A New Year


Thank you for your confidence and the great honor of allowing me to serve as your Worshipful Master for the next year.  We have an exceptional line-up of highly dedicated Officers whom will be instrumental in assisting me to meet our goals in the ensuing term.

Any Master should have an agenda, and mine is four-fold.

First, we will be working to expand our membership and increase the attendance of some of our current Brothers.

Second, we are planning several new fundraisers in order to increase our Roof Fund and we plan to move ahead with even more improvements to the Lodge. We will finish the paint in the hall, stairs, and ante room. We look forward to getting the tile down in the dining hall and entrance. We have lots of touch up and repair work to do to the outside of the building as well.

Third, we will continue to strive forward in our education and degree work. Our brothers did a remarkable job last year, and I am sure that under the Leadership of our Education Chairman SW Jon Vitale, and our two talented mentors, SD Reg Lyle and JD Ricky Trapp, we will only see continued excellence. We will work diligently to maintain compliance with the requirements of Grand Lodge.

Fourth, WE will work and travel as Brothers, in unity to various Lodges and District events this year.      Every month we have a Lodge Visit planned, and in February we will start scheduling a social night out for the Ladies to join us as well.

Remember our Obligations, to our families, to our Brothers, and to Fellow mankind. We have a lot to do this year, and only united can we achieve these goals.

In a society not focused on quality but quantity, let us as a Fraternity focus on quality, in ourselves and those we call Brothers.


Fraternal regards,

Stuart D. Orgaz, Worshipful Master


For Nelson…..

I’d like to dedicate my year as Worshipful Master to the memory of my Father in Law, Nelson Watson, who was a member here at Orange 36, later moving to Lakeland and transferring his membership to a Lodge there. To me, he was a shining example of what a mason should be, and I always looked up to him, and hoped one day he would ask me to join the fraternity. It took me a number of years to learn that he couldn’t, and I petitioned Orange Lodge myself, and was raised to the degree of Master Mason by W:. Anderson, whom I have known since he was knee high. Here at Orange 36 I have served as an officer in every Chair and Station, and I’m humbled that my Brothers have elected me to lead the Craft this year.

Nancy’s Father Nelson was a mason for 50 years, and she had a Grandfather, and a Great Grandfather who were Master Masons as well. So I’ve become the fourth generation, and I vow to work diligently to perform my duties, and have my Brothers, both those here, and those in the Celestial Lodge above, as proud to call me their Brother, as I am to call them mine. I’ll always remember one of the last times Nelson and I sat and talked, and he showed me some of his old monitors and books, and with a twinkle in his eye he said “Son, Always look to the East”

As we face a new year, we face new challenges, As a Lodge, as Families, and as a Nation.

We must continue to treasure our past, and embrace the future. My Father once told me that the day we quit learning and growing is the day we die inside. I will strive to keep an open mind, and welcome the advice and direction of my Brothers.

I will continue in the footsteps of W:. Anderson and work hard to see our old Lodge refurbished.

As a Brotherhood we will travel and enjoy fellowship, both in our Lodge and in the District, and share in both the joys of life and the sorrows.