Tidings From The East
December is here and the year is almost over. At the December business meeting we will be voting on 3 new petitions. We still have a few EAs and FCs working on proving up. November was a unique month. We finally had a reason to do something I have been wanting to do all year. We opened as FC and put on the degree after which we went from labor to refreshment and then returned from refreshment to labor as MMs, so 2 brothers could prove up proficiency. Also, during November, we are opening as FC masons on Monday November 23, so Brother James Meaney can prove up. Brother James is unfortunately leaving us the first week of December as he is being stationed in Virginia. He asked if it would be possible to get his MM before he left. On Tuesday November 24th, Bellevue will be traveling to Lininger Lodge where they will be doing courtesy work to help get James raised before he leaves.
November also brought many brothers who stepped up and helped tear out the sidewalks so we could pour new ones. With brothers doing this we were able to cut the cost and do the repair at cost of materials. Thanks to all that helped with this and to WB Bell Sr. and Jr. for leading the effort.
As we wrap up the year, I have done some reflection on it. What a year! Under the circumstances this year could have gone completely different. Luckily I was blessed with amazing officers and brothers who really stepped up and turned a not so ideal situation into the best it could have been. We came together and practiced harder than we have in the past, although a few nights it was fellowship nights but sometimes that is needed. We looked at our degree work as new guidelines came out and found a few things we needed to change. RW Jim worked hard with us, not just correcting our ritual work but explaining why we needed to do something a certain way. We had officers rise and take ownership of their masonic duties. WB Hal continued to help keep me on track and keeping the lodge in order. Officers were regularly available to help work with a new brother on proficiency. Brothers Dan A and Bill P both became individual proficiency. Brother Mo started a building committee to keep up on building. Brother Kenn T. has started an IT committee, the role of this committee will be to keep our upgrades to the Lodge compatible. As we add smart devices, we want to make sure all devices work together. Last year we started improving the Lodge with the installation of Nest thermostats. This has greatly reduced our utility bills. We investigated other bills and found out that we were being overcharged for the services we were receiving from Cox. Luckily, Brother Mo took up the charge to lead this long drawn out battle with them. There were many other brother and officers who stepped up to help the lodge. We had a lot of brothers who donate time and materials during workdays to cut even more expense to the Lodge.
We had a few regular brothers decided not to attend due to the virus. We greatly missed them, and their absence was felt, however like I have told them, the Lodge will be here for years to come. You do what you need to do to enjoy those years to come. We care and miss you, but we understand and your health and wellbeing is much more important than your attendance. However, once you feel comfortable no matter how long that takes you better come back and visit. Due to regular Brothers not being able to do some of their normal degree work, we had several Brothers step up and learn new parts. The virus even effected our other groups, and they still stepped up to help out the lodge when they could. Things were certainly different but that did not stop us from doing what we could.
As I look back on my year and what it could have been compared to what it was, I have two words to describe it: Thank You. Thank you to everyone who stepped came out and made this year so wonderful. Thank you to all the officers, thank you to the brothers, thank you to the Bellevue Masonic Family, and thank you to your family for allowing you to come out and make this year so wonderful. I am thankful for this opportunity I was given. As I prepare to step down from the East I leave you with one last request, to help and support the officers of 2021 as you did this year so they too can have a great year. I leave you in the hands of well-deserved and highly capable officers. Congratulations to the 2021 officers of Bellevue Lodge.
Thank you for EVERYTHING.
- W.M. Kyle Beckner
A Note From The Desk Of The Secretary
Once again brethren it is my pleasure and honor to serve as your Secretary in 2021. I appreciate the vote of confident and support that I get from each and every one of you.
Also, congratulation to the newly elected officers for 2021. The 2021 installation of Officers will be on Sunday, Jan 3 at 2 PM. This will be open to the public and we encourage family members and friends to attend. There will be a reception following in the dining facility. Please plan on attending and showing your support for the 2021 officers.
As I look back over 2020, I am proud of the accomplishments that the lodge and W.B Kyle Beckner has achieved this year. He was instrumental in many building improvement projects being accomplished. Under his leadership the 2020 officers worked hard at learning their respective ritual parts and help our new masons upon their journey to light in Masonry. I am so excited that many of our new brothers are stepping up to begin their journey to the East, and many of them are striving to achieve the Grand Lodge’s Artificer award. Many of these young masons have won the Grand Master’s Proficiency coins.
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.
- W.B. Hal Cottrell
Masonic Anniversary Dates
If you see these brothers congratulate them on their many years of service to the Fraternity.
Happy Masonic Anniversary To You All!
Happy Birthday To You All!