From The East - January 2018

posted Jan 1, 2018, 12:39 PM by John Ferguson

From the East

It is hard to believe that another year is upon us. Where does the time go? As this new year begins, I ask that we all think back to what brought each of us to the door of Freemasonry. The reasons that brought us there are as valid today as they were then.  We are currently seeing an influx of new members who are at that point right now. They have knocked at our door and asked for our help to become better men. We have accepted them into our fold and agreed to call them brother.  We now must show them what it means to be a Mason.

So what does it mean to be a Mason? Is it just a cool ring or a bumper sticker?  I know all of us would answer: “No, it is so much more than that.”  Even though we would all say it is more, do our actions show that? How long now have we just been trading on our name? We use examples like George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. Where are the examples of today? In other words, what have we done lately?  The next George Washington may very well be amongst the newer brothers that we are bringing up through the ranks now.

We owe it to these new brothers to teach them everything we can about being a Mason. We owe it to ourselves to be the example of what Masonry can and should be. The next time you are in our lodge room, take a look at the pictures on the wall; we owe it to all the brothers that have gone this way before to be the very example that we speak of.  As I said at installation I am both honored and humbled to stand amongst you, my Brothers. I do not take the responsibility of the East lightly. I have both a vision and direction that we need to move towards. I feel that my fellow officers share that vision. It is my hope that this direction will not be seen as a change to Freemasonry in Redmond, but rather a restoration of it.


H. L. Haywood wrote in “More About Masonry,”

"What business has any lodge to be nothing but a machine for grinding out

the work: It was not called into existence in order to have the minutes

read: Even a mystic tie will snap under the strain of cheerlessness,

Repetition, monotony, dullness. A lodge needs a fire lighted in it.”


 I look forward to an exciting and fun year for Redmond Lodge. Our lodge is truly favored by having so many knocking at our door. The work to show them what it means to be a Mason will be difficult but the rewards of that work will far outweigh the effort.  If it were easy, then every man would be a Mason.


Sincerely and Fraternally,

WB. Jerry Anderson