Worshipful Master's Message

January 1st 2019


Greetings brothers of Annapolis Lodge #89!

First I wish to express my gratitude at being elected as your Worshipful Master for 2019. I am honored that you have chosen me to preside over the lodge for the ensuing term. I will be working hard to maintain the progress we have made during the last few years, as well as build upon it in 2019. I am looking forward to working with our in-coming line of officers, which will include a few past masters, current officers moving up, and some new blood! I wish to thank outgoing WM Chris Kircher for his leadership and guidance in my travels to the East, and although his term in the East has ended, I am pleased he will be remaining as our Tyler for 2019 and to assist Past Master Ellis Tinsley with the office of the Secretary.

I want to thank Brother Bruce Lanier for his assistance and guidance with the exemplification of my degrees. I wish to thank Brother Balassa for being a sounding board for my thoughts and ideas. I want to thank Brothers Lockhart and Jones for continuing in their journey through the line. I would like to welcome newly affiliated Brother Rick Smith into our line as Junior Warden and look forward to seeing him progress to WM in a couple of years. I would like to welcome Brothers McClennen and Badman into the line, and welcome back Past Master Ellis Tinsley as Secretary and Past Master Andy Martinez as Treasurer. I would also like to thank those officers who have stepped out of the line or have moved on for various reasons. Brothers Bauer and Hartman who have left the area for work reasons, Brother Lafferty our steadfast Tyler for the last few years, and our outgoing Treasurer, Past Master Ficca. Thank you all for your work with our line of officers and good luck with your future endeavors. Remember Annapolis Lodge will always welcome you!

During my term as WM, I would like our lodge to become more active, both in the community and in the lodge itself. We hope to have events that will bring out brothers that have not been involved in lodge activities in some time and include our brothers’ spouses and children. If you have not been to the lodge in some time, I encourage every brother to make an effort to come to the lodge for at least one meeting a month, it would be wonderful to see some faces I have not seen before and meet brothers who I only know by the membership rolls. I encourage brothers who would like to share something with the lodge about their experiences as a Mason, to pass on some of their knowledge, whether it is about Masonry or another subject. As I consider myself a life-long learner, I am always open to learning new things! Brothers, this is your Lodge, please support it not just with your dues, but with your presence, your knowledge, and your participation. Volunteer to help teach catechism, be a part of an investigation committee, or help with the open house or with our charities. Get involved, and just as a name on a dues notice! Our first event for 2019 will be our Open Installation of Officers on January 5, 2019 at 5pm. We will have the installation of officers and then have festivities downstairs in the Gassaway Room. Refreshments and food will be served and families are invited. Please come down and renew your bonds of brotherhood!

Thank you my brothers! I hope the holidays have been good to everyone and the blessings of the Supreme Architect of the Universe have filled you and your family during the holiday season.

Thank you all,
Steven M. Hoffman
Worshipful Master