Greetings from the East,
Greetings Wardens and brothers all!
It seems like its only been a few weeks since we were celebrating New Years and having our installation of Officers. But here we are into spring 2016 already! I hope this issue of the Plumb Line finds each of you doing well.
The first thing I want to do is thank all of you brothers for entrusting in me, this honorable position of being the Master of Plumb Lodge for 2016. I would go on to say that the master of 2015 left me with some mighty big shoes to fill, but since I was the master of 2015 I can't say that. All kidding aside I give a true and sincere big thank you to all of my officers of 2015 for a job well done!
At this time I'd like to welcome and introduce our newly installed officers for 2016:
Senior Warden - Wayne Snodgrass
Junior Warden - Scott Payne
Senior Deacon - Bill McGrew
Junior Deacon - Hank Watson.Jr., PM
Tyler - John Shelton. Sr., PM
Chaplain - Jim Reichert PM
Secretary - Charles McFall PM
Treasurer - Bill Louden PM
Next I'm going to thank ALL OF YOU who came out in 2015 to support our monthly pancake breakfast which is still on the 4th Saturday of each month and continues to be a HUGE success! In fact, during our last breakfast in February I overheard a member from Robinson Lodge saying if our breakfast gets any bigger they would have to look into extending their parking lot! I doubt that will happen but you never know. All kidding aside, the members of Robinson Lodge have been and continue to be very accommodating to our events calendar. Last year we raffled off a .22 Gauge Henry Golden Boy and it did extremely well. This year we're raffling off a Rossi lever action .44 Magnum, so come on out and see us!
Brothers....I need to bring something to light that effects all of us, and that is lodge attendance. Some of you may not be aware of what I'm about to share with you because at this time in your life you might not be an active member in the fraternity. So....for those of you who don't know, I share the following with you.
At this time (2016), Plumb Lodge has approximately 240 members. In the 70's and 80's we were 1600 members strong. As for the masonic fraternity as a whole in this great state of Kentucky the numbers reflect those of Plumb Lodge. In 1959 there were 100,411 masons in Kentucky, today there are less than 30,000. Our numbers are dwindling and dwindling fast brothers.
I don't know if these numbers surprise you or alarm you either one but, they do me. For those who are presently active in the fraternity this subject is mentioned almost anytime we gather together. Today's active brothers are always looking for ways to increase membership or at least try to get more current members to attend lodge again. I'm not going to lie to you, during some lodge meetings we have difficulty filling our chairs and sometimes have to ask a visitor if he wouldn't mind filling in as tyler or junior deacon or wherever he can help us on any given lodge night.
I understand there are some who cannot get out to attend lodge due to health conditions or work or what have you. But I suspect many of you can. For those of you who can, how long has it been since you last attended lodge? Is there anything about the lodge hall itself that keeps you from attending? Or, maybe you keep thinking one of these days you're going to start attending lodge regularly but...you're "just not ready yet"? Or, maybe you think you have to dress up in a coat and tie and don't want to bother with that, especially on a Friday night?
No need to worry about a dress code brothers. I do ask that all the officers wear a tie but if you're on the sidelines seated with the craft then just put on your favorite jeans and you're cleanest dirty shirt and come fellowship with us, we'd love to have you!
We're all good men. It doesn't matter about what line of work we're in or what our educational backgrounds are, we're all equal and we're all good men. There are no "clicks" in Plumb that I'm aware of. We are ALL a band of brothers. What are you doing to let your masonic light shine? What can all of us together do as a whole to make the greatest and oldest fraternity known strong again?
If you'd like to meet with me or even just have a telephone conversation, I'd be more than happy for you to contact me at 502-418-5361. If there's something you'd like to discuss please call me.
I'm going to leave for now with the words of a fellow brother. As long as I've known him to attend a master mason degree he always says this to the newly raised brother and I'm going to say it to you: "Brother, your lodge needs you right now. And, even though you might not know it today, one of these days you just might need your lodge."
I hope to see or hear from you soon.
Tim Caudill - Master 2016