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‘Tis the season of Reflection and Remembrance. The Grand Lodge Officers are carrying the torch of Freemasonry throughout the State and Nation as a beacon of hope, encouragement, and good will. The 176th Grand Annual Communication provided a successful closing of the 2011 regime and the beginning of the 2012 regime. PGM Gene Carnes did an excellent job in conducting the Communication and urging the Craft to “always do right” as a Mason. Grand Master Jim Brumit and the 2012 Line Officers has already provided strong leadership this year and urge each member to promote Masonry in everything you do, promote peace and harmony within your Masonic District, and to build Lodge members skills in attracting and retaining Lodge members. The 2012 Line will use the Conference of Grand Masters of Masons in North America to expand their leadership skills and to become aware of successful Masonic activities in other Grand Jurisdictions. The annual February conference has long been a valuable source of information and an opportunity to display Texas leadership. Many Texas Grand Lodge officials have been selected to serve on the National level throughout the years. For example, J. Carroll Hinsley presented the Keynote Address to the Grand Master’s Conference in 1965 when he was Grand Master.
In the 40th Annual Conference of Grand Masters, GM Hinsley remembered the words of the Prophet Joel, “Your old men shall dream dreams; your young men shall see visions,” and went on to discuss “What is Masonry?” He noted that “Masonry is an association of good men bound together by a philosophy of life, which requires a belief in the Supreme Being, in eternal life, and in the Brotherhood of Man, which has gathered together those eternal principles and fundamental truths that have been proven necessary for right thinking and moral living; and presents them to its members, in a system of symbolic and allegorical teaching, for use in establishing their own philosophies of life and personal codes of moral living for the enrichment of their lives and the improvement of society.”
I urge the Brethren of Texas to search deep within their souls and determine their belief in Freemasonry in 2012. Take advantage of the Lodge educational programs, and attend the Grand Master’s Conferences, Workshops, Warden’s Retreats, and Historical Celebrations. Above all, study the many volumes of Masonic writings and develop your Masonic philosophy. Review “The Charges of a Freemason” in the front of our Grand Lodge Laws. Discuss your thoughts with learned Masons in your Lodge. By doing so, I am convinced that you will become a better person and a better Mason. I suspect that you may find that your private thoughts fall in line with the definition outlined by PGM Hinsley. Best of all, you will be better prepared for the direction that the 2012 Grand Lodge Line Officers lead us. Help them with their dreams and help yourself with your visions.