Happy Fourth of July! The republic was set in motion 241 years ago by men including many Freemasons who could not accept the tyranny of an elite few and demanded fundamental human rights including freedom of speech, press, and association. We also just had the 300th anniversary of the founding of modern Freemasonry on June 24, a day which Masons know as the feast of St. John the Baptist. In 1717, that day marked the creation of the Grand Lodge of England. These men were virtuous men that gave of themselves to help their community and nation.

Certainly, there’s a lot to celebrate, but let’s remember that the things that we create whether large or small for the benefit of our brothers or the brotherhood of man can have a beneficial and lasting effect. How do the virtues of faith, hope, and charity come into play when we maintain a building for our lodge or work to improve a child’s health or education? How do we create lasting impact?

There are both tangible and intangible things that Masons do everyday. You know it when you see it happening. I hope to see you at a future Hall work party or a stated meeting where you too can be a part of the charity that we do everyday.

Best regards,
Don Nicodemus,
Petaluma Masonic Hall Association