This is the first time I have the honor of speaking to you from the office of WM, and I think it well exemplifies the challenge of the chair: to find the balance between long and short, motivating and directive, supportive and critical, or to act, meet, and part in the manner we so often charge ourselves.
To cut the Gordian Knot, I will call your attention to the planned business of the evening, and of the year.
The theme of my year is to be one of Foundations – setting the stage and readying the tools for progress under the guidance of those to come after me. In our February communication, I shall be presenting a detailed review of the year ahead: the goals, the requirements to meet the same, the taskings to be required of the officers, and the assistance to be requested of the brethren at large. A time for dialogue is also desired.
In the months to follow, we will take on candidates for Freemasonry, meet our Grand Lodge obligations, and continuously refer to the year’s designs to pursue our labors. The work shall be, Lord willing, good and fulfilling to us all.
It will not be all labors without refreshment, however. There will be times of fellowship throughout the year, where we may be excused to convert the means of refreshment to alittle excess.
In closing: Brethren, I humbly request that you make efforts to attend the February stated communication, to participate in the business of the evening.
Joseph Giancaspro, Master, Franklin Lodge #20
Wardens and Brethren,
First, I want to wish everyone a very happy new year and hope your holidays were a time of joy. I can’t believe its January and I’m writing my last message. Last month I was talking to our Grand Master and he asked me if I’m relieved that the year is ending. Honestly, its bitter sweet for me. As I am looking forward to being a “grumpy past master”, I am going to miss it. But I can say that I am happy to serve the lodge and craft in other ways.
Every month I have stated, “its going to be a busy month”. Well that’s not changing for January. We do have a couple of business items to be taken care of. We had to postpone the vote on the bylaws amendment, so we will be done at our meeting as well as the Master Mason proficiency on four candidates and signing the bylaws. I have also asked Brother Joe Giancaspro to say a few words on his upcoming year.
I didn’t want just a business meeting, so I have asked author David Brody to come down and speak about his new book. David has a new book out that continues his “Templars in America” series. This will be open to all so please bring your ladies, family and friends to see his presentation.
May the blessings of heaven rest upon us
Brother Ralph E. Brunson
Franklin Lodge #20
Message from the West
I eagerly anticipate the new calendar
and Masonic year, and request your attention
and assistance. I ask for your support as we
elect a new WM, as I and the presumptive
Wardens have in discussions to try to
implement a multi-year plan for developing the
Lodge as both a physical, corporate, and
metaphoric body. The goal of my year is to lay
the prepare the ground and lay the
foundations for work in the years to follow, so
that we as individuals and as a fraternity
Fraternally, SW Joe Giancaspro
Monthly Message from Master of Franklin Lodge #20