Brethren : Some recent events have caused me to reflect on our fraternity, not over the usual challenges that we face in our craft but rather the importance of support for our young Masons and even our youth groups. There is an old Buddhist proverb that says if you light a lamp for someone it will also brighten up your own path. True leaders within Freemasonry attempt to give back more than they receive and help to create a path for our future. Building a lodge is a lot like building a team. You need different people with various skills to accomplish certain tasks. In building a team we must also build the talent.
The idea of Mentorship is not mutually exclusive from Leadership. The world today is very different from what it was 10 or 15 years ago let alone 30 or 40 years. Pressures at home, school, work and even within the Masonic fraternity, can overload our brothers, sisters and youth members. It is important for us, despite the work that needs to be done, to focus on creating a strong, collaborative and supportive environment for all that call the lodge a safe haven or home. We must extend this courtesy to all of our Masonic bodies and especially to the youth who rely on us for guidance and advice. In my life I have learned to try to be kind to everyone I meet as I know not the struggles they may be facing. I implore you all to do the same.
In Light & Love,
Raymond Ortiz II,