May 2nd : Monday
ALL Officers Meeting - 6pm
Stated Meeting - 7:30pm
- Dinner 6:30 PM - Cinco de Mayo Taco Bar.
- Stated Meeting 7:30 PM
May 17th : TUESDAY
PRACTICE for Master Mason Degree - 6:30pm
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May 31st : TUESDAY
Master Mason Degree; 7pm
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- Please check our "Events Calendar" frequently for possible schedule updates -
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, Selwyn Keane, Stephen Lamb, David McDonald, Gage Rothrock, Wyatt Saul, Donald Stevens, Donald Taylor, Erik Timmermann.
Welcome our newest FC Masons, BRs Wael El-Gamal, Selwyn Keane, and Wesley Mallory!
Congrats to all who participated in capturing the Traveling Gavel at Green Valley Lodge in April.
OFFICIAL NOTICE: Only ten general members remain with lodge annual dues unpaid for the 2016 year. Late Notices have been 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 -
Faith, hope and charity; we've all known of these three virtues since we were kids - probably even before we ever heard of Freemasonry. Faith is a beautiful thing - to believe without question in what is frequently a thing you cannot directly perceive. Hope, of course is perhaps the virtue most frequently experienced for we hope for so many things: the happiness and safety of our loved ones, our own fortunes and those of our friends and, of course, our Brother Masons. But, as we are told, it is charity which persists through our lives and beyond. For while faith and hope are eventually met with fulfillment, charity has no upper limit - it is truly and beautifully perpetual.
Therefore, while all three virtues are noble and fine, it is charity which we can most openly practice to both our own betterment as well as that of others. Likewise, faith and hope are internal virtues; we maintain them by and through our beliefs, varied as they may be, and while we may speak of them they are so rooted in our being that explanation and definition frequently escape most of us. We just know they're there. But charity is not primarily internal. Of course we should be as understanding of ourselves as we aspire to be towards others - but charity's hallmark is an outward expression of aid, compassion, or solace to another, no matter how deserving, so far as we are able.
The Masons I have known have been some of the most charitable people in my life. Sure, we still have tempers and 'hot buttons' and we can become frustrated like anyone else. We are human, after all. But the Brotherly love of the Lodge is like cool water on a summer day (I mean a real summer, here in Arizona; not those 'warm spells' they get elsewhere). Ponder this: Are we drawn to it or does it move through us?
- Patrick S. Zech -
- Senior Warden - 2016 -
Commitment: 1) A promise to do or give something; 2) A promise to be loyal to someone or something; 3) The attitude of someone who works very hard to do or support something. Synonyms: Dedication, devotion, loyalty, fidelity.
I start out my input this month with a simple definition of an often used but seldom fulfilled word. It was prompted by the fact that to say the least, I am saddened by the recent lack of attendance and involvement to Stated Meetings and Degree work. I joined Freemasonry in an effort to spend time and effort in the quest to become a better man and to meet and spend time with men of like mind and character. Remember the phrase, “By being a man, Free-born” - Free-born, really? I know the reference may seem like a relic, but Masonry is an international organization, and slavery and indentured servitude does still exist in the world. This statement is really about the ability to choose! Yes, we still include "free-born" in the requirements. At its core, this means that in order to be a Mason, a man's time must be his own. A slave or indentured servant cannot commit his time because it is not his to give. It's also symbolic of the fact that Masonry is something to which you must devote you time in order to benefit from it, and if you do not have the time to spend, you shouldn't join.
In Masonry we learn of the 24 inch gage and how to divide our time. Time management is not a new issue! Yes, I know we have busy lives. Yes, I know we have other things that pull us away from activities. Yes, I know we have made other commitments. Do we need more opportunities to be involved in the lodge, YES! But we also require people to make those other activities a reality. Moreover, I believe this also speaks to a higher calling and the choices we make about keeping our word (or solemn obligation) and the associated actions required about how we choose to live our lives.
Reality is this: Meetings are once a month (3 hours, maybe?), except in July & August (when the Lodge goes dark). As far as how much time it takes, that's really up to you, the individual. Technically, now that I've been raised, I'll be a Mason as long as I keep current on my dues. You or I could spend the rest of our lives as a member in good standing and never set foot in a Lodge again. Obviously, that's not the point of it, though. You are the only one that can decide what time & energy commitment you are willing to make. Reflect and choose wisely.
- Roderic L. Wagoner Jr, PM -
- Junior Warden - 2016 -
I'll admit it ... I'm self-motivating. Making that good man better. That search is what led me to the Lodge, and keeps me moving ... that search for Light. At the beginning, like many new Masons, I was in the "many questions, few answers" stage and sometimes had to find my own way. If you find yourself there, I offer these points to help guide you: ...
* Be willing to leave your comfort zone. The greatest barrier to achieving your potential is your comfort zone. Great things happen when you make friends with your discomfort zone.
* Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Wisdom helps us avoid making mistakes and comes from making a million of them.
* Choose to be happy. Happy people are easily motivated. Happiness is your birthright so don’t settle for anything else.
* Spend at least one hour a day in self-development. Read good books or listen to inspiring tapes. Driving to and from work provides an excellent opportunity to listen to self-improvement tapes.
* Train yourself to finish what you start. So many of us become scattered as we try to accomplish a task. Finish one task before you begin another.
* Live fully in the present moment. When you live in the past or the future you aren’t able to make things happen in the present.
* Never quit when you experience a setback or frustration. Success could be just around the corner.
You cannot expect or depend on others to make you (that good man) better.
Remember, YOU Are The Lodge, Bring It Back HOME!