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October 2021 Trestle Board

posted Oct 2, 2021, 1:46 AM by Robert Bigelow

 

From the East

Worshipful Master John Davis

Brethren,
We did not have a quorum for the September meeting due to many of our members staying home to protect their health. Although I am sad there was not a meeting, I am also glad that members value their health and safety. Now October is upon us and this is our traditional step-up night. I leave the stated meeting in the capable hands of our Senior Warden, Jim Warriner. If you are free then I invite you down to the Lodge on October 5th at 7:30.

This is my favorite time of year. There are so many good foods as we harvest summer crops. Through the air drift various fragrant smells such as cinnamon, apples, and pumpkins that may take us back to fond childhood memories. Then there is always the creation of new memories at the joyous gatherings of friends and families. I have included an article about the history of Halloween: https://bloguniversalfreemasonry.wordpress.com/2019/11/20/halloween-origins-traditions-and-connection-to-freemasonry/

This is also the time of year we try to get in some last-minute pleasures before the cold of winter arrives. I encourage all of our members, families, and friends to make the most of these warm nights. Maybe that means going down to the local football game on Friday night. It could also mean turning on the porch light and handing out candy to local children. It could also just be a good deed; helping the neighbor rake up those autumn leaves. Whatever it is; I leave you to it.

Worshipful Master John Davis
And Part on the Square

From the West

Senior Warden Jim Warriner

My Brothers,
Our new web site, our location on the internet, is up. Please go to GPMasons.org.
New ceiling fans for the lodge room have been purchased (budgeted item) and a work group is needed to install them. A scissor lift is available from Grants Pass Equipment rental for $110/day plus $80 delivery and pickup. In a recent conversation with Brother Chris Ford, he has agreed to pick a day for fan install and believes he can supply a scissor lift from his work.

We have 5 potential candidates (some still require investigation, petition reading, or funding) for an EA degree, two EA's who could be ready for their FC, and one FC who could be ready for his MM. Also there are 3 MM's waiting their certificate of standing.

The above means we are approaching the need to confer an MM so, if you have or wish to have a role in the second section of the MM degree please let me know I am creating a list.

See you at our next stated meeting.

Senior Warden James Warriner
And Meet On The Level

From the South

Junior Warden Tracy Morton

Brethren,
I see that we have a lot of things in the works, for our lodge improvement. With this said, I am looking into the future and the growth for the lodge. Is there something that you have noticed that we need to have done for the upkeep of our lodge. Several of the items that I know that need to be done are already done. One that I know that we have not discussed is repairing the ceiling in the Lodge room. There are a few cracks in the ceiling. I have also talked to one of the past masters that stated something along the line of when we have this done to maybe have a mural painted to represent the sky. This is a good Idea. What is your opinion this will be interesting to know?

Second. I have mentioned the possibility of replacing the flagpole. While the benefit of it being placed on the roof is understandable this location has one drawback. It is placed close to the edge of the roof, and this proximity does cause concern. I have spoken with the brother who has taken care of having the flag displayed, and he did tell me the last time he was up there that he almost fell off the roof. This has caused me to research he idea of a new pole and have it placed on the ground. The benefit is the safety of having both feet on the ground. I have a lot of info on this project and feel free to reach out to me if you are interested in what I have come up with.

I would like to see what our brethren can do for the community and how to work with other lodges. It does not matter if someone is from another lodge, we are still all brothers. Are there some things that we did in the past that we no longer do? While Covid has hindered several things, what are some things that you would like to see come back. I am looking forward to when we can have our easter brunch again. Is there anything that you want to see us start anew. How can we help our fellow brethren? What help do you need? How can our communication be better? Looking ahead to the next few years, I hope to work with everyone to answer these questions. I hope to see our lodge grow and thrive.

Junior Warden Tracy Morton
And Act by the Plumb

District Deputy 16

WB John Rall

Greetings from the Grand Lodge
I have talked about the need to visit our older Masonic Brothers who are unable to get out much. We took an oath to look after our Brothers so now is the time to take action. I recently visited a Brother from Grants Pass Lodge who is 92 and doesn’t get out much. The joy he and his wife showed upon my visit was ample reward for the time and effort. Try it my Brothers and you too will feel the joy of visiting an older Brother. To bring joy to someone’s live is truly a Masonic Duty, and it will make your day.

