I challenge each and every Mason to look at that man in the mirror. Reflect on your zeal for the institution that caused you to desire light. Have you discovered all that you wish from being a Mason? Are you still in pursuit of becoming that perfect ashlar? What have you done to enrich the lives of those around you? Have you stretched your cable-tow lately? Being a Mason is not just a title but most importantly, a way of life. We are all brothers tied to the bindings of the exact same book we pledged our allegiance. I am steadfast to the belief that I can improve myself daily and lessen the burden of those in need. I am not assuming that your journey is not that of a noble path. I welcome each and every Brother who is willing to sacrifice their time to enlighten our Lodge collectively before, during and after our meetings. Share with us your life journey. Help us explore how to improve our Lodge. Help us make Rocky River 703 a place where our friends and family can be raised as opposed to familiar memories of something once great that had been neglected.
I have a huge step to make next year as I proceed to the East. I will need the support of all my Brethren. There is an impressive increase of new petitions and plural members looking to join our Lodge. I would like for them to have a welcome and exciting experience. It is all too easy to dismiss past experience as working knowledge. Our Lodge has a repository of vast untapped wisdom that is begging to be passed down. Masonic teachings consistently remind us of the power of hope. I am hopeful that we can grow our Lodge so it can prosper and be great again. It all begins with an honest look at that Mason in the mirror.