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June 2018 Trestle Board

posted May 30, 2018, 8:18 PM by Robert Bigelow

 

From the East

Worshipful Master Keith Trahern

Brethren,

Greetings from the East.

Very excited to announce an UPCOMING dinner and Special Presentations we have a 50 Year Degree Pin and two 60 Year Degree Pins to Present. One of which is my Father. Quite an Honor to give that to him while I am sitting in the East. RWB John Lorfink will be presenting them. We also have
a Scholarship that we will be handing out.

Dinner is served at 6:30pm and we will open the Lodge at 7:30pm and Immediately go to Refreshment to invite everyone in for the Presentations. We are having Papa Terrals BBQ Cater this event and the Cost is $10 per person. I hope you can make this special occasion.

Here are the Details:
June 5th, 2018
6:30PM Dinner
Stated Lodge Meeting at 7:30.
Presentation about 7:40pm
Cost $10 Per Person
Pulled Chicken and Pulled Pork
With fixings

On the 15th of May we did an EA Degree for Warren Lodge, and it came out good. Next month in June on the 19th we will be doing two more for them. This is a very exciting time to see.

We have our Outdoor Degree coming up but the date has been changed to July 24th, 2018. Please mark your calendars to be there!

Grand Lodge starts June 6th. I am looking forward to going.

“There are parts of a ship which taken by themselves would sink. The engine would sink. The propeller would sink. But when the parts of a ship are built together, they float.”


And Part,
On The Square

From the West

Senior Warden Chris Smith

Greetings Brethren,
I found this article from an unknown author that I thought may be good food for thought.

AM I BUILDER?

I watched them tearing a building down,
A gang of men in a busy town
With a ho-heave-ho and a hearty yell.
They swung a beam and the sides fell,

I asked the foreman, "Are these men skilled
And the kind you would hire if you had to build?"
And he gave me a laugh and said, "no, indeed."
Just common labor is all I need,

I can easily wreck in a day or two.
What other builders have taken a year to do.

And I thought to myself as I went on my way,
which of these roles have I tried to play.

Am I a builder that works with care,
measuring life by the rule and square?

Am I shaping my deeds to a well made plan,
patiently doing the best I can?

Or am I a wrecker who walks the town,
content with the labor of tearing it down?

- Unknown Author

Brethren virtues are the working tools of life, and like all tools they have to be taught, learned and practiced to be effective. Without the proper use of working tools of virtue, we are simply getting by and not reaching our full potential,.

I hope everyone has a great summer and looking forward to the lodge re-illumination in September.

Until then, meet on the level.

From the South

Junior Warden Doug Sammis

Brethren,
Greetings from the South.

What is your favorite location in your home lodge? Mine is down in the southwest near the ship captain wall. From here you can see the operations of the entire lodge room. All though I am certain that the dining hall holds good cheer, frivolities, and the stories, “oy vey”!! Oh and let’s not forget the great food.

I remember the most recent Ocho de Mayo dinner provided by our Order of the Eastern Star, Robin Gilbert (Chef) and her grand staff did a fabulous meal. We indeed acknowledge and thank the Order of the Eastern Star for their work.

This next treat - dinner for June Stated will be at refreshment during the 50 and 60 year jewel presentations. Please arrive in honor of our Masonic ceremony and good food.

Is there anything more our brothers should know about our membership, its health status for both Masons and their Ladies? Please share with our office and officers where we might best take care of those who could use our involvement. Prayers always notwithstanding.

Lastly my Brothers, I again request a simple click on reply back to me to let me know you had the chance to get the Lodge trestle board and thanks for your courtesy.

Click on juniorwarden@gpmasoniccenter.org

 

May 2018 Trestle Board

posted Apr 23, 2018, 4:06 PM by Robert Bigelow

 

From the East

Worshipful Master Keith Trahern

Brethren,
Greetings from the East. We have several events coming up. First is the Eastern Star “Cinco de Mayo” Dinner, but it is on May 8th so let's call it the “Ocho de Mayo” Dinner. Food is being served at 6:30 pm on 05/08/2018 at the Lodge. They are making Navajo Tacos. Come down and support them.

Second is the Boatnik Event, Child ID Booth. Why am I telling everyone?? Because I would like to invite not only our Brethren, but affiliate bodies and youth groups to come down and support the Child ID and also be able to talk about what our groups do and how we give back to the community. This is a perfect opportunity to get out in front of the public.

In the last month we made an Official Visit to Belt Lodge while they did some Degrees. On the 17th we did an EA Degree for Warren Lodge. They were very pleased and said they have two more coming in in the next few months. With that said, we have had some inquiries and petitions going out. I am seeing some interest in joining the Lodge so “Time will tell”, but I am encouraged.

