Fremont MLK Day of Service Jan. 21, 2013
Brethren, the upcoming Fremont MLK Day of Service on Jan. 21, 2013, sponsored by Doric Lodge #92, will be a day of recognition for the wonderful people of Fremont who are very caring and creative and seek all kinds of ways to help others. Many people believe that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s philosophy was just about African-Americans, but in truth, his words encompass all peoples across the globe. Social justice is a concept we can all relate to in many ways. We care about the freedom of all peoples, the dignity of the human spirit and the right to live our lives as we truly believe, fulfilling our destinies as we are meant to.
There are many opposing forces in our world that would stifle our creativity and our very essence, merely because we are different then them. We must all work together to make this a better community, a better city, a better state and a better country so that all citizens have the opportunity to excel!
Hard work, passion for what we do, the ability to put forth a vision, are all important ingredients in fulfilling ourselves. We as Masons, are blessed to have a world view that inspires us to reach for the heights of excellence, particularly as men and as citizens. These values are still deeply important for the future of our communities and our vision is a gift to the multitudes!
As we are entering the New Year, let us be confident, and diligent in our work as Masons, and bring our energies both individually and collectively to the Service of our Communities and not merely ourselves. As Dr King said, “ Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” It is wonderful and responsible for a man to take care of himself and his family well. But to truly protect our families and keep them safe, we must realize if there are troubled suffering people in the communities around us, their pain, no matter how justified, can spill over into our world unexpectedly. We must be ready to use our energies to help our fellow man, woman and child to live the most meaningful lives possible, even if it is just from our example.
Masons are gifted to be men who are taught to have deeply held beliefs and values, things to live for whether times are good or bad. Unfortunately there are many lost souls in society who don’t have direction, belief, or hope that they matter as children of a greater God. My sincerest hope is that the Fremont MLK Day of Service will in some small way cause someone in need or pain or hunger to be helped and perhaps inspired towards a better way of life in our great country. We must be hopeful and optimistic that a better day is on the horizon!
Please join us at Doric Temple for the Fremont MLK Day of Service, Jan. 21, 2013, 10am-4pm. We are proud to announce our Keynote Speaker- WB Franklin Donahoe, Washington State Commissioner of African American Affairs. The event is open to the public and admission is free.