A word from our Worshipful Master…
January – April 2017
I am honored that you elected me to serve as Master this year. I do not take this responsibility lightly. No matter what point in history a Mason ascends to the Oriental chair, the particular actions, responsibilities, and commitments required by the Master of a Lodge are numerous. This year is no exception.
Outside the walls of our Lodge, in the profane world, we saw some of the best and worst out of humanity in 2016. I’m happy to report that in my travels I never personally saw a Brother bring the troubles of an outside world in turmoil, within the walls of our institution. If 2016 showed us anything, it was that the Masonic lessons we learn and the tools with which we have been presented, when applied, serve to unite rather than tear apart. Lets us make 2017 a year in which we not only guard the entrance of our Lodge from the problems of the outside world, but strive to apply what we know in our everyday lives to be a beacon of light for our families, friends, and community.
My theme for this year at Coastal Lodge No. 57 will be “Growth”. It’s such a simple word yet it means so much. We hear the stories of an era when Masons filled Masonic Temples to the brim. Someday, we may see that again but the reality is that as a fraternity our membership has dwindled. There are a number of reasons attributed to this loss and anyone who has been around for a while has heard most if not all those reasons. I’m a strong believer that the more you focus your thoughts and energy upon a specific thing, that’s what you’ll ultimately get. For too long our focus has been on loss and not enough on growth. What may have been good for previous generations may not necessarily be relevant to a new generation of Masons. The man knocking at our door needs to know that what he gets from being a Brother of our fraternity is something he can’t find anywhere else. Before we can grow our membership we have to grow internally. On an individual level it’s important that we challenge ourselves to be better men today than we were yesterday. On a group level, we should be doing the same thing as a Lodge. It’s easy to become stagnant and fall into a routine. Outside of the basic essentials for living, the reason any of us do anything is that anticipation that we’ll experience something new. If Brothers experience the same old thing every time they come to Lodge then the Lodge will experience the same decline in members. I encourage each and every Brother, no matter how long you’ve been in this fraternity to get involved and be active in some way. There are several opportunities to assist the Lodge from helping with meals, preparing the Lodge room, working on committees, helping with special events such as the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival and more. If anyone has a great idea I want to hear it.
Finally, one of the opportunities for a Brother to be active and support the Lodge is with the physical work and growth of the actual Temple. When a work party is set up it would be great to see new Brothers rolling up their sleeves and helping out. In the past, the same core group of Brothers have taken the responsibility upon themselves to get the work done. It is time for the newer and younger Brothers to invest themselves into making Coastal Lodge No. 57 the best that it can be.
Once again, thank you my Brothers for the opportunity to serve you as Master for this year. I look forward to working with and hearing from each one of you on how we can continue to be the example of what Freemasonry is all about, grow to new heights as a Lodge, and grow to be better men and Masons.
Brother Kristopher Dorsett, Master