Sharon Lodge  #182

A. F. & A. M.

Reisterstown, MD 21136

Past Messages From

The Worshipful Master

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January 2015
​​Dear Brethren and Friends,


I am humbled, grateful, and eager to be serving the Lodge as Worshipful Master in 2015. We have a lot to look forward to in the year ahead. We will continue with most of the activities of the past year and add some new ones. There may be some surprises!


We have added some new officers and have had others take a well-deserved break. I would especially like to thank Brother Lee Rassa, PM (our new Treasurer Emeritus!) for his years of service and devotion as our Treasurer, and am sure he is making the transition a painless one for our new Treasurer, Stan Fishman. We have a great team of officers.


Communication is an important part of our continued growth. We have an active website and new e-mail address which I would encourage everyone to visit. I will always be accessible by the Lodge e-mail or by phone and look forward to hearing your suggestions or concerns. After all, we are that Sacred Band or Society of Friends and Brothers....of who can best work and best agree!


Sincerely and Fraternally,

Brother Randy

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January 2015

Dear Brethren and Friends,        I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season.  December has now drawn to a close and so has my term as the Worshipful Master of Sharon Lodge #182 for 2014. It has been an exciting and dynamic year as the lodge has accomplished so much during this time. This is my final "Message from the East", and it is appropriate at this time to reflect on our year together.      Our lodge has begun to enjoy a membership renaissance. Eleven new men have received light in Masonry this year.  During this time, six of our brethren have attained positions in the collateral bodies.  Many of our officers developed proficiency in the various degrees.  With this solid foundation in place, the stagnation of the past has been eliminated.  Our lodge’s officer corps will now be able to continually progress through the chairs.      The number of members attending meetings and events has increased steadily throughout the year.  During the past year, we enjoyed a variety of speakers and even provided special events for the ladies of the lodge.       Our lodge did not go dark this summer.  Instead we continued our rehearsals, degree work and held exciting events for the brethren, their families and friends.      We initiated new programs and became more involved with the community. A prominent online presence was established with an official lodge web site (sharonlodge.org), and a social media site for our brethren to communicate with each other outside the lodge (FriendsOf Sharon Lodge@facebook.com).       Financially our lodge has improved greatly.  We procured an insurance policy to protect the lodge and it's members from liabilities. By evaluating both income sources and expenditures; several fund raising programs were established and many obsolete expenses were eliminated.      I want to thank all of my line officers and members of the lodge for their work and support.  I wish to congratulate Brother Randall Stockett, the incoming Worshipful Master and his line.  I am confident it will be an exciting year for everyone.      Sadly, this year, we mourned the loss of seven brothers.  

​We pray for the health and safety of all Lodge members, brother Masons, their families, our first responders and all of our service men and women both here and abroad.​
 
  
Fraternally, Brother Daryl 


December 2014

Dear Brethren and Friends,      November was another wonderful month for our lodge. We conferred multiple degrees, sponsored bingo at the Maryland Masonic Home, and hosted fifty guests, including brethren from Hawaii, and representatives from a local Girl Scout troop at a “Hawaiian Luau Night”.       December might be known as the month that brings the winter’s chill, but our lodge will make it a month of fellowship and warmth.  Our Annual Christmas celebration and another Holiday party to bring much needed joy to the residents of Sarah’s Hope.  Additionally, we will bring still further our light of masonry by conferring the sublime degree of Master Mason to several brethren and elect next year's Corp of Officers.       This time of year, it allows us to reflect on ourselves...Did we provide the Spirit of Christmas Goodwill and practice "Brotherly love"? Had we engaged in giving of ourselves to our community thereby exhibiting the tenet of "Relief"?  Can each of us say we consistently stood squarely in the light of "Truth" and were a reflection of what being a Mason means? I hope during this season, we all feel the wonderment, kindness, joy and brotherhood which we have been able to share during this past year.  We pray for the health and safety of all Lodge members, brother Masons, their families, our first responders and all of our service men and women both here and abroad.


Fraternally, ​

Brother Daryl ​


November 2014

Dear Brethren and Friends,      

    

    October was wonderful month for our lodge.  Harvest Home day, a visitation by R. W. Brother Meir Haberman, Hon. Assistant Grand Master and past Grand District Superintendent of the Grand Lodge of the State of Israel, a wonderful presentation by Brother Codori on Masons who fought at Battle of Gettysburg, entertainment by Davy Crockett and a visitation by the members of Harrisburg Lodge. ​      November is here and is proper we all pause and reflect on the manifold bounties which surround us.  I urge you to take a moment each day and appreciate your freedoms and everything around you. This month also brings our lodge more exciting activities:  initiating our newest Masons, the Annual Communication, and Hawaiian Night with special presentations and a delicious luau afterwards.   December will bring election night and the annual Lodge Christmas party.  On, December, 17,  I am asking each guest to bring a gift (minimum $5.00 items are suggested), for a youngster.  These will be distributed to the residents of Sarah’s Hope on December, 22,  when we bring our holiday joy to them. (Please review the attached list for acceptable items). ​      We pray for the health and safety of all Lodge members, brother Masons, their families, our first responders and all of our service men and women both here and abroad.


Fraternally, 

Brother Daryl ​


October 2014​

Dear Brethren and Friends,   

   

     October is commonly associated with the season of autumn.  Shorter days, crispness of the air, herald the approach of harvest.  It is an exciting time to become more involved your lodge.


