April 1 & 2: Saturday & Sunday
2017 Grand Lodge Leadership Conference @ Holiday Inn in Casa Grande, AZ
Open to All Masons!
April 3: Monday
Stated Meeting - Special Spring STEAK Dinner (RSVP Please to Secretary)
Dinner 6:30 PM
Stated Meeting 7:30 PM
April 14 & 15: Friday & Saturday
Building Clean-up and Maintenance
14th: 10 am - 2 PM ~ Kitchen, Dining Room
15th: 8 am - 4 PM ~ Floors, Walls, Exterior Paint
All who call MM56 home (Members, Tenants, Friends) Please Help!
April 17: Monday
Degree 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 PM, WB Roderic L. Wagoner JR (WM San Pedro 55 in Beautiful Downtown Benson);
BRs: Michael Bidwell, James Cates, Emmett Coshatt, Ronald DeSchalit, Thomas Fowler, Mark Johnson, and Earl Reinbold.
Special Spring STEAK Dinner (RSVP to Secretary so we purchase and cook the right amount!)
NOTE PLEASE – 11 Members of our Lodge have not paid their $94.00 2017 Annual Dues and are now in excess of 90 days OVERDUE. Make check or Money Order payable to Marion McDaniel Lodge for $94.
SPECIAL NOTE: Thanks to the generosity of the membership, the John Wayne Memorial Perpetual Membership Fund met its donations goal! The paperwork and the required funds have gone forward to AZ Grand Lodge. The Lodge can be proud. This is our FIRST Memorial Perpetual Membership!!
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~ Patrick S. Zech ~ ~ Worshipful Master - 2017 ~
April? Already? The swift wings of time are once again stealing our time! I just wanted to remind everyone that although Masonry is well known as a “Progressive Science”; it should also be remembered as a “Reflective Science.” I have spent some time recently reflecting on what I did and what I failed to do over the last year and how I could make this year Masonically better. I asked myself: Did I visit and help Brothers in need often enough? Did I listen and think about those Brothers who had asked his advice and those that had whispered in his ear? Did I walk the extra mile, did I let anyone down? Did I hold true to my values all year-long? Did I lose a friend through lack of communication or too much of it? Did I do all that was required of me in time of need? Did I make new friends? Did I create any enemies? Did I leave something undone that I could have finished - and many more questions that I ask of myself. Did I walk the walk or is Masonry something I keep on the shelf and take down when it’s convenient or I want something from it?
The true purpose and value in Masonry is to gain knowledge of one’s self; and his own relationship with God. We must use our Lodge time as a place to think, to consider our fellow-man, to become “Human” and to gain “Wisdom”. Looking inward is the place to begin, evaluating our shortcomings with respect to our obligation, our charges, and our commitment to the working tools of each degree. Brotherhood is our vision in Masonry. How well do you know your Lodge and District Brothers? Zoroaster taught: Men are Brethren because [they are] warriors in battle between “Light and Darkness” a “Brotherhood of Battle…” Confucius taught: Men are “Brothers because of “common obligations”, a “Brotherhood of Service.”
I have made commitment to do my best to help the Lodge accomplish some things in the coming year. I request “good counsel” from you brothers! What accomplishments do we want to look back on from 2018? Who will we invite back to lodge and who will we initiate into the brotherhood? What events do we want to schedule to not only strengthen our brotherhood but to help “kick some life” back into old 56?
Let us make this a year to remember!
~ Roderic L. Wagoner Jr ~
~ Senior Warden - 2017 ~
In the FC Degree, we speak of the Seven Liberal Arts and Sciences. The Liberal arts are considered to be thinking skills as opposed to the Practical Arts (medicine, architecture), the Fine Arts (music, poetry, painting) or the Industrial Arts (Trades). This grouping of Grammar, Logic, Rhetoric, Arithmetic, Geometry, Music, and Astronomy has a basis in reality back to the writings of Plato, Pythagoras, and Aristotle. These subjects are the actual definition of a Classical Liberal Arts education which in Roman times only Freemen were allowed to study and in Medieval times composed a University education. They are the two parts of a standard Liberal Arts education: the Trivium and the Quadrivium.
This month we’ll look at the first part, the Trivium, which is composed of Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric and is the "lower division" or supporting base of the program. The Trivium was essential to a classical education, as explained in Plato's Dialogues. Grammar teaches the mechanics of language. This is where the student "comes to terms," defining the objects and information perceived by the five senses. Hence, the Law of Identity: a tree is a tree, and not a cat. Logic (also dialectic) is the "mechanics" of thought and of analysis, the process of identifying false arguments and statements and so systematically removing contradictions, thereby producing facts-based knowledge that can be trusted. Rhetoric is the application of language in order to instruct and to persuade the listener and the reader. It is the knowledge (Grammar) now understood (Logic) and being transmitted outwards as wisdom (Rhetoric).
We’ll look at the Quadrivium next time!
~ David A. Brown ~
~ Junior Warden - 2017 ~
As spring has arrived in the northern hemisphere I was enlightened by this writing from “The Farmer’s Almanac”.
What is an Equinox? At the Vernal Equinox, the Sun crosses the celestial equator on its way north along the ecliptic.
All over the world, days and nights are approximately equal. The name equinox comes from Latin words which mean “equal night”—aequus (equal) and nox (night). On the equinox, Earth’s two hemispheres are receiving the Sun’s rays about equally because the tilt of the Earth is zero relative to the Sun, which means that Earth’s axis neither points toward nor away from the Sun. (Note, however, that the Earth never orbits upright, but is always tilted on its axis by about 23.5 degrees.) Scientific explanation aside, our ancestors were more connected to the Sun than we are today. They observed its pathway across the sky; they tracked how the sunrise, sunset, and day length changed, using the Sun (and Moon) as a clock and calendar. Astronomically speaking, the equinox falls on March 19 or 20 every year, marking Spring’s beginning in the Northern Hemisphere (and Fall’s arrival in the Southern). The equinox happens at the same moment worldwide, even if our clock times reflect a different time zone. Enjoy the increasing sunlight hours, with earlier dawns and later sunsets.
Remember, YOU Are The Lodge, Bring It Back HOME!