MW Bro. Dan Olmsted - March 2021 Musings
|"Dispensing Light through Happiness”|
March, which was the first month of the year, is now the third. To this month,March, which was the first month of the year, is now the third. To this month,the first of spring, the name of the famous Mars, god of war was given. Mars wasfond of storm and strife, and the name was very appropriate for this windystormy month.
Brethren: March 14, 2021 marks the one year anniversary of the pandemic lockdown for Masonic activities in Saskatchewan. The last lodge meeting I attended with no required COVID protocols was Biggar Lodge No. 100 on March 10, 2020. We enjoyed a fantastic meal prior to the meeting and a great festive board after. MW Bro. Montague presented RW Bro. Don Tokaryk with an honorary life membership. This was a pleasurable evening with goodfellowship, food and drink enjoyed by all. It seems like a lifetime ago.
We have now adapted to wearing masks, social distancing and meeting virtually, and it will likely be the norm untillate in the fall when everyone is vaccinated. I encourage everyone to keep reaching out to your brothers either by phone, messaging or visiting from a distance. There is no problem meeting with a few brethren in a parking lot for coffee and conversation although the weather might restrict the length of time you are able to meet. It is also important that secretaries keep sending out notices to your members even if there are no lodge meetings. Lodge notices are historical records and will be interesting for members decades from now to be able to see what each ofthe lodges were doing during the pandemic. Please make sure notices get sent into Grand Lodge to be posted on ourwebsite.
Save the date April 17, 2021 for the Symposium via ZOOM. The MERC committee is working hard to organize a virtuals ymposium on April 17, 2021. Registration and agenda will be forthcoming shortly. It will be educational and a chance to visit with brethren from around the province.
Knowledge and wisdom: As Masons we are charged to devote our leisure hours to the study of the liberal arts and sciences that lie in your ability to attain. You are also called upon to make a daily advancement in Masonic knowledge. Useful knowledge is a valuable tool, improving your ability to engage socially and to contribute to society. Knowledge is obtained by reading, listening, observing and is abundant in today’s internet society; however, not all knowledge is useful or factual. Wisdom, on the other hand, is harder to attain. Knowledge is a part, and wisdom is the whole.Wisdom is the ability to know as well as when and how to use your knowledge. Wisdom allows you to make good decisions in every situation in life. To sum up, I reflect on my childhood days on the farm when a wise person wassaid to have good old-fashioned “horse sense.”
“Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.” Alfred Tennyson
“When ignorance gets started, it knows no bounds.” Will Rogers
Stay safe, and Happy!
MW Bro. Dan Olmsted , Grand Master, 2020-2021