren, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and got to spend some quality time with the ones you love. Allow me to introduce myself, I am Brother Charles Kelly, your Junior Warden for 2019. I feel introducing myself is a good place to start. As I understand it there are well over 200 members of our lodge, and about half of those will open up the trestle board and read through it. Besides the other officers there are probably around 20-25 other brothers that I actually know, which means there a quite a few brothers out there and reading this that I have yet to meet and know. My goal this year, with regards to the monthly articles in the trestle board, is going to be to try to encourage more participation and active membership. I was initiated in July of 2013 and raised to Master Mason on Dec 11 of 2013. Many of you have been Masons much longer than I have and I do not possess any sort of knowledge or "secrets" that you yourselves do not. I can merely speak to my experience in Masonry, my involvement and what it has brought me. They say "Masonry makes good men better". I found that to be appealing, as I imagine many of you did as well. Learning my first, second and third degree obligations did not necessarily make me a better man, however the time I have spent at lodge with my brothers has and continues to shape me into a better man. If you are still paying your dues and reading this article then you obviously still have a connection and interest in our lodge and my hope is that that connection and interest will grow as this year progresses. There are a variety of ways that you can contribute to and participate in this great lodge, both big and small. If there are any Entered Apprentices or Fellow Crafts reading this who may have lost touch with their coach and could use some assistance working on their obligations I would be more than happy to help, also if there are any Master Masons who are reading this and have not returned their third degree I again would be more than happy to offer my assistance towards that end, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When was the last time you were at lodge? When was the last time you sat on the sidelines and watched a degree? Your presence matters, it is missed when you are gone and it is noticed and valued when you are there, so the first small step you can take is to simply show up. It makes a big difference to the candidate if there are brothers in the sidelines vs. a bunch of empty seats.
I'm a little apprehensive about being in charge of the kitchen this year as I have no real experience cooking (I'm great at eating and cleaning up though). However with the help of my lovely wife Lisa I'm sure things will work out fine and you'll all be fed and happy. With the indispensable help of my wife you can look forward to some yummy spaghetti and meat sauce marinara and garlic bread for January's stated dinner.
Hope to see you at stated dinners, degrees and a variety of other events this year.
Sincerely & Fraternally,
Brother Charles Kelly