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Everybody really knows what to do to have his life filled with joy. What is it? Quit
hating people; start loving them. Quit being mad at people; start liking them. Quit doing
wrong; quit being filled with fear. Quit thinking about yourself and go out and do
something for other people. Everybody knows what you have to do to be happy. But the
wisdom of the test lies in the final words: If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye
do them.  – Bro. Norman Vincent Peale  

Dreams

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DREAMS
 

You have passed your third degree exam and now you are a Master Mason.

So now what?

You have several choices in front of you.

1. Become an officer.

2. Become proficient in ritual work.

3. Move on to the other degrees.

4. Join one of the many other organizations only a Master Mason can join.

5. Or slowly fade away like so many do never to be seen or heard from, except for dues      time.

There are other options but these are the most prevalent.

If you make the fifth choice in this list you will never know any more about Masonry than you know right now. You will never be any use to the fraternity nor will the organization ever be useful to you.

If you stay with one or more of the top four you will learn how a group can act as a team. You will see how much more the team can accomplish than just one person alone.

This does not mean that we are not individuals. Masonry teaches free thinking and this can only be accomplished through self-sufficiency. A determination to be free from all types of restraints is preferred.

Free thinking will open up your thoughts, your hopes, your aspiration. You will be able to express yourself by using your head and embrace those ideas with your heart.

What all of this means is that you should:

Speak with your head

Listen to your heart

And always, always follow your dreams

GRAND MASTER DISCOURSE Volume 3, Issue 12 February 13, 2013

GRAND MASTER
DISCOURSE
Volume 3, Issue 12 February 13, 2013

“Understanding our By-Laws”

