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January 2020 Trestle Board

posted Jan 3, 2020, 8:05 AM by Robert Bigelow

 

From the East

Worshipful Master Doug Sammis

“ 2020 ”
Craftsmen,
Get the word out. I am ready to go to work. Will you join me? Find out what I want to do at our Stated Meeting January 7th, 2020, and we can do wonderful things.

And part on the square.

From the West

Senior Warden John Davis

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From the South

Junior Warden Jim Warriner

BRETHREN,
WE ARE BEGINNING A NEW YEAR AND IT IS MY DESIRE TO SERVE THIS LODGE AND
ALL ITS BRETHREN TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY.
WORSHIPFUL MASTER DOUG SAMMIS, SENIOR STEWARD DAVID JONES AND I ARE
WORKING ON A SCHEDULE OF BOTH LODGE DINNERS AND FAMILY DINNERS.  SOME WILL BE
CATERED, SOME WILL BE A LODGE EFFORT, AND SOME WILL BE IN THE CAPABLE HANDS OF YOURS TRULY AND OUR DULY APPOINTED STEWARDS. LOOKING FORWARD TO A BRIGHT AND WONDERFUL YEAR IN THE SOUTH.

AND ACT BY THE PLUMB.

 

December 2019 Trestle Board

posted Dec 1, 2019, 5:11 PM by Robert Bigelow

 

From the East

Worshipful Master Chris Smith

A Brothers Journey

Brethren,
From time in immemorial it has been said freemasonry makes good men better. I am one who may attest to this fact. My journey from darkness to light commenced in April 2011, when a blind man was led to the outer gate of the temple of philosophy and was instructed to knock on the door to gain admission, knowing not what lie within the mysterious realm. I passed through the three degrees of masonry. I remember even after my first proficiency, I had gained a feeling of self confidence that I have never experienced before. By my third proficiency I realized I had the ability to memorize paragraphs of ritual work. Within the first year I begain to memorize and deliver lectures, I felt like I had been reinvented. As the years passed, I was invited to lecture at all the lodges in District 17, a most distinguished honor.

My Brothers,
Freemasonry has made this man better than he was and I feel like I can learn anything, handle more stress and in general my mental fortitude has increased significantly. All of this, of course was not easy, it took 1000s of hours of personal study and many more hours of coaching from worshipful brother, Jim Lester. who took the time to meet with me every Sunday for several years. Thank you for your dedication, and trust in me to carry on this honorable endeavor, I am grateful.

Freemasonry has had a positive impact on my life.. I want to thank all the brothers that have helped guide me through the path on this eight year journey. Now that I am approaching the final weeks in the East, I am experiencing this sense of accomplishment as if I have completed some great and important undertaking or shall we say the completion of the temple.

To all my brethren at Grants Pass Lodge #84 and all the lodges of District 17, who have shown me hospitality, given me recognition and paid me respect, I thank you and am very proud to live and walk amongst all my brothers in this great fraternity. I shall continue to do so.

Part on the Square,
Worshipful Master

From the West

Senior Warden Doug Sammis

Brethren,
A simple message to all my brothers, wishing you and your families all that is safe, healthy, and full of
fun for the holidays...
Here are some dates to remember in December:
** Tuesday December 3rd is our stated meeting. Starts at the usual time (7:30 (PM). This will be the
last meeting for Worshipful Brother Chris Smith, and a good attendance would help boost our
morale for other events that follow in this month.
** Saturday, December 7th is our Installation of Officers for 2020. Begins at 10:30 (AM).
Refreshments afterwards. Please show up early for signing in and seating.
** Saturday, December 7th 6 (PM). The Grants Pass Masons will participate in the annual downtown
Christmas Parade. We will have a float too. Details at the Stated Meeting.
** Tuesday December 10th is our Christmas / Awards Banquet beginning around 5:30 (PM). Dinner
at 6:30.
Watch for your Sunday weekly calendar for other announcements later in the month.
Please go to our website – Grants Pass Masonic Lodge # 84 and update your information for
receiving alerts-announcements. Or, call the lodge at 541-476-3357 and leave a number / message
for further help.

