The Grand Lodge of Michigan’s Annual Communication was this week. This was my second trip, and I highly recommend all Masons attend one of these events, especially upcoming Worshipful Masters.
- Wednesday, May 31st – 5th Wednesday Discussion Night
- Monday, June 12th – Visit Olive Lodge #156 in Chelsea
- Monday June 19th – School of Instruction @ Palmyra Lodge #184
- Wednesday, June 21st – Standard Communication and “3H” night: Dress code is Hawaiian, Hillbilly, and/or Harley.
March is winding down and Spring weather is settling in. I wanted to talk this month about a section of the closing that always caught my attention.
Sometime in February my youngest was looking at the Masonic sticker on the back of the vehicle as she helped me unload groceries. She piped up in her sweet little voice and asked, “Dad, do you think you’ve been living better since you joined the Masons?”
My immediate thought was “Yes, of course!”, but I didn’t answer right away. I took a moment to reflect on the happenings of the last few years to make sure it was true.
When I did answer, I told her. “Yes I do honey. Since joining the Lodge I’ve become a better friend, father, husband, neighbor, and person in general.”
“What do you mean?”, she asked.
I explained, “Well, I make it a point to ask more how friends are doing rather than just hang out. I look for ways to help where before I might have just wished them well. I try to spend more time with you girls as well as your Mom. And I’ve learned to move out of my comfort zone and do and try things I would have avoided before. It’s not that I was a bad person before, I’ve just learned to be better.”
She agreed with me and we finished our task.
It’s always a good idea to take a little time now and again and reflect on how you are going about your journey through life, and she gave me a chance to do that just then. The growth the Fraternity has helped me to achieve has come through the things we are taught in our lectures and educational pieces, as well as just hanging out with a wonderful group of guys. I can’t say enough how members of the Lodge have helped me out over the years. Through listening, advising, encouraging, assisting with problems, and just being there as a friend and Brother. I would not be where I am in life without them.
Speaking of which, we had our annual Past Master’s Dinner with oyster stew and a Master Mason degree all in one day. Seeing some of the Past Masters come up to Lodge and carry on with each other and Brothers they’ve not seen in a long time was a wonderful sight. It was like they’d only missed a meeting or two and were right back at giving each other a hard time, chatting about their lives, and having just a great time.
That kind of Brotherly Love is hard to come by, and the Fraternity promotes it so well, I’m proud to be a member of this Lodge. We had another Brother we’d not seen in awhile make it back up for the Business meeting and it was great seeing him. He had a good time and expects to return more regularly.
I’m hoping we’ll be seeing some more returning members, as I miss a lot of the guys from my early years who helped myself and so many others like me get involved in everything the Lodge has to offer.
As always, feel free to drop me a line and I look forward to our next meeting (be it formal or informal).
Come join Clinton Lodge for an Irish Afternoon filled with family, friends, food and fun March 11th from 1-5p.
This family friendly evening will feature Irish food selections including kid friendly food alternatives. After dinner stick around for fun family games, kid friendly movies and other activities. Be sure to bring your families favorite game and/or activity to share.
Seating is limited so be sure to RSVP right away, as they tickets will go fast.
If you would like to help or have a dish you would like to bring feel free to contact Bro. Joseph McKelvie using the link below.
We Miss You!
Hello again Brothers!
One of the reasons for starting this blog was for Brothers that couldn’t attend meetings could get an idea of what’s going on. What I hope to accomplish by doing that is to bring back some of the Brothers that we haven’t seen in awhile. The impression I got when speaking to a couple Brothers that hadn’t been up in a long time was that they felt they lost touch with what the Lodge was doing while they were away. The feeling was that they were hesitant to come back because they felt they like they missed out and wouldn’t fit in.
Remember when you first joined? You knew 1-3 guys, had no idea what was going on, etc.. You grew to know, respect, and love your Brothers.
Being gone for a stretch is even easier to overcome. These Brothers I saw in the community and easily struck up a conversation with them. It was like nothing had changed, and we talked about family, work, etc. The connection is still there, and still strong. You just need to come on up the third Wednesday of the month and come back to see us.
On that note, this month’s meetings have been a lot of fun.
We had a Fellowcraft Degree on the 11th that was quite impressive. The 10 visiting Brethren, mostly from Tecumseh including their Worshipful Master, along with Cement City’s Worshipful Master really enjoyed the degree work. Dinner arrived late, but the pizza was greatly appreciated.
January’s business meeting didn’t feature any guests, but did have a delicious chili prepared by Bro. Miller’s wife, Valerie. We discussed plans for upcoming events and made a donation to the Chad Tough volleyball fundraiser being held at the High School March 11th.
Speaking of charitable donations, even if you can’t make regular meetings, we can always use help running Charity Poker. Three of us a shift count money, hand out poker chips, and enjoy hanging out with each other. As Worshipful Brother Quick is fond of saying, “It’s a heck of a lot easier than bake sales and raffles!”
Here’s a couple of things from the upcoming schedule (Which you can see by clicking the downward arrow next to about on the left side menu there and clicking calendar.)
Jan 29th – DeMolay “DemCon” gaming event
Jan 31st – Cigar night at La Casa De La Habana
Feb 3rd – Visit Tecumseh Lodge #69
Feb 8th – MM Practice
Feb 15th – Regular Communication
Feb 22nd – Lodge of Instruction at Clinton Lodge
Feb 25th – MM Degree and Past Master’s Dinner (11am start)
Lots going on, lots of good fellowship, discussion, education, and growth, both personal and Lodge wise.
Can’t wait to see you there, and for you to see my fancy hat.