Worshipful Master's Message
July 1st 2018
To Safely Moor Us In A Peaceful Harbor… The Summer Break Is Upon Us
To all my Brothers of Annapolis Lodge No. 89, I wish you all a great Summer and hope that it is full of family, friends and the manifold blessings we all should enjoy when focusing on what really matters. I personally am looking forward to our traditional Summer break, which for me, has always rejuvenated my enjoyment in the Lodge and all that transpires there. However you plan to spend yours, let the time off be filled with warm weather and sunshine!
To reflect on the past is to find a direction for the future. In the first half of 2018, we certainly have had reason to remember what it means to be a Mason, and what being a Mason has meant the many around us. As a fraternity of men who care deeply for our fellow mankind, we have with heavy hearts seen several pass to the Celestial Lodge above. The opportunity to confer this last ceremony has meant a lot to our lodge, and for the families who have asked we join them and help comfort them in a time of greatest sorrow, it is our hope that we brought them a small moment of peace. It is powerful, and it embeds in you a sense of connection that you can only feel when you have focused on and remembered a brother’s welfare as well as your own. Our memories will always carry them with us. Thank you to all the Brothers who attended the several memorial services this year and to those who helped keep our Brothers in their hearts.
Looking forward, there is already so much to focus on! The Anne Arundel County GOATS picnic on August 18th will be a great family event at Glen Burnie Lodge No. 213. Please mark your calendars! Though our first stated communication isn’t until September 17th, this will be a great way to get back together, enjoy fellowship and start planning for the second half of the year. The biggest Fall events for Annapolis Lodge No. 89 is our Charitable Gala on October 19th. As in past years, this is a great outing where our significant others and friends can join us in a fancy black tie event. The themes of the season will help bring the lodge alive with mums, pumpkins, cornstalks and all the colors of Fall! My Wife Sharon is going to go all out this year, and will surely out do herself! Music will be provided by the group Evan and Taylor and we will have some amazing food from Grauls catering. Though a reminder card will be sent out during our break, please start planning now for your attendance. The charity needs your support and it would be great to have you all together.
Please take time to read through the attached 2019 budget and the much needed updates to our By-laws. As many of you know, we have not had an updated edit of this governing document for quite some time. There was significant contribution from your Brothers on the board, which also were assisted from the feedback in conversations with Brothers from other lodges at our several Masonic leadership and schools of law that the officers attend. We will be voting on their acceptance during the September 17, 2018 Stated Communication. At this time, we will be proposing an increase in our Lodge dues. With a majority vote at the Semi Annual Communication, The Grand Lodge will be increasing our required lodge assessment, and we in turn need to do the same. Otherwise, our income will be reduced secondary to this increased portion that is part of each member’s dues payment. It has been made clear each year in each Trestleboard where the budgets are introduced, that we are always in great need of financial support for our building. So much so that it creates a challenge when focusing on the building of fraternal ties through events and not just the bricks and mortar. In the last trestleboard, we celebrated the historical grant that was granted to Annapolis Lodge this year. Though this will not fix all that is needed in our beloved building, it is just one more step in Lodge history and the preservation of our time here.
As I often say and do myself, we all need to stop and take a deep breath before immediately moving onto the next thing. New challenges should not be labeled as obstacles, but more of an opportunity to find direction and improvement. Annapolis Lodge has certainly done that this year and is already thinking toward 2019 and beyond!
Take care my Brothers, and remember, your Lodge would love to see you come through the door of 162 Conduit Street this Fall!
Annapolis Lodge No. 89