My Brethren All, this past April we were able to meet in the Grand Lodge Session after a year of limited Masonic activity statewide. Although we were not able to have full attendance of constituent lodge officers as in the past, there was undoubtedly the same warm feeling of Brotherly Love as we came together to conduct the business of the Grand Lodge. There were resolutions that had been postponed from the year 2019 requiring consideration, as well as current resolutions to be acted on. All went extremely well, and everyone came away excited, ready to return home and get back to work.
The pandemic, having denied us the ability to hold a regular Grand Lodge Session last year, and due to the absence of a Grand Junior Warden during the 2020-2021 year, The Grand Lodge’s first order of business was to elect a Grand Junior Warden for the 2021 Session. I am both deeply humbled and honored to have served as your Grand Junior Warden for that brief time; later that same morning, by your ballot, I was elected to serve as the Grand Senior Warden for 2021-2022. Brethren, that was the most humbling experience in my masonic history. It is an honor to serve the Grand Lodge of Louisiana alongside the very capable Grand Line of Officers you elected to the 2021-2022 year. With the Blessing of The Great Architect of the Universe, and with his guidance, I will endeavor to warrant your confidence.
Traveling around the state, I have seen a significant increase in degree work, which we all know reflects this unprecedented time that we have endured when candidates did not receive degrees either by their own request are due to lodge attendance for fear of contracting the virus. I have also seen an increase in petitions for degrees in masonry, and most notably, the number of younger men seeking out our fraternity is both refreshing and incredible.
History teaches us that when our Nation faced difficult times, much like what we are currently enduring, It has always managed to rebound and come out better and stronger than it was before. Let us all unite, in the spirit of brotherly love, with Most Worshipful Grand Master Terrell “Terry” D. Fowler and adopt his pledge to strengthen freemasonry and to grow throughout the Great State of Louisiana.
May all we do, going forth, be pleasing in the eyes of our Creator.
Tidings From Louisiana Lodges
As a New School Year Begins, More Louisiana Students are Recognized for Upstanding Character.
Pictured L to R: W∴B∴ Thomas Brown P∴M∴, Elizabeth Harris, and W∴B∴ Colby Green W∴M∴.
Graham Surghnor Lodge #383 in Monroe, La hosted an Honesty and Integrity Award ceremony. An outstanding presentation was given by Thomas Brown P.M., Past Grand Chaplain from Sunset Lodge #438 In Shreveport, La.
Western Star Lodge No. 24 was excited to have a Honesty and Integrity program, just in time before the Grand Master's mask mandate limited visitors. The Worshipful Master Ethan Adams (right), along with Western Star, honored William Foster (middle) with the Honesty and Integrity award. William has many accomplishments along with being voted in as chaplain of his school and being on the National Honor Society. D∴D∴G∴M∴ Mike Renfrow of the 4th Masonic District (left) was on hand to assist.
Longtime Brethren Recognized for Their Service
Orphans Friend Lodge No 187 in Morrow recently presented Brother Lynn Fogleman with his 60 Year Membership Certificate. Pictured in the award presentation are:(L to R) W∴B∴ Denis Beard, P∴M∴, W∴B∴ Jackie Beard, P∴M∴, W∴B∴ David Socia, P∴M∴, honoree W∴B∴ Lynn Fogleman, W∴B∴ Jack Daigle, W∴M∴, Johnathon Emerson, S∴W∴.
W∴B∴ John B Humphrey P∴M∴ received his certificate for his 70 years of membership in Delhi Lodge No. 120.
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