Tidings From The East
First off, I would like to thank everyone for their vote of confidence. I could not have gotten to this point without the help of so many friends I call brothers. My goal this year is to make Lodge the place you want to go to again, not the place you HAVE to be at this Wednesday. The first Wednesday of the Month will be our regular business meetings. The 2nd and 4th Wednesday will be our degree nights as needed, it will be whichever degree we need to confer. The 3rd Wednesday will be a night of comradery in the dining hall. Do you have a card game you like to play? A quick board game you love? Show up the 3rd Wednesday and find a few brothers to join you. Are you not interested in playing a game? Show up just get to know your fellow Brothers and solve the world’s problems. This night will be laid back none structured and just a time to strengthen the bonds of brotherhood. We are planning some of these nights to be potlucks where you can bring your family too.
2020 is here! Each year we all make New Year’s resolutions and I am asking each of you, if you are able to, to make a Masonic New Year’s Resolution. Have you been gone from Lodge for a few months or years? Make a point to come back to one of our events, Meeting, Degree, fun night, fundraising event, etc. Have you seen each degree? Make a point to see one you haven’t for a long time. Each time you see it you will pick up something new. Are you having trouble getting to Lodge? Reach out to a brother and ask for a ride. Is your work schedule keeping you from Lodge? Let’s find a brother on your same work schedule so you have someone masonically to build comradery with. Please reach out to myself, an officer, or another brother if you have any questions, need any assistance, or have any hesitation.
- W.M. Kyle Beckner
A Note From The Desk Of The Secretary
WOW! Our 2020 Masonic year has starting off busy. The newly elected officers have already been hard at work learning their office’s responsibilities, degree work and preparing for proficiency examination. Not to mention making plans on attending the 163rd Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Nebraska. This is a fun and informative meeting for all Masons in Nebraska. If you would like to attend log onto glne.org and register. A big exciting thing for the members of Bellevue Lodge will be to see R.W. Jim Carlton installed as Deputy Grand Master.
Just a reminder that if you have not already paid your 2020 dues please do. I will continue to remind you for the next couple of months. You can pay your dues online by logging onto the https://www.bellevuelodge325.org/ and then clicking on the Brethren tab and Pay Dues. A big thank you to everyone who has paid their dues. This makes my job easier as I have been busy processing dues payments and sending out 2020 dues card. So if you have paid your dues and have not received your card yet, please be patient with me. The new Masonic year is always a busy time for the Secretary.
If your dues are not paid by March 1 they become delinquent, and on April 30 those members who have not paid WILL BE SUSPENDED. Your dues provide the operating capital of our Lodge and without them we cannot continue to exist. I hope you will send your check or pay online as soon as possible.
As a reminder, a suspension also applies to all Masonic bodies, such as the Shrine, the Scottish Rite, and York Rites, etc. Also, you and your family members become ineligible for entry into the Masonic Home in Plattsmouth, which is a valuable benefit of membership.
Hope to see ya’ll in Lodge soon.
- W.B. Hal Cottrell
Happy Birthday To You All!