Brethren, the end of the year is fast approaching , and we will soon be electing a new Master for the ensuing year. I must say that at one point I felt like my year would never end (LOL). But now that its here I think that it went too fast. Like most Past Masters I feel like there was much more that I could have done along the way. Since I knew that we would not be in line for the Silver State award (too many lost brothers) I concentrated on the biggest issue facing our Lodge today CONSOLIDATION.
The positive points of this move are:
- We will own the Building.
- $100.00 yearly dues.
- A new name, Sparks Lodge #25, that is more marketable and community oriented to attract new members.
- More parking with easier access. More Brothers to fill stations and plan various community and fundraising events.
Are there possible problems and issues facing us? Certainly, however during the past year our meetings have averaged 8-9 Brothers. This coming year the new Master cannot fill at least 4 chairs so far. Think about how we, as a Lodge, are heading. We will be voting on consolidation with Wadsworth Lodge #25 at our December stated.
On Nov 11th, and 12th our Grand Lodge convened at the Orleans hotel in Las Vegas. Congratulations to our new Grand Master, Most Worshipful John M. Buffington. I know I speak for all the Brothers at Ben Franklin #45 that we wish you much success in the ensuing year. Also moving on up the Grand Line is our own Stephen V. Robison, who was appointed Worshipful Grand Junior Deacon for the Ensuing year. Congratulations!!!! Brother Steve.
Finally, I wish to humbly thank all the officers of Ben Franklin who worked hard to support this Lodge, while at the same time being tactful and gracious enough to not bring up my many mistakes. God Bless you, and all the Brethren at Ben Franklin#45.
People are much more likely to act their way into a new way of thinking, than think their way into a new way of acting ~ Richard Pascale
Worshipful Master Daniel R. McDermott