“PEACE and HARMONY” I wish you all peace and harmony in the upcoming year. Peace means the lack of anxieties, worries, and strife. Each of us should have personal satisfaction in being a member of the greatest well-regulated organization in the world – our Fraternity, Free and Accepted Masons. Let us all strive to work harmoniously in bringing more light into our own lives and into this uncertain world in which we live. Harmony does not mean unison. Unison is where everyone is doing the same thing the same way at the same time. Harmony is so much better than unison because harmony involves each of us doing different things at different times in a way that does not conflict with what others are doing, and yet, our efforts have a common purpose to the benefit of the Craft.
Our common purpose is to make good men better through the beautiful system of morality that we know as Freemasonry. My hope for all of us is that each may continue to follow our chosen individual paths, masonically and harmoniously, finding the ultimate reward to be that we are wiser, better, and consequently happier, thus achieving Peace. Let us all remember that we are Brothers. “Behold how good, and how pleasant it is for the brethren to dwell together in unity!” Unity because we are one as Brothers with one purpose. Harmony because each of us finds his own way to contribute to the whole without strife. When Peace and Harmony is achieved then we each can receive the wages that ought be due every Brother in our Fraternity: the corn of nourishment, the wine of refreshment, and the oil of joy.
As Senior Warden, I am tasked with ensuring that each of our Brothers receive his wages, and that the Lodge is Peaceful and Harmonious. It is a task that I am grateful to bear, and I thank all of you for placing your trust in me to handle this very important position.
God bless us all,
William H. Kitchens, Jr