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First–Mentoring: Last year I asked Most Worshipful Brother Jon Broyles, to form a special committee to put together a Grand Lodge Mentoring Manual for my year. It was completed in January and very well received by the Brethren. It is in its second printing. Second–Membership: Brethren, we are down to just over 37,700 members in the Grand Lodge. As of September 1st, we have raised 804, reinstated 447, but lost 923 to death and 1372 to suspension for Non-Payment of Dues; a net loss of 1044 this year. We must concentrate our efforts to obtain qualified new members AND find ways to keep the interest of the Brethren we already have. Third–The Achievement Award: Previous changes to the Achievement Award created numerous problems and complaints. In response, modifications were easily made to make the Achievement Award process more user friendly and less objectionable. Out of the 342 lodges in the state, 38% will earn the award compared to 29% last year; 71 are honor lodges and 60 are honor lodges with distinction. Fourth–Our Masonic Youth: Financially, we already support each of our Masonic Youth, but they need more. I encouraged our lodge members to attend the Youths’ meetings and to get involved. I asked each of our three Masonic Youth Organizations to submit a one page write-up on their organization for our Masonic Minutes on our Webpage so that the lodge’s Masonic Education Officer could inform their Lodge members as much as possible about them. Brethren, the youth are our future. Fifth–Veterans and members of our Armed Forces: I asked our Lodges to visit the Veteran’s Hospitals or Veteran’s Homes in their area or to have programs for Veterans in their lodges to show our appreciation for their service. The Masonic Home also instituted its own appreciation program. We cannot and should never forget the sacrifices made by our Veterans and members of the Armed Forces and we should show them how much we appreciate them. and Sixth–Brotherly Love: Brethren, I feel that the Tenants of Freemasonry--Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth are what sets us apart from other organizations; and that the most significant is Brotherly Love. Even Missouri’s Masonic Seal is inscribed “Union and Brotherly Love.” From Psalm 133, in the Entered Apprentice degree, the first words that the candidate hears from the Worshipful Master are “Behold how good and how pleasant it is for Brethren to dwell together in unity” to the last words that the Worshipful Master says to the candidate in the Master Mason degree “But we, as speculative Masons, are taught to make use of it (the Trowel) for the more noble and glorious purpose of spreading the cement of Brotherly Love and Affection, that cement that binds us into one sacred band or society of friends and brothers among whom no contention should ever exist, but that noble contention or rather emulation of who can best work and best agree.” Brethren, the next time you are watching a degree, listen to the obligations. Remember when you took them? We must live our obligations! Spread that cement of Brotherly Love with your Brethren.

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Official Proceedings - Grand Lodge MO Communication 2015  

Official proceedings of the One Hundred Ninety-Fourth Annual Communication Columbia Sept 28-29 A.D. 2015 A.L. 6015

Official Proceedings - Grand Lodge MO Communication 2015  

Official proceedings of the One Hundred Ninety-Fourth Annual Communication Columbia Sept 28-29 A.D. 2015 A.L. 6015

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