Brethren,

As I mentioned in my January Message From the East, the Lodge is focusing on securing our financial future. I am pleased to report that our Budget Committee conducted a thorough review of our expenses and presented the 2013 budget at our February 9 meeting. After significant and detailed discussion, our lodge approved a budget representing an approximate 25% reduction in expenses. These reductions were targeted in a manner that will allow us to maintain an active lodge both socially and philanthropically. As an example, the form of this communication has been altered. This new format is expected to save us at least 50% on publication costs. I extend my deepest gratitude to the Budget Committee for their hard work and the brothers who voiced their thoughts in lodge for their constructive input.

We will now be turning our attention to the other side of the budget equation; revenues. I hope to see you at our first meeting in March when the Dues Committee will be providing their report and we will be entertaining a thorough discussion on our revenue plan.

Please note that we were unable to ballot on Charles Fuller at our January 11 meeting due to timing conflicts. We will be balloting on him at our March 8 meeting.

I look forward to working with you all in lodge.

Fraternally Yours,
David T. Witherspoon
Worshipful Master