2017 Theme: SINCERITY AND PLAIN DEALING
"TRUTH is a divine attribute and the foundation of every virtue.
To be good and true is the first lesson we are taught in Masonry.
On this theme we contemplate; and by its dictates endeavor to regulate our conduct.
Hence, while influenced by this principle, hypocrisy and deceit are unknown among us;
SINCERITY AND PLAIN DEALING distinguish us; and with heart and tongue, we join in promoting each other's welfare and rejoicing in each other's prosperity."
Our emblem for 2017 is compost of the following elements:
1. Words: SINCERITY AND PLAIN DEALING
2. Roman Numbers: MMXVII meaning 2017
3. Roman Words (Latin): VOX VERITAS VITA, meaning "Voice Truth Life" (Speak the TRUTH as a Way of Life.)
This is actually the motto of California State Univesity
VERITAS is also the name of the Roman Goddess of TRUTH
TRUTH is one of the Nine Noble Virtues:
The concept of TRUTH being a "noble virtue" lead me to use a crest, a shield or a coat of arms in allusion to the noble families, which brings us to the next element:
4. Image: George Washington's family's Coat of Arms
5. Words: Washington Lodge No. 20
All elements are encircled within a blue circular frame, representing the BLUE LODGE.