The year has ground down to the finish and I have conducted that last conferring of degrees as the Worshipful Master of the Lodge. I want to congratulate Bro. Joe Scott on a display of excellent work during the conferring of the 3rd degree. Further, I want to welcome our new brother, Myles Moody to our ranks. I have confidence you will merit the trust we have placed in you by admitting you to our lodge. Nothing remains this year but to look to the future and well-being in the governance of our lodge.

It is frequently claimed that Winston Churchill once said “democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others”. What he actually said in an address to the House of Commons is, “Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time”.

Well, that time is upon us again to perform our democratic duty to our lodge and by extension to our society. While is can be argued that our system is one of acclamation and that no true democracy exists within the walls of a modern lodge, I would argue the contrary. The progression of our officers is a long and laborious journey where at each station a new lesson will be learned and builds upon the foundation of earlier works. The culmination of this journey through the chairs is the final step that can only be achieved through 3 favorable ballots through the final 3 chairs. The book of the work tells us that masons would choose from among their number expert workmen to guide them in the work that is to come. While today it might seem our system of progression is one of acclamation that is only so because our system is created in such a way that good men can only become better by living the masonic ideal. And if one has lived by the masonic code through this journey, he has justly earned the station that he has achieved and that you as his fellow guides, mentors, apprentices and masons already know him to be worthy of that office. But if on the contrary, one of our order has not merited the confidence to lead, the opportunity now rests among you, the body of the lodge to make your voice heard.

I have been proud to lead this ancient and excellent lodge for the previous masonic year and have been honored to work with such expert workman as all our officers have themselves been proven. Nothing is more important to our lodge then to exercise that ancient right of choice. Please fulfill that duty you owe to yourself as a man and to your brethren of the lodge by attending our elections and by your votes, supporting the future leaders of our lodge.

Thank you all for your support,

Sincerely and Fraternally,

W. Bro. Scott Best