by RW Bro. Daniel Huertas, P.M. &
(Senior Grand Deacon; Past Master of Albert Pike Lodge No. 33; member of William R. Singleton-Hope-Lebanon Lodge No. 7)
RW Bro. Annas Kamara, P.M. &
(Junior Grand Deacon; Past Master of Petworth Lodge No. 47 and Jerusalem Lodge No. 3000; member of L'Haïtienne Lodge No. 925, Maynilad Lodge No. 1521, and Potomac Lodge No. 5)
RW Bro. Morgan Corr, P.M. &
(Senior Grand Steward; Master of Eireann Lodge No. 98; Past Master of Federal Lodge No. 1 and The Colonial Lodge No. 1821)
RW Bro. Adam Tager, P.M.
(Junior Grand Steward; Master of The Eagle Lodge No. 1893; Past Master of William R. Singleton-Hope-Lebanon Lodge No. 7; and member of Samuel Gompers-Benjamin Franklin Lodge No. 45)
The Junior Officers of this Grand Lodge have been thinking about the future a lot lately. While no elected Grand Lodge officer is guaranteed to progress through the line and become Grand Master, the typical eight-year progression system of the Grand Lodge offers us ample time to get to know one another and plan for the future.
This type of organized planning is not a new or novel idea, but it is an important one that is being reinvigorated. As a group, we agree that a successful organization cannot function effectively by changing direction each year. However, we also agree that our system of governance and our one-year terms works for our Grand Jurisdiction. So, given those competing factors, we agree that the best path forward is to work together as a group. Individually, we should start projects that we won’t have the opportunity to finish, and we should finish projects that we didn’t start, because large projects take time. Provided that our actions align with the same overarching principles and have the buy-in of the group, each of us can make our mark while maintaining consistent leadership for the jurisdiction, leading to increasing returns.
There is a lot of work to do, but we can do it. This Jurisdiction already “punches above its weight” on the world stage, and the leaders in our jurisdiction are also often leaders in Freemasonry at large. That said, we cannot and should not rest on our laurels.
Which brings us back to the original question; what does our jurisdiction and Grand Lodge look like in the future, in 2030? We have already begun discussing topics such as civility and character, ritual and education proficiency, civic and community engagement, and continuity planning. We think that the Grand Lodge of 2030 has a new building and a suite of templates and materials for Lodges. We think that the Grand Lodge of 2030 has a robust education program not just through schools of instruction, but through support to constituent Lodges as well. We think the Grand Lodge of 2030 has a few top-level goals that unify the jurisdiction, while constituent Lodges have the freedom to adopt those goals to the needs and interest of their memberships.
We are looking forward to continuing to work together as a team in the coming years to advance our Grand Lodge to even greater heights.