How many of us recall the time that we were initiated into the mysteries and privileges of our fraternal order? I have and I'm sure that many here have done exactly that. As I look back I recall that I wasn't quite sure what to think when I walked into the anti room and saw the many members mingling around the room. It was a time of uncertainty not knowing what my future had in store. I've looked back many times and found that that evening was very meaningful and even today I must say that my initiation was one of the most profound things that I have ever experienced, it was that evening that put my morals and principals to the test not only that night but many times since then. It is a time that we should all recall on a regular basis as it does make us a better person. It is that foundation that was laid out that evening that makes us question your every move that we build on a daily basis. There are many things to consider after that night as members, how were we received by the brethren, did we include him afterwards, did we make him feel welcome or was he left out of the group, or sitting in the corner. Is that why many of our entered apprentices and fellowcraft never come back out to a meeting, did we as members and masons follow up to make sure he wasn't struggling with the overwhelming amount of new work, is he just another number or a true member of our organization, only you can answer this, exercise that virtue which may justly be denominated the distinguishing characteristic of a masons heart that charity which not only make our newer members feel like they're part of this truly great fraternal organization but reminds our older members that they are still a vital part of the process of helping our members as we look up to them for their guidance and direction. How do we make good men better we can only guide you, but it is you that will make or break our lodges it is you that can set that example that people want to emulate. It's truly gratifying to know that we have the ability to set our own goals and know that each and every one of us can show our communities that it's what is inside that makes an impact on our daily lives that we are all equal poor and penniless, neither naked nor clothed, let us embrace the opportunity of practicing the virtues we profess to admire.
In closing - the foundation has been poured, the blocks are being put in place one by one and the truck is here with another load of enthusiasm and determination. We have that ability let's make it happen.
Brethren how many times do we come into the lodge room, sit down among the other members, have the lodge open and get on with the business not really thinking what actually did happened during the opening, "What do you think of?" The Wardens and the Master in their ritual, the Tyler and Outer Guard in their performance of their duties or does anyone really reflect on what the Chaplain or Past Master is doing when adjusting the three great though emblematic lights of masonry, that book that guides us in our everyday life, and it's that book that makes us better men and masons. Brethren this afternoon, I would like to share with you an article that was edited and rewritten by RW Bro R. Beckett to which the author was unknown and is in a format that can be used in the presentation of the V.O.S.L. to a member. Please listen and reflect. It is my duty and privileges this afternoon to present to you the V.O.S.L.
Before doing so however, I have certain observations to make regarding this Holy Book, to which I trust you will pay strict attention. The V.O.S.L., that Great Light in Freemasonry, is commonly thought of as being one book because it is contained between two covers. In reality it is a library of sixty-six books, thirty-nine of which comprise the Old Testament and twenty-seven the New Testament.
These books represent the sacred literature of the Hebrew race. They are the products of many centuries of writings by varies authors, on many subjects. They combine law, history, poetry, biography, philosophy, ethics and the revelations of Divine Light and Truth. Though diverse in its subjects and authors, and as remote are its figures, legends and language, the intelligent reader soon discovers an ever increasing purpose running through its pages, like silver threads in a dark material. And, like veritable flashes of Light and Truth, they reveal the Will and Wisdom of God, and remind us of his unchanging love toward all mankind. The V.O.S.L. is the world's supreme record of mans experience with his God and of his own Faith.
It is a masons Trestle Board and guide to their life's future direction, a life to which you have dedicated yourself today. In these books can be found those principles to which you have committed yourself, and in its pages live those luminaries whose lives and actions you should strive to emulate. They lived, they loved, they fought, they dies, they sinned, and they repented, and they left behind them this Holy Book as their testimony of living by God's Holy Will. You, my brother, will know that living by these Holy precepts, in accordance with God's Divine Will, they will enrich your life and the life's of those around you.
We need to know the Bible, read and understand its Divine messages and to revere it as the Book of unerring Truth and Justice in our lives.
And finally my friend and my brother, that your feet may not totter on your journey through life and that the way of life may be enlightened for you, the brethren of this lodge have commissioned me to place in your hands, today, your own V.O.S.L. With a prayer that it may be a guide to your steps and the light to your journey through life. They bid you to read it frequently, thoughtfully and with understanding, and to use it as a rule and guide in your earnest efforts to become a better man and a better mason. A credit to masonry in general, your lodge in particular and to the community in which you might reside May the G.A.O.T.U. give you the wisdom to understand His Holy Will, the strength to support you through eternal life and the beauty to enrich your immortal spirit.
