Master's Address

I am humbled to have been selected as the 36th Worshipful Master of William T. Wallace Lodge No.134 and honored to be entrusted to navigate through the new Masonic year. I sincerely thank you. Moreover, thank you, to my cable-tows for teaching me what true “fraternal brotherhood” is and to the brothers of W. T. Woods Lodge No. 842 for inculcating me into this noble fraternity of men. Also, to the brothers of William T. Wallace, for accepting me into their ranks and giving me a new Lodge home those many years ago. As long as I can, I will strive to bring honor to this lodges, noble craft. I would like to share with you a few principles that are important to me: Humility, Integrity and Loyalty. Hold me accountable to these principles, and I will do the same for you.


Humility – Being more concerned with what's right than who’s right. Being more concerned with embracing change that's better for the Lodge than defending a personal preference. Being more concerned with contributing than being recognized for contributing.


Integrity – Being honest and trustworthy in the little things. Taking ownership of mistakes. Giving credit where it's due.


Loyalty – As defined by former Secretary of State, the late, Colin Powell: “When we are debating an issue, loyalty means giving me your honest opinion, whether you think I’ll like it or not. Disagreement, at this state, stimulates me. But once a decision is made, the debate ends. From that point on, loyalty means executing the decision as if it were your own.” I would like to approach loyalty as being transparent. Participating in forging the way ahead. Once the decision is made... We made it together as a lodge... Let's get behind it.


It has taken a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get us to where we are in this lodge. We lead one of the most robust and capable lodges in Maryland Masonry. However, we cannot get comfortable and rest on our laurels. As we continue to build out WTW134 so that it is ubiquitous and our ability to command and control our environment is critical and foundational for all we do as a lodge. For this Masonic year and amongst other things we will focus on Evolving our Lodge Capabilities.


By evolving lodge capabilities, we require robust solutions that are well developed, informed and supported with real-time results. Leveraging data and demographics of Maryland Masonry, we gain insight into our audience and can more effectively use the tools we already have. We can provide a transcendent membership experience within our virtual platforms by utilizing the capabilities. By outside of the box planning and execution to work towards solving issues and utilizing our online presence to work for us, we can gain the solutions needed to forecast and build the lodge in the direction in which we should strategically move towards. 


In consideration of all of this, let us continue to let brotherly love, relief, and truth flow to all brothers, let us support and uplift the brother’s, let us strive to be that “Mason among Mason’s”. Let us all achieve together common goals personal and professional when we can, for we are all in this together, and together we will continue to improve William T. Wallace.


I leave you with this, a skilled sailor was never made in calm waters. Neither will this endeavor be completed overnight. Let’s continue to build and show Maryland Masonry, why we are the standard. Let’s get back to building our name and brand with dedicated partnerships and make solid plans for our future. For when we do move, one thing for certain and two things for sure, everyone watches. And when we leave the lodge in capable hands, we will know without a shadow of a doubt, that we had good and square work invested. I am honored to serve you in this capacity, and proud to be associated with such capable brothers. As we modernize WTW134, and increase our achievement through action, I am very excited about the future we are going to build together.


Let us build on our traditions, for a solid future. Long live William T. Wallace Lodge No. 134!


Humbly submitted this 15th day of November 2021, at 1941hrs est.

Fraternally, 

 

 CJ Barnett Jr.
Bro. Cornelius ‘CJ’ Barnett Jr. 33°
36th Worshipful Master
40th Masonic Administration
William T. Wallace Lodge No. 134