Brethren, If I could have been at Hancock Lodge 311 for the presentation of my 50 year service award I would have said something like this with the Worshipful Master’s permission.
I wish to thank our Worshipful Master and you Brothers for this evening’s ceremony. My four years with the Brothers of Hancock 311 were the best years of my 50 years of Masonry.
Some of the things I will always remember are: That this lodge always provided outstanding ritual work. That during my three years of line service, our lodge conferred 50 degrees each year. That one evening we were voting on six Petitions for the Mysteries, and the ballot was not clear. By the end of the meeting we had five fine candidates. That most of our Brothers were also members of the Scottish Rite and participated in the Rite’s work behind the stage, in the cast, leader of a degree, communicating degrees or anything the Rite needed. And finally in closing, the reason I said at the beginning that my four years with the Brothers of our lodge were the best of my 50 years of Masonry. Many nights I would be tired, frustrated or just plain discussed with life. But I would go to Lodge and by the end of the evening I would go home relaxed, content and happy with the world again. The brotherly love and comradery here was like no other I have ever felt anywhere! And this is why I’m so thankful to have received my 50 year pin from Hancock Lodge 311.
I attended my Texas lodge for 18 years and 15 as Secretary, but I never felt the comradery and brotherly love that existed in Hancock 311. We did have one outstanding year. We conferred 75 degrees. Our Worshipful Master was a retired Master Sargent and the Brothers willingly worked Monday & Tuesday nights plus Saturday mornings to accomplish this feat. By the end of his year the lodge membership had increased by 25. Thank you for everything, MAC