To the Faithful Sir Knights of the Archdiocese of Washington District

MasterJewelJewel of the Master of the Fourth DegreeBrothers, late yesterday evening I received notice of the Master’s appointment. I am deeply honored with the opportunity to serve as Master for the next two years. It has truly been one of the most rewarding times of my life serving these last two years. Looking forward, I think our best is yet to come.

I want to thank both of my co-nominees SK Mike Thumm, and SK Mike Lynch. Your contribution to the District and the Order is well known and highly appreciated by myself as well as the Vice Supreme Master and the Supreme Master.

I also want to thank the dedicated brother Sir Knights who have served on the District team.  You have provided the time and energy to begin the face lift of the 4th Degree. We have stated from the very beginning that we wanted to build an organization that is known as much for our good works as we are for our fine Color Corps. We will continue to build on that work while building on the finest Color Corps in the Order. I ask each member of the District team to reevaluate what we have done and what is still to do, and to further recommit yourself, as I have, to getting the job done. This is our opportunity to leave an indelible positive mark on our Order. At the end of this term, it is my hope that my successors will say we made a difference.

Most importantly, to the Faithful Navigators both past and current, THANK YOU. You will likely never know much I appreciate what you have done and will do. You are where the rubber meets the road when it comes to making a difference. Without you and your members none of what we have done, or will do, could be possible.

In conclusion, I want to re-state how honored I am to be re-appointed to be the Master of AWD. This is truly the finest group of people I have ever been associated with. You have my word that I will work to earn your support and loyalty.

Now Let Set Forth To Do The Great Work Laid Out For Us!

Fraternally Yours in Patriotic Service,

SK John F. Winfrey, FDD, PGK, PFN
Master of the Fourth Degree