Thanks to all the brothers and their families for supporting your local Masonic Lodge.

“AND PART ON THE LEVEL”

From the South

Junior Warden John Davis

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November 2019 Trestle Board

posted Nov 16, 2019, 10:56 PM by Robert Bigelow

 

From the East

Worshipful Master Chris Smith

Hello Brethren,
First part of business for November is our official visit from the Grand Lodge of Oregon, District Deputy,
John Lohrfink. We will have a dinner before our Stated Meeting and officers will be in tux. Let’s bring
honor to our Grand Lodge of Oregon with honor appropriate for this most worthy Grand Lodge
representative. He has displayed above duty service for District 17 throughout the last three years that
warrant our praise. Thank you John for a job well done.
November is loaded with activity for a festive calendar, I hope you all will attend our Thanksgiving
dinner with services provided by Davey Jones and his wife. Let’s have a super showing. Davey has shown
our lodge some good menus throughout the year and has been great at keeping our brothers well fed.
Thank You Brother Jones.
I wish to thank all the brothers for their support throughout these many months. Working full time
running a competitive business in our community can take its toll on time as Master. But I commend you
my Brothers for keeping me in your prayers and believing that all things are possible. My sincere thanks
for your continued support…. and part on the square

From the West

Senior Warden Doug Sammis

From the West
Senior Warden – Doug Sammis
Article title: Drumsticks and Masons
Brethren,
I remember a time when families came together once a year for Thanksgiving dinner. All us kids sat
among their sisters, brothers and cousins at their own table away from the adults. Sound familiar? All
totaled, we were 15 children and 40 adults. Great Grandad sat in the proverbial chair, “head of the
table”. Grandad was a Mason, but I didn’t know what that meant back then.
Ok, let’s carve a turkey, but only one of five. The others will be brought out after the carving ritual. All
the adults around the large table would shout out what part of the turkey they wanted while Grandad
would say something about particular parts of the turkey like, “You know what happens when you eat a
wing? You’ll fly sideways till Christmas”. Or, “Eat a leg and you’ll hop like a one-legged kangaroo, but you
can beat a drum with the other one”. Silly stuff, right? Yet aren’t the memories about the moment.
All the kids wanted a turkey leg, a – um – uh -a drumstick! There were only 5 turkeys, 10 drumsticks.
Who would have a drumstick and who would end up not getting one? No problem, Great Grandma
knew the owner of the butcher shop around the corner. I guess you could say that the butcher would
always drum up business for Thanksgiving. He was also a Mason and was a member of the same lodge in
Santa Barbara as Great Grandad. I think you could say that the local Masonic tradition at thanksgiving
back then was to turkey trot to the beat of your own drumstick. For me, it was fun, family, and innocent
times. Thanks to introductions like these memories bring me to the forefront of looking back to move
ahead as a better man and Mason. Lucky to have my own drumstick.
Be sure to comment on our trestle boards anytime. Your input / critique is much appreciated.

“AND PART ON THE LEVEL”

From the South

Junior Warden John Davis

No Article

 

October 2019 Trestle Board

posted Sep 30, 2019, 1:27 PM by Robert Bigelow

 

From the East

Worshipful Master Chris Smith

Hello Brethren,
I would like to remind everyone of some up and coming events for October. First of course is October Stated Meeting this meeting is step up night for next year's Officers moving up the line. Next we have an Oktoberfest dinner on Oct. 8 at 6:30 pm. being put on by eastern star should be a great dinner. Lastly on Oct. 29th 7;30 pm we will be putting on a mm. degree for Chris Ford .Also on Nov 5th stated meeting we will be receiving the district deputy on his last official visit for the year this will also be officer election night...I hope everyone is enjoying this great weather we are having and i look forward to seeing many brethren at our up and coming meetings and events......and part on the square

