“The United States is the only country with a known birthday….There is no ‘Republican,’no’ Democrat,’ on the Fourth of July—all are Americans”
This was taken from an oration by James G. Blaine on Independence Day. It is passed time we all started to
remember this. Our country cannot survive with an “us or them, my way or the highway” attitude. This applies at the national level, state and city level. If we are going to survive as a country that continues to thrive and set an example as a free nation, ruled by the people, we must re-learn how to collaborate, how to love and how to forgive.
When you were initiated, you should remember the last words of the Leading Knight in the oration of the Goddess of Charity:
“Charity is the greatest of all the virtues; and that it should ever rule us in our hearts and in our lives, leading us to speak no unkind word, to harbor no evil thought, to bear no malice, to support nowrong; but to nurture, love and protect; to condone, forgive and forget”.
I believe we are so blessed to be living where we do. So far, we have had few infections and no deaths from the coronavirus. We have been able to keep our clubhouse and golf course open to afford fresh air and exercise, as well as socialization for our members. Let us hope we can continue to maintain our good numbers through proper social distancing and good health practices.
Our facilities are not open to the public. We are open to members and invited guests. At this time, we are still allowing a maximum of four guests per member and those members must be with their guests.
Thank you to all our members that have supported this Lodge in these tough times. We are doing OK—stay healthy, stay safe and be happy!