So brethren the next time you come to lodge and a brother opens the V.O.S.L. please reflect those holy precepts.
The other day I was thinking of how the job that I presently have is so much like the Masonic fraternity. For those who don't know I work for a builder in the Kitchener Waterloo area and we strive not to just build houses but to encourage the workers to take pride in building that person a home. As we likewise pour the footing and foundation we do so in this organization as well, we take our new member and provide him with the morals and ethics that he needs to sustain a good healthy and solid life style that we all profess to have. With the lumber we continue building on a firm yet solid base, and with the large amount of materials it begins to take shape. Likewise the more experienced member takes the material that our new member is taught and makes sure that it is all carefully explained so that he is aware of the important duties that he owes to god to his neighbour and to himself. The internal mechanics of the home and the member are not really that different as our member by this time has had his principles put to the test, and the daily advancements he makes should come from within. The roof and insulation on the walls close in the home which reminds us that within this structure he is surrounded by this great fraternity. The drywall, lights and inner doors are all finishing's of the home and it is this that reminds us of the well known principles of freemasonry Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth that as Masons you are expected to live and act in such a manner as to fulfill the duties of a good citizen and set an example for others to emulate. In this home tonight we have mentors, coaches, tutors and guides and with their knowledge it should be our personal responsibility as masons to assist our members to reach their full potential and help to add value to his life. We have recently shown our communities that we are upright men; we have become involved in things such as the MasoniChip program, Children's Safety Village, breakfast, brunches and suppers, Cornfest and Riverfest just to name a few. I think we are on the right track to success as many of our lodges have many new candidates. In closing we have the hammer in our hand and it's up to us to build on this foundation, only we can set our goals and only we can make a difference, the future is up to us.
Brethren - many of us have our own reasons for joining the Masonic lodge. Is it because a good friend has become a member recently or possibly someone from work or you were looking for something different in your life to belong to. Maybe your parent or that special uncle was a great influence in you're up bringing; only you can dig deep inside to know for sure, in my case it was my father. I could see the joy he was receiving in his life from this organization, from meeting other brethren to events within his lodge and even traveling abroad. I respected his knowledge and experiences from this, so that's why I took the interest to get involved. This was not just brethren and his lodge; it was the lodges that got involved in their families that impressed me. Myself I haven't had the opportunity to wear one of the Lewis Jewels but I see many of the members wear them with great pride and admiration. I read an article recently in the Ontario Mason which explained this jewel and sparked my interest to know more so I thought I would like to share some of this information with you tonight.
If you examine the ornamental engraving on your Master mason's Certificate issued by Grand Lodge, you will find the Perfect Ashlar fitted with the Lewis resting at the foot of the Doric Column, which is the symbol of strength. It is also one of the symbols depicted on the Junior Warden's Tracing Board of the first degree, probably an indication that it was once included in the lecture. A Lewis is a simple but ingenious device employed by operative Masons to raise heavy blocks of dressed stone into place. It consists of three metal parts, two wedge-shaped side pieces and a straight center piece that fit together.
A dovetail recess is cut into the top of the stone block. The two outer pieces are inserted first and then spread by the insertion of the centerpiece. The three parts are then bolted together a metal ring or shackle is attached and set into place in the structure. By this means, the block is gripped securely. Once set in its place in the structure, the Lewis is
removed leaving the upper surface smooth with no clamp or chains on the outside to interfere with the laying of the next course.
In the days of operative Masons, it was a great source of pride when a son followed in the father's footsteps and was Entered as an Apprentice, his name entered' on the roll and thereby admitted to the lodge. To study his father's skill and learn to use his father's tools were manifest expressions of the greatest honour and esteem a son could pay. It was common to carry on the tradition through several generations in the same family.
On the day that King Solomon laid the foundation stone of the temple, beginning the construction of the great building project conceived by his father David, but given to his son to complete, the last words of King David may have come to mind. When the time of David's death drew near, he gave his last charge to his son Solomon. I am going the way of all the earth. Be strong and show yourself a man a quote from 1 Kings 2 verse. 1
When a son of a mason proudly wears the Lewis Jewel, it ought impress upon all this same moral. It personifies the final words of the General Charge- From generation to generation. So brethren in closing when you think your children and your children's children are not watching remind yourself that your setting the example that is impressed upon their mind; you are the one to mold the next generation.
