January 3rd: Tuesday!!! (Monday is a Federal Holiday!)
Dinner 6:30 PM
Stated Meeting 7:30 PM
January 16th: Monday
Ritual Practice - Open / Close (Bring your Ritual Books!)
Practice 6:30 - 8:30 PM
January 30th: Monday
MM Degree Practice
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JANUARY Happy Birthdays! PMs/WBs: Donald M. Crowell JR PM
BRs: Donald Brodeur, Saul Chaidez,, Frank Egge, Kenneth McColley, Mark McKee, Clyde Steddum, Robert Volstead, Turner Winn
We note the passing of BR Craig M. Herring September 17, 2016 and offer condolences to Nancy Herring.
Here’s a shout out to BR Sam Talvy, home recuperating from major surgery. Wait a time with patience and return!
NOTE PLEASE – Our Annual Dues were raised by one dollar to $94.00 per year by action of the Grand Lodge in the 2016 GL Communications. Our By-Laws specifically pass through GL increases in per Capita when enacted. This one dollar for each member in Arizona is donated by the Grand Lodge of AZ to the George Washington Memorial Site fund.
SPECIAL ACTION REQUEST: Members are still invited to participate in contributing to the BR John Wayne Memorial Perpetual Membership Fund (make donations to Marion McDaniel Lodge). Donations will close in mid- January. The Fund will pay out a $930.00 Fee to Grand Lodge to commemorate our Brother, which becomes a Memorial Perpetual Membership for the Lodge with dividend income to the Lodge in perpetuity.
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The email for the Lodge is: SecretaryAZ56@gmail.com
Our Website – www.mm56.org
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~ Patrick S. Zech ~ ~ Worshipful Master - 2017 ~
2017? Already? As we approach the count down toward the end of 2016 and the beginning of a New Year, it is a time many use for some reflection! 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 in 2016, what I had failed to do and how I could make 2017 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 reviewd 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, evaluate 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: That Men are Brethren because [they are]warriors in battle between “Light and Darkness” a “Brotherhood of Battle…” Confucius: 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 2017 a year to remember!
~ Roderic L. Wagoner Jr ~
~ Senior Warden - 2017 ~
Brothers, the new year brings new challenges and for me, personally, one that I really enjoy ... planning and putting on degree work. It's one of the main things that we do in Lodge, to pass our knowledge and lessons on to younger brothers and also to help us reinforce those lessons for ourselves.
In many ways, Masonic ritual is like any skill. As you do it more and the mechanics become easier, it takes less effort to perform those mechanics and you have the latitude to then look for more meaning in the words, symbols, and allegories. You can add interpretation and drama to your part, thus making it more interesting and meaningful for the Candidate AND YOU.
One thing we do need to work on, though, is the depth of our casts. We're fortunate to have WB Jeff, who can (and does) do most every part. But as Grand High Priest of Royal Arch Masons in AZ, his year is going to be pretty busy. So, I'm hoping to find some brothers to step up and take on charges and at least part of a lecture. We can break each of the lectures into two parts and so two brothers could share the work ... and then switch parts later if they wanted to. But my goal is to have two people able to do every part, so that we don't have to use outside help (unless we choose to). It's a goal to shoot for.
~ David A. Brown ~
~ Junior Warden - 2017 ~
Brothers, Thank You!, for your vote of confidence in electing me to the South. We should all be looking forward to next year and the new challenges that it will bring. Let's all work to make it our best one yet!
Remember, YOU Are The Lodge, Bring It Back HOME!