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Labor Day Message from the District Officers

Labor Day marks the beginning of the season where many of our Lodges resume their Masonic labors.  As we return to the quarries in the coming weeks, the officers serving the Cortland-Madison District would like you to consider the following:


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At first glance, this may seem to be nothing more than a quick, humorous jab at ourselves, but, as with so much in the Masonic world, there is a deeper meaning:

Masons are builders, not of buildings or other structures, but of men, communities, societies, and nations.  We do this by constantly striving to improve both ourselves and the world around us by utilizing a mixture of introspection, education, and enlightenment as well as principles such as honor, justice, purity, knowledge, and truth.  It is this labor that led George Washington, a Mason for nearly 40 years before becoming our nation’s first President, to state, “So far as I am acquainted with the principles of Free Masonry, I conceive it to be founded in benevolence and to be exercised only for the good of mankind.”  As we return to our labors this season, we all should strive to apply these principles, both in life and in Lodge.