On Tuesday December 8th, 2015 Prince Lodge #231 held it’s last stated meeting for 2015. Officers for 2016 were elected, and reports were given on some of Prince Lodge’s most recent activities. Larry Sisk who has served so well as Worshipful Master in 2015 was reelected to that position for 2016. WM Larry Sisk also chose to honor Past Master Joe Williams by naming him as the 2015 Mason of the Year.
Prince Lodge has been increasingly active over the past few years, but 2015 was a year of many firsts. Under the leadership of our Worshipful Master, Prince Lodge has continued some of the projects of his predecessors and added several more. As we wrap up the year, it is a good time to look back on what we have done right.
The beginning of Larry’s year as Master started before 2015 began. Prince Lodge hosted Oakland City Lodge #467 for the Feast of St. John the Evangelist in late December 2014. The planning and coordination of the Feast of St. John was started under the lead of PM Jeff Williams. This has been a traditional observance of Freemason lodges for centuries, but had not been practiced in Gibson County in recent decades. Later this month Oakland City Lodge will return the favor by hosting Prince Lodge for this annual event that will be hosted alternately by our two Lodges.
Prince Lodge acquired a parade float in 2014 and participated in two parades that year. This year Prince Lodge expanded that project by participating in the Labor Day parade in Petersburg, IN, the Watermelon Festival Parade in Owensville, IN as well as the Princeton Christmas Parade. These parades surely increase our visibility in the community, but more importantly they are great fun for the Brothers, their wives and children who participate.
Involving the families has been one of the primary goals accomplished this year. Prince Lodge always opens it’s doors to the family of Masons at our meals served before each stated meeting, but for Easter, Halloween and Christmas we made it a special point to put the children first. On all three occasions Prince Lodge was rewarded by the joyous sights and sounds of children laughing and playing in our building.
So as 2015 is drawing to close as a very productive year for our Lodge, we have great hope for the coming year. Prince Lodge has a Master who has proved himself a leader, and he is supported by a great group of Officers, Past Masters, and Masons.