Tuesday, October 20, 2009

October 20, 2009 - GOOD DAYS/BAD DAYS

Last night, October 19th, we held our monthly Stated Communications. In my introductory remarks, I observed we all seem to have good days and bad days. In terms of good days, Dunedin Lodge seems to have been blessed over the weekend, for example:

* A Dunedin squad won the 8th Annual SunCoast Masters & Wardens Association Golf Tournament. This is the fourth year in a row Dunedin has brought home the winning trophy.

* A Dunedin Lodge Brother took "Best of Show" in the Palm Harbor Classic Car Show for his 1970 Road Runner.

* A group of Dunedin Brothers attended the annual Fort Clinch Civil War-era outdoor MM degree, hosted by Amelia Lodge No. 47 F.& A.M., just north or Jacksonville. This was the 9th year in a row I attended and, as always, the Brothers of Amelia Lodge did a splendid job.

These were all fun events, all of which raised money for worthy Masonic charities.

But with the good, comes the bad:

* Yesterday I visited a Brother at Tampa General Hospital who just had his second kidney removed due to cancer. Although the operation went well, he developed a clot on his left lung which caused complications and made his blood pressure dangerously low. The Brother is but 60 years old, and it is unknown at this time if he'll make it, but we are all pulling for his recovery.

* Our Chaplain reported that his 17 year old son had to go to the hospital for an MRI. They fear he has brain cancer.

* We were notified that a Brother from out of town had passed away and that it will be necessary for us to conduct the funeral service.

It seems you cannot have the good without the bad. I don't consider myself a super religious person, but I do ask that all Masons keep these Brothers in their prayers. I'm convinced such thought does, in fact, help.

My year in the East is coming to an end in less than 90 days. During my first tour of duty as Worshipful Master I was scrambling at this time to complete projects before the end of the year. This year, the projects are basically done, but we have some minor tasks remaining, primarily fund raising events. My biggest concern is getting our younger members to step up to the plate and take more of an active role in degrees and Lodge business. It seems the younger people are less inclined to learn the work than my generation and this disturbs me greatly. Nonetheless, I will persevere.

Stay tuned!

Until next time.

All the Best,
Dunedin Lodge No. 192 F.& A.M.
Dunedin, FL, USA
"For the Good of the Order"

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