April 1 - 3: Friday - Sunday
Grand Lodge Officer's Retreat @ Holiday Inn in Casa Grande, AZ
Open to All Masons!
April 4: Monday
Dinner 6:30 PM - will be HAM!
Stated Meeting 7:30 PM
April 18: Monday
Fellowcraft Degree(s) - check Website for updates!
Degree(s) 7:00 PM
Refreshment at Break
- Please check our website frequently for schedule updates -
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.
OFFICIAL NOTICE: Only eleven general members remain with lodge annual dues unpaid for the 2016 year. Late Notices will be sent in April. STILL ONLY $93.00!! Please, send in your dues to your Lodge.
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- John C, Cayce - - Worshipful Master - 2016 -
Spring has sprung as they say, we've passed the vernal equinox and the days are now perceptibly longer. I know this because the sun now has a clear path from horizon right into my eyes as of 06:05; of course I like it and no, I'm not fibbing. Mostly. We had an excellent Second Degree on 03/21/2015 for Brother Wael and congratulations to our newest Fellow Craft, well done, Brother. Like a fair number of us, the Second Degree is a favorite with me, mostly for the lecture which Brother David Brown gave in an outstanding manner, accompanied by excellent work by the Wardens, Deacons, Stewards and all including some last-minute pinch-hitters who stepped up. My gratitude to all. Our Stated Meeting for April will be 04/04/2016 and as always, I'll be looking forward to seeing you.
- Patrick S. Zech -
- Senior Warden - 2016 -
“SO MOTE IT BE” How familiar the phrase is. No Lodge is ever opened or closed, in due form, without using it. Yet, how few know how old it is, much less what a deep meaning it has in it. Like so many old and lovely things, it is so near to us that we do not see it. It is the Masonic form of the ancient AMEN which echoes through the ages.
As far back as we can go in the annals of the Craft we find this old phrase. The word MOTE is an Anglo-Saxon word, derived from an anomalous verb, MOTAN. Chaucer uses the exact phrase in the same sense in which we use it, meaning “So May It Be.” It is found in the Regius Poem, the oldest document of the Craft, just as we use it today. Impressively it echoes through the Book of Holy Law. We hear it in the Psalms; in the talks of Jesus with his friends. The oft-repeated phrase, “Verily, Verily I Say Unto You,” if rightly translated means, AMEN, AMEN, I say unto you.” Later, in the Epistles of Paul, the word AMEN becomes the name of Christ, who is the AMEN of God to the faith of man.
So too, it is in the Lodge at opening, closing and in the hour of initiation. No Mason ever enters upon any great or important undertaking without invoking the aid of Deity and ends his prayer with the old phrase, “So Mote It Be.” Which is another way of saying: “The Will Of God Be Done.” Or, whatever be the answer of God to his prayer: “So Be It” - because it is wise and right.
What, then, is the meaning of this old phrase, so interwoven with all our Masonic history? It is not blind submission, nor dumb resignation, but the conscious assent of man to the way and Will Of God; assent to His Commands; assent to His Providence; a wise reconciliation to the Will of the Eternal. “So Mote It Be.”
- Roderic L. Wagoner Jr, PM -
- Junior Warden - 2016 -
Think back to the questions of your EA Degree. When asked, you answered that you came to "improve yourself in Masonry." There are many ways to do this but each requires some work on your part.
It's no secret that I enjoy ritual. There's a lot there to do, so when I wanted to improve myself, I went looking for any and all opportunities to do ritual work. It was stressful and a lot of work, but I observed and asked questions and advice of those of our brothers who are acknowledged leaders in that area and they gave me a lot of good advice. And while I'm not there yet, I'm working to get to where I can fill in, if needed, in most any part.
But something that I've found helpful is making it known to Lodge officers and your mentors where you want to improve yourself and then allowing them to advise. If you're unsure who to make this known to, start with your Coach. Tell him what you're looking for and get his input. If you're looking for committee work, ask the committee chair; if you're looking to get into line, ask one of the pedestal Officers. If nothing else, ask WB Steve, he keeps a close watch on everything .... it's his job to do that.
By making your desires known, you will be fulfilling one of your promises to the Craft.
Remember, YOU Are The Lodge, Bring It Back HOME!