We have often wondered how we can work together to build on the fraternity that we call masonry. To create interest is like building a structure, first you must lay a good foundation. Consequently to create interest in Masonic affairs, the foundation should be the newly initiated Mason. Well informed Masons usually become the interested Mason. Teach them that the object of our fraternity is to elevate and uphold the standards of morality, to inculcate virtue and encourage loyalty and that no station in life shall make us forgetful that we are brothers. Freemasonry teaches that it is not a man's belief, but his action that he contemplates. The mosaic pavement which lies before us and is often overlooked, it surface meaning is that life is composed of pleasure and pain, success and failure and that the greatest conflicts any man faces to resolve, is within himself, the impulses which seem to drag him in two directions at once. If we look at the Mosaic pavement which our forefathers have put before us, we realize that life is not always black and white but the fundamentals teach us it should be. Masonry teaches universal love which enriches both the recipient and the donor. If the mind of the newly made Mason has been impressed with the foundation the purpose and aims of masonry will be reflected in his daily life and actions. He will see that the Masonic work doesn't stop at the end of the degree or after the routine business of the lodge but must make him realize that Masonic work is to assist, encourage and defend the brethren, protect the oppressed, right the wrongs, raise the fallen, relieve want and distress, enlighten people and be fruitful in all good works. If the necessity of teaching all these lessons to one new member is also impressed on the members of the lodge, the teacher in this sense becomes the pupil and relearns these old truths. In closing a building will stand only as long as the foundation lasts, and our fraternity rests on its foundation and the newly initiated mason, we must make sure that he is well informed about our purpose and is up to us to keep him genuinely inspired.
Each year we all have the choice to stop the things that we are doing to pay respect and remember the valiant men and women that made the supreme sacrifice they paid with their lives for our freedom and liberty. A couple of weeks ago I spent a week in Guelph for workshop and had the opportunity to drive through the area that I grew up in, and in doing so drove past this small cenotaph that we as children went to every remembrance day. It was almost a cold felling as the memory of that bugle playing the last post echoed in my mind. This small cenotaph was the one beside the homestead of Colonel John McCrea who we all know for the poem In Flanders Fields. I also was very proud to have attended the John McCrea Public School .
I hope that you have taken the opportunity on this the eleventh day of the eleventh month and at the eleventh hour to pay tribute with just a moment of silents for our veterans. Many years ago I also had the opportunity to travel abroad to my father's homeland, Holland . On this trip we where able to travel throughout many towns and villages but one in particular outing was to a town called Nadervert which was located towards the Dutch, German, Belgian boarder. As we walked through a hedged arch, into a cemetery that was for the Canadian soldiers that had fallen in the war, it was the most beautifully manicured cemetery that I think I had ever saw, but in fact we had a purpose to be there, it was to find the grave of Jim Gibson. Our relative had lost her brother in the war and really had no disclosure, for many years all she had was the name of this little town somewhere in Holland . We walked through row after row of tomb stones, all of men in their early twenties that had paid the same price as Jim Gibson. Many times I have reflected back to walking through the rows of headstones in disbelief and wondered why this tragedy ever had to happen.
Today in 2008 marks the 90 th anniversary of the end of the 1 st world war. It was not only the men that were fighting that we must reflect on but we must also remember the families that remained behind at home to support the cause and today is no different as the many men and women on peace keeping missions in Afghanistan . Today let us be proud that we are mason and we practice the fundamental principles of masonry which are Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth in our own quest to make this world a better place in which we live.
Please stand and repeat the poem In Flanders Field.
Attitude is that intangible quality inside that produces tangible results on the outside. In other words, we are what we think.
Attitude affects us in every walk of life; at home, at work, at play and even at lodge. It determines how you, as a Mason, or as a Master will handle the different situations that come up in your lodge in preparing and delivering work for the evening, It determines the personal relationship you have with your lodge brethren, your family, and your work colleagues.
A person may be described as having a "good" attitude, that is, positive thinking, always looking for the good side of any situation or turning failure into success. Always seeing the glass half-full instead of half-empty.
Or a person may be described as having a "so what" attitude. He cares little about what happens, good or bad. He just shrugs and says "That's life. Nothing I can do about it." Apathetic is a good word to describe him.
