On behalf of the Indiana Masonic Temple Association, I'd like to express my heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported the $2.00 increase in the Grand Lodge Trustees assessment, the proceeds of which go to help support Indiana Freemasons' Hall. This was approved in Grand Lodge today by a substantial margin. I'd especially like to thank our immediate Past Grand Master Greg Walbridge for including the request in his recommendation and for his comments in support of the proposal in Grand Lodge. I'm not certain we'd have gotten this done otherwise. Thanks also to W. Bro. Randy Nail, Worshipful Master of Centre Lodge #23, and to the other brothers (unknown to me) who spoke in Grand Lodge on behalf of the recommendation.
This did not happen overnight. It has taken several years and a lot of hard work on the part of many people to get us to the point where we felt we could ask the membership for these additional funds. I'd be remiss if I did not also mention the unanimous support we have received from all of the Past Grand Masters and Grand Lodge officers along the way, including those who have served as trustees and appointed board members. Special thanks to PGM and Past Grand Secretary Max Carpenter, PGM and Grand Secretary Rick Elman, and PGM and Grand Treasurer John Grein, who have all served as mentors. Their knowledge and experience has been invaluable to me This has been a team effort all the way. I'm also grateful to the many brethren from all over the state who have offered their encouragement and support.
I have to single out a couple of people who have been there every step of the way since the IMTA took somewhat of a new direction back in 2007. W. Bro. Nathan Brindle has served as the IMTA Secretary since mid-year 2007. He has done yeoman's work with our accounting procedures and our IT needs. He is in the IMTA office a couple of days a week writing checks, mailing invoices, doing the banking, and updating records. I cannot imagine trying to do this without him. Chris Hodapp, who serves as Vice President of the board, has been a great source of ideas. He has written about the building in several different publications and arranged for his role in a couple of documentaries to be filmed in the building, which has given us national exposure. Even throughout a couple of years of very serious illnesses, he has rarely missed a board meeting. I can't express in words how fortunate I am to count these two brethren not only as colleagues, but also as great friends and brothers.
Anyone who knows me knows that I have a great passion for the building, as do all of the members of the Indianapolis Masonic Temple Association. We're very proud of the work that has been done to the building over the last several years. These additional funds will allow us to continue to aggressively pursue many needed additional improvements to the building while remaining financially solvent. We will endeavor to do our very best to be good stewards of IMTA funds.
As I said in the Grand Lodge session today, I hope that all Indiana brethren feel a sense of ownership in Indiana Freemasons' Hall and we'll make every effort to make the home of Indiana Freemasonry a place that all of you can point to with pride. There is still much work to be done and we will need everyone's continued support. Today's vote to increase our funding was a huge step that was vital to the future of the building. I was very proud of the collective Grand Lodge of Indiana for stepping up to the plate and demonstrating their support for Indiana Freemasons' Hall.
Indianapolis Masonic Temple Association