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From The Most Illustrious Grand Master

Matthew H. Lewis
Most Illustrious Grand Master - 2016-2017
3313 Sportsman Lake Road, Elizabethtown, KY 42701
(270) 320-4019

To: The Most Illustrious Past Grand Masters, Right Illustrious Elected Grand Council Officers, Illustrious Appointed Grand Council Officers, Illustrious Masters, Deputy Masters, Principal Conductors of the Work, Grand ChiefArch Deputy, GrandArch Deputies, and Companions of the Constituent Councils of the Grand Council of Kentucky, Royal and Select Masters, Companions,

As we start this 189th year of Cryptic Masonry in Kentucky, I am reminded of the words of our Principal Conductor of theWork, from the Royal Master degree, “We walk upon the ashes of the generations who have gone this way before us, to which our own ashes must in turn contribute.” Those Companions who served Cryptic Masonry before us have left a legacy of which we should all be proud. Now it's our turn to carry on this great and good work. May our contributions be worthy of their memory and our efforts.

Thank you to all the Companions who have agreed to serve this Grand Council as Elected and Appointed Grand Officers, Committeemen, and Grand Arch Deputies. Your hard work and dedication are sincerely appreciated, has not gone, and will not go unnoticed. Thank you also to our Most Illustrious Past Grand Masters who continue to serve the Grand Council and Cryptic Masonry.

This year, we will continue to emphasize education in our Councils. Our education and recognition programs will also continue, with emphasis on the Lecture Program and Ritualist Program. Each Council will be given two Officer Handbooks, which outline the Grand Council's programs, and provide educational information. Official Visits will continue, with points now available to Councils who make York Rite Presentations in Symbolic Lodges. I trust we can all work together to make our Councils, and our Grand Council, a little better than we found them.

May the Divine Architect of All guide us in our labors and preserve this Grand Council.

“When people talk, listen completely. Don't be thinking what you're going to say. Most people never listen.” Ernest Hemingway


Matthew H. Lewis

Most Illustrious Grand Master


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