We have Grand Lodge coming up at the beginning of June. We are looking forward to going. Seeing old friends, making some new ones and learning
from Grand Lodge.

Lastly. We have had a few Transients sleeping around the building and hanging out there. Although we are to help our “fellowman”. We cannot have this happen. I was down there this week and found one sleeping in the back hidden part of the building. He refused to leave and I had to call the police. Then he moved on and the Police said if he returned he would be arrested. I have filed a no trespassing order with the City. So if they see anyone at anytime that does not belong there, they will arrest them. Sad that I had to to do this, but everyone's safety is more important. The building and area is Safe and the City PD said they will be patrolling around our building more often. They also said with more police presence they will move on to more secluded areas.

With that, look forward to June or July as I want to have a clean up the building work party and afternoon BBQ. It would be good to have a “Masonic Family” BBQ at the Lodge.

“God hides some ideal in every human soul. At some time in our life we feel a trembling, fearful longing to do some good thing. Life finds its noblest spring of excellence in this hidden impulse to do our best."

And Part,
On The Square

From the West

Senior Warden Chris Smith

Brethren,
In the face of day in and day out obligations it is easy to fall short; and in this dog eat dog world, we are only as good as our last success. When we only hear from the people in our lives when there is a problem and each of us struggle to make ends meet, a man can develop secret sorrows, known only to him. It should also be considered that we can never know what has transpired in a person's life before we have met them. This is an excellent premise for the exploration of tolerance. The behavior of our fellow men is always dictated by their experiences and mental state. Adult men know to never show worries and problems on their face and certainly never bring their problems into work. Under the clever guise of success and appearances, we tuck our failures and dark haunting far away into the shadow of ourselves. For some of us, gratefully, our suffering, self-doubt, pain and fear are but casual nightmares, that randomly pop up and go away just as easily. For others, the pain is unbearable, day after day they suffer, and hope for an end to come one day. Each and every one of us has smiling faces in our lives that tell lies, not profane lies, or adulterous lies, but simple lies of the heart, to keep up appearances and success. Pity allows no man to grow, and what is then great quest we have embarked upon? To grow as men.... To both the suffering hearts, and to the less burdened ones.... Always remember none of us can ever know a man's secret sorrows. Never assume to know so much about a person as to lay judgement upon them. Everyone in our lives has the potential to suffer greatly, in ways that only the mysteries can explain. Be grateful and interested with the next smiling face you see after reading these words and if at all possible try to see the giant stone they carry and help them drop their burdens and rest.... Restoring peace to their troubled minds...

Meet on the level

From the South

Junior Warden Doug Sammis

Brethren,

Greetings from the South.

May - the fifth month of a year, a measure of successful seed planting by processing the earth or from the standpoint of your Home Masonic Lodge, great moral sponsorships. May, a wonderful time of year to enjoy festivities and gather around Lodge events which invite brothers and their families to enjoy the effects of brotherly love.

Our Blue Lodge has obliged nearby district lodges help with ritual degree work. I felt a special warmth from their gratitude while we assisted in conferring a degree upon their candidates. If - and - when we are called to open our Lodge to again confer ritual assistance, I would challenge more of our Grants Pass Lodge brothers to join in and feel that same warmth. I’m convinced this can enhance your Home Lodge frame of mind. What is it we have learned about harmony? “It is the strength and support of all institutions, especially ours”.

Would all those who read this letter send back a reply either by email or phone the Lodge with a simple comment or just to say you saw this? Email your reply to: juniorwarden@gpmasoniccenter.org or call 541-476-3357 - leave your name and say you saw this month’s trestle board.

And Act by the Plumb

 

April 2018 Trestle Board

posted Mar 30, 2018, 3:45 PM by Robert Bigelow

 

From the East

Worshipful Master Keith Trahern

Brethren,

March went very well mostly. At stated meeting we draped the Altar for WB Rynd Miller. On the 18th of March we had a Masonic Funeral for WB Rynd Miller. It was very well attended and had a little over 140 Masons from all over the State. Quite a tribute to Rynd. The rest of the month for me has been kind of a Blur. I have missed quite a few meetings and other events due to the Cold/Flu. All better now and ready to hit it. Demolay had their installation on March 23rd. One of my old Demolay Buddies was in attendance and called me to let me know we have a great Master Councilor that has potential to go far in the organization. Let’s support them and our Jobies as much as possible. They are our future.

