Worshipful Master Todd A. Bennicas
A Message from the Worshipful Master of Lodge No. 43
Brethren, As summer fast approaches, we are finally able to shed the darkness of winter. Summer is a time for us to spend with our family and friends. It is also a time for the Lodge to call off from labor. This literally means that we will have no meetings in July or August, or what some still call to this day as going “dark.” There are many reasons as to why Lodges go dark in the summer months, but do they really go dark? In the Entered Apprentice Degree, we were put into darkness through the use of a hoodwink. The reason for this was not to prevent us from seeing what was going on, but to symbolize the darkness and ignorance from which we would soon emerge. Ultimately, we all came out of the darkness and into the “light.” So it’s not really possible for us to go back into the darkness once we were brought to light. While the Lodge may be off from labor this summer, it is still our duty as a Freemason to continue to share the light. We can do this in many different ways. Education and fellowship are two of the greatest ways to accomplish this. Whether you are a new member or a member that has been around for quite some time, we can all use and benefit from some education and fellowship. We are fortunate that we have both an Education Committee and a Fellowship Committee. Please take advantage of these committees and reach out to their members. Another great source of light is the Lodge No. 43 Library. As a Master Mason you were told that you are now entitled to all the rights and privileges of this Worshipful Lodge. I encourage you to take advantage of those rights and privileges and to share the light. By continuing to work together in peace and harmony, Lodge No. 43 may call off from labor, but it will never go dark.
Todd A. Bennicas, 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.