Making a positive difference in our Community!
Back to Basics: Fundamentals of Freemasonry II
Making a positive difference in our Community
The Vision statement of the Grand Lodge of Washington is:
“Freemasons of Washington will be recognized as a relevant and respected Fraternity, committed to attracting and retaining all men of high quality who strive for self improvement and the opportunity to make a positive difference in their community.” Doric Lodge #92 is a Community Lodge and we have before us the opportunity to make a positive difference in our community!
The idea for the upcoming Fremont Martin Luther King Day of Service came from a discussion I had with my Senior Warden Bro. Jess Brecht. He said that the main emphasis of Masonry is Charity. From that seed came the idea of reaching out to the Fremont Community. The date of Jan 21st , Martin Luther King Day, made sense since it is a National Holiday based on Service. “A Day on, not a Day off.”
I wanted a day the Fremont Baptist Church would be able to join with Doric Lodge in a Charity event. I also wanted to include other community groups that were already making a home at Doric, such as the Fremont Neighborhood Council. A visit to one of their meetings led to networking with many other groups. Now the event has taken on a life of its own!
We will assemble disaster hygiene packets to be sent where ever disaster strikes, be it a hurricane in the United States or an earthquake in a far off land. We will be distributing information on Emergency Preparedness to the public, so they are aware of the steps to take if disaster strikes both large and small. We are bringing together Fremont community groups in a forum to show the many opportunities for service and volunteerism in 2013 and beyond. We will listen to our Keynote speaker, a distinguished Mason,
WB Franklin Donahoe, Washington State Commissioner for African-American Affairs. We will watch and gain inspiration from the service of Rev. Dr. Judith Gay and her mission trip to Haiti.
A Day of Service it will be!
It is a small seed that has grown and shows what Doric Lodge can do as a force in the Community. I spoke at the Fremont Festivus celebration recently and was warmly received as the Doric Worshipful Master. I am setting the stage for future Worshipful Master’s to do some major league charity events- for the Doric Lodge Worshipful Master to be a public figure, a man to be reckoned with in the Community.
The motto of my year- “Faith in God, Hope in Immortality and Charity for all mankind” has come alive in a way even I could not have predicted. Doric Lodge is a living, breathing entity that is greater than the sum of its parts. We are becoming a force for Good in the Community, of Men giving service and becoming better men because of it. A vibrant, growing Lodge that doesn’t hide it’s light, but shines it out for the whole world to see!