Up coming we have our 67th Jack Brownell Memorial Easter Breakfast
--April 1st at the Lodge from 8-11:00
--April 3rd Stated Meeting. There will be a meal from 6-6:45pm
--April 10th we will be traveling to Belt Lodge for a FC Degree
--April 17th Officers meeting at 6:30pm and then we will conducting a
EA Degree for Warren Lodge
--April 24th we will be working on Torchlight and Degree practice.
--May 1st Stated Meeting.

As a reminder we moved the Officers meeting to the Third Tuesday.

“Blessed is the servant who loves his brother as much when he
is sick and useless as when he is well and can be of service to him.”

And Part,
On The Square

From the West

Senior Warden Chris Smith

Dear Brethren,

I SEE YOU'VE TRAVELED SOME

Wherever you may chance to be
Wherever you may roam,
Far away in foreign lands;
Or just at Home Sweet Home;
It always gives you pleasure,
it makes your heart strings hum
Just to hear the words of cheer,
"I see you've traveled some."

When you get a brother's greeting,
And he takes you by the hand,
it thrills you with a feeling
that you cannot understand,
You feel that bond of brotherhood
that tie that's sure to come
When you hear him say in a friendly way
"I See You've Traveled Some."

And if you are a stranger,
In strange lands all alone
if fate has left you stranded
Dead broke and far from home,
it thrills-makes you numb,
When he says with a grip of fellowship,
"I See You've Traveled Some."

And when your final summons comes,
To take a long last trip,
Adorned with Lambskin Apron white
and gems of fellowship
The Tyler at the Golden Gate,
With square and rule and thumb
Will size up your pin and say "Walk In",
"I See You've Traveled Some."

In memory of Brother Rynd Miller.

Lets talk about the upcoming happenings with Lodge:

April 10th,- Belt Lodge in Kerby will be holding a Fellowcraft Degree at 6:00 pm. We have several participants from our home Lodge. The Belt Lodge has given us great support for our lodge, lets show our support for our brothers! Please plan to attend this degree.

On April 17th, we will be hosting an EA degree for Warren Lodge. . Refreshments are at 6 30 pm, the degree commences at 7:00 pm, please arrive early to give a hand. It is imperative that we show our support for our fellow lodge and brothers.

Until we meet again, on the level,

Chris Smith, Senior Warden

From the South

Junior Warden Doug Sammis

Brethren,
Greetings from the South.

We are approaching a season in the year that signifies a rebirth in nature’s fantastic earthly show. I hope to demonstrate as the earth tilts on its axis we are influenced in our walk on this sphere while it spins at the rate of 24,000 miles per hour. Are you ready? Do you feel the spin? Well here it comes and get ready to fly.

My brothers, you are in a Lodge of Free Masonry and have been raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason. You had your start as we all have and passed to your second degree. Do you remember those? I commemorate my dates and remember how becoming that last degree made a difference in how I viewed my daily walk. It is not much different from seeing the changes that the Great Architect presents over the course of Spring’s new life which is manifested right outside. Yes, we can spin in space at phenomenal speeds and never fly into the beyond. Rooted in this Fraternity, in this lodge, and with my brothers, I feel a lifting within and still well grounded. Is it something new? Do you sense a reinvigorating force when you know that this is your home lodge? Let’s have a great month this April.

There is plenty of Masonic history and education, and we can do more in our development while we become better men. Share moments with your brothers as to why you continue in this Fraternity. I’m proud to call you my brother in Masonry.

Wish to comment? ______>>>__________ juniorwarden@gpmasoniccenter.org

And Act by the Plumb

Tuesday April 3rd beginning at any time between 6 and 6:45 PM on our Stated Meeting night, we will serve a light dinner and refreshment. Cost is only $6. A confection of sorts will follow after the meeting.

 

March 2018 Trestle Board

posted Mar 1, 2018, 3:51 PM by Robert Bigelow

 

From the East

Worshipful Master Keith Trahern

Brethren,
Poof just like that February is over. We had a great stated meeting and we have been meeting on Tuesday for some lite meals and degree practice. We also have started working on Torch Light and are making progress. In the next month we are going to make a Visit to Cascade Lodge #208 in Shady Cove Diner at Mac Diner at 6:30 and Stated Meeting at 7:30 pm on March 27th. The Grand Master is making his Official Visit and our Brother from Medford Lodge #103 will be attending.

As a reminder, we moved the Officers meeting to the Third Tuesday of each month.

I had a large amount written and got a message that Rynd Miller had passed away this Am. He was a good man, Mason and Shriner. He would call me and come to my meeting just to support me. I will always hear his voice “Hey Kid whats happening”. Our hearts go out to Vicki during this time.