This is my second year as your District Deputy and this is the first year that I will be able to perform an official visit. I will be conduction official visits at the November meetings for Grants Pass Lodge. If Brother Jim is willing, I’d be happy in our October Stated, to conduct a brief practice for receiving the District Deputy so we don’t look like fools. Should only take five to seven minutes. I know I could use the practice.

WM John Davis and I were able to close on the rental house we have been renting to HD York Insurance on September 10. We netted just over $223,000. Our Treasurer, WB Doug Sammis will be working with an investment committee to decide how to invest these funds to provide an income stream for years to come.

I’m looking forward to getting past this covid bs soon so we can return to dinners and fellowship, let’s all hope for the best.

Right Worshipful John Rall, PM
District Deputy District 16

And Live by the Trowel

 

September 2021 Trestle Board

posted Aug 28, 2021, 12:18 AM by Robert Bigelow

 

From the East

Worshipful Master John Davis

From the East
Worshipful Master John Davis

Brethren,
Many of the brethren have been busy with community work, lodge maintenance, and even raising a new Entered Apprentice.

We will be returning to our stated meetings on September 7th at 7:30 pm. Unfortunately, the pandemic has thrown the world a curveball with a surge in illness. Please take what precautions you feel are necessary to protect yourself.
Please remember, there is no shame or weakness to seek help for your needs. Any one of us may need physical, mental, or spiritual help. Reach out to those who can provide that help or seek out a brother for help.

During this time, I want each one of you to think about your obligations. Is there anyone you know that needs aid? I have included a link to an excellent article about an illness that already ravaged the United States and how Masonic Aid was instrumental in recovery. https://californiafreemason.org/2020/05/12/quarantine-disease-and-masonic-relief/ Davisjt3@gmail.com 541-450-8816

WM John Davis
And Part on the Square

From the West

Senior Warden Jim Warriner

From the West
Senior Warden James Warriner

My Brothers,
Our new web site, our location on the internet, is up. Please go to GPMasons.org and peruse the site and please submit constructive criticism and suggestions. We your Lodge officers intend this new internet presence to be one step in making a positive impression on both our local community and national and international scene.

New ceiling fans for the lodge room have been purchased (budgeted item) and a work group is needed to install them. A scissor lift is available from Grants Pass Equipment rental for $110/day plus $80 delivery and pickup.

The picnic in lieu of a moonlight degree was very successful. The lodge also sponsored not 1 but 2 “youth lemonade stands” so in spite of a pandemic and being dark in July and August the lodge has made progress and is moving forward.
We have one candidate for an EA degree, one EA who could be ready for his FC, and one FC who could be ready for his MM.

The above means we are approaching the need to confer an MM so, if you have or wish to have a role in the second section of the MM degree please let me know I am creating a list.

See you at our next stated meeting.
James Warriner
And Meet On The Level

From the South

Junior Warden Tracy Morton

From the South
Junior Warden Tracy Morton

Brethren,
Our July event at Brother Steve’s house was well attended. I would like to thank those who helped in the set-up and breakdown of the event. I hope that we have just as much success in the remaining events we have though the end of the year.
Personally, I have had the opportunity to be in an area during August that has lodge meetings. I had the opportunity to visit a Lodge in Memphis, TN for their Stated meeting, and I was able to attend one that conducted an EA degree. I did find it interesting how different each state conducts ritual. While it was only a slight difference, I was able to participate. The Park Avenue Lodge #362 in Memphis TN had quite an interesting set up. Although this lodge did not conduct either an FC or MM degree, I did see that they had a set up just behind the Sr Wardens station that had a Winding Staircase and items that were associated with the MM degree. The notion that these items were included in the construction of their lodge, was of an important note to me.

I feel that our experiences within Masonry help us become better individuals. The education that we bring to our meetings only enlightens each of us.

