Merchantville Lodge #119 F&AM
First off, Happy New Year! The New Year is always a great time to set goals and start things anew. Your Lodge is no different; we are setting goals and starting new programs to make your Lodge better. One thing I have instituted this year is a mission statement: Communicate with the Brethren, Involve our Families and Enjoy the Fraternity. It is not a mistake that there are 3 parts to our mission statement as it is representative of the first 3 steps leading to the middle chamber of our symbolic temple. These are the steps I want myself and the officers of the lodge to begin on every endeavor this year. It is also representative of the Core Values of the United States Air Force; Integrity First, Service Before Self, Excellence In All We Do.
Integrity First: the willingness to do what is right even when no one is looking. As Masons we see this represented in the obligations we all took at the altar. Service Before Self: professional duties take precedence over personal desires. Our charity towards each other and all mankind demonstrates how a Mason’s service is paramount over his personal desires. Excellence In All We Do: developing a sustained passion for the continuous improvement and innovation. As Masons we should never be happy with the status quo or how it was done in the past. The Fraternity must adapt to be relevant in a world where Masonry may not be wanted, but is needed.
The mission statement I instituted for this year is intended to be foundation on which our strong lodge will continue to grow and improve. As well as all that; I want to have fun this year! While the programs are going to be geared toward spreading Masonic Light, that does not mean it is going to be a stale lecture. If you’re not getting enjoyment out of these endeavors; you’re doing it wrong! I look forward to seeing you all throughout the year and if you have any questions, concerns or just want to talk, please don’t hesitate to call, text or email me.