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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

May 2017 Trestle Board

posted Apr 26, 2017, 10:11 AM by Robert Bigelow   [ updated Apr 26, 2017, 10:14 AM ]

From the East

Worshipful Master
Steve Booth

The Worshipful Master apologizes for not having an article written for this month. He asks that you all please pray for the continued health and recovery of his father-in-law, WB Bob Hamilton.

From the South

Junior Warden
Chris Smith

Brethren,
I would like to thank all the brothers who helped out a the Easter Breakfast and the Grandmaster visitation dinner as well as the superb service by the Job's Daughters. We had a fantastic turnout for the dinner with lots of great comments.  My hope is to continue this trend.

We do have one dinner event coming up in May, our annual Cinco de Mayo Taco Tuesday on May 9th at 6:30pm.  Hope to see everyone there.

I don't have a masonic saying or quote for this month but I would like to share some "May" ancient traditional history, its a bit lengthy but an interesting read.  Please indulge me.
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The History and Origins Of May Day

Well, it is a fact that May Day, which the children do enjoy with all vibes, is not an overly prominent holiday in America. Yet, it does have a long and notable history as one of the world's principal festivals. The origin of the May Day as a day for celebration dates back to the days, even before the birth of Christ. And like many ancient festivals it too has a Pagan connection.

For the Druids of the British Isles, May 1 was the second most important holiday of the year. Because, it was when the festival of Beltane held. It was thought that the day divides the year into half. The other half was to be ended with the Samhain on November 1. Those days the May Day custom was the setting of new fire. It was one of those ancient New Year rites performed throughout the world. And the fire itself was thought to lend life to the burgeoning springtime sun. Cattle were driven through the fire to purify them. Men, with their sweethearts, passed through the smoke for seeing good luck.

Then the Romans came to occupy the British Isles. The beginning of May was a very popular feast time for the Romans. It was devoted primarily to the worship of Flora, the goddess of flowers. It was in her honor a five day celebration, called the Floralia, was held. The five day festival would start from April 28 and end on May 2. The Romans brought in the rituals of the Floralia festival in the British Isles. And gradually the rituals of the Floralia were added to those of the Beltane. And many of today's customs on the May Day bear a stark similarity with those combined traditions.

May day observance was discouraged during the Puritans. Though, it was relived when the Puritans lost power in England, it didn't have the same robust force. Gradually, it came to be regarded more as a day of joy and merriment for the kids, rather than a day of observing the ancient fertility rights.

The Tradition of Maypole and greeneries:

By the Middle Ages every English village had its Maypole. The bringing in of the Maypole from the woods was a great occasion and was accompanied by much rejoicing and merrymaking. The Maypoles were of all sizes. And one village would vie with another to show who could produce the tallest Maypole. Maypoles were usually set up for the day in small towns, but in London and the larger towns they were erected permanently.

The Maypole tradition suffered a setback for about a couple of decades since the Puritan Long Parliament stopped it in 1644. However, with the return of the Stuarts, the Maypole reappeared and the festivities of May Day were again enjoyed. One of the great Maypoles, was the changes brought about by the Reformation included attempts to do away with practices that were obviously of pagan origin. But the Maypole, or, May tree, was not issued in practice at the behest of the second Stuart.

Although they succeeded in doing this, Maypole with most of the other traditions, many still survived. And Maypole is one of them. In France it merely changed its name. In Perigord and elsewhere, the May Tree became the "Tree of Liberty" and was the symbol of the French Revolution. Despite the new nomenclature, the peasants treated the tree in the same traditional spirit. And they would dance around it the same way as their forefathers had always done.

