From the Station of the Leading Knight
The holiday season is a time to celebrate the present, to hope for the future, and to reflect on the past. In the circle of life, we are born, we live, and we die. During our lives, we feel joy and we experience pain. We laugh and we cry. The holidays are a time for laughter and joy, but it is also a time of reflection of those we love and those that we have loved and have lost.
Every year we celebrate who we are, what we have done, and what we will do. We celebrate our faith, we celebrate life and we celebrate love. As Elks we swear to uphold Brotherly Love, Justice, Charity and Fidelity. All of which are tenets of a Polite Society. As an officer of the Lodge, my fiduciary duty is to abide by these precepts.
In the past, I have written about Brotherly Love, Justice and Charity, but I have rarely mentioned Fidelity. Fidelity is the fundamental principal by which we have sworn to uphold. Fidelity is defined as “faithfulness to a person, cause, or belief, demonstrated by continuing loyalty and support.” As an officer, my job is to maintain the sanctity of the Lodge. I have a fiduciary duty of fidelity in acting in what is the best interest of the Lodge as a collective.
Being an officer is not always easy, members sometimes stray from the tenets of the very same precepts we swore to uphold. Brotherly love asks for the extension of olive branches, justice requires obedience, charity expresses kindness, and fidelity requires loyalty.
My fiduciary duty is to uphold these virtues and sometimes tough decisions must be made, but the spirit in making such decisions, we as Elks must adhere to the tenets which we swore to uphold.
This Christmas season, I am reflecting on how I as an officer have inculcated the preservation of those precepts. As the parents of the Lodge, I am reminded of the lyrics in an Aaron Tippin Song entitled, “You gotta stand for something”. In this song, Aaron sings “now Daddy didn’t like trouble, but if it came along, everyone that knew him knew which side that he’d be on, he never was a hero, or this county’s shinin’ light, but you could always find him standing up for what he thought was right. He’d say you’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything. You’ve got to be your own man not a puppet on a string, never compromise what’s right and uphold your family name”.
This Christmas season, I reflect on the past, dwell in the present and pray for the future. The holidays are about faith; faith in God, faith in ourselves, faith to do what is right, faith to believe in oneself, faith in the belief of others, faith in our fraternal precepts and the faith of a Polite Society. I hereby reaffirm my pledge of Fidelity to perform in what is the best interest of the Lodge. During the holidays, I urge you to also reaffirm your pledge to uphold the tenets of the Lodge, because a Polite Society is a just society.
John Aube’, Esteemed Leading Knight
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