March 4th: Saturday
Lodge Pot Luck Gathering - Open to Family, Friends, Candidates, Prospects!
2 - 4 PM
Members, Family and Friends are Welcome!
March 6th: Monday
Building Committee Meeting
6:30 PM - Dinner - St Patty's Day Dinner w/ Special Mystery Dessert!
7:30 PM - Stated Meeting
March 13th: Monday
FC Degree Practice
Bring your Ritual books!
March 18th: Saturday
FC Degree @ Mt. Moriah No. 19 - Cast List
Douglas, AZ ... with actual staircase!
No Later than 7:30 AM! - Gather at MM56 to sort out Ride Share
7:45 AM - Depart for Mt. Moriah
10 AM - Degree - Lunch following ($7) at Lodge
March 31 - April 2: Saturday - Sunday
2017 Grand Lodge Leadership Conference @ Holiday Inn in Casa Grande, AZ
Open to All Masons!
- Please check our "Web Site" frequently for possible schedule updates -
MARCH Happy Birthdays!
PMs/WBs: WM Patrick Zech, Henry Knapp, PM;
BRs: Erik Christensen, Louis Escalante JR, James Ganem, Ralph Holbrook, William McNay, James Mick (95!), Bradley Miller, Robert Ozier, Kieth Sweatland
WBs Henry Spomer and Gil Schlierer delivered 26 bicycles to 13 eager elementary schools in February!
NOTE PLEASE – 16 Members of our Lodge have not paid their $94.00 2017 Annual Dues. Make check or Money Order payable to Marion McDaniel Lodge for $94. Thank you for returning to good standing.
SPECIAL Donation REQUEST: Members may still contribute to the BR John Wayne Memorial Perpetual Membership Fund as Donations have been extended to the end of March. Please make donations to Marion McDaniel Lodge and note that it is for the fund.
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~ Patrick S. Zech ~ ~ Worshipful Master - 2017 ~
First off I congratulate Brother Selwyn on his recent Raising to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason! I also commend the line officers for doing such a great job (many of whom were new to those spots). I want to remind everyone of the
POTLUCK ON SATURDAY MARCH 4TH FROM 2-4 PM
Come have some great food and fellowship with your brothers!
I also remind everyone of the upcoming Fellow Craft degree in Douglas on the 18th of March. We will be meeting at the lodge, leaving at 7:45 AM and carpooling down so the degree can be done on their actual staircase. I will also be settling on a date for the upcoming work day so that you can leave that day open to help us spruce up the lodge and get some deep cleaning done. Remember that many hands make the heavy load light! We will make that date announcement at the Lodge Stated Meeting on March 6.
We have lots of other things coming up to keep us busy with degree work, the end of March GL Leadership Conference, and the June Grand Lodge Annual Communications all ahead of us.
I also want you to be thinking about and bringing up any fund raising ideas you might have. I’ve already had a yard sale mentioned. We will need to figure out a way to augment our funding or we will have to consider raising our dues within the next couple of years. With many of our traditional fund sources cutting back, our numbers shrinking, and costs continuing to rise, I want to make sure we keep the lodge financially viable.
I also will be working on incorporating a short education at each Stated Meeting. I have always enjoyed those in the past and feel they should be re-instituted. As always, if you have any ideas on how to make our lodge better, I would love to hear from you!
~ Roderic L. Wagoner Jr ~
~ Senior Warden - 2017 ~
In honor of our upcoming Fellowcraft degree, let's have another look at the letter 'G'.
The letter G is an indirect result of the Phoenician GIMEL and the Greek GAMMA, both of which are the basis for our letter C. The G appears relatively late in the Latin Alphabet, and its creation is attributed to Appius Claudius for in 312 BCE, he fashioned this new letter from the letter C in order to distinguish that consonant's softer pronunciation (at the time, C was pronounced in the same way as our K). Some scholars maintain, however, that the G was not introduced into the Latin alphabet until around 250 BCE.
It was placed in the seventh position of the alphabet, where the Phoenician ZAYEN or the Greek ZETA stood. This position was available for the G because Latin speakers had no need for a Z to write their language. They removed the Z, only to reintroduce it during the first century CE in order to transcribe words of foreign origin. In order to not confuse the alphabet, the Z was placed at the very end.
Since the earliest times, the spiral that is the basis for the uppercase G has been a symbol of life, growth, and fruitfulness. Its shape recalls movement and revolution. The G fittingly is the first letter for the prefix gyro- (from the Greek guros, "circular movement", "circle").
There is an element of vitality in the letter G, a symbol of birth. This is evident in words such as germinate, gamete, genesis. It also points to terrestrial reality as in the prefix geo- or the Greek terms Ge and Gaia, designating the Earth.
As a guttural consonant, the G is associated with the throat and with speech (guttural from Latin "guttur", "throat"). It is also associated with eating (glutton, gourmet, gastronomy), and is found in many words that imply grandeur: grand, great, grandiose, gigantic, grandiloquent, and the prefix giga-.
In the Middle Ages, a G indicated 400. With a titlus (the line over the top), it stood for 400,000. Some scholars claim that it has a numeric value of 3, like its ancestor, GIMEL.
I'm sure that as you think, you can find many other examples of the use of this letter, but in parting, "I will now direct your attention ....."
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