December 8, 2009: Annual Communication

The Annual Communication of Gate City Lodge No. 2 was held on December 8, 2009. Fresh off of our Annual Retreat, The Officer's line executed a near perfect Opening and Closing with all of the precision that we have come to expect.

2009 was an exemplary year for Gate City II: Four hundred attended the six Religion and Culture installments, two Chips events, a huge lodge retreat, great fellowship, nine new Brethren since February. While all of GCII were pleased with the results of 2009...We are looking forward.

Forward began at the Annual Communication.

Our Senior Warden, William Wallace, was unable to move to the East. Wallace has been on five continents this year and expects to be traveling more in 2010. William Wallace removed himself from consideration in July of 2009 with the understanding and well wishes of his Brethren.

Mike Bjelajac was unanimously re elected to the East. As previously stated, with the exodus from consideration of William Wallace, the best thing which all could figure was to let the Officer's Line move up as normal and keep Worshipful Master Bjelajac (Pictured Left at the Altar) in the East for another year so as to let the Line mature. We were all very happy that he chose to lead Gate City II for another term.

Worshipful Master: Michael Bjelajac
Treasurer: David Johnston
Secretary: Tom Lawrence
Assistant Secretary: Doug Hrabe
Chaplain: Dan Genson
Senior Warden: Donald Hall
Junior Warden: Nicholas Hayes
Senior Deacon: Minh Van
Junior Deacon: Victor Marshall
Senior Steward: Zeithlin Waters
Junior Steward: B.J. Crapps
Tyler: David Herman
Ambassador To The Children's Home: Mike Wallace
Temple Board Representative: John Guest
Director Of Work: Beaux Pettys

The Officers were installed by Fifty Year Freemason and Past Master of Gate City II, Joe Brooks (Pictured on Right) and Sixty Year Freemason and Past Master of Gate City II, Jeff Hodges (Pictured Below). With 110 years combined of Masonic experience, the pair of Texans (as they so like to point out)gave us all a lesson in their dignified approach and proficiency of the work. We are continually made proud by Brothers Jeff Hodges and Joe Brooks.

Senior Warden, Donald Hall, forefront, is already planning for next year. Brother Hall's responsibilities are greatly increased this year by office, choice and directive of the Worshipful Master. Donald will be the XO in every sense.

Gate City II is an Atlanta Masonic Lodge. We are Free and Accepted Masons working under the jurisdiction of The Grand Lodge of Georgia. We meet at the Atlanta Masonic Center (formerly The Atlanta Masonic Temple) 1690 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309
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