Maypoles and trees:

Trees have been linked to a part of celebration, perhaps, to the days ancient New Year rites. The association of trees to this celebration has come riding on the back of the spring festival in ancient Europe. Trees have always been the symbol of the great vitality and fertility of nature and were often used at the spring festivals of antiquity. The anthropologist E. O. James finds a strong relationship between the ancient tree related traditions of the British and the Romans. According to James' description, as a part of the May Day celebration, the youths in old Europe cut down a tree, lopped off the branches leaving a few at the top. They then wrapped it round with violets like the figure of the Attis, the ancient Roman god. At sunrise, they used to take it back to their villages by blowing horns and flutes. In a similar manner, the sacred pine tree representing the god Attis was carried in procession to the temple of Cybele on Rome's Palatine Hill during the Spring Festival of March 22.

Roots of May Day celebration in America:

The Puritans frowned on May Day, so the day has never been celebrated with as much enthusiasm in the United States as in Great Britain. But the tradition of celebrating May Day by dancing and singing around a maypole, tied with colorful streamers or ribbons, survived as a part of the English tradition. The kids celebrating the day by moving back and forth around the pole with the streamers, choosing of May queen, and hanging of May baskets on the doorknobs of folks -- are all the leftovers of the old European traditions

April 2017 Trestle Board

posted Mar 24, 2017, 4:47 PM by Robert Bigelow   [ updated Mar 24, 2017, 4:49 PM ]

From The East
Worshipful Master Steve Booth


Brethren

April looks to be busy with the grand visitations. The district deputy will be at our April Stated meeting on the 4th. The Grand Master’s official visit is April 18th. Our JW Chris Smith has been working hard to plan a special DINNER to make it a nice event. Please invite your wives as a special program is being planned for them. Please plan on attending and be sure to get your name on the sign-up sheet.

Lodge #84 will be hosting Easter Breakfast on the 16th of April, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.. This event has been held at our lodge for over 60 years. I will be counting on all brethren to help out, to be there and to invite their family. This is the kind of event you can bring friends and non-masons for yummy breakfast and wonderful fellowship.

Happy Easter!

And Part,
On The Square

Worshipful Master
Steve Booth


From the West
Senior Warden Keith Trahern

Brethren

    Many of you have been here in the Wardens Chairs and have to write something for the Trestle Board. So what I am about to say might not surprise you. I thought and looked hard to add something and just thought “Man I have got nothing”. So I will add something a little more personal of “What is on my mind and heart”

As Masons we are to help distressed Worthy Master Masons but what does that really mean? I look around my life and I see many that are distressed. Financially, wives are sick, or the Mason themselves are sick, personal struggles and just overall general LIFE. Most men and Masons will not admit or divulge that they are struggling. Call it Pride, Honor, Old School or whatever. I believe we need to keep on the watchful eye for ways to help each other and still let them keep their pride and honor. I know I was raised to honor your parents and In general someone that is older than you. No matter how they act to keep our selves with in due bounds. Many times we look at society today and think that still is not the case, but I have been around enough youth to know that it is still there. Society has just gotten bigger and the kids that are disrespectful are just more prevalent. I just know I pray for our Lodge, the Masons and their families, Society, and our Country. Like I said, really didn’t know what to say, just had to say what was on my mind and heart. 

With that, here is a quote from George Washington
“Being persuaded that a just application of the principles, on which the Masonic Fraternity is founded, must be promoted of the private and public prosperity, I shall always be happy to advocate the interests of the Society, and to be considered by them a deserving brother.”

And Meet,
On the Level

Fraternally yours,
Keith C. Trahern
Senior Warden

From the South
Junior Warden Chris Smith

"There is a certain grave beauty in the practice of masonic etiquette. The masonic life as it is lived out in our assemblies is a conscious work of art, with each and every part coordinated to every other, and instinct with the feeling of the whole; if a man enters into a system without preparation or forethought, and trusting only his instincts, his manner will strike an awkward note, like a discord dangling across a strain of music; but if he has trained himself in his part and caught the spirit of the whole, the genius of freemasonry will shine through his actions, will express itself through ritual, symbol, law, philosophy, fellowship and daily deed. To have oneself thus become a part of a great living whole is a kind of satisfying pleasure nothing else can give, a participation of a very life of beauty, appreciated as much by the beholders as by the actor. This ability to confer pleasure upon ones fellows when gathered in communication or in a ceremony is not the least of etiquette's rewards".
- W. Henry G. Meecham
Grand Lecturer, Grand Lodge of New York


Hail Brethren,
The chill and darkness of winter are being swept away by the warm spring rains, and April is upon us.
We have a few events this month, of course, the first is our monthly stated meeting on April 4th at 7:30pm. We will have a pot roast dinner prior to the meeting, so if you are hungry please show up at 6:30 to share a meal with us.

