Brothers and Guests,
I welcome you all to the website and to what I believe is a great year to come. 2015 brings the 100th anniversary celebration of the Grand Rapids Masonic Temple, events have long been in the works to commemorate this occasion and I am looking forward to sharing all with you when they are finalized!
As men and Masons we have to work hard daily to make our mark on this world. I have tried to live by the mission statement created by my high school from my freshmen year where I had to memorize the mission statement and recite daily every morning as a school before classes begun. Although I no longer recite these words daily, the key points still reverberate within me.
At Providence St. Mel, we believe. We believe in the creation of inspired lives produced by the miracle of hard work. We are not frightened by the challenges of reality, but believe that we can change our conception of this world and our place within it. So we work, plan, build and dream – in that order. We believe that one must earn the right to dream. Our talent, discipline and integrity will be our contribution to a new world, because we believe that we can take this place, this time and this people and make a better place, a better time and a better people. With God’s help we will either find a way or make one!
We as masons have faced many challenges throughout our history and have persevered. We have always found a way or made one and will continue to do so. We should strive to be better men and masons, to make today better than yesterday, to do what we can do to make not only Grand Rapids 34 grow but also work to help grow Masonry as a whole with not just any men but quality men to continue to build the craft.
My motto for 2015 is “Do Something!” I want to grow our Masonic family by opening up activities to our families who allow us to attend meetings, degrees, meetings. Without them we would be lost so family activities have been planned. I will work to continue to build off of what our previous Worshipful Masters have done, by continuing to get out into the community, building bridges and closing gaps that have been widened by misconceptions of what it means to be a Mason.
Jacques D. Green
Worshipful Master, Grand Rapids Lodge 34