May 4th: Monday
Dinner 6:30 PM - Cinco de Mayo Taco Salads. RSVP to Secretary (# and Beef or Chicken) Reservations requested!
Stated Meeting 7:30 PM - Official Visit by SK Sidney J. Leluan III, Right Eminent Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Arizona.
May 11th: Monday
Degree 7 PM
Watch the website for details!
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In Memorium: With heartfelt loss we observe the passing of Brother Thomas L. Chapman (Senior Life Member) and Brother Robert J. Kasik (Perpetual Member) to the Celestial Lodge above. Thank you to WB Bil Hole PM and the Lodge Funeral Team for conducting services for both fallen Brothers.
May Happy Birthdays!
PMs/WBs: WB Norman Griffin, Stephen Harrington PM, Jim Wild PM;
BRs: Elgin Ball, Herbert Burris, Jerrold Cohen, John Dierdorf, William Harris, Jones Hobbs, Jimmy Huddleston, Stephen Lamb, David McDonald, Gage Rothrock, Wyatt Saul, Donald Stevens, Erik Timmermann.
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 five months past due. This is the last casual notice for dues! 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 -
Taken from the “Encyclopedia of FREEMASONRY” - A ‘Lewis’ is an instrument in Operative Masonry which is an iron cramp used to be inserted into any large stone as an attachment to hoist by use of a pulley and be raised to any height, then placed in its proper position. Are you a Lewis? The son of a Mason in England is referred to as a Lewis, because of his duty: support and aid of his father. I have not as of yet reached that pillar, as my father still pushes and supports the building in which we live. Thank you Brothers Frank Barnes and Brother Tom Fowler for keeping our building as it had been to be designed and used.
Brother Matthew Hedrick: Well done on your proficiency in the Second degree, and in just a short time. BR John Wayne still has the record three days-three degrees. We look forward to raising you to the sublime Degree of Master Mason, and to your proficiency. COACH, BR Rivas - WELL DONE!
I was able to visit Tucson Lodge #4 for their Masonic Lodge Education meeting this month and recommend that more attend. This meeting was about the territory of New Mexico, how Masonry was introduced, and how they got their Charter from Army Lodges from Missouri during the Mexican War. WOW, they do a great job!
- John C. Cayce -
- Senior Warden - 2015 -
Last week the Large Hadron Collider started up for this year’s season of high-energy physics. The combined energy of the counter-rotating beams is said to be along the lines of 14 TeV (trillion electron volts) so it's worth remembering that the Higgs Boson was 'caught' at about 6 TeV; who knows what wonders will be revealed this year? Now, it might be asked what on earth the LHC can have to do with Freemasonry? Simple, it's all in the approach to the world of knowledge and the acceptance, if not always complete familiarity, with new things. In our rituals we neglect neither our Supreme Architect nor the diverse fields of enterprise and knowledge which are both the underpinnings of Freemasonry as well as the limitless horizons to which the inquisitive mind can aspire. We are guided to mathematics, astronomy, navigation (and no fair using your GPS) and, of course, Geometry. It's a turbulent world without a doubt but in the calm contemplation of the wonders of the universe as guided by our Masonic studies and in the enduring affection of our Brethren we can refresh ourselves on our journey.
Now on a completely more practical note; as always, I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at the May Stated Meeting and as we go to press I'm particularly interested in finding some Brethren to fill out the ranks for the Master Mason Degree May 11, 2015. The Master Mason Degree is a 'Big Deal'; be there. Better still, take part. We may be Speculative Masons but now and then we need to get our corporeal selves among our Brethren and do Work.
- Patrick S. Zech -
- Junior Warden - 2015 -
“I now take pleasure in extending to you my right hand in token of the friendship and brotherly love of the lodge.” In a time where we see the membership of our ancient fraternity shrinking, are we really extending our hand to those around us? I pose this question because of observations I have made at our last two stated meetings. We have had a visitor at our last two meals that has expressed an interest in joining our fraternity and is making the effort to come and expose himself to our membership in anticipation of being accepted as a brother. He even brought a friend last meeting who also has expressed an interest in joining the lodge along with him. We are expected to vote for the good of Masonry as to whether he will make a good candidate or not. I ask if we are really making the effort to make him feel welcome?
I appreciate the friendships that have been made over the years and the fellowship that the pre-Lodge meal offers. That being acknowledged, I also see many brothers coming in, joining their friends and brothers and not taking the time to greet or engage our potential candidate. I have purposely left his name out of this comment in hopes that with introspection, if you don’t know his or his friend’s name; it will serve as a reminder of how we teach people about us by our actions or lack thereof.
Worthy Matron Joy Renee Karr (Desert Star #54, O.E.S)
We wish to thank you for allowing us to share our activities via this communication - your Trestleboard! By doing this you have made us feel a part of the entire Fraternity. We are proud of our Masonic Heritage and stand firm in our commitment to serve our community as Eastern Star. Thank You, Brothers, on behalf of the Members & Officers of Desert Star #54, O.E.S. Love, Peace, and Light!
Remember, YOU Are The Lodge, Bring It Back HOME!