Warren G. Harding Lodge #260

How to become a Mason.

MASTER'S MESSAGE MARCH 2012

WB Chris Gunnell

Greetings from the East!

Principle vs. Principal

Worry, like a rocking chair will give you something to do, but it won't get you anywhere. -Vance Havner

One of the tenets of Freemasonry, one of its principles, is charity. We masons pride ourselves on the fact that we are a philanthropic organization. We donate with the best of them. Warren G. Harding #260 has a very established and distinguished history of charity work. I am grateful for this and am most proud of my lodge. This pride makes it all the more difficult to write this. I am worried about our principal. I am speaking of the principal monies we use to fund the lodge. Our principles are intact, but our principal dwindles. At some point, we need to favor one over the other, just a bit, to ensure that WGH #260 can actually support all of the tenets of our craft. This balancing act can be a bit tenuous and is always laden with emotions. I have always fancied myself a realist. For those of you who know me best, you know that I cannot hide what I am thinking. I will always let you know what I am thinking, sometimes to my detriment. Right now I am thinking that we need to protect our principal. Bottom line: We have X amount of funds in the bank. We spend Y amount each year and make Z amount in interest. Y is greater than Z. This means that X is getting smaller each year. Basic financial law states that to increase X, you must either collect more or spend less, or both.

William Arthur Ward said, The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. Warren G. Harding Lodge #260 needs to adjust its sails. You will be hearing more about this very soon. Right now is a dark time in our country. The economy is wounded and isn't getting better quickly. However, the optimist in me remembers what they say, The shadow proves the sunshine. I hope that we can all work together to make the necessary sacrifices to keep our craft alive for many more generations in Poulsbo.

Our Masonic game night is gaining in popularity. We had tables with Texas Hold 'Em, Pinochle and Cribbage going in February. For March, the game night will be on the 31st. I hope to see you all there.

Fraternally,

WM Christopher Gunnell