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Thanksgiving Message from Grand Master Arthur H. Weiss
November 25, 2020
As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, I have contemplated what this holiday will be like during the worst pandemic we have experienced in over 100 years. Our brethren, our Masonic Family, and our fellow citizens are all suffering from the effects of sustained confinement, economic hardship, and the loss of loved ones.
And yet I feel more thankful this year than ever before. I am thankful for being part of the greatest fraternity in the world. Together, California Masons have responded to our recent challenges by offering relief at record levels—by directly supporting distressed Masons and their families and by providing aid to our communities. I’m thankful for the unprecedented level of philanthropy our members have shown to public schools and educational causes, as well as to the Masonic Homes of California, which continues to keep elderly members and their families safe and secure.
And I am thankful we are focused on the future. In spite of the significant obstacles we face today, we move ever forward by improving ourselves and the communities we live in. We must work every day to demonstrate the meaning of true friendship, to embrace the diversity of our membership, and to provide the community leadership that will achieve our vision for the future: “The World in Harmony.”
Brothers, take a moment this Thanksgiving to reflect on the multitude of blessings the Great Architect has bestowed upon all of us. Be thankful for being part of this great fraternity. And be thankful we have such an exciting future before us.
Barbara and I wish each of you and your families a happy, safe and healthy Thanksgiving.
Arthur H. Weiss