From the East – August 2016

Masters JewelBrethren,

As we enter the month of August, the Lodge activities include the Stated Meeting Dinner for all Lodge members and their guests. This is an opportunity to bring guests to the Lodge and have them gain some exposure to the support we provide our community and its civic affairs. The more involved we can become in our Cities and make a positive impact, the better each of us play a part in making this a better world for mankind. We all know this is so important in today’s world’s turmoil.

Each of us must make that positive contribution no matter how big or small it is. At least we are making the effort. Remember, Masonry is all about Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth and with that in mind we individually are making the fabric of our Country a better place for future generations.

At our stated meeting the Lodge will be bestowing the Hiram Award on Worshipful Brandon Cook. He has made a tremendous contribution to the Lodge over the past several years through his dedication of Brotherly support and Leadership to the Lodge. Because of his contributions, the Brethren have become stronger and achieved a higher level of commitment to the Craft and to each other.

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From the West – August 2016

Sr Warden JewelGreetings my Brothers,

As Masons, we hold our principals and guiding values very close to our hearts. We make use of allegorical working tools to demonstrate to others that we treat our fellow citizens with respect, as we share a common moral code. Now is the time we should demonstrate to the world that we not only tolerate others, but actually appreciate and embrace those distinctions. Our thirst for knowledge can be strengthened if we replace narrow-mindedness with curiosity and respect.

The world is in need of our message and teachings; we just need to put our Masonic values to work for the betterment of society. I truly believe that showing this common bond epitomizes the true beauty of our craft. As we attend our degrees in lodge, we hear these ideas advanced as a practical basis for the degree being conferred, the real test is how we practice them in our everyday lives.

We could use a few more brothers to attend meetings on degree nights to show support for our new and advancing brothers. Also, it will refresh our memories to the principals of our fraternity, and it just might refresh friendships with brothers we have not seen in a while. Come on out and enjoy those friendships we hold dear.

Brothers, we are very fortunate to be Masons, and even more fortunate to be in a country where we can build and grow our Fraternity. See you in Lodge, and remember “Real Men Wear Aprons”, wear it with pride.

Fraternally yours,

Robb Morris

Senior Warden

From the South – August 2016

Jr Warden JewelBrethren,

As in all endeavors, we must always remember to act upon the Plumb. Let us always be upright in our endeavors, and let us not fall into intemperance or excess.

Freemasonry cannot survive without our brethren. It takes a lodge to raise a village. I feel there are many times the lodge falls short on efforts and events even though our membership is robust. I know that in the South, I rely on the same few people over and over again to assist in our monthly and special engagements. From the youngest Entered Apprentice in the Northeast corner, to the Worshipful Master in the East, we must always be mindful to stand upright in our undertakings. That being said, I am forever grateful for all those brothers that consistently and continually support the lodge and all its endeavors.

It is with sadness that I report that the BBQ competition has been scrubbed due to lack of response. The deadline has come and gone, and we did not get any entrance fees. I hope that this will not be the end of this wonderful event, but merely a speed bump. My experience in last year’s event was one of great memories, and I look forward to next year’s Junior Warden spear-heading the event.

I know what you all are thinking, “The Junior Warden is getting too serious!” To put your hearts and minds at ease I have a joke for you: How many Masons does it take to change a light bulb in the lodge room? Three or more, because we have to put it to a vote and then ballot upon it.

Fraternally,

Andrew Bowen

Junior Warden

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