Robert Burns #243 Trestleboard
From the East
First wages need to be paid to our Senior Warden, Matt Appel, for taking first place is the District 8, Senior Warden�s ritual competition. He will represent our District in the state-wide competition in early April. Congratulations Matt!
As a young man, graduating from high school I felt as many do, that my generation would change the world. The change would be dramatic and everything would be better. Well, 40 plus years later, the world has changed; some things are better, some are worse. My generation contributed to both as does each generation. Bottom line, I think this is a better place to live than is was 40 years ago.
In the late �60s we encounter a great deal of resistance to the changes we felt were needed. I guess one of the great constants in the universe is that proponents of change will always meet resistance.
An object in motion tends to stay in motion until acted on by an outside force. This paraphrase of one of the laws of physics can be applied to people and organizations. We avoid change until something influences us to change.
Freemasonry has been one of those influences. I need not list all our principles that were used to help formulate this country. This is just one example of how our tenets promote change for the better. The lessons we can learn in Lodge influence us to be better men. By being better men, we can make positive changes in our families and communities. We will meet resistance because that is the nature of nature.
But just because we are members of the oldest Fraternity, one that exists only to make good men better, does not mean we should not embrace changes that will make the Fraternity better. An example perhaps is the recognition of Prince Hall Lodges. For many years these Bothers were not recognized as Masons in many Grand Lodge jurisdictions. I believe some still have not extended this recognition.
In order for any organization to grow it must be willing to change. While our tenets, rituals and some of our practices should never change, our Lodge should avoid rejecting change just because it may be different than what has gone on before. The book Who Moved My Cheese helps drive home the concept of accepting change.
From the West
From the South
What: . . . . . . . . . . .Lunch
When . . . . . . . . . . .Last Friday of each Month
Where . . . . . . . . . . 'Oasis' at the Nile
Time . . . . . . . . . . . 11:30 'Til ?
Bring a guest and enjoy!
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