Warren G. Harding Lodge #260

How to become a Mason.

MASTER'S MESSAGE DECEMBER 2011

WB Chris Gunnell

Greetings from the East.

As 2011 rapidly comes to a close and, given the season, I think it is natural to look back on the past year and make a silent, personal accounting of our lives and how we lived them the previous 12 months. I'm sure that we all have regrets of our shortcomings and also moments of pride of those times where we had a personal victory. Masonically, I am proud of our Lodge in the ways that we have come together during the past year and how we were able to focus our efforts and achieve successes. No matter our shortcomings or victories this past year, a new year is approaching. Now is a good time to introspectively make an accounting of where we stand personally, and determine the path we will follow for the next 12 months. What do we hope to accomplish? Who will we help? What new experiences will we attempt?

As I ponder these questions, I am tempted to want to make drastic new goals and list the many things that I would like to accomplish. And though this is a noble pursuit, I will settle for one goal: Being more mindful of the person next to me. In the Charge given at the end of our meetings, we are reminded of a few qualities that become us as Masons, and after listing a few of these, the Charge continues, "These generous principles extend further, for every human being has a claim upon your kind offices". I hope we can all strive to remember this simple sentence and to be mindful of the person next to us.

January is shaping up to be a busy month. The District Deputy's official visit is upon us and we have a 1st degree planned. I encourage you to sign up for the degree team and help out in this worthy endeavor. Adam Derr is setting up the team, so please contact him to get your name on the list. Stay tuned for the next Masonic fellowship opportunity. The recent target shooting outing was well attended and well received. Check out the pictures found here on the website.

My friends, I wish you the warmest regards for a happy holiday season from all of my family. Have a safe and enjoyable Christmas and New Year!

Fraternally,

WM Christopher C. Gunnell