Freemasons of Washington will be recognized as a relevant and respected Fraternity, committed to attracting and retaining all men of high quality who strive for self improvement and the opportunity to make a positive difference in their community.
Freemasonry, as a worldwide Fraternity, has a very innovative, interesting and intriguing history. Based on Master Craftsmen who trained and mentored their successors in the art of designing and building the temples and structures of historical significance, time taught them how to learn new ideas, with new materials, and change the concepts of lasting construction. The meaning of their craft has stood the test of time and the changes that were learned has carried through to our present day.
We have learned, and changed, and now use our esoteric teachings to better ourselves for the future. We no longer toil with our hands in the quarries but with our minds in molding good men into morally sound men, husbands, fathers, and community leaders. We lead by setting the example with thoughtfulness, civility, integrity, charity and honesty. We have come a long way from the time of King Solomon and we have learned many new lessons, but we would not have succeeded without accepting change as a part of learning.
This is why my theme for my Grand Master year is “Learn & Change”. Freemasons yearn to learn. We soak up wise knowledge like a sponge, in our homes, churches, lodges, and work places. We strive to teach and educate all that are around us. We take pride in what we have learned that has taught us about ourselves and mankind in general.
But now I come to the word that strikes fear into many Masons. That word is “change”. We talk a lot about making change, know that we must do so if we are going to survive as a Fraternity, but forget what history has taught us; that without change there can be only minimal advancement. Yes, everything changes with the right amount of time and eventually turns to dust and blows away. But we as Freemasons have an advantage, as our quest for knowledge will lead us to learn from history and make changes for the betterment of mankind.