Message from the East
As I write my last message from the East, it is Thanksgiving Day and the house is bustling with my wife putting together Thanksgiving dinner. I can hear her humming downstairs as she puts things together for this afternoon’s feast. I am a lucky and thankful man for all I have as well as the Supreme Architect allowing me the privilege of being a Freemason and having so many friends and brothers. Thank you, my brethren for allowing me to serve you as your Worshipful Master for 2014. We are taught early in masonry that a lodge is a certain number of free and accepted masons, that lesson reminds me that I could not have accomplished anything this year without the help and assistance of others. To my secretary, Brother Bob Simpson, you will always have my heartfelt thanks for keeping me on task and whispering good counsel in my ear. Brother Bob you are the best secretary a Worshipful Master could ever have and the lodge will certainly miss you as its secretary as you step down and go on to other things. There are many other brothers who have made my year in the East an enjoyable and successful one; M.W. Jeffery E. Hodges, I thank you for providing good ideas as well as assisting me in bringing them to fruition. R.W. Mike Griffin our Lodge Instructor of Work, for always being at our practices and helping the officers and myself strive for perfection in the ritual. R.W. Andy Keller, I know I owe you so much for all you do behind the scenes and always being willing to help me out in anything asked of you. Brother Mark Chapman, I especially owe you so much, you are the most charitable person, I believe I have ever run across, without you, my dream for the year of the artwork now gracing our North wall could not have been accomplished. You give so much of your time and effort to others and you live your life as an example to us all that the greatest rung on Jacob’s ladder is charity. To my officers who have always been there to help me this year, I give you my heartfelt thanks and promise you that I will support each of you when your time comes to sit as the Lodge’s Worshipful Master. Finally, to all the brethren who warmed my heart this year seeing you on the sidelines of the Lodge supporting me in all my endeavors this year I say thank you to all, for it all would have been for nill without you. Thank you to all that financially supported the Lodge and the special art project this year.
I hope that you will support our incoming Master as you have supported me. To Brother Jason Pattison, I say good luck and may the Supreme Architect of the Universe smile on you in your year as he has me. I pledge to you my support next year in all I can do to help you have as good a year as I have.
I would also like to thank Brother Admiral William G. Sizemore, II for his remarks honoring our veterans in November. Thank you to all the veterans that attended last months meeting for without you we would certainly not have the freedoms all of us today enjoy because of you.
Thanks to all who contributed to our Marine Corps, “Toys for Tots” charity done in conjunction with the James Monroe Chapter, No. 549, National Sojourners .The box was over flowing after our last Stated Communication. You have certainly done your part in helping some boy or girl at this season of joy.
Brethren, please try if within the length of your cable tow to be with us on December 15th as we have our election and installation of officers. There will be an oyster and tenderloin dinner with all the fixings at 6:00 before lodge. Please join us as we break bread and share in brotherhood together.
May the Supreme Architect bless and keep each one of you during the holidays.
Sincerely & Fraternally,
William R. Bond, III