Dear Brothers:
As far as I know all Lodges have a set of By-Laws which spell out certain requirements set by their Grand Lodges and their membership for their government, and as such the Brethren composing that Lodge must govern themselves by such rules in order to maintain order.
Our Constitution covers the principles of our Institution while the By-Laws dictate specific procedures for operating our Lodges. The By-Laws describe the operating procedures for the governing of our Lodges in an orderly manner.
Our Uniform Code of Bylaws is the same for all the Lodges except for the places where individual Lodges have added amendments to such By-Laws as long as they do not contradict the provisions in our Constitution.
The Lodge can add to the By-Laws as long it does not contradict the Constitution and Uniform Code of By-Laws and subject to the approval of the Grand Master, of course the By-Laws also contain how to amend them which is much easier than amending the Constitution. The Uniform Code of By-Laws language in itself cannot be amended without submitting Legislation and final approval by the delegates at the Annual Communication.
Our By-Laws are so important to the governing of our Lodges and consequently our institution that we ask all Candidates to examine our By-Laws before entering our Lodges. This demonstrates the high degree of importance placed on understanding our By-Laws for the government of our Lodges.
There are many important rules in the Uniform Code of By-Laws of great importance one of them is the Standing Committees required to operate a Lodge which encompass the following aspects of the Lodge; Finances, Vigilance, Petitions, Masonic Education, Board of Relief, Charity, Lodge Property and Investigation as needed.
These committees are important in order to understand the financial status of the Lodge, maintain order, interview potential members, educate the current and new members, help, aid and assist our Brothers, maintain and improve our Lodge buildings and cause an investigation into the character of every petitioner.
It would be impossible to operate a Lodge properly without the benefit of these committees and yet many of the Lodges ignore them, don’t appoint, and in many cases don’t even know they are required or exist. In the course of the last seven months and reviewing the reports from all of the Lodges we have seen the lack of knowledge from the Masters and when closely inspected we can see the devastating effects when these committees have not been appointed or the members have not performed their duties.
I have found that many Lodges do not understand or have not read the duties of the Finance Committee and its important function when it comes to safeguarding the finances of the Lodge; this is assured by conducting an audit each year of the previous year’s financial transactions of the Lodge. The fact the Treasurer is our Brother is
not a reason not to perform the audit, in fact since he is our Brother he will welcome the audit in order that the Lodge may have a better understanding of their finances, and assure themselves of the transparency of which their finances are being handled thereby giving everyone piece of mind.
This is followed by the lack of knowledge in understanding of the function of the Vigilance Committee, which when charged with the performance of their duties should understand that their protection of our laws and making sure that justice prevails is paramount to the relationship they may have with a Brother. Ignorance of the law on their part will tend to discourage the Brethren from the moral precepts this Institution enjoins.
Many of the Lodges have no understanding between the Petitions Committee and the Investigations Committee and this causes that first and initial contact with the candidate not to be made and misses the opportunity of the Brothers of this committee to converse with the candidate about Masonry, himself, and what he is about to join. The reasons why he wants to join, does he have the essential moral characteristics mandated by the Craft, this committee is charged to see that the supplemental sheet is filled out by the petitioner and to make sure that the signers are contacted These inquiries need to be completed before the Petition is received by the Lodge. This can eliminate any potential candidates not worthy of this Institution, and provide additional information to the Investigation Committee.
Masonic Education is required to be conducted every month and it’s seldom carried out or recorded in the minutes of the Lodge as mandated by the regulations. Mentoring is part of this Committee for obvious reasons to educate our new Masons, this mentoring is also required to be recorded in the Lodge minutes and almost never done. Failing our Brothers in their quest for further enlightment, it just doesn’t seem right but our failure to properly carry out requirements of this committee is evident by the lack of knowledge of the Brethren that compose our Lodges.
The Board of Relief is often not understood nor its important duties fulfilled nor do the Lodges have the necessary funds to assist the Brethren because of their lack of foresight to prepare for this unfortunate circumstance. All too often I see the makeup of this committee not according to the By-Laws and just as often its purpose misunderstood. This committee’s sole purpose is to help, aid, and assist our very own Brothers.
Our By-Laws requires the Charity Committee under the direction of the Worshipful Master to set aside a portion of every meeting for a lecture, talk, or discussion of Masonic or Community Charity or charitable endeavor and the members of the Lodge urged to contribute to such charities, announce them in their trestle board if Lodge has one. Allow charitable groups or organizations to use our facilities at cost or below cost and encourage the Lodge and Brothers to contribute to one or more community charities or charitable endeavors on an ongoing basis and last but not least to advise the Board of Relief in regard to fraternal need and assistance of any Brother.
Next to last of the Standing Committees is the Committee on Lodge Property, this committee will be responsible for setting the rules for the use of the building, arrange schedules with other groups if any to avoid conflicts, make recommendations for Lodge improvements and maintenance of the building and grounds, under the direction of the Worshipful Master and Lodge. Negotiate agreements with other organizations using the Lodge property and see that the rules of the Lodge and Grand Lodge Rules and Regulations are enforce.
And last but not least the so ever important Investigation Committee which will look into the character and standing of any petitioner for the Degrees, affiliation, reinstatement, dual or plural membership. The members of this committee shall investigate independently and submit a written report to the Lodge. Once the report is accepted by the Master and Lodge the Committee is automatically discharge.
As you can see our By-Laws and the requirements of these Standing Committees are there so that we can better operate the different facets of the Particular Lodge. it is incumbent that our Brothers know and understand the requirements of the Particular Lodge By-Laws in order that they conduct themselves accordingly and when called upon they can perform their duties as proficient as possible for the benefit of the Lodge and the Brethren they serve.
We must remember that our Brothers have placed a certain amount of trust and confidence on the Brothers charged with the duties of serving on these committees and any other position in the Lodge and failure to perform to the best of our ability in any of the capacities we may have been selected or elected to serve will tend to discourage the Brethren and the Lodge weakened or destroyed.
My Brother, I cannot emphasize enough the importance the By-Laws of the Lodge have in the governing of it and the importance of you as a member understanding them in order to perform your duties. If you do not have a set of your Lodge By-Laws request one of the Secretary or you can look at the Digest of the Masonic Law of Florida to look at the generic version which cannot be changed. However your Lodge may have added optional rules to the By-Laws in which case you may need a copy of any additional material.
As a member of the Craft I encourage you to acquire a Digest of Masonic Law and become familiar with our Rules and Regulations that you may not want for proper instruction and can fulfill any obligations and commitments enjoin on you by your Brethren and/or Master.
Respectfully and Fraternally Submitted, I remain your most humble servant
Jorge L. Aladro
Grand Master

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Am I my Brother’s Keeper? Yes I am !

PROJECTION OF THE VALUES OF FREEMASONRY IN ITS ACTIONS FOR THE BENEFIT OF SOCIETY

 

by Leon Zeldis, FPS

 

 

If there is something in which the majority of contemporary thinkers are in agreement, is that we are experiencing a world crisis. As somebody said: “God is dead, communism has fallen, and I myself don’t feel so good.” From the sublime to the ridiculous in less than twenty words.

