As I move through this year in the East, I find myself asking many questions. Many have to do with procedures and bylaws. Who is coming to which event and how are we going to complete our task? Who is ready to take on the next degree? I rely on many for their opinions, and make the best decision I can. The question that I asked the most both in lodge and especially outside is, What is Freemasonary? There are as many answers to that question as there are Masons. I believe there is a core truth to who we are; a fraternal order of Brothers in which friendship, morality and brotherly love are central. All of our obligations and rituals center around who we treat our God, ourselves, family, neighbors and more especially our Brothers. We must remember to not only to be there for a Brother in distress but to be there at all times. We should promote the joy and happiness that being a Mason can give us all in our daily vocation. Brother George Washington wrote to the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in January 1793 “to enlarge the sphere of social happiness is worthy of the benevolent design of a Masonic institution; and it is most fervently to be wished, that the conduct of every member of the fraternity, as well as those publications, that discover the principles which actuate them, may tend to convince mankind that the object of Masonry is to promote the happiness of the human race.” With this in mind we should reach out to all of our Brothers, make a phone call or text. Just say Hello! Invite someone to one of our events, talk to the new member or even better to the Brother who has been in lodge for 50 years, we can all learn from one another. It is the simple things that we do that have the greatest impact. The simple gesture of saying hello or opening a door for someone is the action that could change the day of that individual and promote the positive outlook of the world on you and the fraternity of which you belong. We are Freemasonry. Each one of us, that is why there are so many answers to the question. ”What is Freemasonry?” you define who you are by your actions, your actions define what Freemasonry is to the world. I am very proud to be a Mason, more especially a member of Composite Lodge #28 because of how my Brothers have defined themselves and our Lodge.
John LeDoux, Worshipful Master