Worshipful Master Charles Nelson
Of my own free will and accord, in the presence of Almighty God, I come before you with the utmost humility and respect. I thank you my brothers for electing me to serve as your Worshipful Master for the Masonic 2017-2018. This is one of the highest honors that has ever been bestowed upon me. While the work ahead is heavy, I am privileged to have a road paved by those who preceded me in this position in the Lodge. I love Prince Hall Freemasonry and the #1 Lodge in this jurisdiction, Widow’s Son Lodge #7. This opportunity is an especially significant one for me. Virtually all of the men I have emulated most in my life are on the Square and Level, including my father, his father, and all of my uncles.
To my vouchers, PM William B. Thompson Jr. and Treasurer Emeritus PM James “Boots” Williams, if it weren’t for you I would not be a member of this Lodge. My goal is to live up to the expectations you have of me and to not disappoint you. Both of you continue to lend wise counsel and I plan to continue to lean on you for support. Please remember to remind me of my shortcomings and aid in my reformation.
To the Past Masters of this wonderful Lodge, I hope to perform at the standard that you all have set. The bar is extremely high but with your guidance and support, I know I can succeed, therefore, the Lodge will succeed. I really look forward to your active participation in events, meetings and all other Masonic intercourse.
To the Top 5 and Line Officers of the ensuing year, we have serious work to do and it’s going to require effort from all of us. We are here at the service of the Lodge, not for the Lodge to serve us. We must remember the obligations we all took freely and without any hesitation, mental reservation or secret evasion. We have a criteria we are to meet and the only way to do that is together.
In summation, to all of my brothers of this honorable order, I again start by saying thank you. Let’s have a great year and continue to strive for excellence. I know, I have plenty of vices (bossy, talkative, type A, arrogant, indecisive, etc…..) however I will always keep the best interests of our order in the front of my mind.
Finally, I want to leave you with these words of wisdom someone once told me:
“Maintain, don’t complain.”
“We’ve got it all, to do it all.”
Charles Curtis “Snax” Nelson, Jr.
Black Freemasonry began when Prince Hall and fourteen other free black men were initiated by members of Lodge No. 441, Irish Constitution, attached to one of General Gage’s regiments—the 38th Regiment of Foot, British Army garrisoned at Castle Williams Island (now Fort Independence), Boston Harbor on March 6, 1775. The Master of Lodge No. 441 was Sergeant John Batt.