We have had five petitions that went out. So this is a good sign that things might be happening in the Lodge.

Masonic labor is purely a labor of Love. He who seeks to draw Masonic wages in gold and silver will be disappointed. The wages of a Mason are in the dealings with one another, sympathy begets sympathy, kindness begets kindness, helpfulness begets helpfulness, and these are the wages of a Mason. -Benjamin Franklin

And Part,
On The Square

From the West

Senior Warden Chris Smith

Back in the days of our ancient operative brethren, an apprentice would have to go through years of training that of course was taught by word of mouth only (no books). Many of the building trades today are taught the same way(such as roofing). Memory work is symbolic to freemasonry for that reason.

The founding fathers of freemasonry also understood the many benefits to practicing memory work, the list of which could fill volumes. Just to name a few; a sharp brain is the one that is used, it's like a muscle; use it or loose it. Just like when you work out at the gym, consistent and challenging exercise is the key to staying fit. Brain fit challenges like memorization are a very useful way to work out your brain for better mental health.

Memory training can stave off cognitive decline. Memory forming can become a healthy lifelong habit. Researchers from the National Institute on Health and Aging have found out that adults who went through short bursts of memory training were better able to maintain higher cognitive function and every day skills, even 5 years after going through the training. Practicing memorization allowed the elderly adults to delay typical cognitive decline by 7 to 14 years. Students who start practicing memory training can stay sharp in years to come. So in conclusion my Brethren, we see that memory work is one of the many ways that Freemasonry makes good men better.

And Meet,
On the Level

From the South

Junior Warden Doug Sammis

Brethren,
Greetings from the South.

February 2018 is vanishing very quickly. Are you ready to put Spring into your March Milieu? Let’s start by checking into the Stated meeting on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 for a light snack between 6:00 PM through 6:45 PM, with coffee, sodas, sandwiches, and chips. After the meeting we can enjoy some dessert before leaving for home. I remain hopeful that this trestle board reaches our Lodge brothers so we will make a spectacular attendance number on that night.

I am reminded that history is a look back at how things were, but looking forward seems a better idea for making a future history more to your liking. If you enjoy your Masonic achievement and you should, your brothers are out there offering their friendship, morality and brotherly love. I’m excited to be a brother and share our “Home Lodge”, Grants Pass Lodge #84 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. Come on in and see what’s going on. We’re honored by our Worshipful Master, Keith Trahern in keeping the business meeting portion short so we can have a little more time sharing what is happening in our busy lives at refreshment.

So thanks to all who will make this night spectacular and please speak of this get together with as many of our Fraternity who may or may not know about this communication.

And Act,
By the Plumb

DeMolay Installation

Robert Bigelow, DeMolay Advisor

Grants Pass Chapter, Order of DeMolay would be honored by your presence at our Installation of Officers.

Friday, March 23rd, 2018 at 6:30 PM
Grants Pass Masonic Center
320 NW E St
Grants Pass, OR 97526

Master Councilor - Elect
Ethan Burchette

Josephine Chapter, Order Of the Eastern Star, will be serving refreshments after the installation.

This is a public installation, all members of our Masonic family are invited, and friends and those curious about DeMolay are definitely encouraged to come.

 

February 2018 Trestle Board

posted Jan 23, 2018, 4:43 PM by Robert Bigelow   [ updated Jan 23, 2018, 4:57 PM ]

 

From the East

Worshipful Master Keith Trahern

Brethren,

Well we have our first meeting of the year under our belt.
We had an Official Visit from the District Deputy RWB John Lohrfink,
Lodge of Sorrow, Balloting on a reinstatement, Passed our Budget for the
year, had official Visit from Medford Lodge #103 and three sitting Masters.
All in one night and it was a great meeting. Even with all that we were
just a little over and hour. Thank You to all those that attended.

One of the things we changed is we moved the Officers meeting to the
Third Tuesday. The reasoning behind it is it gives us time to write our
Trestleboard Articles and talk about upcoming events and things happening
in the Lodge. .

One of the things we should be doing is working with-in “Our Cable Tow”.
What does that mean? Well for each person it is different. For some we
have taken the plunge and said we will go through the line and made the
commitment to be at Lodge almost every Tuesday. For others it may be
to show up to a meeting every now and then or at an event. We do what we
can to better Masonry and we should be doing what we can to better ourselves.
What we should not be doing is making excuses, but on the other hand
if we cannot commit to coming almost every Tuesday how about making a
Stated Meeting every other month. Heck, we might consider this is a good
way to close off the outside world for about an hour. As I said, we have to
try to better ourselves, but we all understand we have jobs, families, work
and other reasons that keep us from coming. By No means am I chastising.
Anyone that knows me, knows that I am far from perfect. I just want us ALL
to be better men, fathers and heads of the community. To be the Example.
One of the ways we are going to be doing this is to have some small Masonic
Education during Lodge. This way we can learn something and it is not all just
Business. The Goal is “To make good men better”. Well to do that we need
to help, encourage and doing more things together.

