From the East – July 2016

Masters JewelBrethren,

Happy Independence Day!

This Fourth of July, we might find ourselves celebrating with fireworks, barbecuing, congregating with loved ones and enjoying our precious free time with a good day trip to the beach – a far cry from what our founding fathers would have done. But July Fourth is also a time to step back, take stock and appreciate the glorious Freedoms we enjoy every day and make you proud to be an American.

This month is actually another month of reflection as we approach the anniversary of our Country’s first day of Independence hundreds of years ago. With our Brother, PM George Washington at the helm, many other Freemasons such as Benjamin Franklin, Paul Revere, and John Hancock all played a significant part in the Great American Revolution that led to this celebratory day.

This great day having come into fruition through the arduous work of Brothers who had a vision, of Brothers who were very dedicated, of Brothers who put their minds together to make that vision become a reality. That vision eventually became the United States of America and we all have the privilege of celebrating this great day every Fourth of July. Read the rest of this entry »

From the West – July 2016

Sr Warden JewelGreetings my Brothers,

I have enjoyed talking to many of our Brethren over the past few weeks. I was notably surprised by the response’s I received when I ask the question; ‘What are you looking for in Masonry?” A question I ask our brothers as well as all prospective candidates. The answers ran the gambit of “bettering myself”, “serving the community”, “meet other like-minded people”. Does just paying our dues and showing up to a meeting once in a while fill the requirements of what makes a good Mason, how about carrying around our paid dues card, and letting everyone know that they are a Mason. We need to take a deeper look inside ourselves to understand and know what it really means to us as well as our brothers to be a truly good Mason.

To quote George Bernard “my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. Life is no brief candle to me. It is sort of a splendid torch which I have got to hold for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to the future generations.” I just hope I can live up to those ideals.

Brothers don’t lose sight or contact with our brothers or their spouses who may be experiencing health issues. We need to keep them in our minds as well as our prayers. My brothers we could use a few more sideliners as well as active members to attend our degrees, and meetings. Serving our brothers is only the beginning of our Masonic Life.

Please keep in mind we are collecting Pasta Sauce as well as Pasta for the motel kids. We owe it to our communities and children. Remember “Real Men Wear Aprons” my brothers’ See you at the next Stated meeting and Degrees.

Fraternally yours,

Robb Morris

Senior Warden

From the South – July 2016

Jr Warden JewelBrethren,

Last month was a hectic month with two dinners and a plethora of lodge nights. This month I hope we can look forward to a nice relaxing month with a stated meeting dinner of Fourth of July fair and a nice short meeting. We are getting closer to the Second Annual BBQ competition, and I would like to thank Brother Newton for his tireless efforts in this endeavor. It is hoped that soon we will be able to present a full briefing of the festivities. Lastly, I would like to remind the brethren to support not only our lodge, but the bodies that we are here to support. Come by and support our Bethel on the first and third Mondays as well as DeMolay on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. They are always welcoming, and I assuredly know they will be thankful for your time.

Fraternally,

Andrew Bowen

Junior Warden

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