From the West

Senior Warden Doug Sammis

Article title:

“Let’s GROW WEED”

Brethren,
Attention getters. Here is an idea. Wear your Masonic shirt or hat or some bit of accessory that has a Mason’s emblem about it. The title of this article got your attention?” You can in your own way catch the attention of other good men in our community if you wanted to. Try to think of some straight forward approach like asking someone that you’ve just met, are you a Mason? See what kind of reply that comes up. I’m proud to be associated with good men who like to be with others of like conscious. Who doesn’t want to be comfortable around people? It makes no sense not to be in your comfort zone. I say let’s share that idea and have good men want to learn more of what makes a Mason a better man. We all could have moments together saying what I’ve just said. Why not make the effort and have a petition handy in case someone wants to know more about why you became a better man. The days of our secret society can best be described as, “The day we came out in the OPEN”. Now it’s really no secret that some brothers are always willing to speak about Masonry, and it’s more likely they’ve created a speak from what they learned over the years. I admit that my conversation skills could use a bit more experience speaking Masonry. So I am always ready to say to that potential new member, “I know someone who you could speak with about Masonry”, “Would you like to give him a call?” Let’s make some good men better today, and give them what we enjoy in our Masonic walk. Be sure to comment on our trestle boards anytime. Your input / critique is much appreciated.

“AND PART ON THE LEVEL”

From the South

Junior Warden John Davis

No article

 

September 2019 Trestle Board

posted Sep 3, 2019, 8:05 AM by Robert Bigelow

 

From the East

Worshipful Master Chris Smith

Greetings Brethren,

I hope everyone has had a great summer, I know I have. The weather has been perfect and it has been a busy work season thus far. I would like to extend a special thanks to the brethren and wives who have donated their time and effort to support our Lodge and Lodge activities. Such as the front sidewalk landscaping work; it looks so much better.

The Outdoor Degree was a success. Thanks again Brother and Mrs. Booth for your hospitality. Brother and Mrs. Torbert and Brother and Mrs. Sammis and friends worked many hours. To make the Past Masters' Rummage Sale a huge success. Thank you Brethren and looking forward to September Stated meeting.

And Part,
On the Square

From the West

Senior Warden Doug Sammis

No article submitted

From the South

Junior Warden John Davis

No article submitted

 

June 2019 Trestle Board

posted Jun 2, 2019, 8:17 PM by Robert Bigelow

 

From the East

Worshipful Master Chris Smith

Brethren,
It seems like the year is moving by quickly, as the old saying goes time flies when your having fun.
I would like to thank this years officers for their continued support and good advice through the first half of my year in the east. As we approach our two months of darkness, I would like to remind the Brethren to check our calendar of events every month for our summer district activities, such as, outdoor degree on July 16th, District Picnic, date still undetermined and Past Masters Rummage Sale August 3-4th

I am hoping for a smokeless summer and looking forward to our return to lodge in September, until then my brethren..Part on the Square.

