My First Six Months as Worshipful Master
I’ve been Worshipful Master of my lodge for six months and I have to tell you that it’s been an inspiring, enlightening experience. With that said, it hasn’t been an easy road to get here.
I began the year with a vision and a plan of where I wanted to see the lodge progress toward by the end of the year. In a perfect world, we would be on track and I wouldn’t be second guessing my direction. Fortunately, this world isn’t perfect.
If you’re not familiar with the term “Worshipful Master,” it is a title given to the head of a Masonic lodge. The lodge elects a member to lead them each year based on their merits and contributions to the lodge during their membership. This year I was fortunate that my lodge saw me as capable of being their leader.
Being Worshipful Master is not without its challenges. You’re responsible for overseeing all of the activities of the lodge, from fundraising to increasing membership. Regardless of what plan you began the year with, there will be those that disagree with your approach because it diverges from the path they’re accustomed to traveling or simply because it’s not they’re idea.
You’ll be called upon more than any other time in your tenure as a member because you are now the face of your lodge. How you move in Masonic circles, and even in your personal life, affects how other Masonic brethren view your lodge. At times, it can be quite a burden, but only if you let it be.
As a Mason, I believe I am a part of something that can change the world. As the Worshipful Master, I believe I’m in the best position to do my part in making that change.
My lodge consists of men who are movers, shakers, and influencers, filled with a desire to give and to serve those in need. That desire propels us toward becoming a pillar within our community, not only helping the less fortunate, but also the underrepresented and disenfranchised.
I see us taking up the mantles of those who have been wronged, left behind, or forgotten. We will pull up those that have fallen and champion them by raising them up higher than they thought they could go.
We are role models and mentors to both young and old alike, providing inspiration and paving a way for those with a passion to help to follow in our footsteps. We can also work to awaken the passions of those that have struggled to overcome whatever challenges that have affected their walk, be it personal or a product of today’s societal ills.
What we were when I joined, what we are at present, and what we can become inspires me as I serve my year in the East as Worshipful Master. It is truly an honor to serve with the men in my lodge and to strive daily to be better and to create better.
If you ever considered being the Worshipful Master of your lodge, or any position of leadership for that matter, remember that it is a blessing to even be considered worthy of such an honor. To this day, I’m still in awe of how my brothers looked to me as having potential to serve in one of our organizations top offices.
I’m looking forward to what we can accomplish together in the remaining six months of 2017.
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