If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, but make allowance for their doubting too, If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being hated, don’t give way to hating, and yet don’t look to good, nor talk too wise; If you can dream and not make dreams your master, if you can think and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster, and treat those two imposters just the same; If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken, twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, and stoop and build ‘em up with worn-out tools; If you can make one heap of all your winnings, and risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, And lose, and start again at your beginnings and never breathe a word about your loss; If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew, to serve your turn long after they are gone, And so hold on when there is nothing in you, except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold On!” If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, or walk with Kings – nor lose your common touch, If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, if all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute, with sixty seconds worth of distance run, YOURS IS THE EARTH AND EVERTHING THAT’S IN IT, AND – WHICH IS MORE – YOU’LL BE A MAN, MY SON!

Before entering upon any great and important undertaking, we must first invoke the aid of Deity, Let Us Pray!

All Mighty and Heavenly Father, infinite in wisdom, mercy and goodness. I come to as humbly as I know how to thank you for giving us this opportunity to stand together before you this evening. We ask that you continue to cover our Lodge with your blessings. Give us the strength to control the things we can control, and the patience to bear with the things that we cannot. Inspire us with Thy wisdom from on high, that we may glorify Thee in all our ways. These and many other blessings we ask in Thy Name we pray. AMEN

My Brothers, I stand before you this evening, extremely humbled by the opportunity that you have bestowed upon me, by electing and installing me to serve as the Worshipful Master for the 2020 Masonic Year of this well governed Lodge, and the care-taker of this Charter bestowed upon us by the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia.

In 2014, when I was raised from a Dead Level to a Living Perpendicular, with my cabletoes, The Brothers on the Square, I never envisioned myself in this position. My main focus was to come into the Lodge and work hard and obtain as much Light as I could possibly obtain. But I see the Lodge had other plans for me. Trust me, my Brothers, I do not take this lightly.

To my vouchers, SW Brian Brock and JW Brian Williams, I want to thank you personally for signing my petition which allowed me to begin my journey in Masonry. Especially JW Brian Williams, who I have known since 1995 while we both attended the Real HU, Hampton University. Its funny how the tables turned from me being apart of your Initiation into the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., to you being one of the vessels in which I came into this Illustrious Lodge. I can’t thank you enough for that. PM LaRay Evans, thank you for raising me off the floor on September 27th, 2014. I also want to thank PM Washington, for allowing me to become the Senior Deacon and also being in charge of our Lodge’s School Of Instruction during his administration. Whether you know it or not, when you allowed me to have those extremely important responsibilities being so young in Masonry, it showed me that you and the Lodge had confidence in my abilities to get such an important job done. I was forced to challenge myself mentally, like I’ve never challenged myself before and I’m grateful for that.

To Past Masters Nelson, Thompson, Ashshaheed, Donald and Keith Quarles, Williams, Davis, Chatman, Broughton, and Faison. I want to personally thank you all for your wise council, guidance and support over my journey so far in Masonry and I hope to continue to get the same for years to come. To all the Past Masters of Widow’s Son Lodge No. 7, I can only hope to live-up-to and perform to the standards and bar that you have set. But I also want to let you all know, that my goal is to RAISE that bar, with your Help, Aid, and Assistance.

To the Line Officers of the 2020 administration and members of this Lodge, it’s showtime, go time. We must set the standard in the Jurisdiction and it’s going to take everyone in this room to make this happen. The ONLY way that we can do this is by holding each other accountable and supporting each other and this Lodge and re-establishing our GROUND FLOOR by building a strong foundation on Fortitude, Prudence, Temperance, and Justice…our Four Cardinal Virtues!

Once again, I am extremely humbled and honored by the opportunity to lead this Lodge and I promise you, my brothers, that I will do my best to serve you and this Lodge with ZEAL. Let’s have a tremendous year my brothers and strive to set the standard for this Jurisdiction.

Fraternally Submitted,
Matthew Williams, Worshipful Master