Masters Message October 2020
The season has finally turned over to Fall and early signs are showing up all around. Some trees are starting to shed leaves while apples and pumpkins adorn local farm stands. We all desire and yearn to return to our normal schedules and attend the usual events, whether they are Halloween parties, taking kids out to Trick or Treat, or picking apples at the local orchard. I, too, wanted to get back to holding lodge meetings at Scottish Rite and resume our work in the quarries. I allowed this desire to take me outside of the boundaries of my duty to this lodge.
The Wardens, along with a number of other brothers, helped to remind me of that duty and I am grateful for their support and counsel. The duty that I had lost sight of was the one to ensure the safety and well-being of my brothers and, by extension, their families. At all times, this is the duty that is at the forefront of my mind and it is this duty that guides me. Because of this, I have decided to resume our meetings on Zoom starting this month. I will be opening a Zoom meeting each Wednesday so that there is a forum for all to talk and touch base. The officers and I will be reaching out to all our brothers to see if we can be of any assistance.
I am moving forward with an initiative to “adopt” a local community organization every other month. This will entail collecting items needed by the organization, volunteering time to assist them and giving them a platform to educate us about their mission. The first organization is Project Hand Up and I encourage everyone to learn more by visiting the following site: http://www.btcsundaymeal.com/project-hand-up.html
As Thanksgiving is a busy time for the organization, they have let me know that all the sides and fixings for a traditional Turkey dinner are their greatest need (stuffing, turkey gravy, jellied cranberry sauce, any canned veggies, boxed mashed potatoes, canned pumpkin, and canned yams). I will have the link on our Facebook page for this organization and the details for the weekly Zoom will be put up there as well.
I want to congratulate our three Fellowcraft on being raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason as Armando Barragan- Tovar, Allen LaMoore and Matthew L. Mayers participated in the degree conferred by Grand Lodge on September 26th!
As always, I stand ready to help, aid and assist the brethren in any way I can and with all the resources available to me.
Scott E. Miller