Greetings from the East,
Amazing! The peak of autumn in mid-October – golds and yellows, crimson red, bright burnt orange, faded greens. I had the opportunity to experience a kaleidoscope of these colors while driving south on I-71 to Cincinnati for the 205th Annual Grand Lodge communication. Brethren, take the time to experience and enjoy each and every season. Every season reveals God’s glorious works and wonderful creations!
An important proposal passed at Grand Lodge allows for Ohio lodges to have gambling on the premises that is permitted according to the laws of the State of Ohio. This is a step in the right direction for our fraternity. The proposal to allow alcohol consumption (beer, wine and champagne) received significant support, but did not achieve the required majority to pass. I believe this issue should be decided by individual lodges and, hopefully, there will be a proposal to do this in the near future.
Another point of importance at Grand Lodge was our Worshipful Brother, Jonathan Krapf, was appointed as a District Educational Officer for the 22nd District. In my travels, there is no better lecturer in the District. He reflects all the principles and lessons that are taught in the lectures and is truly a Mason to emulate. Congratulations and good luck to Worshipful Brother Krapf!
I want to thank my primary officers, Senior Warden Jimmy Dixon and Junior Warden Steve Pominville. In the leadership forums, they stress that if you have a successful year it is because of your officers but if you don’t then it’s a fault of the master! I believe we had a successful year and a lot of that success is because of these brothers and by the work of the other officers. Thanks for your efforts and hard work. I will be supportive and assist you in your journey to the East. I hope and challenge all Past Masters and brethren to do the same.
This is my last article written by me as your Worshipful Master. Our editor told me to write with some substance. I tried to touch on the teachings and principles of Masonry and the importance of education and proficiency and the work the Craft. I tried to be insightful and meaningful and it my hope that the brethren took something back from these articles. I have my notes on when I was first installed as Master from our Past Master’s breakfast. Being an operative mason, I talked of the restoration and rebuilding of our lodge. My main goal was to establish a solid foundation for our future officers and our lodge as a whole to build on. I hope to some degree I have accomplished this role. Once again, thanks to everybody who has aided and assisted me this past year. It was a pleasure and an honor to serve you as the 86th Worshipful Master of Rocky River 703. Thank you and God bless.
Michael Goldbach, Worshipful Master