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Message From Most Worshipful John W. Marinucci
Grand Master of Masons of Delaware
First and foremost, please allow me to express my gratitude to the brethren of this Grand Jurisdiction for the trust reposed in me to serve you, as your Grand Master. I am both humbled and honored – THANK YOU. As those Grand Masters who have gone before me, I will endeavor to represent all the brethren of this Grand Jurisdiction with honor, integrity and virtue. I am Committed to Providing the Experience of Fraternalism to All Men.
My theme for this year is Masons in Motion. It is intended to build upon the work of past Grand Masters and endeavor to put our fair craft in motion! Masons in Motion is based on Sir Issac Newton’s laws of motion – you’ve heard them before, “A body at rest tends to stay at rest unless acted upon by an imbalanced outside force” - Newton’s first law. I ask you, are YOU in Motion? Are you an active member of your lodge? Are you an active Mason? If not, then my challenge to you is to do something – anything that will generate positive Masonic inertia in your life. That positive Masonic inertia will build and grow, from that one simple step. For those of my brethren who are already in motion, Newton’s second law applies – “A body in motion will accelerate if acted upon by an imbalanced outside force.” The future of Masonry depends on all of us doing our part in promoting our beloved craft. The Grand Staff and I plan to be that imbalanced force that compels you to Masonic Motion or accelerates your current Motion! I challenge every Mason in this Grand Jurisdiction to generate Masonic Motion!
Masonic Motion can be many things - calling to check on a brother who has not been in lodge for a while; offering a ride to lodge to those who may need it; taking a meal to a brother who is alone; contacting the widow of a fallen brother to see if she needs anything; and above all, it is living your life in such a way that your example establishes a positive perception of Masonry for the world to see. We tend to think of Masonry as a state of being, but not a state of action. To say, “I am a Mason” is great, it’s who we are, but “who we are” is defined by what we do. So my challenge to all my Masonic Brethren is to add action to “being a Mason” and therefore “live Masonically” because it’s what we do that the world sees.
Newton’s first law of motion also indicates that a body in motion will continue its current direction unless acted upon by an imbalanced outside force. Every Mason in Delaware has a responsibility to take action to change the direction of Delaware masonic membership. To that end, I am challenging every Mason in Delaware to “replace himself” in Masonry. Every one of us knows a friend, a neighbor, a co-worker or family member who would make a great Mason. We need to open a conversation about Masonry with those individuals. While he must ask to become a Mason, we can and should discuss Masonry with him which will hopefully lead him to ask that single question that has changed all our lives. If we all replace ourselves, we will ensure the future of Masonry.
Your Grand Staff and I are excited about this year! We are looking forward to traveling throughout this amazing Grand Jurisdiction and meeting with as many Brethren as possible. We look forward to seeing you in a Lodge or one of our many Masonic events we have planned. Thank you again for affording me the opportunity to serve you as your Grand Master.
John W. Marinucci