“If you see something wrong and don’t correct it, you have set a new standard”

And Part,
On The Square

From the West

Senior Warden Chris Smith

There is a certain code of honor that our ancient brethren and the knights of the medieval ages had in common; our order was founded on those principles. That code of honor is what attracted me to Freemasonry. It is indispensably necessary for us as Freemasons to endeavor to live by that code of honor, to be the example and set the standard for our youth to live by. To not let the complacency of technology erase our memories of the nobility of chivalry.
It is our duty as elders to set our youth on the right path. As the yearly cycle of life begins again we must never forget that as elders we are the farmers and our youth are the seeds in the ground germinating that will inevitably grow into the crops that will feed the world.

And so shall we ever
Meet on the level

From the South

Junior Warden Doug Sammis

Brethren,
Greetings from the South.
How about this new year, I hope to be part of making it a good one. We have some fine officers in the line and some fine members who are studying hard and eager to continue in our ranks.
I want to share a few words about “Home Lodge” To me as a Masonic Member, a brother, this Home Lodge represents the most familiar of places which adds to a relief of day to day stress. The attendance and participation of members show the new and uninformed how important it is to be a faithful and worthy brother. To be faithful, and to be worthy you must practice what you have learned in the lodge. The burden of teaching is not the sole duty of one but is on every brother. Let’s learn more about our Lodge history so we can pass it onto visiting brothers. We now have pride and honor of our Home Lodge, making a chance for the connection with brothers while sharing info of our respective lodges. You want to know them as they want to know you. We want to practice what we learn because it is important that through this practice of the principles of Masonry we become a better person. We then show the world that Masonry is not just for its members and that it works for the good of all. When visiting other lodges, you may be asked What Lodge are you from? How old is your lodge? Who is your Worshipful Master? On average, how many members attend meetings? How many members does your Lodge have? What days do you meet? Answer these questions, and then let them know that your Lodge is moving forward. When you visit other lodges, be in regular attendance to your Home Lodge, because, you must know home to be a traveler.
It is my wish that each of you can share more about your Home Lodge over the course of this year.

And Act
By the Plumb

Our upcoming Stated meeting for February 6 th will prepare dinner and consist of a stir fry with beef or chicken, beverages, and dessert. Please RSVP so we know how much food we will need. Dinner serves between 6 and 6:45. We had a good turnout for the last dinner and expect at $6 a plate to have even more brothers show up. Please email secretary@gpmasoniccenter.org to RSVP and let us know if you would like to bring your Lady.

Report from DeMolay
Grants Pass DeMolay is active and growing. DeMolay started in Kansas City in 1919. DeMolay is a fraternity for young men ages 12 – 21. It is an international organization with Chapters all over the world. These chapters have business meetings to plan fun events, fundraisers, service projects, and more. DeMolay teaches crucial skills for the corporate world and helps make valuable connections. DeMolay Installation will be held Friday, March 23rd at 6:30 pm. You are all invited to attend. One Fund Raiser the Grants Pass DeMolay is pursuing is offering to come help you – For an appropriate donation, we will clean up your yard, haul or move items too heavy for you to move or any other small jobs you may have for us to do. You will get a minimum of two young men and one adult supervisor. Please come and visit our meetings – First and Third Wednesdays – 7 – 8:30 pm.

Ethan Burchette, Master Councilor, Grants Pass DeMolay Chapter
 

January 2018 Trestle Board

posted Dec 28, 2017, 4:58 PM by Robert Bigelow   [ updated Dec 28, 2017, 5:03 PM ]

From The East
Worshipful Master Keith Trahern

Greetings from the East, Brethren!

Again I first and foremost I would like to Thank WB Steve Booth. I have known Steve for many years, but to be able to work with him over the last few years has been a real honor. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to the Lodge.
I am sorry if I have not been around a lot in the last Month. As you know I had the Installation early because of Thanksgiving and I wanted everyone to spend it with family. My bride and I spent 10 Days in Hawaii with 150+ Young Marines the first part of December. As soon as we got back it has been getting caught up with work, Christmas, dealing with the Flu, Etc. Anyway. Long story short, I am back on my feet and ready to run.

