Message from the East- An Old Lesson in a New Year

January 19, 2017 at 8:46 am

squareLast month we discussed the 24-inch gauge and how so many of us forget the lesson of that simple tool. I challenged all of us to apply that lesson in our daily life and see if it doesn’t help us achieve balance, so how are you doing with that challenge? Did you take a moment and consider your schedule?

Now I’d like you to consider the idea of the simple yet world altering lesson found in the square. There was a point in our nation’s history where nearly every young child was taught the “Golden Rule” and I’m sure there are derivatives of it found in every culture around the world.

Do unto others as you’d have them do unto you.

This is such a simple, yet so often over looked principle that if we as Masons employed more often than we do already I am convinced we could change the world.

As an example, let’s talk about merging onto I-275 from SR-32. Here is a great practical exercise for all of us throughout the next month. Let’s all commit to each other to take into consideration the other drivers as we race up the on ramp and realize that we have 2 options:

  1. Live down to the other driver’s expectation and barrel into traffic expecting others to get out of our way
  2. Breath and consider there are other drivers who may be having a worse day than you and the last thing they need is that $%^@ driver coming up the on ramp to cut them off

Will they know you or I to be a Mason at that point? NO! But maybe, just maybe when they get to where ever they are going they’ll be a little less stressed and so might you be!

Our lodge is launching an endeavor to do unto others in a practical manner this year, and no we’re not lobbying for traffic control lights on the on ramps, we’re planting a garden. That’s right, a garden.

Food Insecurity: at times during the year, being uncertain of having, or unable to acquire, enough food to meet the needs of all household members because of insufficient money or other resources for food.

Food Insecurity is a significant issue across our country and in the Cincinnati area estimates are as high as 18.5% fall into this category. Locally that means that even some members of our Lodge may fall into the 1 in 6 Americans who are Food Insecure. Nationally 1 in 4 children in America are Food Insecure annually.

Statistically that means 40 members of our lodge alone could potentially fall into this category annually.

Bro. Don Franklin led a successful garden ministry at Eastside Christian Church. He and a small committee have developed a plan to put a garden in behind our parking lot that could produce as much as 1,000 pounds of produce during the growing season. Utilizing rain water from our roof and volunteer labor this will be a unique addition to J. B. Covert Lodge.

You can help right away and in the long-term. The Garden Committee has developed a construction plan that is highlighted here and that has a projected budget of $1,500 if we had to buy all materials today.

Here’s how you can help:

  • If you’d like to donate materials, please contact us here.
  • If you’d like to donate funds towards the costs not covered by material donation please send a check to:

J.B. Covert Lodge #437, F. & A.M.

David Miller, Secretary

4842 Pathfinder Way

Milford, OH 45150

Remember, if you should ever meet a brother in destitute circumstances…

Brothers, I ask you to consider the lessons of Freemasonry and ask yourself are you allowing them to work on your heart, so that you can truly become a better man?



Dave Olmstead

Worshipful Master