Greetings to the brethren of Sheffield Lodge. I am honored to have been selected by the members of this lodge to serve as your Master for the coming year. It is a privilege and a responsibility that I will take seriously.
Our primary goal as we progress through 2018 will be to increase the membership, attendance and activity associated with Sheffield Lodge. Over the past several years we have had very few new members, and unfortunately have lost a number of brothers to the scythe of time. It is my hope that we can operate our lodge in a manner that will generate interest not only among existing brothers, but that we can introduce our lodge to the community and spark interest from potential new members.
As you may be aware, a few years ago the lodge moved from it’s prior home at East Gate temple to the historic Kansas City Masonic Temple at 903 Harrison Street. While the location may not seem to be ideal, it is definitely an interesting venue, not only for the historic and unique architecture of the temple itself, but also for its’ location near the downtown Kansas City area, which is undergoing a renaissance of new residential development. We believe this could serve as a catalyst for new membership if we can make it known to those interested in the fraternity that there is a lodge just minutes from them.
Along with a community focus, we will strive to become a well respected lodge with regard to Masonic ritual. Our goal is to achieve the Bronze and Silver ritual designations in the coming year. This will take commitment and participation of all active members, but I feel confident we will be able to achieve it. To that end, we are conducting a ritual study club at the Temple on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, at 7:00pm. We encourage all interested brothers to join us.
Lastly, we hope to develop a differentiated and unique lodge experience at Sheffield Lodge. There are 27 Masonic lodges in the greater Kansas City area, and each has its own personality. Our goal is to make the personality of Sheffield Lodge unique enough that we will draw interest from existing brothers of other lodges who seek a flavor that is distinct from their home lodge. All of this will be done within strict conformity with the constitution, by-laws and rules of the Grand Lodge of Missouri, but I’m confident we can create a meeting experience that will be interesting and enjoyable.
For those Sheffield Lodge members who have not visited in a while, we encourage your attendance at our regular stated meetings on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month, at 7:00pm. We have brought back the tradition of an after meeting meal, and always enjoy good fellowship and a nice experience. We sincerely invite you to join us.