We move into the second month of the year with a sense of satisfaction at how the last month went. It is February, the time of year that we celebrate Valentine’s Day. It is the time that we most express and rekindle the fire with our better half. Join us on February 17th at 4:00 PM as we salute the ladies in our lodge Annual Ladies’ Night. Although we honor and cherish our ladies every day, Valentine’s month should be a little more special. Their love and support is vital to our growth, as well as the growth of our lodge as a whole.
I would like to discuss planning and communication this month. The lodge calendar has a very solid beginning this year. The main event dates are already penciled in and planning has begun. Planning for any great or important undertaking needs to begin well in advance. As John Wooden once said, “Failing to plan is planning to fail”. The teamwork in our lodge has been absolutely remarkable.
Our craft is growing in such a positive direction that I am very proud of our lodge. We have had some communication issues to overcome but with a little planning and a little work, this will greatly improve. Let’s make a resolution to become closer friends with our brothers at the lodge. Reach out and get to know someone better. Don’t be afraid to talk to people – they may just surprise you.
Many times we are reminded of the challenges we face in our lives as both men and masons. In our daily lives as men, we are continually challenged to balance situations at home and work.
As masons we add another challenge to the mix. Not only do we factor in time to devote to lodge activities, we try to make ourselves better on a continual basis while always attempting to do the right thing. We must always remember that the Great Architect of the Universe watches over us with the all-seeing eye and will properly guide us as he already knows the path we will choose. We shall overcome our challenges by applying our Masonic virtues of faith, virtue and brotherly love.
To all my Entered Apprentice and Fellow craft brothers, and even to our Master Masons who are still working on their 3rd degree proficiency, please let me know if you need any assistance. If you’re having trouble, or just want to talk to someone about the proficiency for advancement, feel free to reach out to me or any officers of the lodge. All of us are willing to support you in your endeavors to advance. If, for any reason, you think you’d do better with a different coach, let me know and we’ll get it worked out. We will be doing our yearly Lodge Audit this month. These audits are not intended to be a witch hunt, but constitute a “best practices” policy. As we have new officers in place every year we need to make sure we start with and from a clean slate. If ever a problem does arise we can fix and take care of the issue in a timely fashion. The audit will also help us check our processes to make sure we are running smoothly and help us develop better ways of keeping our budget and finances in check. As a member of our audit committee, we will report when the info has been completed.
Brothers, if you have not visited your lodge in a while, please drop us a line and let us know how you’re doing. If you need a ride to the lodge, you need only call ask, we will look forward to meeting you on the level and seeing you again.
Sincerely and Fraternally,
Mike Reyes, PM