Officers Meeting is going to be Thursday Dec 28th. 6:30pm

Stated Meeting has been moved to January 8th and we will have an Official Visit from the Dist. Deputy.
Meeting time is 7:30pm. Our JW is planning on a Dinner prior to the meeting.

Goals for the upcoming year. “Honor the Past and look to the
Future” Seemed to me like a great theme to me.
I really look forward to working with our Officers as we have a
great lineup.
Things I think we should be working on. Fellowship, bringing back Masons that have not been showing up,
including the Families. Steve started having some fun things and Fellowship this year and I want to continue that and try to expand on it.
Other things I want to work on:
-Keep our meetings to about an hour
-Work on our communication
-Have some fun family things to do.
-Continue working on our Degree work
-Be a face in the Community.
-Work on Basic proficiency.
Anyway. That is a few things that have been on my mind. I hope to stand up and be the Worshipful Master Of the Lodge you expect me to be.

Thank you,
And Part,
On The Square

Worshipful Master
Keith Trahern

From the West
Senior Warden Chris Smith

If we value the pursuit of knowledge we must be free to follow wherever that search will lead us. The free mind is not a barking dog to be tethered on a 10 foot chain.
-Adalia Stevenson, Jr.


Greetings Brethren,
I hope everybody had a happy and safe holiday season.

I would like to say that I am looking forward to the year as Senior Warden working with our Worshipful Master for 2018. Worshipful Brother, Keith Trahern and I know our new Junior Warden, Doug Samis, will be planning some fine dinners for the lodge this year. And of course, thank you to all the 2018 officers, we have a great crew and I am proud to be working with all of you.

May we ever meet on the level,
Senior Warden,
Chris Smith

From the South
Junior Warden Doug Sammis

“Building the Temple One Mason at a time.”

Brethren,

Starting this new year can provide us with greater growth in our Fraternity. “How can we better serve each other” will be a Theme for the ensuing year. I’ll begin with an example, and as a Junior Warden, for our January Stated meeting, we will serve dinner between 6 and 6:45. For the menu, Spaghetti with meat sauce – toasted Garlic bread and a small green salad. Mystery Dessert will follow the meeting. Oh, and please welcome your ladies. Let’s pitch in $6 each to help cover the cost. It is nice to know how many are interested too. Please email that you want to do dinner and how many. I surely don’t want to run out of food for our first month’s get together.

Each Tuesday throughout the month providing there are functions or degree practice, I would like some ideas from our brethren what kind of refreshments they would like to have. Our Senior and Junior Stuarts can take your requests also.

I’m reminded that some of our Masonic Brothers don’t have email, so I would encourage everyone to simply call Brothers, connecting with one or many to confirm they are hearing about our Lodge functions and events.

I have Brothers and among them I would like to strengthen our relationships. Doing more together does more for each one of us. Have you got something we might be able to help with? Go ahead, reach out, make your day…

And Act by the Plumb

December 2017 Trestle Board

posted Nov 28, 2017, 8:21 AM by Robert Bigelow   [ updated Nov 28, 2017, 10:57 AM ]

From The East
Worshipful Master Steve Booth

Brethren,

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday. December is here and 2017 will be over soon. Where did the year go? I was told that the older you get the faster time goes. Well, I guess they are right.

My year as Master went by much faster than I thought it would. Looking back we got some things done; six dinners and several degrees. I would have liked to do more degrees but did not have the petitions coming in. We bought new chairs for the dinning room they sure make that room look better. My officer line was GREAT a lot of help to get me though the year THANK YOU BRETHREN!

We still have some things to do in December. We have a Christmas dinner on the 12th. Brother Chris Smith has a nice dinner lined up. This is the evening we celebrate our Brethren that have done outstanding things for our lodge. We will be presenting awards and the Job’s Daughters will have their annual bake sale. There will also be a gift exchange, women bring a women’s gift, men a men’s with a $20 limit, please join the fun. Please RSVP to me if you will be bringing children so we can make sure they all receive a gift. Please come join a fun evening of fellowship and share the Christmas joy.

On the 19th, we will go caroling to a couple of nursing homes. We have invited the Job’s Daughters and DeMolay to join us. Please invite family and friends to join us. After caroling we will return to the lodge to share in a warm meal.

Thanks for a great year.

And Part,
On The Square

Worshipful Master
Steve Booth


From the West
Senior Warden Keith Trahern

Greetings from the West, Brethren! 

I apologize with my late article. 