From the West

Senior Warden Doug Sammis

“OBLIGATIONS”
Brethren,
Plenty of activity reporting for Grants Pass Lodge May 2019
Dinner was provided by our Lodge’s Order of the Eastern Star May 7th. It was a tasty traditional fav’. A special gracious thank you for all the dinners you do for the Lodge. Grand District Deputy John Lohrfink gave us insight of our Oregon Grand Lodge, and some of the things that they are doing to promote Masonry in our district. I was impressed with the roll out over the last couple of years of the Grand View, an interactive website, as it takes shape on the Masonic story and message for those who are interested to learn more. It is important to me that we might or should become acquainted with this website. Good idea? Next, we did a Fellow Craft for Rick Webb who is looking up to be our Outdoor Master Mason Degree candidate for 2019. Welcome to a wonderful event - Great going Rick! And,
Ryan Smith has proved up for his Master Mason degree. Super and way to go Ryan... Thanks for taking time out of your schedule to come to the monthly stated meetings and give us updates on your career treks. And not to be forgotten, we are looking to Isaac Hamilton’s hard work for the promo and ticket drawing program marketing of a special rifle. Isaac is a promising new Master Mason who could take us to new levels of Masonry in sharing his experiences along the way.
I support each and every brother for their works, attendance in events, and continued extension of brotherly love. We together find a cohesive bond which was founded on the grip, word, and the principles in the obligation. Thank you brothers John Lorhfink, Rick Webb, Ryan Smith, and Isaac Hamilton for your part in Masonry. Each are important to the rest of our community and to our resolve
to be the best brother for each other. Welcome to your Lodge, a home in Masonry.
I wish all our brethren the best summer that 2019 will offer. See you in September...
and, “PART ON THE LEVEL”.

From the South

Junior Warden John Davis

No article submitted

 

May 2019 Trestle Board

posted Apr 25, 2019, 4:20 PM by Robert Bigelow

 

From the East

Worshipful Master Chris Smith

Brethren,
Would like to remind everyone that May 7th stated meeting will also be an official visitation from our District Deputy Right Worshipful Brother, John Lohrfink. Please make every effort to attend.

We will be having a Cinco De Mayo style dinner served by Robin Gilbert and the ladies from Eastern Star, Robin will be serving her famous tacos, yummy in the tummy!

We have some child ID events coming up in May as well starting the Pet Parade in Cave Junction at Jubilee Park on Saturday, May 4th starting at 9 am to 12 noon.

Our annual child ID for Memorial Day Weekend starts May 24th and will run through May 26th. There will be a sign up sheet on the Tylers desk for all brethren who wish to assist.

As the season of labor once again begins I would like to extend my best wishes for all brethren for a productive season and a plentiful harvest.

Part On The Square,

Worshipful Master

From the West

Senior Warden Doug Sammis

No article submitted

From the South

Junior Warden John Davis

Brethren,
I appreciate everyone who attended the Easter Breakfast. I look forward to every
year. I would like to say a big thanks to the Steve Booth and his family for helping to
decorate the dining room and purchase the food.
Robin and the Order of the Eastern Star have a Navajo taco dinner planned for
our next stated meeting. The suggested donation is $10. I can tell you from past
experience that the tacos are very filling. After the meeting there will be some desert
and coffee.
I would enjoy suggestions for food at our last stated meeting in June before we
go dark.

Thanks,
John Davis
Junior Warden
Davisjt3@gmail.com
541-450-8816

Rogue River Lodge #226 Lunch

Nancy Pugsley

On May 9, 2019 at 12 noon, we will be serving a Mexican Taco Salad lunch with chips/salsa and a Mexican dessert. The cost is $7.00.

Thanks…Nancy Pugsley

 

April 2019 Trestle Board

posted Apr 3, 2019, 9:16 PM by Robert Bigelow

 

From the East

Worshipful Master Chris Smith

No Article Submitted

From the West

Senior Warden Doug Sammis

“What did you come here to learn”

My Brothers,
It is time I get behind and push this bus up the hill.

Consider a time when you became involved with Masonry of the most important reason that made you want to take that first obligation at the altar as an Entered Apprentice Mason. We all come from a place where our individuality plays to the reason why we submitted to the rest of the work and became Masons.