Second, our Easter Breakfast on Sunday, April 16th from 8:00 am to 11:00 am.

Third, on April 18th at 6:30 pm, we have the official visitation of Grand Master, Art Borland to a dinner and lodge meeting. We have put together an amazing evening of music and dinner by candlelight along with a fun little craft class for your ladies and guests while we are in lodge.


We will be enjoying a nice sit down dinner with candlelight ambience, so be sure to bring a guest if you like. Beautiful guitar music will be provided by our newest EA, Jeff Dinicola while we dine. In addition, there will be a fun craft class for your ladies and guests to enjoy while we are in lodge by my sweet lady, Candy Rosenberg. All supplies will be provided and lots of fun to be had.

We have put a lot of effort into this evening and would love to see a great turnout. It is important to support the lodge and show our hospitality to our guest, the Grand Master. Please be sure to add your name to the Dinner Sign Up Sheet and include any guests to ensure we have everything that we need to make it a wonderful evening for all. You can find the sign up sheet on Tyler's desk.


Act By The Plumb,
Junior Warden Chris Smith

March 2017 Trestle Board

posted Mar 1, 2017, 12:40 PM by Robert Bigelow   [ updated Mar 1, 2017, 12:42 PM ]

From the East
Worshipful Master Steve Booth

Brethren

I am very excited about our new members it is awesome to see a younger generation joining our order. I look forward to getting to know our new members and sharing fellowship!

Speaking of fellowship I would like to thank those that attended our Valentine's Dinner. It was very nice. Our Jr. Warden Chris Smith put together a wonderful dinner and the Job’s Daughters provided decorations. The Job’s Daughters also did a great job serving drinks and doing the dishes. But I am very disappointed! We only had 20 people show up and only 3 officers, we get more officers at the Gold Miner for lunch. It seems like a waste of money and effort. I would like to hear some ideas on how to get more people to come to our dinners, or maybe we discontinue dinners? I would like more support from my officers, they should be setting an example for the rest of the brothers.


And Part,
On the Square

From the West
Senior Warden Keith Trahern

POOF Just like that February is Gone.

Seems like I just wrote this article. Been a very busy month. Since I am the one that is tardy in getting this in I will make it short. We have some Degrees coming up and I am looking forward to them and bringing more men into the Light of Masonry.

Hopefully this year will give our newer members a chance to get their ritual  tuned to get in the line and really make Three Great Lights the Lodge it has the potential to be. As many of you know I started in the line, but was called to things that pulled me from devoting the time needed. Two years ago I ran into WB Brian Beaudin and casually mentioned I would be willing to help and step in where ever the Lodge needed. Less than 24 hours later WB Greg Gilbert called on me to step up to JW. I agreed. Little rough at first, (sometimes really rough) but we are getting there. As I make my travel to the East I would like to work on all our Officers in the line on getting the Basic Proficiency. This is important and we can help each other in getting there. I was told to study the chair ahead of where I was just in case I had to jump in. That is good advice and I advise when you get your chair down, start working on the next. It makes life much easier when the time comes. It is amazing how much you learn by just watching and listening to what the officers say and do. As you move up the line as Stewards and Deacons there is nothing more important than rod work. It can make the floor work look so perfect especially when it is done in pairs and both, either Deacons or Stewards, move as one. I look forward to serving the lodge this next year and will do all I can to help those that are wanting to get in the line and progress through the chairs and become Master.

