September 6th: Tuesday
Dinner 6:30 PM
Stated Meeting 7:30 PM
No Degrees scheduled at this time. Watch the Websites for updates.
September 25th: Sunday
Masonic and Masonic Family Organizational Memorial Ceremonies for BR Calvin R. Schilt
(Attending Masons will be authorized the wearing of their Aprons throughout the ceremonies.)
2 - 4:30 PM
- Please check our "Web Site" frequently for possible schedule updates -
September Happy Birthdays!
WB/Past Masters: Bil Hole PM, Jeff Horton PM, James Jameson PM, Bobby Ratledge PM
(Note: I append “PM” for Past Masters of Marion McDaniel Lodge #56. Brothers should recognize that all WBs are PMs, by Statute, of a Lodge in some Masonic jurisdiction)
BRs: David Brown, Russ Erman, Harvey Jurkowitz, Thomas Kelly, Kenneth McColley, Patrick McColley, John Mealka, Douglas Pepiot, Samuel Talvy, Gregory Walker, Bruce Whitney, Walter Williams, Charles Wooke, Robert Zipay
We mourn the Passing to the Celestial Lodge of BR Calvin R. Schilt, a Mason’s Mason for over 66 years, active in many organizations. Joint Memorial Services at the Lodge are planned for September 25th 2-4:30pm.
OFFICIAL NOTICE: SIX general members remain with Past Due Lodge Annual Dues for 2016. These members will be Suspended at the October Stated Meeting unless contact is made with the Secretary.
SPECIAL ACTION REQUEST: Members are invited to participate in contributing to the BR John Wayne Memorial Perpetual Membership Fund. This $930.00 Fee paid to Grand Lodge commemorates our Brother and becomes a Memorial Perpetual Membership for the Lodge, with dividend income to the Lodge in perpetuity.
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- John C, Cayce - - Worshipful Master - 2016 -
Greetings Brethren, I'm hoping everyone has had an enjoyable summer whether you enjoyed Tucson's warm climate or perhaps a more moderate version elsewhere. The Lodge had a good summer, with a number of Degrees conferred, a truly excellent pot-luck (thanks, worshipful Brother Pat) and a successful Ice Cream Social (and another thanks to the Brothers who pitched in and made it a success and to everyone who dropped by). Now summer is leaving, albeit the thermometer doesn't seem to have noticed, and we're getting ready for the last third of the year. So if you've missed having Lodge meetings during the summer, or if you've been away for a while, fall is just the perfect time to 'come home' to the Lodge; there's a reason we have a reputation as a friendly Lodge. Our September Stated Meeting will be 09/06/2016, a Tuesday, due to Monday being Labor Day. As always, I’m hoping to see you there.
- Patrick S. Zech -
- Senior Warden - 2016 -
Several events in my life recently really caused the following words to resonate with me. I encourage you to silence and circumspection brothers: Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end. There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days. All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else. Your wealth, fame, and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance. It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed. Your grudges, resentments, frustrations, and jealousies will finally disappear. So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans, and to-do lists will expire. The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away. It won’t matter where you came from or what side of the tracks you lived on at the end. It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant. Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant. So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured? What will matter is not what you bought but what you built, not what you got but what you gave. What will matter is not your success but your significance. What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught. What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage, or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example. What will matter is not your competence but your character. What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you’re gone. What will matter is not your memories, but the memories that live in those who loved you. What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what. Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident. It’s not a matter of circumstance but of choice. Choose to live a life that matters.
- Roderic L. Wagoner Jr, PM -
- Junior Warden - 2016 -
Summer's almost over and as the weather cools down, there will be more work to do: Degrees, proficiencies to get ready for, holiday and end-of-year planning. As our Treasurer is fond of saying, "I need to go to work to get some rest."
WB Jim Wild asked a favor of me for this meeting. We need to get the John Wayne Memorial Life Membership Fund up to a reasonable amount before the end of the year. WB Jim has DDGM duties during our Stated Meeting on the 7th, so he asked me to fill in for that meeting. I'm challenging all Brothers to bring a $20 to donate to the fund at the Stated Meeting. I believe that we could see a doubling of our current amount if everyone would participate. It IS a fitting way to honor The Duke.
I hope that we'll see many of you at the Outdoor Degree in St. David on 9/17. The flyer may be found at http://benson-arizona.com/outdoor-degree-2016.pdf. Please pre-register if you want to be assured one of John Escapule's famous steaks. I've been told that many of the Grand Officers will be attending and participating in the conferral. The flyer may say 6th Annual but this degree had been going on for much longer ... and I'll fix that for next year, I promise. It's a short trip for a lot of fun, Brothers.
Finally, I want to put a word in for the Shrine /Masonic Spaghetti Dinner that Sabbar will be having on Sep. 17 @ 6PM. Don't forget that Rich Davis, Potentate; Joe Talvy, Asst. Rabban and Erik Timmermann (now) High Priest and Prophet are members of Marion McDaniel and deserve our support. If you're already a Noble as many of us are, you know how much fun these events are. If you're not, you really owe it to yourself to stop by 450 S. Tucson Blvd. and enjoy the Brotherly Love and Affection that IS Sabbar. I'll bet we could even get some spaghetti without onions for WB Steve.
See you at the Stated ...
Remember, YOU Are The Lodge, Bring It Back HOME!