From the Personal Representative (January, 2008)

posted May 2, 2015, 1:35 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 13, 2015, 5:16 PM ]
By the action of the Gregorian calendar we awakened on January 1st to a “new year”.  2008 is now with us and our thoughts turn to such things as resolutions and new beginnings as though January 1 was somehow different from December 31.  The sun came up at almost the same time and set within a minute of when it did the day before.  The sky was a little brighter or a little cloudier than it was yesterday, but it was “the first day of the new year” and, symbolically at least, was worthy of our regard as a new opportunity to re-establish our goals, reset our compasses, and in general, rethink our motives and our purposes in life.
So what was your New Year’s resolution?  Have you made any?  Do you intend to make any?  Is it of any value to you or those around you for you to even consider New Year’s resolutions, or is it more like Ground Hog’s Day; something to occupy a little of your TV viewing time and then disregard?
My New Year’s resolution is to do the same thing I set out to do last year, but with possibly some additional energy and drive.  San Jose Scottish Rite is in good financial condition, but our corporate structure still needs strengthening.  Our facilities are sound and secure, but maintenance and physical improvements would improve our prospects for rentals and member usage.  Our charities are productive, but don’t yet meet our overall goals.  Our membership is strong and active, but our message of fraternal caring and concern needs to be more widely disseminated.  And, we all need to continue to build our own temple as though our future depends on it, because it does.
On this subject we all need to pause and reflect.  In one of the Scottish Rite degrees we ask the candidates and members to pause a moment and ask themselves if there are any animosities or misunderstandings they may have with another person that need to be resolved in order to proceed with a clear conscience and open state of mind.  New Years Day and the month of January are a good time for each of us to pause and reflect on our attitude toward others, particularly our Masonic family, and root out any hostilities, animosities, or misunderstandings that might stand in the way of our working together as brothers and friends. 
With those sobering words down on this page, I delight in extending my best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year to each and every one of our members and friends, and may all your aspirations become reality and all your dreams come true.


Bob Winter - Personal representative of the Deputy of the Supreme Council in California

The Rite Word - January 2008, Volume 1, Issue 5