Now the stage is set. I met Clay Francis while working at my office one day 13 years ago. He passed a couple of years later at 94 years old. He presented me to Grants Pass Masonic Lodge with my petition and asked me if I believed in God. There was more to the conversation that convinced me to try and find out more about this good man. This story has much of the same earmarks that other now Masons experienced when they felt the relief that there was something more than being good men. People like Clay Francis, Bob Hamilton, Davey Jones, Bob Jones, Greg Gilbert, Tren Acton and many more have, and can share their individual reasons as to why they came to that door knocking. I am humbled by their walk in Masonry. Y’all can see it in their actions towards others in this Fraternity, and don’t have to look very far to see how better men they all are. I feel a bit more of the passions reigned in within me, and yeah, improvement in my walk in Masonry. Asking one to be one was my beginning, but with my ongoing relationship with the many brothers, I am getting to know better what makes this story grow stronger each and every day.

So, thank you my brothers for making this Fraternity everything I hoped it would be. I Hope to be spending more time with you and, “PART ON THE LEVEL”.

From the South

Junior Warden John Davis

Brethren,

April is here and so is spring. That means Easter will be here shortly. We will be having our annual Easter breakfast of waffles, eggs, and sausage on April 21 st from 8am to 1130am. The cost for breakfast will be $10. So, bring your families and friends and sit down for some food and good company.

I will also be working on the outdoor degree for July. Please let me know if you
have recommendations or request for the caterer for that event.

I plan to have some light food at 6:30 before our stated meeting on April 2nd.
After the meeting there will be some desert and coffee.

We have some new candidate petitions coming in and I hope each brother welcomes any new candidates they meet. I would encourage inviting them to coffee and lunch at the Goldminer.

Thanks,
John Davis
Junior Warden
Davisjt3@gmail.com
541-450-8816

 

March 2019 Trestle Board

posted Feb 28, 2019, 12:29 PM by Robert Bigelow

 

From the East

Worshipful Master Chris Smith

Brethren,

February was an active month for lodge visitation. We attended Belt lodge for their stated meeting on February 7th. WB Steve Lyons is doing a fine job of leading his lodge in the paths of truth and wisdom, and of coarse the dinner before the meeting was very good.

We also made a visit to Warren lodge for the EA degree. There were WMs and side liners from five lodges at that degree . It was a great honor to participate in the great and good work of Warren lodge that night. Thank you MWB Art Borland presiding WM.

I would also like to thank the brothers from 84 who attended these visitations. By doing these visits we lay the cement which bonds the stones of brotherhood together in our masonic society.

We will be attending Medford lodge for their dinner and stated meeting r on March 7th The carpool will be leaving GP.lodge at 5:45 to make it to the dinner by 6:30pm. the meeting starts at 7:30pm.

We will be conferring the FC degree upon brother Rick Webb on March 26th at 7pm so brethren mark that on your calendars and please attend and show your support for the craft.

And part on the square

From the West

Senior Warden Doug Sammis

No article submitted

From the South

Junior Warden John Davis

Brethren,

March is upon us and with that spring will be right around the corner. I encourage everyone to start planning a garden. I, for one, will be looking forward to starting my garden. I feel that the act of growing my own food encourages self-reliance and sense of accomplishment.

I will have some light food at 6:30 before our stated meeting on March 5th. After the meeting there will be some desert and coffee. Please let me know if you have any request for any light food or desert before our stated meeting in April.

We will also be conducting an Entered Apprentice degree on March 12th. I will have some light food before the meeting and something sweet to follow the meeting.

As I work on your physical nourishment please continue to nourish your heart and soul by surrounding yourself with family and friends.

Thanks,
John Davis
Junior Warden
Davisjt3@gmail.com
541-450-8816

 

February 2019 Trestle Board

posted Jan 28, 2019, 12:50 PM by Robert Bigelow   [ updated Jan 28, 2019, 12:58 PM ]

 

From the East

Worshipful Master Chris Smith

Brethren,

It's time we start showing our support and appreciation for our fellow Brothers at our other district Lodges . Therefore, I have scheduled one Lodge visit a month for the next 4 months. The first being Belt Lodge on Thursday February 7th at 7:30 pm. The car pool will leave Grants Pass Lodge at 6:30 pm. Medford Lodge in March, Ashland in April and Shady Cove in May.

