Welcome to 2021! The ongoing pandemic that has carried over from 2020 and continues to affect our lives has not been an easy road for any of us. Masonically, 2020 is an example of how even the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. From time to time we are forced to reevaluate our priorities and make adjustments for the common good. As we look forward to a new year, and hopefully better circumstances to come, it is time to take stock of those things we have lost and plan for a better and brighter future.
I am excited to begin my tenure as WM of Valley Lodge #36. I have faith that we will have a great 2021 filled with joy, peace and brotherhood. Building connections is tremendously important for us as men and Masons. Our brothers, families, friends and neighbors need our help. We are taught to practice charity. What does this mean exactly?
Often times charity is associated with a monetary or food donation to those who are less fortunate than us. While it does include these contributions, I believe charity is much bigger. As Masons, we must hold ourselves to a higher standard. The world, our country and, most importantly, our community needs us. We must remember that Freemasonry teaches us to look beyond ourselves and extend a helping hand for those around us.
I charge each and everyone of you, my brothers and myself, to take some time to remember the meaning of those obligations that we have taken and consider how we are applying them in our everyday lives. Look past the shortcomings that we so easily identify in others and put forth the necessary effort to make better all of the lives around us.
With 2021 it is my hope that we can usher in a rewarding year with a rejuvenated craft. I am hopeful that we will be able to have some of our customary events in the upcoming months and look forward to seeing you all there.
Michael D. Hunter WM Valley Lodge #36