April 6th: Monday
Dinner 6:30 PM ~
Sliced Ham, Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans or Peas, Dessert – Ambrosia
Stated Meeting 7:30 PM
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APRIL Happy Birthdays! PMs/WBs: WB Frank Barnes JR PM, WB Marvin Hoffman, & WM Roderic L. Wagoner JR; BRs: Michael Bidwell, James Cates, Emmett Coshatt, Ronald DeSchalit, Thomas Fowler, Mark Johnson, and Earl Reinbold.
Please note – the NEW email for the Lodge is: SecretaryAZ56@gmail.com
the NEW phone for the Lodge is: 520-400-4159 (c).
2015 Annual Dues are $93.00, and are now three months past due. Payments by check or money order, made out to the Lodge, PLEASE. Thanks!
See the Registration link on our main page for Grand Lodge Registrations.and see special information on the Ladies’ activities as well.
Reservations requested for special MAY Dinner (Beef or Chicken Taco Salads). RSVP with Secretary at APR Stated Meeting.
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- Charles R. Barnes, PM - - Worshipful Master - 2015 -
A Fellowcraft degree took place this month, congratulations to Brother Matthew Hedrick. It may not have been known to you at the time but you were being conducted about the lodge during your degree by the Most Worshipful Michael Manning, Grand Master of Masons in Arizona which is a big honor in itself. WB Jim Wild DDGM and I were also conducted by the Grand Master west of the Alter for introductions. If you have never seen the Military Degree Team at work you are missing out. Their work is done with excellent timing and precision and is a pleasure to observe. Until we meet again,
- John C. Cayce -
- Senior Warden - 2015 -
Spring has sprung the old saying goes and those winter constellations are now much farther across the sky at the same time of night; we passed the equinox last week (well a bit more but let's settle on weeks as the unit of measure) and you know what that means: for Arizona summer is almost here. Not that our winter was overly cold and it was a bit wetter (I think) than usual - at least the weeds in my yard agree - but it's human nature to welcome Spring and the longer, warmer days. It's also human nature to enjoy the company of people we share something in common with and of course in this instance that is our fellow Brother Freemasons. And a particularly enjoyable group was on hand Monday, 03/23/2015 in the form of the AZ Military Degree Team, conferring the Fellowcraft Degree for Brother Matthew. I was prepared to be impressed but not nearly prepared for the precision, exacting ritual performance and yes, the musical 'soundtrack' was great. And I feel obliged to mention the super meal the Eastern Star Ladies provided - it was indeed super and I believe I can say that for everyone. As always, looking forward to seeing you at the April Stated Meeting.
- Patrick S. Zech -
- Junior Warden - 2015 -
My input this month comes from an anonymous author. It is powerful nonetheless. “In my short time as a Mason, I have discovered there are actually three degrees of Master Mason:
ANONYMOUS MASONS - These are the Masons who loyally pay their degree fees but are never seen in the Lodge. They are either unable to attend (perhaps living too far away or whose interest has waned), or they joined for the Order in the hopes that it might help their public or private avocations. Lodge Secretaries are familiar with the Brother’s name, but cannot place a face to it.
AMATEUR MASONS - This Mason may occasionally make an appearance in the Lodge, send in a donation for a worthy Masonic cause, or read a book or article pertaining to the fraternity. They truly like being a Mason but fail to make a major commitment to it, such as becoming an officer bearer or serving on a committee. Most do not progress beyond the “Blue” degrees decrying the appendant orders as not true Masonry and they are the first to complain when the annual fees are increased or if the Lodge doesn’t look quite right. Instead of becoming more active and finding out the cause of any problems in the Lodge, they find it easier to complain from the sidelines thereby disrupting harmony.
PROFESSIONAL MASONS - In every Lodge there is a handful of Brothers you can count on for leadership and to lend a hand when the chips are down. They are intimate with the mechanics of the fraternity and do not hesitate to step forward when needed, they help mentor younger and less experienced Brothers so they may grow and take their place in the Lodge hierarchy. The Professional Mason is not a zealous control freak with a huge ego, but rather is unselfish and appreciates the power of teamwork and the tenets of Freemasonry. He rightfully understands that Freemasonry is more about the overall Brotherhood as opposed to the glory of a single individual.
What kind of Mason are you? YOU ARE THE LODGE! GET INVOLVED!”
Worthy Matron Joy Renee Karr (Desert Star #54, O.E.S)
We are pleased to introduce our first Star Tea on Saturday, April 18th at 2:30 PM. We invite all Brothers, along with their wives, significant others, sisters, cousins, etc. to learn about the Order of Eastern Star and in particular Desert Star #54 and its activities. Please come and visit with us on April 18th for light refreshments. If possible, RSVP to Joy Renee Karr, Worthy Matron, Desert Star #54 at 795-3777 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, all Brothers and their entire families are invited to attend Star Café on Saturday, April 25th 7-10 PM for a night of Karaoke Fun. Bring your outstanding vocals and/or your stand-up comedy for a relaxing evening of light entertainment with popcorn and special punch. Soft drinks can be purchased separately. Who knows where or when the next star may be born. A donation will be appreciated. Tickets available at the door and door prizes await. Please RSVP to Linda Nielsen-Mooney at 520-546-7999 or Joy Renee Karr at 520-795-3777.
Remember, YOU Are The Lodge, Bring It Back HOME!