|I hope you all had a great summer and are ready to get back to lodge for the fall. There’s a lot of fun things to do in store for us. Brother Michael Toklish may have access for a group trip to see The Magic Flute in the city this fall; which was a Masonic opera written by brother Mozart, the Academy of Masonic Knowledge in October, as well as a District A picnic. Much more to come in the Winter months as well.
I would like to read a piece from brother William Preston’s, Illustrations of Masonry,
“The ceremony of opening and closing a Lodge with solemnity and decorum is there universally adopted among masons; and though the mode in some lodges may vary, still an uniformity in the general practice prevails in every lodge; and the variation (if any) is solely occasioned by a want of method, which a little application might easily remove.
To conduct this ceremony with propriety, ought to be the peculiar study of every Mason; especially of those who have the honour to rule in our assemblies. To persons thus dignified, every eye is directed for propriety of conduct and behaviour; and from them, other brethren, less informed, will naturally expect to derive example worthy of imitation.”
I would like to remind everyone of our solemn duties as brothers to conduct ourselves in such a manner as stated above. Our conduct and behavior is what separates us from the profane and we must practice this inside lodge so that it may carry with us outside of the lodge. I would also comment that you should speak to a brother and his family with the same respect that you demonstrate within the body of lodge. A man takes time away from his home to be with his brethren which means there is a support system allowing him to be amongst us. Please do consider that when speaking not only to a brother but also an extension of his family.
With that being said I look forward to seeing you all in September and let’s get to “Work”
Sincerely and Fraternally,
W.M. Erik W. Krogstad