First and foremost I would like to Thank WM Steve Booth. I have known Steve for many years, but to be able to work with him over the last few years has been a real honor. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to the Lodge.

Those that came to the Installation Thank you. I think it came out great and we had all Officers in attendance. If I did not thank everyone or did not do things right I apologize. I was a bit overwhelmed with emotion as my Father, a past master, was installing me and my Grandfather was Past Master of GP #84. I got home that day and got thinking of Shoulda coulda woulda’s. Words cannot describe what an honor it is to sit in the East. Guess that is part of this learning curve moving through the chairs. Regardless, I am still extremely thankful for WM Steve Booth and WB Greg Gilbert guiding me through the process and I hope to be as helpful to Chris Smith and Doug Sammis this next year. 

With that said I am looking forward to this next year I am hoping we can continue fixing up the Lodge as Greg and Steve have been working on. I look forward to a fun, productive year and hope to continue the work of all of those before me.

Thank you, 

And Meet,
On the Level

Fraternally yours,
Keith C. Trahern
Senior Warden

From the South
Junior Warden Chris Smith

“That which causes us trials shall yield us triumph: and that which make our hearts ache shall fill us with gladness. The only true happiness is to learn, to advance, and to improve: which could not happen unless we had commenced with error, ignorance, and imperfection. We must pass through the darkness, to reach the light.”
Albert Pike

Brethren,

I would like to thank you all who attended the Thanksgiving dinner this year, we had a great turnout and of course, a superb dinner catered by Terrel Blalock's catering service.

Since I am on the subject of dinner, we have a Christmas dinner coming up on December 8th at 6:30 pm. The Jobs daughters will also be having their bake sale that night and I know they will have some delicious treats to choose from. This will also be our awards night.

This will be my last article as Junior Warden and I must say, just as at every station of the lodge there has been certain unspoken life lessons experienced or perhaps confirmations. These are all a part of that great journey to the east, but as in all journeys, sometimes, we run into road blocks or detours but we eventually arrive at our destination. Perhaps, by taking that detour, we may experience things we might not otherwise, thus making us wiser and stronger.

Remember that time, patience, and perseverance can accomplish all things and the Temple will yet be completed.

Act by the Plumb,
Junior Warden

October 2017 Trestle Board

posted Sep 26, 2017, 3:41 PM by Robert Bigelow   [ updated Sep 26, 2017, 3:42 PM ]

From The East
Worshipful Master Steve Booth

Brethren,

    October calendar looks to be real full. October 3rd is stated meeting; this is step up night so the officers for 2018 can get a feel for the next year. Also that night is tentatively OV with DD RWB Brian Beaudin. October 10th will be an Oktoberfest dinner by the OES at 6:30 please come show your support. Remember this is an event to invite your family and non-Mason friends. October 17th a Fellowcraft degree is planned for Brother Entered Apprentice Ryan Smith at 7:30. October 24th will be officers meeting at 6:30.
    The Shrine Circus is coming to town on October 26 & 27, please come join the fun. The Job’s Daughters have a tentative initiation planned for the 28th at 2:00, watch for confirmation.
    I can see the end of my year as Master, two more stated meetings, the year has gone so fast. November 7th stated meeting will be election night; I hope we get a good turn out. Thank you to all the Brethren who have helped this year.

Part on the Square

Worshipful Master Steve Booth

From the West
Senior Warden Keith Trahern

Greetings from the West, Brethren!

    Autumn has arrived, and with it the tasks that the changing year brings.  Leaves are being raked, gutters are getting cleaned and likewise around the lodge, preparations are being made for the coming Masonic Year.
    As I am working on next year’s calendar and budget, I would like to “open up the floor” for ideas that I may not have thought of. If there any events or programs you think worthy of the lodge’s support, please let me know and we’ll see if it can be accommodated.
    We have had our first stated meeting under out belt after being dark.  It is good to be back and see everyone. Looking forward, we have our Step up night at the October Meeting. It looks like we will have the District Deputy Official Visit and if that was enough we will be voting on a couple of petitions. So we could use all the brethren there we can get. 
    Also looking forward mark your Calenders for November 18th for the Installation of New Officers (Provided I get Elected ). Reason so early is the Lodge is already booked the first two weekends of December and I will be out of town the first week and a half of Dec helping a Youth Organization at Pearl Harbor. (I know rough duty). Which pushed it to The Weekend before, which is Thanksgiving and I want the brethren to spend time with the family. So Nov 18th it is.
    As always Thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you At Lodge.

