January Message from the East
January 6, 2015
Greetings from the East:
Happy New Year my Brothers,
I want to start of the New Year by congratulating Pacific Lodge 325’s newest Past Master; Worshipful Chris Fletcher on his very successful year as Master of Pacific Lodge. Under Worshipful Chris, we completed the remodeling of two handicapped restroom that were very much needed (Thank you to all that helped). Thank you Worshipful Master Chris for your service and dedication to Pacific Lodge.
Being installed as Master is a great honor, you have my sincerest gratitude for electing me to this position and placing your trust in me to lead this lodge for the ensuing year. I sincerely, thank you for the trust you have placed in my hands. I pledge I will work hard alongside my brothers to lead Pacific Lodge forward in the ensuing Masonic year.
I have a vision of the coming year and it is one of increased community involvement, continuous lodge improvements, reaching out to our long lost brethren (old and newly raised), who for some unknown reason no longer attend our lodge on a regular basis.
I would like to honor our senior members who paved the way for us and provided us a well-established Lodge. We have a wealth of knowledgeable Past Masters with talents too numerous to mention and with their help as they have so graciously provided in the past and with the efforts of our newly elected officers, I am confident we will generate the excitement throughout the lodge and we will all be proud to say we are “MASONS” and proud members of Pacific #325.
We must continue to grow our lodge. In 2014 we raised five new brothers into Pacific Lodge’s brotherhood; we reinstated one brother and another brother by affiliation for a total of seven brother’s total. Unfortunately in 2014 we also had seven brothers go to that celestial lodge above and unfortunately this resulted in zero growth for 2014.
This being a very real issue, I would like us to set a goal of raising a brother to the sublime degree of Master mason at a rate of 12 newly made brothers annually, this may be a lofty goal and you may think hard to obtain, but without substantial growth, attrition will eventually cause this lodge to decline. We cannot afford for this to happen. I am of the opinion of the movie “Field of Dreams” ,starring Kevin Costner “If you build it they will come” with this motto I propose the following actions:
One service project per quarter to serve: (1) our fellow brother’s or widows who is in need of some assistance, (2) help someone in the Olympia community, (3) outside the community.
Remodel kitchen/dining hall, It is in need of lots of updates. (Appliances, sinks, cabinetry, etc…) This area is what everyone sees when they visit our lodge and it is not a very appealing view..
Reaching out to Brothers (not attending lodge meetings):
Let’s start by contacting every brother in the lodge to see what is affecting them from attending and offer a solution to get them to attend. This is to include a welcome committee of all the lodge officers and Past Masters. Mailing campaigns for the brothers we cannot reach by phone. Think about it…How many friends have you lost touch with because; you did not take the time to keep the relationship going. A committee will be formed and your participation is necessary.
Invest in Technology:
We have already begun the transition from the paper world to a more electronic world of record keeping. We have purchased a new computer and with it new software (Assistant Secretary) this is a masonic database software that will bring our Secretary’s station in the lodge to a more manageable position. We will be requesting information from each of you within the next few weeks so please respond to our queries as we request them. We will also be installing internet connections so that we can utilize the email and reporting features of the new system.
Honor our senior members: 40, 50, 60 year members:
Every business meeting, accept nominations to select a member of pacific lodge and officially thank them for their contribution and leadership to the lodge. Invite them to eat and meet with us, get to know their story and their masonic journey. What amount of untapped knowledge is available to use through their life experience. I am sure we have brothers in our lodge that think the lodge and masonry has forgotten them. It is our duty to let them know we have not and it is our duty to let each one know we have not forgotten them and we care about them and would like to sit next to them in the lodge once again.
Always using your vote for the good of masonry and our lodge in particular, Let us not waste time with petty quarrels because as a mason it is not accepted. Harmony is what masonic brotherhood is about, let us always welcome good people who will make good masons and continue to grow our brotherhood.
In order to offset the expense of these endeavors, I would like to see us have more opportunity to raise money for lodge improvements; this will be done by having family night spaghetti dinners and hopefully raffles when the legislature decides to approve the bill Etc… New Ideas are appreciated.
I believe action in the community will show the true spirit of Pacific Lodge as we lend a hand to help someone in need. It is also important to provide continuous improvements to the physical appearance of the lodge. By improving our lodge, it will make our brothers very proud and will inspire our non-active brothers to reengage and become more involved in the workings of the lodge.
I ask all my brothers in the lodge to step up and help when and where you can, so we can obtain or exceed the success of our predecessor’s. I am very grateful for the handful of brothers, usually between 8 and 15 show up to help with a project, however with our membership of approximately 280 members this about 5.35% of our membership, with so many capable brother in our lodge; we should be able to do better.
Lastly, it is important for us to remember Masonry is more than just a fraternity of men working for a common goal. We must be the example for those around us. It is my wish…the lodge with your help will begin to become more vibrant as we put into action the ideas previously mentioned.
“Remember, Masons don’t become great Men, instead great Men become Masons.”
Sincerely and Fraternally,
Ed Simpson, Worshipful Master