A Lodge Determined To Make A Difference
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First Quarter Address: 2018 - 2019 Theme - Restoration and Redemption


Bryce A. Gaylor , Master

Bryce A. Gaylor, Master
2018-2019 Second Quarter: State of The Craft Address

Brethren,


First giving honor and praise to the Most-High God, the Author and Finisher of our faith, and the Great and Supreme Architect of the Universe. My beloved Brothers of Charles H. Wesley Lodge No. 147, it is with tremendous graciousness and humility that I address you all, my Brothers, who have placed in me your confidence as Master of the Lodge for Masonic Year 2018-2019. I, as well as the other elected and appointed officers, sincerely thank you for your trust and belief in us to carry out the mission and vision of Charles H. Wesley Lodge No. 147.


As of April 30, 2019, we have completed the 2nd Quarter of the Masonic Year. So, as we are at the half-way point of the year, I wanted to speak to The Craft and give a State of The Craft Address of sorts, so that Brothers are fully aware of where we currently stand, and what our outlook for the 2nd half of the Masonic Year looks like.


Coming into the Mastership, my staff and I had a very specific vision of where we wanted to see Wesley go during the 2018-2019 Masonic Year. It was simply summarized in our theme, Restoration and Redemption. I think we are more than doing that at this point, and we have positioned ourselves into being what the Most Worshipful Grand Master, The Honorable Emanuel J. Stanley, and Junior Grand Warden Bill Davidson, have termed, “The Trending Lodge in the Jurisdiction.” However, Brothers, this has not come without some trials, tribulations, and trepidations.


The year began in a tumultuous fashion, as the Lodge had to deal with some very difficult issues. During the Wardens School of Instruction (WSOI), we were taught that the two most difficult things for a Master and Lodge to face are Death and Masonic Trial.


Unfortunately for us, we were faced with dealing with both, within a week of one another, while also simultaneously dealing with the suspension of the immediate Junior Past Master who had just left the seat. Quite honestly Brothers, it could not have looked much bleaker, and it was an arduous undertaking for me as Masters, as well as the Lodge as a whole, to try and right this ship. All while steadfastly remaining focused on the vision and work, we had outlined and planned for the Lodge for the upcoming Masonic Year. But, through the favor and blessings of the Great Architect of the Universe, as well as the Lodge’s collective will and resolve, Wesley has persevered and is prospering and is now in a season of victory and plenty!


The Lodge is truly being blessed, as our seeds of hard work and dedication are beginning to bear wonderful fruit. We are successfully raising money for our charitable endeavors, while also building fantastic relationships both inter- and intra-jurisdictionally, as well as within the community and also with our local government. We are also building great relationships with our Sisters of the Order of the Eastern Star, and Wesley is now on the verge of chartering its very own sister OES Chapter! Brothers, we are making an impact, and our hard work and dedication have not gone unnoticed. The Grand Lodge is well aware of our efforts, as MWGM, the Honorable Emanuel J. Stanley, has attended every public event we have hosted and has stated several times that he is very impressed with everything we are currently doing! However, to that end Brothers, we are not done yet! We still have several community service initiatives planned for the remainder of the year to include: Estate and Life Insurance Planning Session (May 9th Communication: Masonic Education), Our Annual CHiPS Program at Bowiefest, a proposed Red Cross Blood Drive within the City of Bowie, Student Book Bags and Supplies Donation to Tulip Groove Elementary, as well as our Annual Scholarship Selections and Awards process! All are still looming ahead of us, so there is still a great deal for us to do!


It has been a busy year, but true to our motto brothers, we are actually living out our creed of being…A Lodge Determined To Make A Difference! So, with that said my Brothers, I am very pleased and extremely proud to say that we are living proof of what our wonderful lodge can be when we are all on the same page and pulling in the same direction!


Lastly, Brothers, as we embark on the remainder of our journey, please do not forget that we still have a lot more work to do in continuing to uphold the good name and reputation of this Lodge. With that said, it will continue to be the mission of this staff, to display without question, through our diligence in our administrative and ritualistic work, our charitable endeavors, and our brotherly love for one another, that we are the redeemed of the Lord, and that we are THE Crown Jewel within this great jurisdiction.


In closing, this administration is incredibly excited about the opportunity we have to continue to serve and enhance the already rich tradition of Charles H. Wesley Lodge No.147 and we sincerely thank you all for the opportunity. It is our steadfast promise to you all that we continue to serve you diligently, both in spirit and in truth, in all that we do!


Thank you again my Brothers, and remember that we are always to meet on the level, act by the plumb, and part on the square! So, in parting, may the blessings of heaven continue to rest upon us and all regular Masons. May brotherly love prevail, and every moral and social virtue cement us! And as we are about to separate, may the God of love and peace continually delight to dwell with and bless each and every one of you forever and ever…So Mote It Be!


Amen…


Fraternally,


Bryce A. Gaylor, Master

Fraternally,


Bryce A. Gaylor , Master