A Message from the Worshipful Master of Lodge No. 43
Welcome to a new Masonic Year. We will be sharing this time and Brotherhood with the hopes and aspirations of continuing a Masonic Bond that has endured the test of time. If we all think about how we can participate, contribute, or support this Lodge, and do so, we can accomplish any challenge ahead of us. I am proud to serve Lodge No. 43 as Worshipful Master for its 235th year. I am hopeful that I will be able to continue the high standards the former leaders of this Lodge have achieved.
What is Masonry? To me Masonry is a place where you can lower your defenses, trust people and make lasting friendships. It is the place you look forward to going to and it is a place where men from all walks of life can be equals. I enjoy the brotherhood and friendships I have made in the short time I have been a member of Lodge No. 43 and the First Masonic District.
Why are we Masons? That is the question we should ask and answer ourselves, with our actions and the decisions we make in our everyday lives. I believe the values and lessons we are taught in Freemasonry, when practiced, will better ourselves, our lives and the people in our individual communities.
Paul M. Allen, WM Lodge No. 43 F.&A.M.
The statue of the Masonic Worshipful Master was carved in 1996 during Nat Gilchrist P.M. year as Worshipful Master. The intent was to have it passed each year to the incoming Master to enjoy in his home for the his year, then pass it on. Years of travel hasn’t taken its toll on him too badly, although his gavel has since broken off.