There is talk of a crisis of values, the end of ideology, the oil crisis, the ozone crisis, the AIDS crisis, the economic crisis. Sometimes it appears that the word crisis is in crisis because of overuse.

The fact is, whether a situation of crisis does exist or not, the sensation of crisis undoubtedly does, and this is almost the same thing.

It is not only anxiety due to uncertainty about the future. The malaise affecting us has deeper roots, and perhaps less conscious as well. The Angst of our time is comparable to the sensation of somebody who is sliding down a slope without being able to reduce his speed, or seeing what. lies behind the net hillock. Worse still, he doesn’t know why he is there in the first place. The “future shock” brilliantly predicted by a writer a few years ago is no longer in the future, but a daily reality. Knowledge acquired with great effort in the course of years becomes outdated in a matter of weeks. We have hardly finished learning a new computer program when another appears, better than the previous one… and different. The problems of work, in the family, in society, are becoming more severe. We are sick of novelties.

As another millennium comes to an end, we observe the growing chasm between our ever accelerating technological progress and the immobility – if not backsliding – in the moral and intellectual development of the human race. We should not be surprised, then, if apocalyptic movements and fanatical cults appear here and there, with increasing frequency.

To speak of the new Middle Ages has become hackneyed. Berdiaeff, the Russian philosopher, writing after World War 1, already gave this tide to one of his books. The death of God was proclaimed by Nietzsche over a century ago. So let us leave aside these shopworn concepts, and within the limited space we have available let us examine instead in what way we might alleviate our condition, even if perfect solutions are not within our reach.

Better light a candle than curse the darkness, says the old Chinese aphorism.  This is precisely my intention. It could not be otherwise, taking into consideration the optimist and meliorist vision of the human condition implicit in our Masonic ideology.

Freemasonry proclaims the possibility of improving society, starting with the betterment of the individual. Hence the vital importance our Order assigns to education, as a means of advancement and rectification, both of the individual and of society as a whole. Education is the best medicine against prejudice and intolerance. Education is the highest form of charity.

However, education, commented Kraus, is something most people receive, many transmit, but very few have. The problem, as with so many other philosophical questions, lies in the definition of our terms. If education is conceived as simply a transfer of information, we shall fall into the condition observed by Trevelyan: a great many people know how to read, but are incapable of recognizing what is worth reading.

Condorcet, in 1790, clearly indicated the ends of public education, and the first objective he postulated is the following: “Offer all individuals of the human species the means to provide for their needs, ensure their welfare, know and exercise their rights, understand and fulfill their duties.” Please note: not a word about mere accumulation of knowledge. We could hardly improve on this definition, even today.

Nowadays, data is obtained with utmost ease. It’s enough to have access to a computer terminal, and the whole world of information is at your fingertips. If we suffer, it’s not because we lack information, but because we are overwhelmed by it. We have a surfeit of information. The importance of education is precisely the acquisition of a capacity to judge, to categorize, to personally classify and evaluate the quality of the information received, not only from the factual, but also from the ethical and teleological standpoints.

Particularly in our present world, submerged in a maelstrom of stimuli and distractions that pull us apart from the essential, where, as noted by Umberto Eco, the mass media do not restrict themselves to transmitting an ideology, but have become an ideology themselves, the spirit of serene and academic examination is a last refuge of the thinking man.

The university thus becomes the fortress of Humanism, the forum where all ideas are brandished and debated within the greatest freedom, restricted only by the freedom of others . That, likewise, is the function that must assume Masonry in its Temples, and that is only one parallel among many that link both institutions, University and Freemasonry.

This may be an opportune moment to underline the fact that Masonry, as a social and historical phenomenon, must be studied as part of the History of Ideas, and its philosophy, without question, belongs in the stream of philosophical ideas of Western civilization and is inseparable from it.

The same refreshing and humanistic impulse introduced in Europe during the Renaissance, that led to the study of the classics and brought about a rebirth of architecture, beginning with Bacon established the bases of the inductive and experimental method of scientific research that would eventually lead to the development of present day science. This creative impulse resulted in the foundation of the Royal Society of England in 1660, the first society devoted to scientific research, and on the other hand, it found expression in the creation of the premier Grand Lodge in London, on June 24, 1717. It need not surprise us to learn that many personalities in science and philosophy were active in creating the one and the other.

