Etiwan Masonic Lodge No. 95  - 438 Whilden St., Mount Pleasant, SC. 29464

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January 15, 2018




Brethren,

I am honored to serve Etiwan Lodge #95 as Worshipful Master for the 2018 Masonic year. I would like to thank the past masters and brethren of Etiwan for helping me in my journey to the East. I know with your continued support we can make this a great year for our lodge.

We have an amazing lineup of officers this year. We have some first time officers as well as some brothers who are continuing your journey towards the East. I want you all to know that I'm here to help you in any way I can. I can't say enough about the brothers that helped me in my journey and I'm determined to pay that forward.

One of the things I'm very excited about this year is the relationship that I've committed to with the Ronald McDonald House-Charleston that I spoke about at our January communication. I think that together we could be a great help to the families staying there. There are multiple ways we can help them and I hope we utilize all those tools at our disposal. They have a wishlist on their website, rmhcharleston.org, of things they always need. We will be setting up some shelves at our lodge building, downstairs that we will use as a drop-off for wishlist items. As we take in items we can load them up and take them down to the house. Additionally, I would like to set up a volunteer sign up sheet. They have volunteers that come and prepare meals for the families in the house daily. I would like for the brothers and families from Etiwan to commit to preparing a meal once a month. We can also go down and provide them with a labor force for any projects, improvements, repairs etc that they need. We can put together On The Go Meal Kits, the families usually take these with them when they go to the hospital to be with their child, and it keeps them from having to eat in the hospital cafeteria as often. I have placed some literature of different things we can do and wish lists at the lodge on the display case. I urge you to look at them and see the different ways we can help. Or feel free to check their website rmhcharleston.org. Brethren I have gone and toured the house and it truly moved me, the work that's being done there. The folks working at the house are so committed to helping these families that are staying there because they have a sick child in the hospital. It is my hope that this is a partnership that will continue well past 2018.

In talking to brethren from other lodges in the area, it's clear that regular attendance is down across the board from where it was even 6 years ago when I came into Masonry. Every week in the Trestleboard, WB Tom Lewis issues a challenge. Go to your stated meeting, go to Masters and Wardens, visit another lodge once a month. If we all did this attendance would be back where it was a few years ago. Well personally, I'm going to do my level best to meet this challenge, and I hope many of you will join me. I've met some great guys visiting lodges in the 1st and 2nd district and I'm excited to do that more often.

I would like to thank the officers of Etiwan Lodge for your commitment to this lodge and our brethren. If I can assist you in any way please let me know. I would also like to thank the amazing Past Masters of Etiwan. You brothers really are the backbone of this lodge and my appreciation for your contributions and counsel can not be overstated.

Thank you all for your support and confidence in me to lead our lodge for this Masonic year, I know it's going to be a great one.




Fraternally,

WB Alex Lawrence

Etiwan Lodge #95

Mt. Pleasant, SC


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