From the East – April 2018

“Friend, Compatriot, Neighbor, Acquaintance,” some of the many descriptions of people we know, all good and well meaning.  However I find my self preferring the title of  “My Brother” when addressing or meeting a fellow Freemason.  It has a ring to it that gives me great pleasure and satisfaction.  To be a part of an organization that values “Brother Hood” as one of its principal  tenets can only be one of the greatest feelings for any person, especially for me towards another Freemason.

We have two of our brothers who will be recipients of  “Golden Veterans Pins” in the very near future, celebrating 50 years of Masonic membership and service,  Brother George Cesped and Brother John Elwell, We extend our heartfelt congratulations and affections to both of you.

My Brothers, we are currently involved in “the Raise a Reader”  program in conjunction with Grand Lodge.  We could use a few more contributions from our Lodge to help advance this noteworthy program.  Helping to teach a child to read is a most noble cause.  Lets all see what we can do.  If you are able to help, no matter the size of the contribution, please mail it to the Lodge and we will add it to the other contributions we have collected.

My Brothers, your attendance at Stated Meetings is very important to the life blood of the Lodge.  Come see what is happening and rekindle old friendships as well meet some of the new members, remember “we Meet, Act and Part on the square”.  Hope to see you at the Stated meetings, come, enjoy dinner, enjoy the time with your Brother Masons.

Here it comes guys–“Remember. Real Men Wear Aprons”

Robb Morris

Worshipful Master   🎩

From the South – April 2018

Greetings from the station of Beauty.

Brethren, we enter April knowing it is Public Schools Month. Public schools have been struggling since the 1920’s. In the 20’s, there was a shortage of teachers, during that time Masons proclaimed Public Schools Week. Today, we proclaim Public Schools Month in order to raise money for our local schools, which to this day, they are still struggling. The donations will go towards getting new materials such as books. Brethren, lets do our part and donate to this great cause, so far as you can do so of course, without serious injury to yourself of family. If you would like to donate, see myself or our Senior Deacon. Please join us on April 4th for our monthly stated dinner and stated meeting, we will be providing a delicious meal. We are going to be having Spaghetti with meat sauce, served with grilled chicken and a side of Cesar Salad and of course some desert.

Luciano Leon

Junior Warden

From the West – April 2018

Greetings Brethren from the Station of Strength,

While brushing up on my financial literacy, I recently found equilibrium in Howard Marks’ The Most Important Thing Illuminated (Columbia University Press, 2013). In it, Marks expands upon an epiphany concerning contrarianism, “skepticism and pessimism aren’t synonymous. Skepticism calls for pessimism when optimism is excessive. But it also calls for optimism when pessimism is excessive.” How often in Masonic teaching are we reminded of the balance of competing forces and the importance of centrality? I believe this essential at maintaining a truly open mind at finding areas of opportunity within and without ourselves and in our own natural available universe. Marks applies his insights to the financial market and reminds the reader to remain steadfast and focused during extremes but the moral is far-flung.

Through Masonic teaching we realize that the deepest truths can be revealed through the study of nature and the symbolism therein contained but equally important is the mention of balancing forces; attraction and repulsion which are antagonistic but not hostile to each other and which results harmonious balance. Going even further, these perpetual forces of nature host the divine exercise to develop talent, upon which arouses the utmost exertion of human genius.

“The less prudence with which others conduct their affairs, the greater the prudence with which we should conduct our own affairs.” ~Warren Buffett

Or in other words, be contrarian.

Brandon Cook

Senior Warden