Tidings From The East
Brethren, September has come and gone we are now on to October. Spooky how fast these days are going by! I want to congratulate Senior Warden Kyle Beckner and the many brethren that helped him with the enchilada feed nights. We as a lodge held a nice presentation on the 24th and Senior Warden Beckner was able to present the profits of the enchilada nights to Mission Middle School, Bellevue East High School, and Fort Crook Elementary representatives. Keep in mind if you are willing to help or wanting to help with any of these nights please contract Senior Warden Kyle Beckner for details. They are the last Thursday of the month and they a different school will be focused on for that particular dinner.
This month we will fairly business with both activities and rituals. Your attendance in both will be greatly appreciated! First, is our business meeting and with the topic of raising dues I think it would fair that if you are available that you come to vote upon the matter. There is the possibility of a Fellowcraft and Master Mason degree this month so if you are wanting or willing to be a part of the degree contact an officer as soon as possible. Events we have the annual Chanter’s Rib Feed that we help with, please contact or see Brother Jim Carlton for any details. I know he is looking for help! Our lodge will be participating in the Olde Town Bellevue Trick or Treat night, we are looking for ideas of costumes (if we want to wear them), donation of candy (expecting to see 3,000+ kids) and anyone (family member included) to help man our spot. It is from 3:30 to 6:00pm on the 27th of October and we will have details of location of set up in the following weeks.
On a personal note I want to thank everyone for their support on this year it has been a great year so far and with it winding down, I look forward to finishing it very strong. I know our advancing line is working hard to learn new positions, new brethren that are being initiated are coming to practice on Tuesday and working hard on long form ritual with their mentors and brethren. Many of the brethren are learning lectures of the various degrees. Again, if you have any interest or have lost touch of your Masonic culture Tuesday nights are a great time to come and connect with someone about anything Masonically, we are here typically from 6pm-8pm every Tuesday and are willing to work with whomever.
As always gentlemen look well and I hope to see you soon.
- W.M. Myron Bell, Jr.
A Note From The Desk Of The Secretary
By now most of you should have received an email or letter explaining why we need to raise our dues. It’s unfortunate that it must be done, if the Lodge is to remain solvent. The membership attending the October meeting will be voting on the purposed dues amount of $156. If the purposed bylaw changes are approved, I will be sending out dues notices after the Grand Master approval of the bylaws change. Please consider paying your dues in a timely manner. The more time that I spends notifying past due members to pay their dues, is less time I have to devote to more pressing issues. Please be considerate and pay your dues early. You can pay your dues online by logging onto the www.bellevuelodge325.org, click on the Brethren tab, and then clicking on the Pay Dues button. If paying by Credit Card online, an additional $5.00 will be added to cover the cost to process your payment.
As we get closer to the end of 2019, it’s time again to elect the officers for the upcoming year. November 6th is our regular business meeting and we will be performing our Masonic duties for the good of the order, and elect the men we want to lead the lodge in 2020.
Brethren as you can see I am trying to make the Trestleboard more interesting. Please let me know what you think or if you have any suggestions.
Have you checked out the new website yet? Br. Tracy McClarnon is doing a wonderful job keeping it updated and fresh looking.
- W.B. Hal Cottrell
Happy Birthday To You All!