The "so what" guy is nearly as bad as the guy with the "bad" attitude. This person can be found in every group, sowing the seeds of discontent, finding fault with every idea, always sees the problem and the only solution is the one he pushes. To him there is nothing good in any situation. To him, the glass is always half-empty.
Negative people see a problem in every opportunity. Positive thinkers see an opportunity in every problem.
Negative people see every failure as a personal attack on them. Positive people see every setback as a learning experience.
Brethren, harmony is the strength and support of all institutions, particularly this of ours. Where the members of any lodge all have positive attitudes, harmony will prevail because there will be no contention among them except for that noble contention, or rather emulation, of those who can best work and best agree.
And if you really want the best reason to maintain a positive attitude, it is this:
A person with a positive attitude really annoys the hell out of someone with a bad attitude.
Brethren in closing please remember to give leadership; seek the involvement and interest of others, we must have the ability to communicate and the foresight to listen. And with a positive attitude we will be successful with new ideas and thoughts for an enormous future in this wonderful fraternity.
Brethren friendship is a great thing to have isn't it?
Freemasonry has many facets which have attracted men of good will of every race, religion, political view, and social position into its ranks throughout the world for many years. Every member has his own individual reason for joining the Craft, but generally its chief appeal is the charitable work it does, the philosophy of life taught by the Craft with its visible display by Freemasons in their exemplary conduct in the everyday world. All these items are important, but to the nonmember who has given this matter any thought whatsoever it soon becomes apparent that the greatest asset in Freemasonry is the spirit of friendship that exists between Freemasons in their relationship with one another and their attitude of thoughtfulness for the welfare of others. For example, I think for many years the words "Mason" and "friendship" were often used synonymously. There are many definitions of the word "friend." It means one who is in a warm personal relationship with another person. It means a person who is ready to assist you in your plans. Many years ago an English periodical had a contest and offered a prize to the person submitting the best definition of the word "friend." Here are a few of the definition which were sent to the publication: "One, who multiplies joys, divides grief, and whose honesty is unchallengeable." "A watch which beats true for all time and never runs down."And the definition that won first prize: "A friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out."
The most valuable thing anyone can have is to have a friend. And in order to have a friend, you must be a friend. Freemasonry with its emphasis on the obligations we owe to others exemplifies this idea of the value of friendship in the strongest way possible.
For one who travels extensively, Masonic friendship manifests itself time and time again. Whether it is visiting a Masonic lodge or attending a meeting of an appendant body, when you meet another Mason you always feel a kinship with him. You always find the door open with a welcome sign. It's impossible to place a price-tag on FRIENDSHIP. It's something all of us need-but cannot buy. Tonight in this room alone you will see members from all over the district and possibly from outside the district as well, and why are they here, that because over the years we have created a fraternal bond which no one can take away. From the teachings that remind us that we are here to support one another in every thing that we do. The other night in Cayuga the members preformed an initiation and this persons uncle came down from Barrie , did he come because he was family? Probably! But I think he came to also support him in the first step of his Masonic journey. Brethren in closing I'm proud to be part of this organization and proud to have the number of friends in this room tonight, be proud as well as we work together to strengthen our bonds among each other and we'll show the world that our friendship will make us brothers forever.
IMotivation is a word that implies movement. It means the difference in getting up and doing something rather than just sitting there and doing nothing or letting someone else do it - that is apathy and indifference. Webster defines motivation as "causing or having the power to cause motion; an impulse from within." Success in the business world is based on motivation; these same factors can be applied to Masonry where the wages are satisfaction, pride in a job well done, the inner glow of personal accomplishment and something good done for one's fellow man. Efficiency is an excellent word for the other member; but let's put on that hat ourselves and start where we should start, with number one ... ME ... all the Masonic Education and candidate training available will not help. Efficiency takes imagination; and imagination goes hand in hand with initiative. Imagination is not necessarily being far out and impossible. Imagination can be the difference between routine and real progress. Originate and invent ideas and then give them a hell of a try. Nearly everything in our modern world today is the result of imagination. Technology, medicine, space flight and even communication and the internet. That which is now in use was once only imagined.
