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
Monthly Message from Master of Franklin Lodge #20