As we close out the old year let us take a moment to reflect on the events of the past. Every New Year we hear resolutions made by so many people. Most of which will never be carried out. But, nevertheless, it is a goal that each person has set for their own satisfaction. At the end of the year most have forgotten the resolution or even having said it. I know very well, in the past, I have been guilty of just that.

Most people feel they never achieve an Earth-Shaking Accomplishment. But little do they know, not realizing, may have touched the heart of someone they met. The hand of Charity to someone in need, a word of encouragement, just being there when someone felt alone, a smile when passing a person in a crowd, so many trivial things. Yes, an Earth-Shaking Accomplishment can be achieved, and without our being aware of it.

Each of us has a job to do and if we all work together, the Earth-Shaking Accomplishment in our dreams will come to be reality. I am guilty of setting goals that, alone, I would be unable to achieve. But I am satisfied with what I have seen as I travel about our state. Brethren working together with one common goal, THE BETTERMENT OF OUR GREAT FRATERNITY OF FREEMASONS. Unselfishly giving of their time and talents with the satisfaction of knowing that what good they have accomplished, will inspire those who follow.

Brethren, as the year as your Grand Master now draws nearer to completion, it has been my pleasure to have served the Masons of Louisiana. This year I was blessed with the aid of outstanding men in the Grand Line that will follow. In my humble opinion, Masonry in Louisiana is in the hands of men with vision, a goal or resolution that will continue the important work of our fraternity well into the future.

Now as we go forth into the NEW YEAR, be aware of those trivial things around us we all too often take for granted. Remember your families, Your Neighbors, and most of all to place your faith in GOD for leadership. As it is written in the book of PROVERBS, in the THIRD CHAPTER verses 5,6. TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL THINE HEART; AND LEAN NOT UNTO THINE OWN UNDERSTANDING. IN ALL THY WAYS ACKNOWLEDGE HIM AND HE SHALL DIRECT THY PATHS.

On behalf of My Family, The Grand Line and The Office Staff, Our Wish to Each of You and Your Family is a Healthy and Prosperous NEW YEAR for 2024. May every direction, going forth, into this NEW YEAR be the will and pleasure of our LORD.

Jimmie Dean Dunkin

Grand Master