| Master's Message —
Fraternal greetings from the East. As we end the first quarter of the new year, I could not be prouder or happier of our progress. Thank you, Brethren for your active engagement in all our efforts. From newly Raised Brethren, to returning Past Masters, to visiting Brethren, Matawan Lodge #192 is a bustling center of activity. I would like to provide an update after our first few months of 2019.
Membership – We have Initiated a new Brother, William ”Bud” Galvin. Bud has been attending dinners and events for months where he has demonstrated his dedication and qualities befitting a Mason. We expect a great future in Masonry for our new Brother. We also have other candidates in discussions. Lastly, we have had the honor of welcoming back several Past Masters who have been away for some time. It is an amazing sight to see so much experience interact with our newer Brothers.
Fundraising – Under the Craftsman’s Club, we are driving fundraising efforts in an aggressive way. Our Wine Tasting event sold out weeks before the event. It will be a wonderful high–end fundraiser. We have our famous corned beef and cabbage dinner in March. Our breakfasts have been well attended and we are planning many additional dinners. We also have some out–of–the–box initiatives that we have not done in the past. One of our recent fundraisers includes the sale of over 300 lapel pins spearheaded by Bro Robert Meyer.
Light – We continue to have a full schedule of guest speakers that will add to our esoteric, historic, and working knowledge. With more business being handled at our monthly Craftsman’s Club meetings, what a joy it is for Brethren to come together to be enlightened. Please join us!!
Charity – Our SW, Bro. Chris DiStefano headed a relief effort for 3 families burned out of their homes in Aberdeen. The District fully supported this effort with Brothers from every Lodge making huge donations. Donations not used by the family will be donated to a Church thrift store in Keyport. Thank you all so much!!
Fellowship – Our Regular Communications have been very well attended by Brethren from Matawan Lodge and visiting Brethren alike. We couldn’t be more excited to see our sidelines full. More importantly, Matawan Lodge is a band of visiting Brothers. Barely a meeting in the 17th District goes by without a member of Matawan Lodge sitting in. I commend our newest members for the energy and effort they bring!!
Lastly, working together towards a common goal has many benefits. It warms my heart to see the Brethren working together in harmony to accomplish that which we could never expect to get done alone. I sincerely thank each of you who are working extra so Matawan Lodge #192 can succeed!!
|Cordially & Fraternally,
|Worshipful Master, 2019
by Bro. Carl W. Mason
A Mason's hand is a hand that helps,
That lifts the fallen one,
That comes, in need, with a kindly deed
To him whose strength is gone.
A Mason's heart is a heart that loves
The best that is good and true
He stands the friend, his best to lend,
Under his banner blue.
A Mason's eye is an eye that smiles
And his a cheering voice;
He spreads the light, dispels the night
And makes the world rejoice.
Over the earth in stranger lands,
Where distant peoples dwell,
The eye, the grip, the life, the lip,
Of love unchanging tell.
George Washington’s Rules of Civility and
Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation