Tidings From The East
Tidings from the East. I am pleased to announce that per the Grand Master’s Edict we will be able to start to have business meetings in the Lodge again. Although degree work is still on hold it will be nice to be able to see everyone again. We have 2 candidates we will need to vote on and many brothers waiting for us to open up and continue their Masonic Journey.
As excited as I am to open backup, I want to make sure everyone stays safe and healthy. We will be making a few changes to keep everyone safe. First off for this July meeting we are not doing a meal before or after. The meeting will start at 7pm, and I ask that when you arrive to get ready and head right into Lodge and don’t congregate in the entry area. As I look forward to seeing you all again, remember your health comes before Masonry. If you feel you need to hold off on coming back, we will welcome you when you are ready.
In our time away the building committee has been working on small things one-man projects to help keep our Lodge in running shape. We are on the list to get our gutters fixed. A few members of OES has offered to help paint our parking spots (the handicap space symbol). Once the gutter is fixed, we plan to clean up the outside wall where it was being damaged due the bad gutters. Most of these repairs and upkeeps have been done at minimum cost and hard work from fellow brothers. Br. Mo, WB. Bell Sr., Br. Kenn, Br. Tracy, and Br. Bill P. have spent their own time and resources to help keep the buildings going and cost down. Having a diverse group of brothers, we are able to find someone who has the right tools we need to get the job done without having to buy a special tool, helping us keep our cost down. Br. Dan and his yard gang have been keeping our lawn looking nice, and again keeping our cost down. I wanted to give a special Thank You to these Brothers and those who in the past have donated their time and own manual labor to the Lodge. Also, if you are looking for a way to help these groups are always looking for a strong back and some extra muscles.
As of right now we are still planning a Rusty Trowel degree Aug. 26 th depending on circumstances. At a Rusty Trowel, we invite those of you that have been away from Lodge for an extended period time or anyone that might want a refresher course in a nonjudgmental environment. It is an informal degree where we go over the degrees, pass, grips, and answer questions or concerns you may have. Did you forget how to enter/leave an open Lodge and that’s what is keeping you away? Are you worried about forgetting something or doing something wrong? Did you forget a certain step? Then the Rusty Trowel is perfect for you.
Please keep an eye out for more information or changes that might come to Lodge.
Again, stay safe and contact an Officer if you have any Concerns.
- W.M. Kyle Beckner
A Note From The Desk Of The Secretary
Hope everyone is having a good summer so far. I am sure that with the shelter in place directive from the Grand Master, that some of you have been working on learning a new lecture. With many of our brethren going on summer vacation soon, we will be looking for individuals to help bring the new brothers to light in masonry when we begin degree work again. The lodge will be getting back in the swing of degree work hopefully in August. We currently have four brother working their way toward becoming Fellowcraft Masons and two becoming Master Masons. We also so have two men waiting on their interviews and being brought to light in masonry. I encourage every brother to assist anyway they can.
I also hope everyone is making plans to attend the Lodge’s membership night on Sept 2, 2020. Dinner will be at 6 PM with a business meeting to follow. Most Worshipful Grand Master Ron Stites will be attending along with Deputy Grand Master Jim Carlton. We will be asking for RSVPs in late July and August so that W.M. Kyle Beckner can plan on how many meals to have prepared. Just as a reminder that the dinner is open to all Masons, their spouses and guests. This would be a good opportunity to bring a potential candidate to a lodge function.
Remember, if you know a brother who is at risk of the coronavirus please continue to reach out to them to ensure they are doing well.
- W.B. Hal Cottrell
Happy Birthday To You All!