A Call to Arms….

Brothers – we have all heard the news and are aware of the tremendous strife and turmoil that our country, even word, are experiencing at this time. The coronavirus (COVID 19) has had a profound impact on virtually every aspect of our daily lives. In an effort to do our part to help combat this virus, the grand lodge of Indiana issued a statement on Friday, March 13, 2020, suspending all Masonic activities – further stating that the Lodge building should only be entered by essential personnel such as maintenance workers, contractors, and any officers of the lodge or other bodies who need to tend to business related to items.

To many people this action, and the actions seen taken throughout the country are extreme, but reports indicate that persons over the age of 60 are the most vulnerable to the virus. Brothers, if you look around the the Lodge room, you will see that the majority of us are in that demographic.

As we receive further guidance from the Grand Lodge we will make sure we update the site to keep you up to date.

That being said – regardless of whether we are able to meet or not, we are all still Masons and brothers. It is at times such as this our heritage and pride should come shining through. We should be setting the example for others to follow. We all took an obligation to help a fellow distressed brother mason – and to the best of our abilities, we should be living that – now more than ever.

Take the time to ask a neighbor if they need assistance. If you are going to a store, ask a neighbor if there is something that they need. Provide a word of comfort to a scared child or family. Reach out to a friend / brother that you have not talked to in years and ask them how they are doing.

As humans, we are social creatures. We crave interaction with each other. Now, for a short term, we are being isolated from what many hold dear – direct interaction with friends and family. However, there are many who do not have families to reach out to them. Feelings of isolation can build very rapidly, and we must work to stay ahead of this.

I challenge each of you to make a difference in the life of others. Pick up the phone and reach out. A friendly, reassuring voice can mean so much to people at this time. There is no ulterior motive – it is brothers doing what we do best – being there to support each other – through the worst times of life.

Consider this a “call to arms” – be more than a man – be a MASON!