DISTRICT GRAND MASTER ADDRESS ANNUAL COMMUNICATION 2017
Right Worshipful, Worshipful Brethren and Brethren; it gives me great pleasure to address you today.
We are celebrating three hundred years of masonry. The question that confronts us, is:“WILL WE MAKE A LASTING IMPACT ON SOCIETY GOING FORWARD?”
A speaker at a recent conference I attended said that institutions and movements go through three stages:
- They begin as risk-takers.
- They then grow to be care-takers.
- Eventually they end up as under-takers.
In order to be effective we must be risk-takers.
Martin Luther King (junior) had a dream of peace, brotherhood and freedom. His vision was not some lofty ideal, but a vital glace into the future. The last words of a dying organization are: “WE HAVE NEVER DONE IT THAT WAY BEFORE!”
To make an impact on society we have to face the challenge of maintaining the balance between being care-takers on the one hand and risk-takers on the other. When we limit the tenets of our procession to a recitation in the course of various ceremonies we are like a pilot flying over the Pacific Ocean without an idea of what our destination is. Will we make an impact on society as we move into the future? This question is frequently debated. The discussion often ends with a litany of all the negative factors courting against us. We are often guilty of ignoring the possibilities we do have such a nurturing the entered apprentices and fellow crafts, encouraging our master masons and supporting the master and wardens of our lodges in promoting the welfare of our lodges.
The tenets of profession are non-negotiable. They must be transmitted pure and unpolluted from generation to generation. The investment in terms of the stewardship we exercise today will go a long way, in insuring that the generations to come can benefit from the doctrines of our Order. Jean-Claude Killy was the ski champion in 1966 and 1967
- He won every major skiing trophy in addition to three Olympic medals in the Winter Olympics.
- Jean-Claude’s secret was going further than training as all his competitors were doing.
- In addition to the required training he experimented with different styles of skiing in order to maintain a better balance and increase speed.
- He took the risk of incorporating these new techniques in the competitions he participated in.
The results were three Olympic gold medals.
We face the challenge of the frequency of meetings, recruitment and the increasing cost of travelling to other towns and cities in the District. These problems will confront us in the ensuing year. Let us approach them as challenges to be overcome. Failure to seize opportunities and overcome difficulties could results in us becoming undertakers instead of risk-takers.