It is a little hard to believe that my second term is coming to a close soon! This year has not been without its tests and challenges. As many of you know, it is not always easy to sit in the East, but they always say it is easier the second time.
While the things that challenged me the first time were not much of an issue during my second term, the Lodge was able to come up with new and improved challenges that we all must work through in the coming year.
We started working on our future this past year, but there is a lot of work still to be done. I’m hoping the incoming Master and officers are up to the task and are able to continue the work we started this year. I will, of course, be there to help because no one person will be able to solve the challenges we face, but as team we will prevail.
We started this month off with a Master Mason degree. I want to send out a huge thank you to the two Lodges that helped us with the degree, Mid-Century and John W. Barkley. Your help gave our candidate a very good degree! I also want to thank all the brethren who either took a chair or helped with the team. There was more than one time that night I thought we were not going to pull it off, but in the end, we did it!
I want to thank the officers, past masters, and brethren that helped out this year. There are way too many to list, but I must call out a few by name. Worshipful Brother Croxford did an amazing job with organizing the inspection team, Brother Edwards did one of the best jobs I’ve seen in the kitchen in a long time. Worshipful Brother Kilpatrick, as always, does a great job of managing the Lodge from the secretary’s chair. This is one of the most important jobs in the Lodge, but also is the most taxing, thank you for your service to the Lodge! I also want to thank Donna Dixon for proofing more than a few of my articles this year.
Finally, I know there is more than one of you that I errored with maybe by doing the wrong thing or saying the wrong thing, and for that, I am truly sorry. Brethren, it has been a very interesting year and I want to thank you for the opportunely you gave me to service the Lodge again.
Brian Spooner, Worshipful Master