The Western Wind

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“As the sun is in the West…”

My Brothers,

It’s now September, and we have had a few weeks without Stated Communication.  I tend to view this as a reflection period on where we have been and ensuring the compass is oriented correctly going forward.

One of my reflections has been on an important function of Masonry; to make Master Masons. I understand this not to be a turnstile of men, making their way through the Degrees of Freemasonry. Rather, it is the important responsibility of all Master Masons, ensuring we are educating and guiding those looking to become Master Masons. It is easy to rely on educational events or lodge instructors to fulfill this task. However, these are in place as supplemental initiatives. Becoming a Master Mason and carrying ourselves as Master Masons, rests on the collective members of the lodge.

The WM is maintaining our charitable donations to the Sulzbacher Center. If you have questions on how or what to donate, please contact one of the Lodge Officers.

Fraternally,

Ted Burke
Senior Warden

The Western Wind

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“As the sun is in the West…”

My Dear Brothers,

We continue to see the great accomplishments of our new members as they advance through the degrees of Freemasonry. Congratulations to them on their progress.

I would also like to say congratulations and thank you to Past Master W⸫ Bill Watson and our Senior Deacon, Darrell Cleveland for their continued hard work and dedication. These brothers emulate Freemasonry by devoting themselves to educating new members.

If you haven’t been to the Lodge recently, you should make a point to stop by. With help from the brethren, the Junior Warden has worked hard to sustain the first Saturday of the month for Lodge cleanup and breakfast. The results are outstanding! On that, all I will say is, fresh paint!

If you have an activity or idea you think the brethren could take part in, be sure to bring it up at one of our meetings.

I would like to ask you: why did you become a Mason? We all have our reasons why we joined. For some, it was following in the footsteps of a family member or family tradition. For some, it had more to do with helping the community or those in need. But really, why did you join the world’s oldest fraternity? When you see me in the Lodge, ask me this question and I will be happy to share my own reasons and talk to you about yours.

I look forward to seeing you in the Lodge.

In Faith,

Ted Burke
Senior Warden

The Western Wind

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“As the sun is in the West…”

My Dear Brothers,

As this column goes to the editor, February is winding down, and we are gaining momentum!  March, April, and the rest of the year are shaping up to be a great and active year.

Our renowned Brother, George Washington, was the first President of the United States.  He was born on February 22nd, 1732.  There are many interesting pieces of literature on Washington and I recommend everyone take a little time to research and learn about this great man and Mason.

The WM has initiated a campaign to assist the Jacksonville Sulzbacher Center by donating canned foods and dry goods.  I urge all of us to participate in this effort, as Charity is an all-inclusive idiosyncrasy of Freemasonry.  Donations can be dropped off at the Lodge at your convenience.

Congratulations to our Brothers who have recently made further progress in their Masonic degrees.  These are great achievements and I am eager to see their next steps.

I look forward to seeing you in the Lodge.

In Faith,

Ted Burke
Senior Warden

The Western Wind

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“As the sun is in the West…”

My Dear Brothers,

A new year has started and I find myself in an office I didn’t expect to fill for a while.

So, to begin, I would like to thank the outgoing Worshipful Master, W⸫ Vernell Robinson, and all of his officers for their work and dedication.  These brothers have continued to exemplify what it means to be a Mason.  Thank you, Brothers.

I would also like to congratulate the new brothers who are beginning their journey in Masonry.  As a fraternity, with the new brothers entering the Lodge, we are reminded that we must be ready to aid and assist those who need our help, especially a brother Mason.

I am humbled and proud to be given the opportunity to sit in the West this year.  I will continue to do my best for the Lodge and am looking forward to a new year of friendship and brotherly love.

In faith,

Ted Burke
Senior Warden