A word from our Worshipful Master…
I am honored and humbled for the faith you have shown in electing me to serve as Worshipful Master for the ensuing year. I am looking forward to working with the other officers in putting on an exciting variety of programs and events. I have asked our Past Masters to assist me with the programming for our Stated Communications and many were happy to share the wealth of their Masonic knowledge. There will also be many opportunities to travel to other Lodges to experience unique degrees and to meet and interact with other Brothers. And lastly, we will continue to hold programs and events to promote fraternalism among the Craft, to benefit our community, and to involve our spouses, families, and friends.
As we start this new year, I have a few goals for the Lodge. First, I want to improve communications between the officers, to the Craft, and outside the Lodge. I will be holding regular officer meetings open to all Lodge members so everyone can have input into the Lodge activities. We will continue to utilize email and Facebook to get announcements out to the Craft in a timely manner. The Lodge’s Google Calendar, which can be found on the Lodge’s website and can be added to your personal calendars, will be kept up-to-date with all Lodge activities, and we will better publicize our events in Connecticut Freemasons magazine and local news forums.
Second, I would like to see improvement in our ritual work. Sequin-Level Lodge has a reputation for fine ritual and I expect us to continue in that regard. I feel there is always room for improvement when it comes to ritual, myself included, and we owe it to our candidates to perform outstanding degrees and to set the standard for the memorization that we expect from each of them as they progress through the Pipeline.
Third, our Lodge needs to actively work toward acquiring new members and retaining our current ones. Our Lodge membership continues to decline as members lay down their working tools and pass on to the Celestial Lodge. We also lose a few each year as a result of dimits or being dropped from the rolls for nonpayment of dues. These losses consistently outnumber the new petitions we receive and, if not addressed, these net losses are expected to increase in the coming years. Our Lodge can only sustain so many losses before we will be forced to increase dues in order to meet expenses. Therefore, it is incumbent on each of us to promote our Lodge and to seek out potential candidates, to introduce them to Masonry, and to show them the way to our outer door.
Lastly, I would remind us all that we should always seek to improve ourselves in Masonry, frequently consult the scriptures of our sacred texts, do good unto all, assist those in need, and be good and loyal citizens.
I am looking forward to a fun, active, and exciting year. I encourage you to come join us in our meetings and to help in advancing the above goals. With your help, Sequin-Level Lodge will continue to be the Greatest Show on Earth and each of us can proudly say that we are “Not just a Mason, but a Sequin-Level Mason!”
From my family to yours, I wish you a safe, healthy, and prosperous 2020!
– WB Tad Bistor, Worshipful Master 2020