~ Lodge Secretary ~
~ Trestle Board Editor ~
At our Stated Meeting for February we were served a fine meal of BBQ ribs beans and corn on the cob. The Kitchen Staff (Pam) planned for 45 meals and only 18 were served. Our Eastern Star Ladies work hard to support the Lodge with these meals. Starting in March I would like to have our members either call or email me if you are going to have dinner with us. If we don’t get enough reservations then they will prepare 20 meals and if your late for the 6:30 dinner you will be out of luck. The ladies gave the remaining food to the Fire Department on Pima St. and they loved it. We can’t go on like this so please let me know if you are having dinner so we can have a head count otherwise you’ll just have to take your chances on being fed.
Jeff Horton PM Sec.
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Brethren, during the month of February our Lodge had several opportunities to spread the cement of brotherly love. We made our first official visit of the calendar year to Aaron Lodge # 49, we showed up with 9 brothers from the Lodge. The hospitality and friendship that they shared with us was nothing short of amazing. We also had an occasion to perform the solemn duty of performing a Masonic funeral service, the family and friends of our departed brother were very impressed and thankful of our efforts. By the time you read, this the roof of the Lodge building will have been re-coated. We have also brought more light to the building by replacing the old fluorescent tube lighting with brighter and more efficient LED lights in the dining room and kitchen areas.
Marching forward into spring, we have a planned visitation to Jerusalem Daylight Lodge on Saturday March 9 at 10:00 AM. We have scheduled a second degree practice to occur on Tuesday, March 26 at 7:30 PM (immediately following our monthly planning meeting). If you are looking to become more involved in our Lodge, reach out to our Brother Sr Warden and let him know how you can help keep our Lodge functioning. Another way that you can help is by assisting in some of the needed building maintenance tasks, by making ourselves ready for some spring cleaning and taking pride of ownership of our Lodge building. The replacement of the lights have emphasized the need for a fresh coat of paint in the kitchen and dining areas. If we keep up with the regular maintenance of our building and relationships, we will be able to sustain the Lodge for future generations.
The 24 inch Gauge teaches us to divide our time into three equal parts; a part service to God and a distressed brother, a part for our usual vocation, and a part for rest and refreshment. But, in today’s environment we can sometimes find it hard to follow simple and yet profound Masonic teaching. If you are like me you will find that many times one part, which I would expect is usually vocation for most of us, creeps into and can take over the other two parts. Our lives are dominated by the amount of time we spend at work, taking away from or ability to serve God and our brethren or to take time to relax an refresh. It is something that I believe we all struggle with. How can I split my time equally? The short answer is you can’t. So how am I supposed to follow this Masonic instruction?
To me, the 24 in Gauge is another symbol we are taught to help remind us to try to keep ourselves centered. To say “on the level”. The reality is we might not ever be able to equally divide our time. However, we can always find time in the day to focus on each part. Even if only for a few minutes. I believe it is vital for us to try to find a way to devote at least a few minutes each today to each part. So I encourage each of us to deliberately pause each day and ensure we are finding a way to incorporate all three parts of the Gauge into our lives to help keep us squared and on the level.
The Loneliness Epidemic
In the Harvard Business Review (HBR), former Surgeon General Dr. Murthy writes that “...we live in the most technologically connected age in the history of civilization, yet rates of loneliness have doubled since the 1980s. When you look at the data, what’s really interesting is loneliness has been found to be associated with a reduction of life span. The reduction in life span [for loneliness] is similar to that caused by smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and it’s greater than the impact on life span of obesity. Look even deeper, and you’ll find loneliness is associated with a greater risk of heart disease, depression, anxiety and dementia. And if you look at the workplace, you’ll also find it’s associated with reductions in task performance. It limits creativity. It impairs other aspects of executive function, such as decision-making.”
How’s this for some more headlines:
• “How Social Isolation Is Killing Us” (The New York Times)
• “Social Isolation Kills More People Than Obesity” (Slate)
• “Young People Report More Loneliness Than the Elderly” (USA Today)
• “The Biggest Threat Facing Middle-Aged Men Isn’t Smoking or Obesity. It’s Loneliness” (The Boston Globe)
While this may seem like an odd topic for a trestle board article, often when I am sitting in lodge or attending a Masonic event, my thoughts turn to those Brothers faces I do not see around me. I know there as many reasons to join Masonry as there are members in the fraternity however I believe we all joined at some level to associate with other like minded men and to expand our knowledge about ourselves and the world we live in. Masonry to me is as much a state of mind as it is the physical actions I take in pursuit Masonic ideals.
One of the words tossed about in the fraternity is brotherhood. When I think about those faces that are not at lodge and realize I haven’t reached out to them to invite them back, find our how they are doing, be an attentive ear, or not make an effort to acknowledge those that are making the effort to attend lodge, I know I am not living up to what a Brother is expected to do.
When I read the quote above and wonder how many of my Brothers may be sitting at home, lonely, depressed or anxious from something as simple as lack of human contact, I’m ashamed by my lack of efforts in this area. I for one will be making more effort and taking more actions to reach out to and contact more of my Brothers moving forward in an effort to be less selfish with my time. I encouraged you also to ponder your Masonic oaths and determine if you are doing all you can do to be that Brother to those Masons in your circle influence. Let us all make a renewed effort to make sure we are inclusive in our efforts reach out to those Brothers around us and make sure they feel welcome in their lodges and fraternity!