February 2014 Regional Orient Membership Chairman’s Message

posted May 30, 2015, 4:40 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 30, 2015, 4:40 PM ]
The problems of the past shall not cloud our attitude towards the present. Instead past challenges should serve to give us added wisdom and additional courage to persevere. Masonry has existed by a steady adherence to that truth which is mighty above all things. Thrones may have crumbled into dust and nations vanished because they have disregarded the imperishable nature of that truth; yet, Masonry continues to survive in the 21st century. 
Masonry's purpose has always been to lead mankind in the way of being brothers. We should all be proud that our society has an enviable record for its observance of the Biblical expression of Abraham, "Let there be no strife between me and thee.” In its character and influence, Masonry became a supporter of the reformation contending for liberty and faith, and against prejudice, and, wherever greatest liberty, consistent with moral and civil duty is found, Masonry was a pioneer. It is also true that wherever intolerance, bigotry or anarchy reigns, Masonry has its most implacable enemies. However, the shafts of malice that they may hurl will fall harmlessly at our feet and the fraternity will move steadily onward, extending its benign influence over the moral and fraternal realm of thought, performing deeds of beneficence & mercy for the distressed of its own household. Masons lead by example.
During lean times, we must never capitulate by thinking that membership losses are inevitable.  They are not!  With the diverse talents of our members we can and must embark on growth.  Brethren, we must practice unstinting devotion and methodical discipline, commitment and dedication to building membership and be at the forefront of bringing fine, worthy and well-qualified men into our great Order.  

Ill. Durward C. Ayre, 33°, MC, Regional Orient Membership Chairman for the Valleys of San Jose, Fresno and San Francisco in California