Putting together science and philosophy is not accidental. The roots of modern science lie in Renaissance philosophy – and “Natural Philosophy” was an early name for physical science.

Freemasonry is intimately connected with social changes and the development of ideas in Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries. No serious study of the beginnings of Speculative Masonry, for example, can ignore the role played in English society at the time by the important influx of Huguenots, fleeing France after the St. Bartholomew massacre. According to one author, the most important single English contributor to the Enlightenment was John Locke, who believed in religious toleration and was in almost unbroken contact with French-speaking Protestants from 1675 until his death in 1704. A Huguenot, John Theophilus Desaguliers (1683-1744) who was a scientist of note, had an important influence on the beginnings of English Freemasonry, serving as its third Grand Master (1719) and later as Deputy Grand Master for several years.

Likewise, a serious study of Masonic philosophy must address the Rosicrucian phenomenon in the 16th and 17th century, the development of the Hebrew Cabala and its Christian offshoot, the different semi-secret and semi-occult groups that flourished in Europe from the end of the Middle Ages until the Victorian age, from Dante Alighieri’s Fideli D’amore through Baron Tschoudy’s pseudo-Templars and down to the Golden Dawn created by Wynn Wescott and MacGregor Mathers in the last decades of the 19th century.

On the other hand, a study of European or Western philosophy that ignores Masonry is also incomplete. A writer of the stature of Lessing (called the first German playwright of importance) could author the “Masonic Dialogs”, and poets such as Kipling and Burns wrote many a Masonic poem, apart from the influence Masonic thought may have had on their work.

However, let us return to the theme proposed at the beginning of my talk. Having observed the prevailing malaise of our “global village” and having established the validity and placement of Masonic philosophy within an academic framework, we should focus now our attention on the principles of Masonry, on the one side, and in what way could they be applied in order to assuage, as far as possible, the existential anguish of contemporary man.

An objection could be advanced, that such study is pointless, because we would be guilty of hubris if we were to pretend that the discussions held within a Lodge or any other Masonic context could really affect the course of events in our society.

However, the pen is mightier than the sword. Men pass away, and their memory fades until only a distant reflection of their presence remains with us. But ideas stay forever, embodied in words capable of stirring our passions no less today than centuries ago.

And what are those ideas, transmitted by our Order, that we believe capable of improving the world? I can only graze the surface of our subject. I shall try, then, to summarize our Masonic teachings in two fundamental principles, like the two columns at the entrance to King Solomon’s Temple. These may not be the same ideas enunciated elsewhere by other Masonic authors, but I will ask you to bear with me for a moment.

In my opinion, the first fundamental principle that sustains our institution, more important that charity, mutual help, tolerance, and all other virtues that we cultivate, is simply personal responsibility. To Cain’s anguished question, resounding from century to century to our days, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” we give a ringing and unequivocal reply: ‘Yes, I am!”.

Let me explain a little further. We want to improve the world, but improving the world is a very complicated and difficult task, depending not only on us, but on many others, as well as on many circumstances that we are powerless to affect.  On the other hand, our personal improvement, that depends only on our own resolve, it’s our decision and nobody else’s. Every human being is capable of polishing his imperfections, restraining his bad impulses, developing his positive inclinations, without requesting anybody’s permission, under any circumstances, in any place and time. If we want to, we can be better.

Masonry gives us support, shows the way, stimulates us and tends us the symbolic tools to make our task easier, but in the final account, it’s ourselves who must wield the tools, each at his own pace, following his own music and way through life. That is personal responsibility.

The second principle, no less important than the first, is the possibility of finding a common ground, of working together, involving collaboration and developing feelings of fraternal affection among persons with the most diverse backgrounds, with different social and ethnic origins, speaking diverse languages, belonging to different cultures, religions and political movements.  Despite all these enormous differences, which Freemasonry recognizes and accepts, it still insists in demonstrating that there is a common level of humanity that binds us all, a joint yearning towards the far distant goal that makes us fellow travelers on the road to truth. Our ideal is capable of surmounting all inequalities.

Working together, we develop our sentiments of Fraternity and Charity, Tolerance and Assistance. This great principle, which we might call Fraternal Cohesion, the possibility of establishing and developing links of sincere friendship among all men, is perhaps our greatest contribution to society, so often riven by class, religion and politics, not to speak of prejudice and blind hatred.

