In the event of his election as Worshipful Master, the Senior Warden cordially invites you to attend the Installation of Officers of Beverly-Riverside Lodge No. 107 on Friday, December 20, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Installation Ceremony
Cocktails and Desserts after Ceremony
Please RSVP by Friday, December 7 at 609.331.5243 or email@example.com
FROM THE EAST (december 2019)
Masonry teaches patience, among its many lessons. As a petitioner, we await our Petition to be read, investigated, and balloted upon. As a candidate, we await our three degrees, and during them wait outside while the Lodge mysteriously "has some business to take care of." As an Officer, we await advancement and eventual ascension to the East. As a Past Master, we are patient with those who succeed us but do not heed our "advice."
In September, I wrote about the importance of this lesson and the value of patience. Today, I counsel you where patience need not apply: You need not be patient to get involved.
You need not wait to be invited to be involved. You need not wait to be an officer to be involved. You need not wait to be a Past Master to offer advice and counsel.
It is a myth that only the designs laid down by the Master will be brought into execution. While the Master's consent and supervision is required, a strong leader will empower and enable, and I have no doubt our future leaders will do so.
The Lodge is arranged by the Wisdom of King Solomon, and neither envy nor discord should be in the way of the Work. Though we as humans may succumb to our baser tendencies, I invite you to consider that we are all working together as a united band in furtherance of our Lodge.
My tenure in the East seemed very short indeed. While the journey to get there seemed long, it is coming to a close very rapidly. However, I do not view it as an ending, but a new beginning: as I descend from the East and pass on the gavel, I look forward to a new and different kind of involvement in our Lodge.
My Brothers - my journey to the East was amazing, and I thank all of you for being a part of it, and helping shape me into a better man and stronger leader. Every Brother I have met, even briefly, has made an impression on me.
I look forward to meeting with all of you again very soon on the Level.
Sincerely & Fraternally,
Christian Stebbins, Worshipful Master