We are now a quarter through the year, and I think it is a good time to take stock of how the year has begun. I realized that I had laid out my plans for 2024 but never explained my goals, so let me put them out now.

First, I want to expand our membership. We are on the right track and have had three new Brothers join our Lodge this year! I hope that our Open House and Anniversary Celebration on June 22nd will help attract interest from the community and increase the possibility of more good men seeking membership. Apart from that, let’s continue being upright men and Masons as we carry out our day-to-day lives, and our good example will doubtless attract attention. And don’t be afraid to speak up for Masonry; the ring I wear every day sparks conversation and opens avenues of conversation.

Secondly, I have a goal of improving our Lodge’s ritual. For those who were able to attend the recent School of Instruction, I hope this helped, as it certainly helped me! I also think the upcoming Fellows of the Craft training on April 17th will be of great benefit. If we know more about why we do certain things in a certain way, it will make the ritual more relevant and add more significance to what we do. Our beautiful rituals set us apart as Masons, so let’s all work on improving that aspect of our work, thereby improving ourselves.

Lastly, our Open House and Anniversary Celebration will be an excellent opportunity to work towards my third goal of improving our participation in our community. This event will coincide with the Foster Street Fair, and I’ve arranged for the American Red Cross to be on-site to carry out a blood drive in the morning. Details are still being worked out, but I intend to have a fun event with food, building tours, and prizes.

I always appreciate your feedback. This may be my year, but this is our Lodge, and we all make it what it is. So, please reach out to me! It will all make our Lodge that much better. 

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Matthew Cox
Worshipful Master 
Washington #46