2017! A very Happy New Year to all of you! Another new Masonic Year for our Lodge. Our Worshipful Master, Henry T. Dosdorian, Jr., Master in 1970, 1983, 1984, 1990, 1993, 2002 and now is still dedicated to Masonry and serving the Lodge when a need exists. We are extremely fortunate to have Worshipful Hank serving again as our Officer’s Coach, a responsible position indeed, but have no fear for Worshipful Hank enjoys the job and does it well. Our Master has a full schedule of events planned for this year which, I know, you will be looking forward to attending. Please read your bulletin, check your Trestleboard and make note of those dates. We also have new candidates getting ready for their degrees. I cannot emphasize, brethren, too strongly our participation in supporting these new candidates as they receive their degrees.
We have a “new” line of officers. Some are old timers, some have been through it before and some are relatively new. All are extremely interested in doing what they do for Golden Gate Speranza Lodge.
Brethren, this is to thank you for your confidence in electing me as Senior Warden. I have come back into the Line to fill a need – simply put – because someone has to do it.
I hope your Christmas Holidays have been full of joy and happiness, and the New Year be happy, healthful, safe and prosperous. I would like to end my first article of this new year by sharing my favorite poem with you – Live Each Day to the Fullest by S.H. Payer – and it has been a source of inspiration and encouragement for me through the years. I hope it will have the same effect on you as it has on me.
Live each day to the fullest
Get the most from each hour, each day,
and each age of your life.
Then you can look forward with confidence
and back without regrets.
Be yourself but be your best self,
Dare to be different and to follow your own star.
And don’t be afraid to be happy.
Enjoy what is beautiful.
Love with all your heart and soul.
Believe that those you love, love you.
Forget what you have done for your friends,
and remember what they have done for you.
Disregard what the world owes you, and
concentrate on what you owe the world.
When you are faced with decisions,
make the decision as wisely as possible, then forget it.
The moment of absolute certainty never arrives.
And above all, remember that
God helps those who help themselves.
Act as if everything depended upon you,
and pray as if everything depended upon God.
Vrej Mekhalian, PM
Our newest Entered Apprentices, Brothers Keith Gabriel and Alaeddin Mistikoglu, have both been very active since their initiation, and have been making progress on their 1st Degree proficiencies while working with Worshipful Brothers David Walda and Edward Sadler.
Keep up the good work, Brothers Keith and Alaeddin!
Vrej Mekhalian, P.M.