Worshipful Mike Reyes
The 2016 Officers of Granada Hills Lodge No. 378
With fall quickly approaching, it reminded me of how fast the year is coming to an end. And as my term in office grows shorter, I can’t help but offer my thanks to everyone who made my term as the Master of our lodge one of the most remarkable events of my life. I consider myself truly blessed for having the opportunity to guide and direct our Lodge. Thank you once again from the bottom of my heart for making things easier than it looks. And now the question of whether you are worthy and well qualified has been answered.
Before everything else, I first would like to start by congratulating our Hiram award recipient this year. Congratulation Brother Anthony O’Campo – a dedicated Mason, with over 25 years in the Fraternity! He was raised in Guatemala and joins the California Masonry in 1992. During his Masonic journey, he held several offices in a Masonic lodge. He is a dedicated mason not only to the blue lodge, as well as other appendant bodies, which including the Shriner’s. As an ambassador of the Shrine club, he has managed to help and assist disabled children from all over the globe. A fine man with exemplary character and a brother that can always brightens your day. Thank you for your service to the fraternity. We all appreciate your dedication!
Our lodge is currently in the state of qualification and advancement in preparation for the 2017 line of officers. While the sets of officers have now been selected, I still encourage everyone to participate and join us during practice and qualification. There are a lot more to contribute even though you are not an officer of the lodge. We are still looking for more “Officers at large” or backups and for anyone who can give the lecture or charge. By attending and participating in any of the practices, it will give you a much better understanding of the rituals and helps you inculcate and apply all the virtues that it demonstrate, as well as apply it in your daily lives.
It has been a fun and busy summer at the lodge from all the events and functions of the past few months. The annual camping/shooting event had a good turnout. The annual turn around bus trip to the casino had a good response and due to more demands another one is scheduled on October 23rd. And lastly, volunteering at the Los Angeles midnight mission and helping feed and assist those less fortunate people, feels so much rewarding.
Amidst all the fun and activities we had at the lodge, it was also been a tough summer for many of us. I know that many of you are looking internally trying to make sense of what has transpired during the trial verdict. I have thought continually about each of you and the challenges that our lodge has been enduring during this time.
After deep a reflection, I am reminded of one simple fact that has given me strength and galvanized my resolve for the remainder of the year: That you cannot spell the word BROTHER without the word OTHER. My brothers this is this unique fact that sets the foundation for our strength. There are no challenges that we cannot overcome if we are united and let harmony prevail. After all “Harmony being the strength and support of all society, especially of our”.
Let us all put our differences aside and keep all our passions within due bound and continue to work together, not just an individual but as a whole and we will soon again prevail.
In closing I would like to remind everyone about our next stated dinner/meeting will be on Wednesday, October 5th. Our meeting will begin at 7:30 pm, dinner and fellowship to convene prior to our meeting at 6:30 PM in our dining area.
Sincerely and Fraternally,
Mike Reyes, WM