Message from WM Stephen Ruch for June 2013:
The summer is upon us. Just because the Lodge will not be meeting from the middle of the month of June until the beginning of September, it does not mean that Masons go “dark”. Keep in mind that the Craftsman’s club will still meet the first Monday of each month as well as breakfast with Hiram will continue on the third Saturday of the month. We hope to do some things around the lodge (maintenance and cleaning) so please come and help as much as you can when asked.
However, just because the lodge does not meet, that does not mean that our responsibilities as Masons go dormant. Remember that “Freemasonry is founded on the purest principles of Morality, Brotherly Love, and Charity”. By “Morality”, as Masons we should do what is right. Do not be persuaded by others but do what is proper for the situation that confronts you. By “Brotherly Love”, we should do onto others as you would want them to do unto you. By “Charity”, we are to help others. It is not always monetary, although that sure helps those in financial need, but it can be in other ways. Help a sick friend by doing some chore for them or even just visiting them to lift up their spirits, donate some time and volunteer your services.
The principles of Masonry are always with us and should be practiced at all times. By acting on the square, you make yourself (and hopefully those around you) better “Making good men Better”. Remember when you were put in the Northeast corner and told that “as you now stand before us to all appearances an upright man and a Mason, I give it to you strictly in charge ever to act, walk and conduct yourself as such before God and man”.
Come out and join your brothers at the 20th Masonic District dinner and dance on June 1st and at the annual picnic at A. Paul King Park in Manahawkin in July. Both of these events should provide a great time.
I wish you and your family a healthy and happy summer.
Stephen Ruch, Worshipful Master