It has truly been my greatest honor to serve as your Worshipful Master.  It has been quite a journey and I want to thank everyone who has helped me get this far.  This has been a great experience which I have learned a lot from.  As I look at the brothers who will replace me I can comfortably stand down knowing our lodge will be in good hands.  I implore each and every one of you to remember that every job within the lodge is important and no one individual can do it alone.  When a brother is in need please reach out and help.

In the Ocean of life, don’t be a ship passing through, be the lighthouse!
Sincerely and Fraternally,
Brother John E Gates
Worshipful Master









The Silent Summons


A member of a certain Lodge, who previously attended meetings regularly, stopped going. After a few months, the Worshipful Master decided to visit him. It was a chilly evening, and the Worshipful Master found his brother at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire.

Guessing the reason for the Worshipful Master’s visit, the brother welcomed him, led him to a comfortable chair near the fireplace and waited. The Worshipful Master made himself comfortable, but said nothing.


In the grave silence, he contemplated the dance of the flames around the burning logs. After several minutes, the Worshipful Master took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth, all alone. Then he sat back in his chair, still silent.


His host watched all of this in quiet contemplation. As the one, lone ember’s flame flickered and diminished, there was a momentary glow, and its fire was no more. Soon, it was cold and dead.


Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting. The Worshipful Master glanced at his watch and chose this time to leave. He slowly stood up, picked up the cold, dead ember, and placed it back in the middle of the fire. Immediately, it began to glow once more, with all the light and warmth of the burning coals around it.


As the Worshipful Master reached the door to leave, his host said, with a tear running down his cheek, “Thank you so much for your fiery summons, my brother. I’ll be back in our Lodge next meeting.”