It is important that we stay bonded with our Brothers to keep the fraternity strong. Also I would like to start promoting our Dusty Mason Degree to be held on Saturday April 13th at 10:00 am this is for Masons who may have not been to Lodge for a long time and might need a refresher course on signs and passwords etc. Stated Meeting this month will be busy for we have several presentations including Brother Scott Smith's reading of the third degree. We will also be having dinner at 6:30.

I am looking forward to seeing many Brothers in Lodge in the coming months.

And Part,
On The Square

From the West

Senior Warden Doug Sammis

“Brothers as one and all.”

My Brothers,

As I get to know one brother after another in my time with Masonry, it is this: you my fraternity and family are all one brother through our obligations that we honor from the same altar. Yeah, you might say I walk funny, talk funny, act funny, but I am proud to be your brother. So I say the best rule for being a brother is your ability to have a conversation about differences on the level should you get a little sideways feeling the way someone might walk talk or act funny or maybe not so funny. This is part of the design of our Fraternity. Right?

I watch brothers like those I learn Masonry from, guys like Bob Jones, Bob Hamilton, and Robert Bigelow.

Each have different personalities, like Bob Jones who creates word pictures within Masonry. He is a life learned teacher not confined to narrow philosophies. I believe he pulls from a vast bank of resources which he uses for his interesting conversations. He also works very personally with each brother who seeks his counsel. He indeed makes good men better.

Bob Hamilton is quite the icon of Grants Pass Lodge. Now the eldest of members, he is revered for the brothers to whom he so provided the essence of brotherly love. He has always shown consistent Masonic charity that all of this fraternity would be proud to emulate. And, he has works in the history of Grants Pass Lodge for his many years that each one of us benefits from. He is known to brothers in the lodge as Dad. We can all show our appreciation and tell him what you remember most. He often times shares moments in his Masonic history that will keep you coming back for more.

One of the good men in our lodge, a brother who works behind the scenes and sometimes in front. Robert Bigelow is one of the youngest Worshipful Masters for Grants Pass Lodge. He has a skill set that enables him to create e-websites for the Lodge and an online calendar which he monitors. Robert was brought up in DeMoLay which makes him an asset to our Lodge in his Masonic service years. He has two children which he includes in his walk in Masonry. He has brought them to meetings and other events at the lodge after working his day job. Way to be, Papa Robert.

It makes me feel connected and grounded in life to know brothers who have gone the same way in becoming Masons. The strength in our bindings from the same obligations we took makes for a very worthwhile Fraternity.

Please send your comments or a simple reply that you are getting your trestle board to: seniorwarden@gpmasoniccenter.org

And Meet,
On The Level

From the South

Junior Warden John Davis

Brethren,

I would like to start by thanking everyone who attended Keith Trahern’s Past Master Roast; always a good time with friends, family, and food.

I have a dinner planned on February 5th at 6:30 before our stated meeting. We will be having spaghetti, salad, and some cake will be available after the meeting. Please let me know if you have any request for any light food or desert before our stated meeting in March.

I would like to share some information about Corn; one of the Masonic wages. Most of rituals and history surround ancient Israel and discusses the importance of nourishment. You may find humorous then to know that corn or maize was only transported back to Europe and Asia after the discovery of America. So why is the word “Corn” used over a hundred times in the Bible; what food item was actually being referenced? Upon my research it is generally believed that “Corn” also meant barley, grain, or just nourishment. Think of this brief lesson in history as nourishment for the brain.

As I work on your physical nourishment please continue to nourish your heart and soul by surrounding yourself with family and friends.

And Act,
By The Plumb


 

Job's Daughters Bethel 13

Elaine Booth
Grants Pass Bethel #13, International Order of Job's Daughters, invites all Masons and family to a game night February 11th, at 6:00 PM.
Please bring your favorite Valentine treat to share and enjoy some laughs.

 

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