Fraternal Cohesion finds expression both in the spiritual and the material realms. In the spiritual, by the instant affective communication that develops between Masons who have never met before, and may never meet again. No less important, it grows within us, and the assistance given to others miraculously creates within us a wealth of inner satisfaction and development. In the material, this principle finds expression in the many works of charity and social benefit undertaken by Masons institutionally and individually throughout the world, often under a veil of discretion.

The Mason is taught to give without causing offense to the less fortunate. This discretion has led to a situation where much of our charitable effort is ignored by the world at large, or attributed to other, non-Masonic sources. How many people know, for instance, that taken together, Masonic charities in the United States distribute over 3 million dollars every day, in a multitude of programs, from children’s hospitals to the study of mental disease? Not only hospitals, but libraries, universities, cultural institutions of every kind, benefit from our largesse.

The same could be said, guarding the proportions, of Masonry in many other countries. Looking back at the depressing picture of our present world, with which I started, we can see at once how Freemasonry can and does help, can and does make a difference.

Firstly, Masonry imposes upon us a discipline of thought, a philosophical posture that demands the rational examination of problems. just as in Marcus Aurelius the constant remembrance of the fragility of human existence pursues him without pause, and leads him to disdain the miseries of life, the Mason learns to face with serenity the tumultuous landscape of daily strife, the strident claims of the media, the hysterical demands of the merchants of ideologies. Silence is the best antidote against confusion.

Secondly, we face the future with optimism. This is an imponderable factor, but one that subtly infuses our way of looking at things and strengthens our will, sustaining a proactive rather than passive stance.

The external action of Freemasonry, of course, depends on local circumstances.  Masons have fought for religious tolerance, universal education, the separation of church and state, the removal of social barriers of every kind.

Allow me now to say a few words about Freemasonry in Israel. As you will see, this has a direct bearing on the subject of our talk.

What characterizes Israeli Freemasonry, and has done so from its very early beginnings at the end of the last century, is its ethnic and cultural-diversity.  Starting with the first Lodges, in Jaffa and Jerusalem, there have always been both Arabs and Jews working together, of all religious persuasions, speaking many languages, keeping alive the flame of fraternity even in the most trying circumstances.

Israel’s Masonry is composed of a majority of Jews, and a strong proportion of Christian and Muslim Arabs, much greater than their demographic weight in the total population. This pluralist tradition has withstood wars and terrorist attacks, strife and agony. Our Grand Lodge opens three Sacred Books on its altar: the Jewish Tanach, the Christian Bible, and the Koran. Three Grand Chaplains are equal in rank. The Grand Lodge seal includes the cross, the crescent and the -Star of David within square and compasses.

Coming from Israel, I bring the direct and irrefutable testimony that Masonic ideals do work, and that they have proven their worth through scores of years of uninterrupted conflict.

This, however, is no isolated instance. We could give numerous examples taken from the history of other countries, the United States included. The enlightened and beneficial contribution of Freemasonry is felt in many forms, through the activities performed by Masons themselves, not only by the Institution as a whole.

As Professor Carvajal once remarked, the University doesn’t operate patients or build bridges, and Masonry does not intervene directly in the life of the country, but both institutions operate their effect through their graduates and individual members.

The influence of Freemasonry is not limited to what its members do themselves.  The love of freedom, the lesson of tolerance towards others, learned in the course of Masonic activities, are inevitable reflected in the professional life of its members, their dealings with others, their way of life as a whole. The influence of their example spreads like ever widening waves and elicits favorable reactions in others, contributing to improve human relations, reduce extremism, control the passions. Whether a judge or an architect, a politician or a merchant, the influence of Freemasonry contributes to reinforce man’s natural impulse to do good, seek the truth, help others and avoid excess.  I shall quote a few sentences from an article published in 1970 by Bro. Pedro Fernandez Riffo, entitled “Masonry and Axiology”, that will serve to illustrate our thesis.

After reviewing the different theories of values proposed by philosophers, and their connection with Masonry, the author writes as follows:

“Freemasonry teaches us that the philosophical knowledge achieved must not remain, can not

remain simply theoretical knowledge. Masonry demands action in social life. It is altogether a system of tasks.”

 

“Philosophy, as well, invites to action, because to act is to live, and philosophy is embedded in life itself… Let us remember Ortega y Gasset, for whom human life is a manner of doing philosophy”.

A related idea was briefly noted by Marcus Aurelius in one of his thoughts:

“It’s not a matter of discoursing about what a good man must be, but of being one.”

