As the sun sets on our current Masonic year, I would like to start by thanking all of the members of
Washington Lodge #46 for the support which you have shown me as your Chaplain for this Masonic year. I trust that WB Dave Munson will have the same support in the coming year as you have shown our WM John Quiroz. It was very encouraging to see the level of support WM John and his officers received from all the sideline members in attendance. It was also great to see the level of excitement at the prospect of our next Masonic year being almost upon us. Washington Lodge #46 has never had any shortage of social and fraternal activities planned this time of year, and they are more successful when they are actively supported by Lodge participation. Of particular note, please plan to attend Washington Lodges’ Stated Meeting on Wednesday, November 8th, for the Election of Officers. Dinner will be at approximately 630pm.
Lastly, it has been an immense personal privilege to serve as Chaplain of Washington Lodge #46 for this past Masonic year, and I thank WM John Quiroz for giving me the opportunity to do so. A very big thank you is due to the Lodge officers, who tirelessly committed to planning and executing all activities that were conducted during the year. I also thank my family and friends for their endless support, especially during occasions where Lodge commitments precluded me from being able to spend more time with them. Being active in Lodge activities over the past many years has allowed me to grow as a person, and it is something that I will never be able to pay back. One special precept of our fraternity is that our leadership is composed of our membership, but that no one person is given any role in perpetuity. Moving forward, I look forward to resuming my place on the sidelines with my fellow brethren, where we can again meet on the level, and collectively provide support to our future Lodge leaders.
Washington Lodge #46 has a long tradition of doing good for the community, working with other lodges, theGrand Lodge, and promoting Freemasonry in general. After 48 years in Masonry, I can attest that we are successful in making good men better, as there is no better place to be than in a lodge of Freemasons. Whether your passion is with the Blue Lodge, the Scottish Rite, York Rite, or the Shrine, the best advice I can give you is to follow your passion, which will change over the years. My passions have ranged from the Blue Lodge, DeMolay, the Scottish Rite, the Shrine; that being our Portland Shriners Hospital; and the Amaranth, which in involved in Diabetic Research. I can’t imagine what our world would be like without Freemasonry. A lot of our work has gone unnoticed by the world, but I see the results every day in our youth, and the special people which I have met in Freemasonry, of which there is no comparison in other aspects of daily life. I look at Masons as leaders in reserve, ready to spring into action when called upon. My love to you all!