Palatka Lodge #34,
F. & A. M.
Trestle Boards from the East
Trestle Board #1
Greetings, Brethren. This is my first message to you ďFrom the EastĒ and I want to
first thank all of you for this opportunity to serve the Lodge as W.M. Having
previously gone thorough the chairs and becoming a W.M. in the year 2000, I can
tell you, itís a humbling experience. At the same time, it was an experience I will
always remember and cherish. This first message is for all those who have thought
about going through the chairs, but have never traveled that route. When first
offered the J.W.ís position, I realized it was the start of a long and responsibility-
laden journey, ending in the most responsible chair in the Lodge. I didnít feel
qualified at the time and I wasnít sure I could give all that was required to do an
appropriate job. Thankfully, my mentor at the time finally convinced me to ďtake
the plungeĒ and start my journey through the chairs. I am so glad I made that
decision. Oh, sure, I made my share of blunders, but I also feel I did
as good a job as I could and I am proud of the year over which I presided. You
know, I follow one of the finest WMís I have ever had the honor and pleasure of
serving, but Iíll bet Worshipful Charlie Wilkinson had his moments of doubt, when
he was first asked to go through the chairs. What I am trying to say, my Brothers, if
you are asked to serve, take the opportunity to do so. You will never regret it. If
you donít feel ready for the travels, sit in any of the other chairs and help the Lodge
in any way you can. Itís the best way to learn all the positions and really gain
knowledge of Freemasonry. None of us are perfect and you will probably make a
few mistakes, but the rewards far outweigh the downside.
Thanks again, my Brothers and I look forward to another great year
for all of us here in Palatka Lodge, No. 34, F. & A.M.
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