Thursday, December 18, 2008

A New Hope

I have not posted in what seems like an eternity and there is due cause.

I recently lost my job of 11 years and started a new one, very different from what I was doing. A big change.

I re-enrolled in college after a 8 year hiatus and have been busy studying and writing papers. Another big change.

As always, I have my little family to attend to, and there has been a lot going on at my lodge so I have had little time to write to my dear Blog.

Tonight, I was installed as the Senior Warden of "Old St. Johns" at a building that was not the one that had pulled me like a magnet to the craft, and it was a great night because it is not the brick and mortar surrounding the Brethren that makes the lodge it is the men themselves.

My lodge is regenerating. We raised 8 new Brothers while I was JW, and what really matters is that we are starting to bond together into the Brotherhood the craft was meant to be. The vibe at our meetings is increasingly positive and I can't wait for the next meeting nowadays. Our nearly 250 year old lodge is moving into the 21st century at, and forgive my Spaceballs reference, ludicrous speed!

We have a goal, we have a plan, and we are starting to gather the laborers to meet our dreams. The work is starting and the trestle board is full.

Thank you to all who have supported me through my "dimmer" moments of the last year. I am looking forward to bigger and better things.

Hopefully soon, after the adjustment to my new schedule and responsibilities, I can resume, more often, my exploration of the deeper meanings of my order and write of the great things we will accomplish in my year in the West.


Tom Accuosti said...

Everything that is happening now, is happening now.

Congrats, and best wishes for the next year.

Millennial Freemason said...

I know one thing we have in common, the Western Chair. I think you will have a great year, especially since you have a plan. I am still working on mine.


Paul Chapin said...

This past week I was installed as Master of my affiliate lodge. This lodge is going through a similar transformation and even though I just finished two years as Master of my home lodge I am very excited about this coming year. For those of us that care greatly about the craft there is no better feeling than to see a lodge gain strength and vitality especially one that had been just hanging on for years.

As I have mentioned in previous posts, I am a firm believer that a few individuals can make a huge difference in these lodges. I am sure that you are one of these indivuals carring more than your share of the load. I am also confident that the more strength a lodge gains the burden will lessen for those of us leading the charge.

I am glad to hear you have another year of seasoning before heading EAST, plan early and often for your coming year. ENJOY !!!