This, too, is Masonic philosophy. We trust in the actuality and effectiveness of our ideals. We trust in the possibility of improving ourselves, and thereby improving the society in which we live, and we work diligently, here and now, for the realization of our objectives.

Human beings desire perfection, strive to become better, and if we create the conditions that will enable them to develop all their capacities, there is no limit to what can still be achieved. Freemasonry, humanistic and meliorist, will stimulate, accompany and participate forever in the prodigious saga of human progress.

From the Inaugural Lecture pronounced on the establishment of the Dr. Ren 0 Gar0a Valenzuela Chair of Philosophical and Masonic Studies, Universidad La Repblica, Santiago, Chile, 12 September 1996.

GM’s Discourse : As Brothers we are Charged…

GRAND MASTER DISCOURSE
Volume 3, Issue 11 January 23, 2013
“As Brothers we are charged”
Dear Brothers:
We have just ushered in a New Year and I hope that all your dreams and expectations do come true. With the New Year there is a lot of buzz going around. Excitement in our Lodges as new leadership will be taking over the reins of the Lodge and hopefully they will have a plan to succeed.
This annual occurrence renews our commitment to our Lodges but more importantly it should renew our dedication and cooperation to our Lodge Officers which will be representing and leading us into a greater tomorrow.
My Brothers, we have elected a group of Brothers to lead us into the future and hopefully they have done their homework, created a plan, have communicated that plan to you the Craft and now we as Brothers must pitch in and help them execute those plans in order to move our Fraternity and more especially our Particular Lodge forward.
It is impossible for the twelve Brothers that have been Elected and Appointed to do all the work themselves, we are a Band of Brothers and as such we need to step up to the challenge and assure them the success they have envisioned that we may all benefit from by having a Lodge that can get things accomplished regardless of how large or small, difficult or easy a project may be. We are dedicated to excellence and as such we can overcome any obstacle if we work smart and together, more especially if we act as one.
Remember the charge to the Brothers that was delivered at the Installation of the Lodge Officers read it again if you will and you will see that you to have obligations to meet as a member of your Particular Lodge.
My Brethren, such is the nature of our Constitution that as some must of necessity rule and teach, so others must, of course, learn to submit and obey. Humility, in both, is an essential duty. The Officers who are elected and/or appointed to govern your Lodge are sufficiently conversant with the rules of propriety and the laws of the institution, to avoid exceeding the powers with which they are entrusted; and you are of too generous dispositions to envy their preferment. I, therefore, trust that you will have but one aim, to please each other, and unite in the grand design of being happy and communicating happiness.
Finally, my Brethren, as this association has been formed and perfected in so much union and harmony, in which we greatly rejoice, so may it long continue. May you long enjoy every satisfaction and delight which disinterested friendship can afford. May kindness and brotherly affection distinguish your conduct, as men and as Masons. Within your peaceful walls, may your children’s children celebrate with joy and gratitude the annual recurrence of this inspiring occasion. And may the tenets of our profession be transmitted through your Lodge, pure and unimpaired, from generation to generation.

In the first paragraph it tells us as sideliners that we must submit and obey and not to envy the leadership advancement, and being happy in our own situation we can spread happiness. It also tells us that our leaders are familiar with the rules and regulations in order to lead us in the right direction this is where you must be alert and understand what the rules are so that you are not being sold a bag of goods, therefore you are responsible for your own education and understanding the operation of the Lodge so you can make sure the leadership is following the laws, rules and regulations properly.
The second paragraph says we must work in union and harmony and that we must take pleasure in working together as friend and Brothers, that we need to be kind to one another and pass along to our successors the good habits and knowledge that we now possess to secure the future of our Institution.
Knowledge is the key to our success my Brothers so the one question that remains are you ready and qualified to accept your charge? Do you have the knowledge and ability to work together to assist your Lodge Officers and move your Lodge to greater heights? Remember to trust your Brothers but verify anything that you may feel is not right not with confrontation but with education and knowledge, do your homework and be ready to impart and share your knowledge with Brotherly Love and affection.
Finally remember that the Officers failure to lead and move our Lodge forward is also our failure. We are all together in this endeavor until next year’s Officers are installed and we start the cycle all over again with the same responsibilities and obligations to leave to our successors a place to be proud of and a Fraternity that has been unchanged since time immemorial.
Respectfully and Fraternally Submitted, I remain your most humble servant
Jorge L. Aladro
Grand Master
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