Brethren we have the man power to make this fraternity the best in the world with great ideas coming from all over this jurisdiction, don't leave it up to the other guy, let it come from us. Even the smallest idea can grow into something enormous and can help us expand not only this lodge but every lodge in Ontario . Let us be the one to step forward and say I'll chair the Friend to Friend or the Brother to Brother programs. We have the backing of Grand Lodge just by asking. Today we must move forward with new thoughts, if we look at the card that was printed by our Grand Master with just a few simple thoughts to inform interested people we would be no farther ahead today if we looked the other way and let those ideas shrivel and die. Brethren in closing this fraternity are ours, we can make it or break it, the future is in our hands, let's make a difference.
A Mason is sometimes asked by a friend, a neighbour, or a business associate, "What do the Masons do?" Or, "What are the Masons?" In either case, the Brother is challenged by the realization that there is no simple answer which he can rattle off "from the top of his head," because the questioner is really asking him for a comprehensive explanation about what organized Freemasonry is, what its principles and purposes are. Some of these considerations arouse the fraternal doubt that "you can't tell that," or "that's secret," so that the Brother's reply is marked by hesitation or reluctance to explain. He realizes that Freemasonry's reputation cannot be explained by charts, statistics, or financial statements, because the Fraternity's real worth can be expressed only in spiritual terms, and that is rather difficult to explain to the uninitiated.
Embarrassment is probably the commonest cause of a Brother's difficulty in replying to the question. He is embarrassed because he realizes that he doesn't really know enough about the Fraternity to give a good simple reply. He knows that there is much more Masonic activity going on in other lodges all over the country and throughout the world, but he has never taken the time to experience some of it or to read about it with real interest. He hasn't given much thought to the subject. He never expected to be asked such a question by a non-Mason outside the lodge. Even though he has experienced Masonry, he has never tried to express in words just what Freemasonry means to himself. There are really so few "secrets" which a Mason is required to keep, and so much that he should be proud to proclaim to others, that his principal concern in answering questions is probably the doubt that he can give an adequate Masonic reply. The ritualistic work, the grips and passwords of the three degrees, these are really the only "secrets" which should be kept. Because it is impossible to communicate to the uninitiated the joys and satisfactions of brotherhood experienced in "the labors of the lodge," this too becomes a secret because it is inexpressible. But there is so much that can be told about Freemasonry, about the particular lodge, about the individual Mason, that the real problem in answering the question, "What do the Masons do?" is to say only enough to satisfy the questioner without boring or distracting him.
He can point out that Freemasonry is an educational organization. By means of the ritualistic ceremonies and other educational programs, Masons learn and teach the truths of morality, justice, and the necessity of brotherly love to achieve those universal ideals.
He can explain that Masonic meetings, while resembling the meetings of any organized society, have a distinctly Masonic character. They are opened and closed with prayer. They are opened and closed with Masonic ceremonies to remind the members of the principal purposes of the Fraternity, which are to develop brotherly love and respect for truth, the truths which guide a man to live happily and harmoniously with his fellow man. When a Mason is proud of the moral and spiritual achievements he has made through Masonry, when he has been inspired to display the beauties of friendship, morality, and brotherly love, when he realizes that his own personal life is the most important evidence he can give to show what a Mason is, he usually finds it very easy to talk about the Fraternity to his non-Masonic friends. When he knows that his lodge is a spiritual force, when it is learning and teaching its members the universal ideals of the Craft, when it is actively promoting charitable programs and pursuing truth, he will tell what Freemasonry is with conviction and enthusiasm.
Brethren in closing "What do the Masons do?" and "What are the Masons?"
"Masons are men who voluntarily asked to join a lodge. They were accepted because they were good men who believe in God and hold high ethical and moral ideals. They go to meetings which they call lodge, in order to learn and to teach what 'friendship, morality, and truth really involve, and to practice on a small scale the reality of brotherhood.
If you had three wishes what would you wish for? Most people would wish to;
Win the lottery.
Have peace on earth.
Living forever, although it seems immortal, is one of the most mortal parts of mankind abilities. We all live forever, for as long as you live that is forever. When your body expires your spirit lives on and people who know you will remember you, and that remembrance will keep you living forever.
Winning the lottery is much more difficult. First you have to play to win and then be one out of twenty million. But, all of this does not matter because we have enough for ourselves and our families. We have enough to live on and to survive, we may not have it as easy as others but we have enough.
Peace on earth is a matter of cooperation and understanding. The more we understand each other the less difficult it will be to cooperate and achieve peace.
We can be sure that some have other wants or needs, noble and selfish, but what about an alternative. How about ABILITY, STRENGTH, and WISDOM.