On the Level

Fraternally yours,
Keith C. Trahern
Senior Warden

September 2017 Trestle Board

posted Sep 1, 2017, 4:25 PM by Robert Bigelow   [ updated Sep 1, 2017, 4:28 PM by Robert Bigelow ]

From The East
Worshipful Master Steve Booth

Brethren,

Summer was busy! June was Grand Lodge; we had three lodge members and a couple of
wives that attended. Congratulations to Most Worshipful Grand Master Myles McMillan.
Our Lodge building did not have a very good summer, in July we were vandalized four
different days. The glass doors and sidelights were broken. They have now been
replaced. But there is still some clean up work to be done. Wouldn’t it be great if
everyone could learn to subdue their passions?

In July the Outdoor Degree was held, Congratulations to Isaac Hamilton on being raised
to Master Mason. Thank you to all who attend it was a nice evening with dinner, degree
and an impressive ceremony retiring several lamb skin aprons done by Jon Torbert.
The summer ended with a very successful Past Master’s Rummage sale. A big thank you
to Greg Gilbert and his crew, job well done! Thank you to all that donated items.

Thank you all those that staffed the ID trailer this summer at the Frog O Fair, Pet Parade
in Cave Junction and the back to school at Parkway Christian Church. Also a big Thank
You to those that keep this trailer stocked and computers working.
The Job’s Daughters will be holding an initiation on Sept. 23, time to be announced.
Please come support our youth. The girls had an exciting fun time attending Supreme
Session outside of Philadelphia come hear their stories.
Back to labor soon see you then.

And Part,
On the Square

From the South
Junior Warden Chris Smith

Virtues Are the Working Tools of Life

To be moral and upright is the product of good virtue. Just as the builder has the primary working tools to build his edifice; the square, the level, the plumb, the 24 inch gauge in life, the four cardinal virtues are the working tools of our spiritual building.

Imagine trying to build a house by pacing off the measurements of the foundation or eye balling the rafters into position what confusion and anxiety that would cause, it seems almost insane. When the working tools are used properly it is almost impossible to err. Thus, the finished product will be strong and beautiful. That is why the virtues are so important and are the working tools of our daily lives.

It takes temperance and especially fortitude to subdue our passions. It takes prudence to apply our passions in a proper manner and above all it takes a just mind to know how, when and why to apply the first three of the cardinal virtues.

And Act,
By the Plumb

Chris Smith
Junior Warden

June 2017 Trestle Board

posted May 25, 2017, 9:43 AM by Robert Bigelow   [ updated May 25, 2017, 9:46 AM ]

From The East
Worshipful Master Steve Booth

Brethren

May 20th was the Masonic Cemetery cleanup day we had ten brothers and family members show up to help. The place looks great! I would like to THANK everyone who helped. It was a lot of work, my back is still sore. On May 22nd the Job’s Daughters used their meeting time to go out to the cemetery and put flags on all the Veteran’s graves. What a great way for the young ladies to honor our Veterans.

Also on May 20th the Job’s Daughters held an initiation and official visit. We now have two new Jobbie girls, please be sure to welcome them and their families at our social events.

Grand Lodge is June 1st and 2nd I look forward to providing a full report with the next Trestle Board. Officers’ s please look ahead and plan to attend next year as this is a fun and educational event.

And part,
On the Square

From the West
Senior Warden Keith Trahern

Brethren

Hard to believe that it is already June and we are already halfway through the year. As you know we are going “dark” during the summer months. I believe those Brothers who want additional practice can make arrangements to continue with our Degree work through the summer and meet with their Instructors on other nights or outside of the Lodge. I know, speaking for myself, that this year has been busy is an understatement. Also, as you know we have an Outdoor Degree coming up in July and we have visitors from other Lodges visiting, so we need to make the time to make sure we have our degree work in order.
Besides that, enjoy your summer, spend this time with your family, Brothers and friends and get ready for a busy fall at your Lodge. 

And Meet,
On the Level

Fraternally yours,
Keith C. Trahern
Senior Warden

From the South
Junior Warden Chris Smith

Greetings Brethren,
I was fortunate enough to be a side-liner at a practice session for the Second Section of the Master Mason Degree, a few weeks ago, where we had Brethren to perform several parts and carrying on the tradition. This takes a considerable amount of memory and floor work to perfect. Well done, my brothers and thank you. As an imminent brother of our lodge once said, Free Masonry lives on.
We do not have any formal dinners planned for June, however, on stated meeting night, the DeMolay will be providing spaghetti dinner for the attending brothers.

"Just as Freemasons consider the north a place of darkness, so does the operative construction worker consider the north side of the building a place of shade." -Chris Smith.

And Act,
By the Plumb

Chris Smith
Junior Warden

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