Grand Master Message

anchorHail Friends,

What a honor for me to serve the Grand Lodge of the Great State of Mississippi for 2017 and to represent you for a short time. I will strive to give 100% of my abilities for this purpose.

My motto for this year is “Anchored in Masonry” and I hope you will join me in this endeavor.
Mr. Webster describes an anchor as something that serves to hold an object firmly. I believe that it is time for Mississippi Masons to hold firmly to our teachings and customs.

I asked that you pray for me as I will for each of you. Pray for yourself each day that you will become a better person. Each of us are the best Mason that someone knows. Will that person want to be like you or will they shy away from masonry.

As we prepare for our 200th year next year may we all give positive publicity of Masonry and let the world know that Masonry is alive and well in Mississippi.

Thanks for all the encouragements, thought and prayers that you have supported me with. I look forward to seeing as many of you as I can in the coming year.

Until then I remain
Anchored in Masonry

Don Bryant
Grand Master, 2017
Grand Lodge of Mississippi, F∴ & A∴ M∴

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The Grand Master’s Activities

Grand Master of Masons in Mississippi, Fred Bean

Grand Master of Masons in Mississippi, Fred Bean

Brethren, I think it is about time to update you regarding my activities.

Since my Installation as Grand Master I have been partially limited as to how far I could travel. After the Installation, I did attend a few meetings in March and April, one of which was the Annual Deputies School that was held at E.J. Knox King Solomon Lodge No. 130, March 28th, my home Lodge. Our members did an outstanding job in being the host for this event, and I appreciate them for this.

On April 16th I did attend The Annual Sottish Rite Reunion in Meridian, and Hamasa Shrine’s Stated meeting on April 21st. During May, June and part of July, I was not able to do much traveling. I was able to attend a Board of Directors Meeting of the Grand Lodge on June 3, 2015, where we took care of items that needed to be addressed. It has been a grueling experience not being able to travel to the various meetings that I had to cancel and reschedule some. Beginning July 11th, Brother Danny Alexander Grand Lecturer, PGM, Eddie Alexander and I traveled to Iuka Lodge No. 94 and attended my first Congressional School. Since that time I have been pretty active and have attended every School since.

I am very thankful for the progress that I have made and am very grateful for all the prayers, phone calls, letters and messages that I have received since my back operation, May 6th.

As Willie Nelson sang, “I’m on the road again”, which makes me feel like a bird out of the cage and am enjoying it to the fullest. As far as catching up on those missed meetings I am going to try, so just let me hear when a convenient time that you would like me to visit your Lodges. I prefer open District meetings where the ladies and non-Masons are able to attend. This gives us a chance to spread to those who might be interested in pursuing Masonry. We do not have membership drives so we must seize every opportunity to promote Masonry every time we get a chance.

Speaking of membership drives, we can look back on our rolls and check out the names of those who were initiated as an Entered Apprentice and never attempted to go any further. Brethren, these Brethren must have seen something in a Mason that prompted him to ask for a petition. I encourage each Brother to contact those Brethren and see if you can rekindle that desire he had when he asked for that petition.

I realize that the membership records for this year, 2015, ended August 31st and those who were suspended for non-payment of dues need to be contacted immediately and get them to reinstate. This is probably the easiest time to reinstate someone because as time passes, I assure you it will be harder to get them to reinstate.

Brethren, as this year passes, I would like to remind you that as I visit the various Lodges, I will be displaying this year’s Masonic lapel pins, neck ties and my special commemorative knife. This year the net proceeds from the lapel pins will be credited to the Grand Lodge Endowment fund, which is a very worthwhile project; The proceeds from the collector knifes will be credited to the Scholarship fund, which we must continue funding and the neck ties are just something that has been going on for past few years, which the Brethren seem to like. So far, these items have been received very well. I feel like that the District deputies have been displaying the lapel pins as they visit their Lodges. As you know October has been the month that has been designated for Masons to display their Masonic lapel pin on the lapel of their suit, sport coat or their shirt.

As we continue the remaining part of this Masonic year, I urge each of you to redouble your efforts in supporting your Lodges and your community.

Looking forward to visiting with each of you as I make my visits in your area.

Fraternally,

Fred

Grand Master Undergoing Back Surgery

Grand Master of Masons in Mississippi, Fred Bean

Grand Master of Masons in Mississippi, Fred Bean

Dear Brethren,

Just a note to let everyone know that since and just prior to Grand Lodge I developed terrible back pain. To those of you who were there could tell that I was in severe pain. As soon as I returned home I made an appointment with my Doctor in Jackson, who put 2 rods and 4 screws between L4 and L5 in 2012. After X­rays, an MRI and a Milogram, he decided to remove the rod on my right side and insert a longer rod that will include L3, L4 and L5. I am scheduled to have this done Wednesday, May 6th in Jackson at the River Oaks Hospital.

I appreciate all the phone calls that I have received, also all the prayers that have been lifted up for me. Anyone who has not been in a similar condition does not know how much I have missed by not being able to get around attending Lodges and just being with my Masonic Family. But I assure you that just as soon as I am able to get out among you Brethren, you will get tired of seeing my face.

I ask every one to remember me and my wife, Norma, in your prayers during this time.

Fraternally,

Fred