March 7th: Monday
Dinner 6:30 PM - St Patty's Feast!
Stated Meeting 7:30 PM
March 21st: Monday
Double Fellowcraft Degrees
Degree Start 7 PM
March 28th: Monday
Degree Start 7 PM
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MARCH Happy Birthdays! PMs/WBs: WB SW Patrick Zech, Henry Knapp, PM; BRs: Erik Christensen, Louis Escalante JR, James Ganem, Ralph Holbrook, William McNay, James Mick (95!), Bradley Miller, Robert Ozier, Calvin Schilt (94!), Kieth Sweatland
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- John C, Cayce - - Worshipful Master - 2016 -
Brethren, as most of you know the various colds and such have been making the rounds. Hopefully they missed you although one of the more minor versions managed to get to me. Even nerds catch colds.
Meanwhile, exciting things are happening; we may get a chance to do a double FC degree this month. Personally, the Second Degree is my favorite. Don't ask me why because I'll just stick to averring it, so two on one evening is a real treat. I encourage as many Brothers to attend as possible, with the proviso that they be at least Second Degree Masons - excepting, of course, the Candidates being passed to the FC Degree.
There are a lot of ideas in play right now, some, like the education program, already in place. However, I wish ALL Masons, regardless of Degree, to always feel free to bring an idea forward - or a problem, for that matter. We thrive when the Brethren are involved. As usual, looking forward to seeing everyone at the March Stated Meeting, 03/07/2016.
- Patrick S. Zech -
- Senior Warden - 2016 -
I love understanding where things come from in an effort to better decide what role they play in how I live my life. During some recent study, I began to ponder the symbols of our craft and how they apply to me in my every day activities.
Masonic symbology has come down to us from the cuneiform scripts of the ancient Sumerians, circa 3000 B.C. as well as the ancient Mesopotamians and Persians. Symbology was used in past centuries, not due as such to Masonic secrecy, but due to the fact that most of the world's population was illiterate. During the Dark & Middle Ages, and through subsequent centuries, most of the population, being working people, were illiterate or had only a rudimentary (basic) ability to sign their names, make their "mark" to signify their acceptance, or read simple words.
During these times, there was also a loss of classical learning due to the many wars, bloodshed and unrest in which most of the old hand-printed scrolls, papyrus paper, books and records were burned by the opposing forces...much like King Solomon's temple was dismantled and carried off, never to return. Illiteracy did not make these Masons stupid or lesser operative Masons in the craft. They were simply working people, taking care of their families, who, by necessity, had to begin working at a very early age...usually from dawn until dusk, 6 days a week and did not have the time nor the teachers to avail themselves of the ability to learn to read or pursue any higher education.
Making Your Mark: Some of you can, even now, remember people in your past who were illiterate and signed their name (made their mark) with an "X". Thus, operative Freemason symbols were taught to these stone masons (workers in stone) as a part of their obligation for the betterment of their craft. Actual (operative) stone masons made their "mark" by inscribing their work with their symbol (or logo), just as artists and other craftsmen have "signed" their work throughout the centuries. This "mark" symbolizes the uniqueness of the piece as well as the intent of the Master craftsman that each person who views it be aware of its unique and personal craftsmanship. Following in the footstep of our ancient brothers, we get to ask ourselves: What “mark” am I leaving on my world? How am I perusing my education to better my craft? And, as the Master Craftsman, what intent am I putting into that work?
On the level, Pat
- Roderic L. Wagoner Jr, PM -
- Junior Warden - 2016 -
How proficient are you? We almost immediately think of ritual when asked this question ... so let's start there. If you're an officer, do you know your part in opening and closing the lodge? Now, do you try to improve on what you know and how you do it, or have you learned it 'good enough' to get through without too many stumbles and you'll get better as you practice ... at Stated Meetings ...?
Unless we choose an activity that demands us to stay at our best, we seldom put in the time and practice to stay as sharp as when we first learned it. Being a Pilot is one of those and I am one. So is being a Motorcyclist, a Musician, an Artist, a Chef ... any skill. Staying sharp is a not just a matter of pride in the skill acquired, it can be a matter of life and death.
Masonic skills aren't life and death but they are, and should be, part of our quest for perfection. Just as a Fellowcraft is taught how to cut the stones to fit them for the builder's use, so must we practice our Masonic arts (ritual) with the eye towards perfection. As ritualists, we are also teachers, since that is the primary way in which we communicate the tenets of our Noble Institution. Teaching requires practice, ritual requires practice, masonry requires practice ... King Solomon's Temple would not stand long if the stones and timbers fit together in a manner that was just "good enough."
Remember, YOU Are The Lodge, Bring It Back HOME!