From the Venerable Master (February, 2013)

posted May 26, 2015, 7:03 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 26, 2015, 7:12 PM ]

Greetings from the East

The installation of Officers for 2013 is complete.  Attendance for the Installation was disappointing.  All Officers are certified in their various stations and tasks.  My personal thanks to the brethren for entrusting to me the office of Venerable Master in the Lodge of Perfection.  I look forward to an interesting year and hopefully to increased attendance.
The Four Masters and their corps of officers will be organizing a couple of social functions for each of the four bodies for the coming year.  I encourage you to participate in those functions.  The Knights of St. Andrew will be organizing some entertainment for the members and families as well.  Look for the announcement in future newsletters.
Please remember that "RSVP" is not just decoration for dinner, social and meeting advertisements, It simply means that we need to know that you are attending.  Please follow through so that you are not embarrassed.
The following was posted on Linked IN as part of the Group “Forget Me Not Pin” by Brother Michael Dean Aulsebrook, Durban area, South Africa. It is appropriate considerations for all Masons and since we are Scottish Rite Masons, I thought everyone might like it.
  1. I am the representative of my Lodge and of all Free and Accepted Masons. Whatever I do or say reflects directly upon myself and my fellow Freemasons everywhere and our good works.
  2. I am responsible for what my Lodge and Freemasonry represent. They can be no more than what my fellow Freemasons and I make them.
  3. I should not criticize what my fellow Freemasons do for Freemasonry unless I have a better suggestion and I am prepared to do it myself.
  4. I must remember that the fact that I bear the name, Master Mason or Freemason, is not enough. I must continue to be worthy.
  5. My fellow members and I are our Lodges and Freemasonry. Without our active support they cease to exist.
  6. My Lodge does me a favour by calling upon me. I am not doing the Lodge a favour by serving. It is both an obligation and a privilege to help the Lodge and Freemasonry.
  7. I should treat my fellow Freemasons with the same respect, honour, and understanding that I would like to receive from them.
  8. It is not a right to be a Freemason, it is an honour. I should respect that honour by abiding by all of the precepts of my Lodge, my Grand Lodge, and Freemasonry as a whole.
  9. Whatever differences my fellow Freemasons and I may have, we are all bound together by the bonds of our loyalty to The GAOTU, our families, the Lodge, and Freemasonry.
  10. The willing Master Mason and his understanding family are the lifeblood of the Lodge and Freemasonry.
"In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." Thomas Jefferson, 1791

Sincerely & Fraternally, 
B.J. McCuiston, Venerable Master LOP