Our stated meeting of October 13th was a resounding success. Our Lodge officers practiced opening 1 2 3 and floor work. We spoke about our Grand Lodge Communication and other interesting things that are planned and are happening such as social activities, another open lecture/presentation on Oct 27th which includes a fund raising spaghetti dinner to benefit our widows and orphans. A Rusty Nail degree which is a refresher session for present and absentee brethren who want to polish up on their moves. We are planning a Past Masters Dinner and an ILCHIP program or two and much more.
I wish you would all come out and not miss out on the fun and fellowship. We have posted our lodge activities on several local social media sites. The public will remain at a perpetual distance so long as Lodges continue to keep them in the dark concerning the social activities of the Lodge. We should be very much concerned about our Masonic image. If it is good, there will be good men knocking on our west gate.
At a recent media events at Sherman Hospital and a City Council meeting our Elgin Brethren presented Teddy Bears to the Elgin Police and Fire Departments and to a child in the special care unit of the Hospital. The bears are given out by the departments to children in stressed out situations. We will order more bears and plan to have another presentation at the hospital.
We hope to draw the attention of prospective members who perceive us as an active Lodge.
A man's value to the world is in direct proportion to the unselfish service he renders. In the heart of every true Mason there is something that doesn't permit him to be so well satisfied with those things he does for himself, as with those things he does for others. That is why all members of the Craft now living, or those who shall live, owe a debt of gratitude to those who devote their lives to the teachings of Masonry.
"Masonry teaches love and kindness in the home, honesty and fairness in business or occupation, courtesy in social contacts, help for the weak and unfortunate, resistance to wickedness, trust and confidence in good men, forgiveness towards the penitent, love towards one another, and above all, reference for the Supreme Being."
May we spend so much time developing and promoting worthwhile activities and programs that we won't have time or the need to complain about what is wrong with out Fraternity.
"A Mason is not necessarily a member of a lodge. In a broad sense, he is any person who daily tries to live the Masonic life, and to serve intelligently the needs of the Great Architect."
Joseph Nugara Sr.
Elgin Lodge No. 117
A. F. & A. M.
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