And Meet,
On the Level

Fraternally yours,
Keith C. Trahern
Senior Warden

From the South
Junior Warden Chris Smith

Many writers and thinkers have tried to define free masonry but it really defeats definitions. It is too complex, too profound in conception, too easily expressed in words. Perhaps the simplest and best definition of all, is the phrase "the brotherhood of man under the fatherhood of god." Our masonic forefathers had an understanding of human needs and human aspirations. They may never have dreamed of the mindless computer which governs our lives, or the fission of matter which threatens our lives, but they understood human nature and what motivates the spirit of man. Thus, from the simple process of using stone and mortar for building, they progressed to the most important of life's functions...the building of character.
-Louis L Williams


Brethren, March is upon us and with it the winds of change will bring us out of the darkness of winter and into the fresh light of spring, a new beginning. Speaking of new beginnings, I would like to remind the brethren that we have an EA degree scheduled for March 14th at 7:30 pm.


I hope to see many brothers at the degree, this is the candidates first impression of our lodge and our chance to inspire them.


Remember to live by the plumb,

Chris Smith

February 2017 Trestle Board

posted Jan 23, 2017, 3:03 PM by Robert Bigelow   [ updated Jan 23, 2017, 3:06 PM ]

From the East
Worshipful Master Steve Booth

Brethren,

The stormy weather we had in January caused many challenges for everyone. Due to the weather the stated meeting scheduled for the 3rd was changed to the 10th . At the stated meeting we voted on a petition for degrees from Jeff Dinicola. Jeff is the father of our newest Jobbie his family is a wonderful addition to the Masonic family. We will be doing degree work in February and March. February 21 will be the FC degree for Isaac Hamilton, Feb 28 EA for Ed Pogue and March 14 EA for Jeff Dinicola.

The Past Master's roast was on the 17th it was well attended and a lot of fun, I hope we were not too hard on WB Greg. Thank you for the wonderful year, you did a great job.

On February 14th we will be having our Valentine’s Dinner. Please plan to attend and bring your Sweetheart. This is a good opportunity to invite prospective members and those who we don’t see often, reach out to our brothers offer a ride or just encourage them to attend. Please let us know if you are attending so we have proper head count.

And Part,
On the Square

From the West
Senior Warden Keith Trahern

Brethren,

As we move on to February I want to start by saying how grateful I am to be working directly under WM Steve Booth. I have known WM Booth for many years and have always had much respect for him, but you never totally know about someone until you start working with them. I have to say I am impressed as he has a vision of what he wants and will do all I can to support him. We also need to support our JW Chris Smith by coming to the Valentines Day Dinner at the Lodge on the February 14th. I will see you there and it should be fun.

This year has started out a little rough with the weather, but I am sure as the light begins to lengthen our day we should look for was to take advantage to shine more light in Masonry. Physical light when it shines gives warmth and helps things grow, as we should be trying to do. We can shine the light on others in the Lodge and help them grow as men and Masons. Plus we can be shining examples of Masonry in our community.

One of the things we are going to be working on is our communication. As we all know the world is changing and the types of communication vary. We are working on getting regular updates on the website, Facebook page and continue with the other avenues that we use. There is a growing interest among Millennials regarding Masonry. With the Facebook page we can share and learn. This will also help with quick updates that need to be announced.

Much more to be discussed and looking forward to the New Year.

God Bless all, and wish everyone a healthy and prosperous New Year.

And Meet,
On the Level

Fraternally yours,
Keith C. Trahern
Senior Warden

From the South
Junior Warden Chris Smith

"The magic in these Masonic rituals is very, very old. And way back in those days, it worked. As time went on, and it started being used for spectacle, to consolidate what were only secular appearances of power, it began to lose its zip. But the words, moves, and machinery have been more or less faithfully carried down over the millennia, through the grim rationalizing of the World, and so the magic is still there, though latent, needing only to touch the right sensitive head to reassert itself." - Thomas Pynchon

Brethren,

February will be quite active starting of course with stated meeting Feb 7th at 7pm and, yes there will be refreshments.

