M∴ W∴ B∴ Woody D. Bilyeu, PGM

A Message from the Grand Secretary,

I Can See Clearly Now

It is 2020!

Many choose New Year’s as the time to turn over a new leaf. Smokers vow to kick the foul and expensive habit. Some decide to change to a new and improved lifestyle. Habitual spendthrifts decide to mend their ways. And most people who enjoy eating unhealthy foods latch on to the latest dieting fad. New Year’s Day symbolizes the birth of hope and the renewal of life. Below are some select New Year’s quotes from famous people that might be inspirational enough to help you find your calling. You’ll find many of the quotes to be uplifting, with a few tongue-in-cheek thoughts included in the mix.

Making a New Start

If you are supercharged about making a glorious new beginning in this New Year, it’s an excellent time to consider creating your New Year’s resolutions. Pick your favorite peeve and resolve to get rid of the bad stuff. Give up whining and take charge of your life. That’s what is recommended by the writer below.

Edward Payson Powell:

“The Old Year has gone. Let the dead past bury its own dead. The New Year has taken possession of the clock of time. All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming 12months!”

Looking Ahead

As the New Year begins, don’t just look backward: Look ahead. Imagine what your life will be like 20 years from now, as the famous writer Mark Twain said. The choices you make in the New Year may affect and direct the course of your life for years, or decades, to come.

Mark Twain

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Benjamin Franklin

“Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man.”

Our Masonic New Year

So as we prepare to set sail into our Masonic New Year, think about pledging to make Masonry an even better place. Embrace your old friends while attending a Lodge meeting. Enjoy the fellowship of watching or participating in degree work. Feel the joy of meeting new Masonic Brothers that may have become members while you were away. Welcome back, Brother, we have missed you!


M∴ W∴ B∴ Woody D. Bilyeu, PGM

Grand Secretary