Brothers, this year just flew by. November will be step up night, and it couldn't come at a more timely point where work will take me out of town on our meeting night. December will be the election of your new officers. I only miss about one meeting a year, and it looks like this one is it. Please show our Senior Warden your support by coming to the meeting and being ready to fill in.
We have a couple of candidates elected to receive the degrees. I will schedule a degree in November when I return from my business trip. There is a great deal of hope for our lodge. We should focus on our degree work and getting our Entered Apprentices through their degrees. I am hopeful that next year the ideas of "joint degree" work, including the 1st degree will be embraced. There is much merit to joining with other lodges, not the least of which we put on strong degrees.
We will have a proficiency exam scheduled for the December meeting. Although this will be a busy and fun one, I look forward to this. Brother Tori is ready through a lot of hard work and self-study. We will continue to work with our other EAs. I would love to schedule a November fellow-craft degree.
I will repeat this a couple of times, but it has been a pleasure to serve as your Master and I look forward to supporting our new Master next year. Past masters are the backbone of any lodge - even the largest ones. I want to thank all of you that came out, offered friendly or brotherly advice and supported our lodge. We started the year with uncertainty over the question of consolidation. We are ending it with three EAs and two candidates ready to become the next generation.
The Grand Architect however answered that question for us.
Worshipful Master Ron S. Ellis