First and foremost, it goes without saying that I am honored to be given the opportunity to lead the craft for the ensuing year. Last year was a phenomenal one to say the least. We brought in many new brothers as well as received several petitions for affiliations. We also traveled as a group to many other lodges and performed many degrees, not just for our lodge, but for other lodges as well. We went out to our community and helped where it’s needed. We helped build a home for those in need of one. We raised funds (amongst our brothers) to donate for cancer research; and more recently, raised funds to provide food to those in need this past Thanksgiving. Finally, we have showed one another that should the occasion or the need arise, we will always be there for each other.
Those are the main reasons why I decided to become a mason 7 years ago. I am grateful to have stumbled upon this lodge. It has always been my intention and purpose to give back to my community. To show gratitude for the many great things that I learned and experienced. Just like entering any kind of new endeavors, the first years of becoming a mason was a roller coaster ride, filled with downward turns and steep drops. Now, we are finally riding that upward momentum with further light to see ahead.
Our goal for this year is to keep riding that momentum we built. There will be challenges ahead, there’s no doubt about that. However, I know that I have all of you to support me and one another; to ride the tides together as it continually ebbs and flows. We will bring in more new members. We will continually support several events and projects that will allow us to go out in public and shine a positive light into Freemasonry. We will make SWIM Across the Sound a much bigger event than last year. We will lend a helping hand to Americares, Operation Hope, Red Cross, Bridgeport Rescue Mission, and Fairfield Historical Museum just to name a few. We will also have events that would foster further fellowship, such as traveling to other lodges, touring the Grand Lodge of New York, taking a trip to Washington, D.C., and summer picnics.
We have a long and busy year ahead my brothers, and time will fly. However, I know there’s no better way of spending the year but doing the things we enjoy doing and being there for one another and helping each other become a better man.
Bro. Fritzner Erauda