     We have an active events calendar.  There will be a visitation by R. W. Brother Meir Haberman, Hon. Assistant Grand Master and past Grand District Superintendent of the Grand Lodge of the State of Israel in addition to degree conferrals, a wonderful fellowship breakfast at “Harvest Home Day”, an educational  presentation on Masons who fought at the Battle of Gettysburg by Brother Codori, on whose family’s farm the battle was waged, and the annual visitation by Harrisburg Lodge.

     Also of importance is the need to bring your dues up to date.  If you are a member in good standing, I would like to personally thank you and let you know that the lodge appreciates your commitment and support.  


     We all take great pride in being a “Freemason” and a “member of a Masonic lodge”, it is even more important to be part of that lodge.  That means attending meetings, bringing forth ideas and participating in the execution of those ideas.  On behalf of the officers of Sharon Lodge, we look forward to seeing you more often at the Wednesday lodge meetings and at our events.  If you need a ride, please feel free to contact our lodge secretary for assistance.


 We pray for the health and safety of all Lodge members, Brother Masons, their families, our first responders and all of our service men and women both here and abroad. 


Fraternally, 

Brother Daryl ​


September 2014

Dear Brethren and Friends,      

     

     August saw our officers and committee chairmen meeting for dinner, where many programs were developed.  We finalized the design for our Sharon Lodge lapel pin.  Congratulations to Brother Randy for successfully completing another degree exemplification.  I hope everyone had a wonderful summer , I look forward to seeing you in lodge soon.

    

     Our yearly MD CHIP event is approaching quickly, please contact Brother Steve,  to schedule for volunteering on September 6 - 7,  your support is most appreciated.  We need to cover two shifts for this day from, 9:00 - 1:00 and 1:00 - 5:00.  September, 20, will be an Open House from 12:00 -3:00 PM.  Bring a friend by for a visit and to show them what our lodge is about.  I will be giving Brothers who bring a friend to the Open House three free raffle tickets for a dinner with the Grand Master.


     On the September, 21,  we will be hosting a delicious luncheon with musical entertainment (event is open to family and friends) to recognize our Past Masters and Service Award Honorees.  We are expecting a large turnout for this inaugural ​event.  Please RSVP to Brother Alan to confirm your attendance.  Visit our web site regularly for information about more fantastic upcoming events.

 

     As autumn approaches the crisp, clear evening air moves in, one thinks of baseball and the World Series. Also, brought to mind is the subject of Truth, the third among the tenants of our profession.  First among the lessons taught in Masonry.  As a Mason, you represent the fraternity as well as your family and yourself when out in the world.  Exercise sincerity and plain dealing when encountering others.​  So this month, I am asking you to join in promoting the welfare of others and rejoice in their prosperity. Then feel the difference each of us can make in the life of another.​​​


 We pray for the health and safety of all Lodge members, Brother Masons, their families, our first responders and all of our service men and women both here and abroad.       

Fraternally, 

Brother Daryl ​


August 2014

Dear Brethren and Friends,

 

     We ended July on a wonderful footing as we provided a Child ID program to almost every child at a nearby facility, initiated Brother Lorenz Del Puerto into the lodge and also enjoyed an evening with the Frederick Keys Baseball team which included fireworks.

     
     August has arrived and our lodge is still as active as a “bee hive”.  On August 6th we will be having a BBQ and planning meeting for our officers and committee chairmen. Please RSVP to Brother Alan.
     
     All members are encouraged to support Brother Randy’s EA exemplification, by attending on the 13th at 7:00 PM.  Please Call Brother Randy to confirm your family and friend’s attendance at our Lodge BBQ & Fun Day event on the 19th.
      As summer draws to a close, the days become shorter and we begin to find relief from the heat.  This brings to mind the subject of Relief, the second among the tenants of our profession.  Although a vital aspect to the formation of our friendships and the establishment of our connections, it is important to continue maintaining this particular characteristic.  ​ You can feel the impact of a caring call to a friend or family member with whom you have too long been distant, by the smile that sweetens their voice.  A visit to one who is sick and alone hastens their recovery, and a meal to a person that is hungry helps to restore their confidence.  So this month, I am asking you to reach out and feel the difference each of us can make in the life of another.​


 We pray for the health and safety of all Lodge members, Brother Masons, their families, our first responders and all of our service men and women both here and abroad. 

Fraternally, 

Brother Daryl ​


July 2014

Dear Brethren and Friends,

 

    On June 18th, three of our newest brethren had their fellowcraft degree conferred by the Scouter’s Lodge degree team.  I would like to thank WM Hazard and his officers for making it such an enjoyable evening.

 

     One of the iconic symbols connected to our Independence Day celebration is the Liberty Bell.  When this bell first sounded in Philadelphia – the “City of Brotherly Love”, its call instructed us to “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof".  

 

     This brought to mind Brotherly love, the first among the tenants of our profession.  It is the principle which inspires us to aid, support and protect each other. It unites people from different countries, sects and opinions.  It is my hope at this holiday time, we find the strength to exercise independence from positions of confliction and work together to lift up all of our nations,  bringing about a better world.

 

     I hope everyone enjoys a safe summer.   I encourage all to participate and take advantage of the fun events for the summer.  If attending, please RSVP the lodge secretary prior to the event.

 We pray for the health and safety of all Lodge members, Brother Masons, their families, our first responders and all of our service men and women both here and abroad. 

Fraternally, 

Brother Daryl ​

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