From the West & From the East – January 2020

From the West

My Brother,

Today I had lunch with my friend and Brother Douglas Patrick, who was Worshipful Master of Lafayette Lodge in 2010. We discussed all the men we have met over the years in this thing we call Freemasonry. WB Patrick and I went on to serve the Grand Lodge, and here we are, right back where we first found Freemasonry, and each other, One Worshipful Master and the other Tyler.

In discussing our respective Masonic journeys, he became my Ritual Instructor, and always liked the ritual, he always sought out the meaning of our Ritual. He asked me what I like. I had never given this much thought, and I found this to be a tough question. The answer I found was that I like you. I like meeting the membership, I like conversing with the membership, I enjoy the things we do as members of this Great Fraternity. The thing I like the very most, are those moments when the exchange of ideas culminates with that AHA moment, where plans, actions, and desired results all come together, and you realize that WE really do make a difference in the lives of men, their families, and society in general. WE are that good. Tomorrow is Today -Tomorrow, whatever we accomplished yesterday was yesterday. Today should pale in comparison to what we did yesterday. We wake up each day as ambassadors of enlightenment, WE are shining examples of light, morality, and fair dealing, let us each aim high and act on that.

This year we are going to change the way we view this fraternity. We will be implementing some cutting edge programs, some thought provoking props, and we will drill down on the Value of Freemasonry, and your membership in it. Get ready, it is coming, we would love for you to join us.

Finally my Brother, What did you do today? What do you like? I would love to hear from you.


Mike Holt,
Senior Warden

From the East


Words truly cannot express my gratitude for the privilege of serving Lafayette Lodge for the past year and the support I have received from not only the Past Masters, but also the membership as a whole.

Bringing everything full circle, as I mentioned in my very first Trestleboard message in January 2019, I had no intention to progress through the Officer line when I joined Lafayette Lodge in 2009, but intended to serve the Lodge in background roles. However, having the opportunity to serve my Lodge as Worshipful Master is truly an honor. I have learned much from my experiences and those of our Past Masters. This experience has helped me grow as a leader, a man, and a Mason.

At the beginning of 2019, my goal was to continue the Lodge’s forward momentum and be in a position to pass the Lodge to my successor in better shape than when I assumed the East. I believe that together we have achieved that goal and that the Lodge is poised to continue its positive progression under RW Michael Holt’s leadership.

My Brothers, thank you again for the honor, privilege, and support, and I look forward to continuing to serve our Lodge in the future.


Bryan S. Passione,
Worshipful Master

December 21, 2019 at 9:30 am | Announcements, Masonic Light