There are a few of us who have been around for a while and have seen the highs and the lows. I would like to take this time to thank you for "just being you".
As I keep telling you, your Lodge (each or you collectively) is making a difference and people are noticing. Your Lodge, because of each of you, has all the earmarks and signs of being one of the premier Lodges in the State of Wisconsin in the near future. You are all learning the "talk" but more importantly you are already "walking the walk". Although our Ritual work is progressing more than nicely, your involvement with the community, your churches, your family, our sweethearts, and those less fortunate, is shining brightly.
The future of your Lodge is solid and with your friends and acquaintances as well as those great caring candidates known to us as only "interested", are really gifts that we have been given. You are becoming known for not just your Ritual, but for the essences of our Fraternity; compassion, caring, service, friendships, fellowship, gentleness and moral role models for Brothers, non Brothers and families alike.
Your efforts are recognized and I just wanted to thank each and everyone of you. At our last EA degree, I counted almost 40 on the lines (both our members and visitors), the committees are professional and productive, ideas or flowing and the love of the Craft is evident.
You have given the Leadership your vision of what you want it to look like and it is a great one. To all the senior members who have not been to Lodge for a while, we miss you and are anxious to show you what we have going on. We have a long way to go to get to where I have been told you want to go, but it all starts with PASSION and I am grateful that you all have it.
God Bless each and every one of you.