This was a challenging adjustment at first. I went from being Grand Marshal, a position that performs chiefly ceremonial and very public duties, to being a Steward, a position that calls for a lot of inescapable behind-the-scenes and decidedly unglamorous grunt work. Soon enough, however, I remembered and appreciated that Masonry runs because of the grunt work. Masonry runs best when no one cares who gets the credit, but everyone cares that the work gets done.
This year as Grand Steward, I was once again afforded the opportunity (and was obliged) to continue travelling to the constituent Lodges. Unlike my duties as Grand Marshal last year, which necessarily focused on the Grand Visitations and amounted to a constant flurry of coordination with Masters and the Grand Master and nervous recitation of names and titles during dinner, this year as your Grand Steward, I was able to enjoy sitting and conversing with Brethren.
Early on, I resolved to make the most of the opportunity given to me by the jurisdiction to travel extensively and to engage as many Brethren as possible in one-on-one conversations. In doing so, my aim was not only to get to know as many Brothers as possible, but also to listen to different hopes, ideas, and ambitions for the future of our Fraternity in general and DC Masonry in particular. The exercise broadened my knowledge, enriched my appreciation, and energized me for the teamwork that will together build for us a bright and vibrant future for Masonry in the nation’s capital.
Listening to so many of you during many great conversations throughout the year and at events such as the Universal Brotherhood Celebration and the Grand Lodge‘s Leadership Conference, I have been able to analyze what I heard. Some common themes emerged. Simply put, the feedback takes the form of four “P”s:
Of course, nothing is set in stone (a little Masonic humor?). I am by no means an expert after one year in the Grand Line, and this list is by no means exhaustive. If you would like to agree, disagree, or expand on anything, or if you have more ideas or passions, I invite you to email me at email@example.com
Thank you for the opportunity to listen and serve you over the past few years.