Valdez Lodge No. 4
Free and Accepted Masons of Alaska
R.W. John D. May, SGW
Worshipful Master ~ 2018
Thank you for allowing me the esteemed honor to serve our lodge again as Worshipful Master. We have made significant strides over the past few years to lay a foundation for the future of this lodge. Now that we have that foundation, we need to look forward to the future and build. We are not out of the woods from our past struggles; we have simply set into place a framework to encourage us from failing. From this point forward, the future of this lodge rests with each of you.
My thought process on Masonry has evolved over the years, and I have returned to the simple truth that Masonry is a philosophical journey of self-discovery. That having been said, the way we have previously existed as a lodge will evolve this coming year. Our lodge meetings are going to provide Masonic content that will be thought provoking and that will encourage enlightened discussion. Masonry is about making good men better, by providing each of you with thoughtful tools to expand your insights about the world and yourselves.
The past practice of a couple brothers struggling to keep this lodge afloat must end. For that reason, our committees, in accordance with the Bylaws, will manage the business of the lodge. Each active lodge member will be assigned to two or three committees, and I will encourage each of the committees to accomplish a few reasonable objectives in 2018. Each committee will be asked to provide a brief report to the lodge at each stated meeting; discussion on these reports will be held until after the meeting or at the next committee meeting. I encourage each lodge member to develop leadership skills, and I feel that this can be best accomplished through our committees. This will require some additional time and planning on the part of our members. My brothers, I trust each of you will do your part for our lodge.
I will be there if you need help, just ask. I will also be there to encourage committees that are falling behind on their work. The greatest shortcomings I see in Grand Lodge are the failure of committees to accomplish their objectives; our lodge is no different. Brothers, the work of our committees can take this lodge down one road or another. One road builds the future prosperity of this lodge. The other road is to do nothing. If we choose
to be apathetic and do nothing we will have a future of difficult choices and hardships, through either increased dues or the eventual and painful liquidation of our lodge building. We are accountable only to ourselves.
Whichever road we choose, Masonry in Valdez will survive. The lodge is not a building; the lodge is all of us. My work this coming year is nurture our Craft and make Masonry thrive. I hope you will regularly attend lodge throughout the year. I hope that through Masonry, we will be inspired to nobler deeds, higher thoughts, and greater achievements. I invite you all to join me on this, our grand Masonic journey.
Sincerely & Fraternally,
R.W. John May, SGW
Valdez Lodge No. 4
F. & A.M. of Alaska