May 1st : Monday
Stated Meeting - 7:30pm
- Fellowship Dinner 6:30 PM
- Stated Meeting 7:30 PM
- 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, Donald Taylor, Erik Timmermann.
We note the Passing to the Celestial Lodge of BR Corral H. Mueller, 2/27/17, (Senior Life and Perpetual Member).
PLEASE – 10 Members of our Lodge have not paid their $94.00 2017 Annual Dues and are now in excess of 120 days OVERDUE. Make check or Money Order payable to Marion McDaniel Lodge for $94. Annual Dues and Donations are the life blood of our Lodge. We cannot work without all of us pulling together!
SPECIAL NOTE: Thanks to the Lodge membership, the John Wayne Memorial Perpetual Membership Fund met its donations goal! We have received his Perpetual Membership Certificate and it will soon be on display in our Lodge. The Lodge can be proud; this is our FIRST Memorial Perpetual Membership!!
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~ Patrick S. Zech ~ ~ Worshipful Master - 2017 ~
I want to start out by thanking for their service all those Brothers, Sisters, and young DeMolay men who recently spent time working on the lodge cleanup. A lot of great work was accomplished including installation of new handicapped height toilets and grab bars, stripping and waxing of the floors, cleaning of the kitchen, chairs, tables, wiping of cabinets, walls, and ceilings, scrubbing of the foyer, trimming of trees and the cleanup of the grounds and back lot - just to name a few. Many brothers generously donated to the cause and all work and additions were done at zero cost to the Lodge! I choose to thank them for their “service” for very specific reasons.
“Service.” The word alone can conjure up a daunting feeling of being responsible for doing something we might not like or want to do. Perhaps, the thought of having to do “Community or Lodge service” is overwhelming or burdensome. The word “service” has many uses. Dictionary.com finds that “service” can be used as a noun, “an act of helpful activity”; it can be used as an adjective, “of service, useful”; it can be used as a verb, “to make fit for use”; and it’s even employed in idioms, “at someone’s service” and “be of service.” And, of course, we use the word “service” to describe those people who defend this country in “military service.” (To our Veterans, THANK YOU for your service!)
Where can we serve? We can serve in our own family by simply sharing our love. We can serve those in our own neighborhoods through acts of kindness and compassion. We can serve individually or together at every level of our culture. We can also serve our lodge in various capacities including attending Meetings and Degrees to show support of our Lodge and Brothers or being active members in line to help our lodge run effectively. Sometimes being of service is nothing more than being that “attentive ear” or “instructive tongue” willing to simply listen to a Brother in need or to whisper good counsel when required. Obviously, all of us, regardless of age, can serve.
Through service, by definition, we help. Scientific research studies have also have shown that when we serve, our immune systems can actually get stronger! Further, when we serve, we exercise our better inclinations and attitudes. We know that “practice makes perfect.” So, as we serve, it becomes more natural for us to serve. Through repetition, service becomes more familiar and easier to do and in very short order, service becomes a habit, a way of life.
Imagine a world where we all had the “service habit” and compassionate acts would be the norm. Rather than greed or the “What’s in it for me” mindset that seems to pervade our society, we would exhibit understanding and kindness as the first response many of us have to life situations. Perhaps most profoundly, whether we are conscious of this or not, every act of service has a spiritual quality. It is through service that we acknowledge through action that we are brothers and sisters to one another and that we share a common bond. “Service”, helps good men become better men.
~ Roderic L. Wagoner Jr ~
~ Senior Warden - 2017 ~
Continuing on with our look at the Seven Liberal Arts and Sciences, this month we'll review numeric arts or the Quadrivium which contains Arithmetic, Geometry, Music and Astronomy.
The Quadrivium was considered the "upper division" by the Medieval scholars. While the Trivium concerned itself with words, the Quadrivium is all about numbers. It may be considered to be the study of number and its relationship to physical space or time: arithmetic was pure number, geometry was number in space, music number in time, and astronomy number in space and time. Morris Kline classifies the four elements of the Quadrivium as pure (arithmetic), stationary (geometry), moving (astronomy) and applied (music) number. The Pythagoreans considered all mathematical science to be divided into four parts: one half they marked off as concerned with quantity, the other half with magnitude; and each of these they posited as twofold.
These studies then prepared the Medieval scholar for the highest studies, Philosophy or Theology.
One other interesting note is that in a Pythagorean right triangle, the height is 3 (Trivium), the base is 4 (Quadrivium) and the Hypotenuse is 5 (Senses). I will leave you to your own interpretation of this.
Remember, YOU Are The Lodge, Bring It Back Where YOU Belong!