Another Holiday weekend is ahead of us with the 4th of July coming up. How are you going to enjoy the fourth, with a barbecue, maybe some fireworks, a ball game, maybe just a quite day off, hopefully it is with family and friends. However you spend it remember the Fourth of July isn’t all about barbecues and fireworks. It’s also about freedom, liberty and the birthday of our country. Teach your kids about the true history of Independence Day, and let them know that 241 years ago, we declared our independence from British rule by establishing the 13 original American colonies, eventually becoming the 50 states we have today creating our Great Country the United States of America.
We recently had our annual Foundation Putt Putt Fundraiser, and silent auction and I want to thank all for the donations and participation. It was a good dinner, a fun course of golf, and a good silent auction with and iPad, tickets to attractions, tools, golf accessories, and many more wonderful gifts. We received many donations, the bids through the silent auction, and our final numbers are still being tabulated but every little bit will help the Charity Foundation and the children we support with the language clinics.
I recently received my letter stating that I have been nominated to be coroneted an Inspector General Honorary (33°), and I am and honored to be put in the ranks of many of my brothers. This is very special to me as I have devoted many years to our fraternity, having been mentored and guided by Brothers who were advisors of mine during DeMolay as well through my Masonic Career. Congratulations to all those brothers who have been recognized for their efforts to receive the White Hat, and also those who will be invested with the Knight Commander of the Court of Honor and their Red Hat. Thanks to all who had a hand in my selection as I am truly blessed and humbled.
In closing last month I talked about the words spoken in some of the speeches at Grand Lodge and how it can give us hope when someone says something to inspire us, or people and role models that acquire our respect by their actions. I know in idle conversations with friends or brothers we have all said things we wish we could have taken back. Today I heard something stated by a prominent individual that bothered me, and for the miss steps I have had along the way I am thankful for my Father, Mother and this great fraternity for providing me a foundation built on morals, character, and principals in living my life. With such diversity and strife in our world, we all need to think about our actions and what impact it has on others.
See you at our next meeting, or in my travels, and enjoy the 4th of July and the rest of the summer.
Larry Williamson, 33°-elect
Master of Kadosh