I am not sure about you, but I am hoping that in a few days, the groundhog comes out and sees no shadow, because I am ready for an early spring.
2018 finds us in some amazing times. With so much happening in the world, it’s often hard to stay focused on the direction which is best for you. I personally find that to be true occasionally. You can look at social media and your thoughts may be swayed in one direction, and then watch the evening news and your thoughts can be moved in another direction altogether. We can all get caught up in the heat of the moment. The way I continue to try to counter that is to remind myself of the lessons we learn in the Lodge, and what it truly takes to be a Mason. Be kind to all people. Examine the facts, examine history, and think for yourself; don’t let anyone think for you. One of my favorite quotes comes from Mahatma Gandhi: “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” I find this very valuable and use it when I need to focus.
February is a busy month at Mariners Lodge; we have some fun events coming up where I hope to see you. February 10th we have the Grand Lodge Valentines dance at the Parkertown Firehouse. February 24th at 7 PM we will be holding a ballroom dance lesson event at Mariners which was a great time when we did it before. There are limited spots left; contact me for information.
This month’s edition of notable Freemasons take a look at the sports world. I’m sure most basketball fans know that Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neal is a Prince Hall Mason, but did you know former Chicago Bulls Champion Scottie Pippen is as well? Also, Denver Broncos legend John Elway is a perpetual lifetime member of South Denver Lodge No. 93.
Sincerely and fraternally,
WM Peter Rahtjen