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A Word from The Most Worshipful Grand Master
Gregory L. Clark
Centuries ago, Freemasonry originated with the sole purpose of bringing light to humanity. In order to develop a society with the precepts of Knowledge, Freedom, Equality and Charity good men came together. Influenced by Enlightenment, Freemasonry became a key element in our organization that engaged into the mission of improving good men by applying the valuable lessons found in the mysteries of our organization. As a result, Freemasonry played an important role in the betterment of our society. These values are our legacy! Because of these perennial values that once inspired our very existence, it now inspires our present and certainly will illuminate our future. I consider serving you one of the greatest privileges of my life; a privilege that you have bestowed upon me and I give you my heartfelt appreciation for placing in me your trust and confidence.
I pledge to you that I will pursue our True Masonic Values and continue the legacy of our Ancient Craft and I humbly invite you to join me in this journey. Let's engage in our well-tailored programs as we together shape the future of Illinois Freemasonry. It is your responsibility to decide how you want to be relevant in the evolution of our fraternity. I believe by carrying the Light our ancient brethren sought, and shared with those who wanted to be a part of something bigger and better, will result in wisdom and understanding for all. Remember what Freemasonry can be, and will ultimately become, is up to each one of us.
Our Grand Lodge is very proud to support lodges and brethren, with programs that can provide them with fulfillment. These programs offer opportunities to develop the hearts and minds of our brethren. Our programs contain opportunities to demonstrate support for our respective communities and as a result create the visibility our Fraternity deserves.
The current programs, with a few modifications, will be continued. Lodges using the existing programs have seen members become more involved and engaged. In addition, these programs offer an opportunity for family involvement. It is a telling sign that Brotherly Love exists when men voluntarily stay around after a meeting to talk and interact with one another. This supportive atmosphere provides an excellent opportunity to share and learn about our Fraternity and witness Fraternalism at its best.
Your Grand Lodge Officers are committed to the growth of each and every Illinois Mason! You have elected us not only to represent you but also to serve you. As such we are interested in ways to make Illinois Freemasonry better. In the spirit of making Illinois Freemasonry the best it can be, we invite you to offer your feedback, suggestions, and solutions. Remember, Masonry in Illinois is more than an individual Lodge, District or Area. The thread of fraternalism unites and connects every Brother in the State of Illinois and what is good for one must be good for all.
Bro. Gregory L. Clark
Most Worshipful Grand Master