It is with great pleasure that I serve as Worshipful Master for the 2020 Masonic Year. Leading the Lodge is indeed an honor and a privilege. I can assure you that I am fully vested in not only performing the duties and responsibilities bestowed upon this office, but alike to advance the lodge and the community in which we serve.
My predecessor Michael Bertty has done an amazing job this past year. We’ve participated in over 40 community events and activities. From traveling to different jurisdictions volunteering, to serving pancakes, Past Master Bertty made sure at every turn William T. Wallace was in front and to that, I say thank you. To the Past Masters who came before him, each of you have exhibited qualities that will remain in the East with me throughout my term. Whether it’s PM Smith's historical knowledge, RW Sober’s ever so calm demeanor, RW Merriwether’s management style, RW Mauldin’s attention to detail, or RW Graham’s ability to be a visionary, I will ensure the standard and legacy will remain at its highest and pass on the wisdom to my successor. I stand before you as one man representing the lodge, but trust no decision is made without the wise council of the craft, more specifically the Senior and Junior Warden. Brother SW Cornelius Barnett Jr and Brother JW Eric Chism, as the craft has charged me, I charge you. We have the vision, let’s execute. Thank you in advance.
Today our lodge is comprised of active, reserve and national guard service members, retirees, spouses, DoD civilians, contractors, law enforcement, and local citizens across the occupational landscape. Our Lodge has collectively served in the armed forces on every continent and sailed every sea in various operational capacities. Just as we are passionate about our national service, we share the same enthusiasm for community service. We are diligently working to support the community surrounding Fort Meade by volunteering at local schools, shelter's, adopted a highway, issuing scholarships, voter registration drives, and a host of other initiatives throughout Anne Arundel County.
This year our goal is to continue to impact the surrounding area and stand in the gap for our youth as they face harsh realities. We are geared and in position to equip graduating seniors with resources that will enable them to succeed at the next level. Our lodge has also developed a strategy to engage state and local legislators on issues that affect civic relations, environmental issues, and aid those in need.
I come to you humbled and asking you to give this year a chance. Continue to help us make a difference in the lives of the people in our community. Let's lay the cornerstone of a better future for our youth. Let's show the world how brotherly love can prevail and how every moral and social virtue can cement us.
Brandon F. Powell
Brandon F. Powell
William T. Wallace No. 134