Next, Feb 14th, Valentine's Dinner. Because this is the evening that celebrates the true magic of life, so gentlemen don't let her miss out on smoked pot roast, mashed potatoes & gravy, veggies and desert. Sounds good, dinner is at 6:30.

We have degrees planned for the rest of the month starting with a Fellow Craft degree Feb 21st at 7pm. There are many words of wisdom in this one. Feb 28th after the officers meeting at 6:30 we will be doing an Entered Apprentice degree. Wouldn't it be amazing for the candidate to hear the rumble and clap of a lodge full of freemasons when being brought to light for the first time.

And Act,
By the Plumb

January 2017 Trestle Board

posted Dec 29, 2016, 11:34 AM by Robert Bigelow   [ updated Dec 29, 2016, 11:40 AM ]

From The East
Worshipful Master Steve Booth

Brethren,
I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s celebration. December was a busy month for my family, three days after the installation we went to Disneyland for 6 days. Christmas made it especially fun our 7 year old granddaughter, she really enjoyed it, it was an awesome time. I apologize for missing the Christmas dinner, congratulations to Brian for receiving the Hiram award. Thank you to all who made the Jobs Daughter’s bake sale a big success, the girls felt bad because several were unable to be there due to illness. I hope everyone enjoyed the goodies.
I would like to invite you to the Jobs Daughter’s installation of officers it will be held Jan. 9th at 6:00. We have received three new petitions so they will be doing an initiation soon. It is very exciting to see the growth that is happening.

I would again like to thank Greg for all his help preparing me for the upcoming year.

And Part,
On the Square

From the West
Senior Warden Keith Trahern

Brethren,
Another year just is done! My, how quickly it went by. It’s a New Year, and wanted to thank everyone for a great year, 2016. It was a quick and busy year, and am looking forward to another fantastic year of 2017. I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful Christmas and New Year with their friends and family.

From my heart I want to thank you for electing me Senior Warden - I am honored and will do my best to try and fulfill the duties of my position and “do-right” by the craft and those that served before me. Moving to the West, I am looking forward for the opportunity to support Worshipful Master Steve Booth in the East. I would also like to congratulate Worshipful Brother Greg Gilbert (PM), for his stewardship in the East, guiding our beloved Lodge through another year of challenges, while ever maintaining our high standards of ritual. I want to thank the many Brothers for their support throughout the year. As the new Senior Warden, I feel I’m leaving the South in the very capable hands of Brother Chris Smith, our New Junior Warden. I consider my time in the South a privilege, there were many helping hands along the way with Brothers ever ready to step up and help. I would like to congratulate all the Brethren who were appointed to their offices. I am very excited and look forward to working with them as well as the brethren in the upcoming years.

Thank you to everyone who attended the Installation of Officers on Sunday 12-04-16. We had large turnout at the Grand Masters visit and another large turnout at the Christmas Dinner. 

Thank You again for giving me this opportunity to serve as Senior Warden. It is indeed a great honor and privilege to serve Grants Pass Masonic Lodge #84 AM & FM through the 2017 Masonic Year.

God Bless all, and I wish everyone a healthy and prosperous New Year.

And Meet,
On the Level

From the South
Junior Warden Chris Smith

The secret of masonry, like the secret of life can be known only by those who seek it, serve it and live it. It cannot be uttered, it can only be felt and acted. It is in fact an open secret and each man knows it according to his quest and capacity. Like all things worth knowing, no one can know it for another and no man can know it alone.
- Dr. Joseph Fort Newton, Clergyman, Freemason

Well, with that being said, I can tell you that it is no secret that the Past Master's roast will be held at Grants Pass Elmer's on January 17, 2017 at 6pm. We will be honorably roasting our friend and Past Master for 2016, worshipful brother, Greg Gilbert. So if you seek substance and fellowship come join us for dinner and laughs. The more the merrier.

And let the plumb be an ever reminder of that rectitude of conduct which should prevail among all freemasons.

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