It's hard to believe, but it has been two years since our transition to an Observant Masonic Lodge and my tenure as Worshipful Master has come to its end. I have enjoyed my time in the East immensely and I leave very proud of what we have accomplished in so short a time.
I would like to thank all the Brothers who have contributed to our success during this time. In particular, I would like to thank R.'.W.'. Richard Torrey and R.'.W.'. Richard Nuhn for the brilliant meals planned & prepared; W.'. Tom Fuzia, who was so instrumental in moving the Lodge belongings out of the Grange in Baldwinsville, first to storage, then to our new home in Liverpool; R.'.W.'. Bil Vassily, who called me a little over three years ago to ask what I knew of Traditional Observant lodges and then introduced the idea to the district: and finally to the "long time Brothers" of Seneca River Lodge like R.'.W.'. Ron Waterbury, W.'. Ed Fauler and Brother Ron Root who, along with their Brethren, were willing to give this idea a shot and who have been very present and supportive. Thank you all.
I leave the East in the very capable hands of R.'.W.'. Wade Caler, whom I wish the best of luck for his term as Worshipful Master. My Brothers, please extend every courtesy that was offered to me and is his due as Worshipful Master.
I ask that everyone step up their game! Offer to present a paper or demonstration for a meeting, organize an outing, push yourself to do something new. We have all been dressing very nicely, eating well and doing decent ritual but it is time to go beyond that. This is not just the job of the elected officers, it is the responsibility of every member of the Lodge! It's time to take that next step.
My last piece of business as Master is the exemplification of the Entered Apprentice Degree on Tuesday, June 14. All current Officers will assume that role for the degree. R.'.W.'. Vassily will contact you with more information.
After that, have a great summer. Hope to see you in September, until then...
R.'.W.'. Richard J Powell
Past Worshipful Master, Seneca River Lodge No. 160