I have now been installed for my sixth time as Master......hmmmm.....not my original "plan"...sit in each chair, enjoy a year as Master and go off and play in Scottish Rite, York Rite, Shrine....what happened....well the funny thing about going through a progressive line and actively participating and doing the work is it is a great experience ! Most shy away from the management / leadership aspect of being Master since it is not apart of their normal life. I work as a manager and running a lodge is a unique challenge that I enjoy. I have taken the time and effort to memorize all of the parts of "standard" ritual so all I need to do is refresh for degree nights. So the Master part is easy for me.... being Master is never easy, requires constant effort, focus and can be exhausting and frustrating. So why do it six times......it is also very rewarding and satisfying to see the results of your effort.
As I enter my second term as Master of my second affiliate lodge, I only hope that when the year is over and my successor is installed I can look back and say well done, mission accomplished, the lodge is in better condition than when I took over. I can say that about my two years as Master of my home lodge and my two years as Master of my first affiliate lodge. Is that not the job of any leader ? Provide a brighter future than when you started.
So here is to 2014, every thing is in place to make it a great year ! So mote it be