Worshipful Master's Message

January 1st 2020


Greetings Brothers of Annapolis Lodge No. 89,

First and foremost, I wish to express my gratitude for your trust, faith and confidence in electing me your Worshipful Master for the 2020 term.  The Lodge has not only an abundant body of history that we share but also a recent increase in membership and interest that I look forward to maintaining and building upon in the coming year.  This will all be possible through the efforts of an energetic line of officers to assist me in serving the Lodge.  I appreciate Brothers Rick Smith and Brandon Lockhart for stepping up and continuing their journey through the line.  I am also grateful to WB Andy Martinez for continuing in the post of Treasurer for this year.  Likewise, I welcome Brother Steve Hoffman and thank him for taking the short trip from the East to the Secretary’s chair to take over for WB Ellis Tinsley, who has done a great job keeping our correspondence and other affairs in order during his tenure.  I think I speak for Brothers Smith and Lockhart in welcoming the other line officers and expressing our thanks for stepping up to serve.  You have my personal commitment to be fully engaged and to be of help in reaching any of your Masonic goals over the course of the year.  Last, but not least, I want to offer a warm round of thanks to the Past Masters of Annapolis Lodge.  They are they very lifeblood and institutional memory of our organization.  Without them, we would not be much more than a group of men who gather periodically in a historic building. 

During this term, I have identified two areas of focus within a theme of rebuilding.  First, the building continues to need a great deal of love and attention.  Moreover, the bulges in the wall may obviate the need to commit time and funds beyond what we had originally anticipated.  We will keep a weather eye on the situation while working to actively manage any repairs that need to occur.  It is also my hope that we can finally commit the funds approved by the bond bill almost two years ago in furtherance of repairing and maintaining the outside of the building. Secondly, I want to focus internally on getting back to basics within the line.  No one is perfect (most especially myself included) and we could all use the practice and polishing on our ritual and line work.  Moreover, there are assigned duties for each officer in the line that we will look to bring into sharper focus as a function of impending advancement.  To be very direct, we want to work toward having some proficiency with the ritual and floor work in each station as a demonstration of commitment and readiness to advance to the next respective chair.  Toward that end, we have the full support of the Past Masters in assisting us (again, myself included) to push ourselves to become better officers and stewards of the craft. 

Lastly, to the members of our Lodge, we continue to welcome and value your participation and engagement in the regular business of the lodge.  There are no shortage of activities to keep us all busy and connected and I hope you will avail yourselves of the opportunity to participate.  We’d like to see everyone who is able to attend at least one meeting per month if only to join us for dinner on first Mondays.  There is something special and timeless about the way Masonry is structured that the personal connection with Brothers survives even an electronic age with all of these digital devices around us.  Big doors swing on little hinges and the time and effort you invest in coming to lodge may just be the inspiration for someone else to get involved.

In closing, our first event of the year will be and Open Installation of Officers on Saturday, January 4th at 6:00 p.m.  We will install our current line followed by festivities downstairs to which all are invited.  We look forward to seeing you there to renew your bonds of friendship and connection with the Brotherhood.

Thank you, again, Brothers for the honor you have conferred upon me and I hope everyone’s holiday has been filled with blessings and peace as we move forward with the New Year.

Sincerely and fraternally,
Paul C. Balassa, Worshipful Master