What do we stand for?

As individuals, as community members, as masons, and as a Lodge, what do we stand for? Who are we? What are we currently doing to make those around us happier, and the world a better place? And most importantly: How do we get from where we are to where we want to be?

Most of our teachings focus on the improvement of the individual, but I would argue that equally important is our betterment as a group of people. It is important to remember that as a Lodge we are much more than just the sum of our parts. We have the ability to have a transformative impact on the lives of our members, our families, and our community.

I encourage us all to examine those harsh truths about ourselves and our Lodge that too often get overlooked because they are uncomfortable. Then ask what the Lodge, and you as a member of it, can learn from those truths. It is only through the examination of harsh truths that we have the opportunity to grow. Growth is how we stay relevant in today’s world, and in the lives of our members.

We must examine what we do, and do not do, and then hold ourselves up against the ideals we believe so strongly in: Brotherly Love, Relief,
and Truth.

What fraternal and family activities can we engage in to grow the Brotherly Love in our Lodge? What donations and hands-on service can we do to provide more Relief for our community? What can we do to uphold the standard of Truth we so admire in a world under seige from misinformation?

I encourage you to think on these questions individually, and then discuss them with your brothers. Finally, we should discuss them as a Lodge. Only together can we make our great Lodge even more outstanding than it already is.

Fraternally and Respectfully,
Alexander M Saslow
Junior Warden