As we get ready for the second-half of the year, let me first express my sincere thanks to all the Brothers who have helped in one way or another to make our Summer Family Picnic and Open House a success. It was wonderful to see our families and friends come out and enjoy the festivities.
I also would like to congratulate our Mt. Moriah Scholarship recipients this year: Julia Carver, Ali Basye-Featherston, Daryl Robin Salazar and Bro. John Paul Shafik. I wish them the very best of luck and success as they enter college.
The month of July is very significant as we celebrate the birth of this great Nation, which then becomes the beacon of democracy and freedom to other nations of the world. The 4th of July is an event that we, as members of the fraternity must be proud, being that there were a number of Brothers who were signatories of the Declaration of Independence. The principles which has given shape to the Declaration of Independence have similarities to what we as Freemasons believe in, namely Honor, Truth, Brotherly Love, Equality, Duty to Men and God.
Let me share to you a little trivia: The Independence Day of the Philippines was originally observed on the same day as Americans do. The Philippines was granted independence from the United States on July 4, 1946, but it was later moved to June 12 in observance of the date when it declared its independence from Spain back in 1898.
In observance of the 4th of July holiday, I have requested dispensation to cancel our first meeting which falls on the same date and instead hold a special meeting on July 11 to confer the Entered Apprentice degree on the incoming class. I encourage you to come and assist me in welcoming these new Brothers as they embark on their Masonic journey.
Finally, on our second meeting, we will have our Junior Warden’s Night. Brother David Beaver will take the East and preside on the meeting.
I hope everyone will have a wonderful, fun-filled and safe summer.
Sincerely and Fraternally,
Randie V. Ursal