To Our Newest Master Mason Brother Pete Rodriguez,
I’m not one for speaking in front of a crowd. So I decided last night that I would write out what I wanted to say to you. First let me begin by saying that was one of the most courageous things I have ever seen a man do. To see you walk around that room last night was inspirational. One of the visiting brothers said it best before he pinned that medal on your chest. Some people go around things, some people go below, some people go above, but you my Brother smashed right through it. I’m so glad to call you my Brother. The Brotherhood of Man begins with the Manhood of the Brother. Congratulations Brother Pete! No man has ever been more deserving.
“The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man’s foot long enough to enable him to put his other foot higher.”