With ability TEMPERANCE would be easy. If you have the ability to accomplish what you wish, temperance would be the first accomplishment. To be able to control ones desires is the goal of every good man. This would make it easy for you to help others through your example and your knowledge.
With strength FORTITUDE is a part. To be strong of character you must have fortitude. Fortitude is the driving force in strength of character. This would give you the skill to deal with those who would subvert the good you are trying to do.
With wisdom PRUDENCE would be found and JUSTICE could be served. Prudence is a part of wisdom. To be wise is to be prudent. Justice is known to a wise person. Thus, to be wise is to have the know-how to administer justice. Having the knowledge to use prudence and dispense justice can only come from wisdom. Thus, we would be able to tell who is in need and who is causing the pain of need.
So if given three wishes, maybe we should wish for:
The ability to help those in need.
The strength to forgive those who cause pain.
The wisdom to know the difference.
If we all did this we would still live forever, we would all be richer and peace on earth would last for an eternity.
Brethren, Are you a source of light, or a source of darkness?
We create our own reality. What we expect from life is what we receive. If we expect and look for the trouble, disagreement, and negativity in situations that is what we are sure to find. If however, we expect and look for the good, cooperative, and positive outcomes in situations that is what we will experience.
Life cannot, and does not always go smoothly. We cannot appreciate the good times and the joys that life brings without the rough times and the sadness that must cross our path on occasion. It is our response to these times that defines who we are.
Brethren, I am guilty of being a source of darkness. That is, in seeing and focusing only on the problems that many of our lodges are experiencing, and that I perceive needed to be corrected. And in being aware of, the occasional personality conflicts that are sure to arise in any group.
Yes, there are problems in every lodge. Yes, we do not always agree with, or see thing the same way as other people do. This has always been, and always will be. But we cannot be negative about these difficulties. Our negative thoughts are like a cancer which spreads and weakens us and those around us, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
It is easy to fall into the trap of negativity or darkness. But, with effort on our part, and the assistance of the G.A.O.T.U., we can instead choose to open our eyes to the light. My Brethren, that light is Brotherly love. Love is being positive and expecting the best life has to offer. Love is knowing that, although our human frailties will result in disagreement, there is hope and understanding there can be the peace and harmony to work together towards a common goal.
Brethren in closing, for the sake of the Fraternity and your well-being, I urge you to make the commitment to change your life, to become a source of that Masonic Light, and that the harmony of the lodge never be disturbed by your presents so that this fraternity can shine like the Sun in the heavens, now and always.
The design of Freemasonry is neither for charity nor cultivation of society. Though noble they are incidental to the organization. We must search for truth. Thus, in that search we will find the unity of God and the immortality of the soul.
The degrees of initiation represent the various stages through which the human mind passes. This will show them many difficulties that men must encounter in their progress from ignorance to truth.
As an Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, and Master Mason you searched for light. Then when you think you have it, you find out that it has been lost and you must search on. Therefore, the quest for light continues through out your life.
The chief architect of King Solomon's Temple was and is often referred to as "The Builder." This term is also applied to the Craft, for every speculative mason is as much a builder as was his operative predecessor.
Masons are known as moral builders. As the operative Mason spreads the cement to bind the stone, speculative masons spread brotherly love, relief, and truth to bind men morally and spiritually. The operative builder, builds for a century and the speculative builder, builds for eternity.
This educational organization that we belong to offers and teaches us many things, the truth of morality and justice, that Attitude can determine how we handle difficult situations and with attitude we are what we think and that we must be a source of light not the source of darkness. That we must also have the motivation to take action together and lead this fraternity down that positive path and add value to your life by getting involved and that your own life is the best way to prove to others that you are a Mason.
My experience has shown that Masons are part of an organization that is devoted to helping, without question or embarrassment to the widows, orphans, and those in need.
As a Mason I shall always be happy to number myself among those who uphold those cardinal principles and moral standards of life that are so needed if our organization is to continue on the high level that has been its character from its inception.
Brethren since this is the last Official Visit I would like at this time to thank the members of the 13 lodges in Brant District for the opportunity to act as your District Deputy Grand Master, it has been an honor and privilege and hope that the last three installation will be to the high standards of this district.
To the committee members I would like to also thank you for making that commitment not to myself but to this district in communicating many thoughts and ideas for the brethren to think about and moralize on, it has been a job well done!
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