Tracy Morton
And Act by the Plumb

District Deputy 16

John Rall DD

From the Grand Lodge
RW John Rall DD16

The Grand Lodge had been quiet for most of the Summer. The only activity that I noticed from the Grand Master was his attendance at the Imperial Shrine Session in Houston, Texas over the July 4th week. He was there with the Potentates of both Al Kader and Hillah Shrine. Otherwise, the Grand Lodge was inactive like the three Lodges in District 16.

Now that fall is approaching, I look forward to my three Lodges getting active again. We did have one event this summer, our District picnic/BBQ on July 20 at Mason/Noble Steve Booth’s compound. It was well attended, and I was able to present a 50 year jewel and certificate to Mason/Noble Chuck Tressler. It was my first official presentation. Scott Smith assisted with the presentation prayer, thanks Scott. Another event that our Lodge participated in was National Lemonade Day. This was an event sponsored by the Grants Pass Chamber of Commerce. It’s an event that helps young people learn how to manage a business and develop people skills. Scott Smith and I assisted one group at the corner of Fruitdale and Williams Hwy, while Jon Torbert and Jim Warriner assisted a group at the YMCA. Grants Pass Lodge was a sponsor of the event.

As fall approaches and we get back to Stated Meetings and Degree Work, please answer the call to get back involved. Our Lodges are only successful, and thriving when our brothers are actively involved. I look forward to conducting my first Official Visits this fall for Belt, Grants Pass, and Rogue River Lodges as last year they were canceled. Let’s all hope that things calm down and we can have Masonic events the remainder of the year and going into next year. I hope to see you all at our Stated Meetings soon.

Mason/Noble John Rall
District Deputy 16
And Live by the Trowel

 

July 2021 Trestle Board

posted Jun 13, 2021, 11:03 PM by Robert Bigelow

 

From the East

Worshipful Master John Davis

This is WB Jon Torbert, and before we proceed with our messages I would like to apologize for the lateness of this month's Trestle Board. I have had a lot going on at my house due to my wife coming home from an operation, and every time I would try to get started on this more care was needed.

Brethren,
The future is looking bright for our Oregon Masonic families. I believe the majority of the pandemic is behind us and things seem to be heading back to normal.
I have some excellent news from Grand Lodge. Grand Lodge has allowed us to move forward with degree work, under some restrictions. We have a few new applicants that we will be scheduling for degrees, as well as a few EA’s that are eager to move forward. We plan to be conducting these as much as possible over the next few months. Our first one will be June 8th at 7:30 for the Fellowcraft degree. If you are available to attend, I would love to have you. Please keep an eye on the calendar for events to include degree practice and the actual degree nights. Anyone interested in joining the degree team, please contact a Lodge Officer.
Grand Lodge will be holding their Annual Communication this year in June but it will be limited to one day with most business pushed to next year. If you have any concerns, please bring it up to my attention
Happy Nativity of Saint John the Baptist Day on the 24th of June and the associated St. John’s eve on the 23rd. Both days are associated with St. John and celebrated in numerous ways. I found it interesting that St. John’s eve seems to be celebrated more. Some countries treat the holiday like Halloween with bonfires, treats, costumes, and even some significant drinking. In Sweden, it is the largest holiday after Christmas. They celebrate with pickled hearing, snaps, and the ever-popular Maypole dance.
In celebration of the upcoming summer and St. John’s Day, our stated meeting will be in casual dress. Time to show off your shorts and Hawaiian shirts. If you are available, please come and join us on June 1st at 7:30 pm.
WM John Davis
Davisjt3@gmail.com
541-450-8816
And Part on the Square

From the West

Senior Warden Jim Warriner

My Brothers,
We are in the process of remaking our website. We want to show our Brothers and the public the lodges contributions to the community. A preliminary should be ready for viewing on Friday 5/28 and I will bring a laptop to stated meeting for all to see. In order to keep our Lodge alive and growing, I believe this is a significant step by being more public.
We will be conferring one Fellowcraft and one Entered Apprentice in the next few weeks; please show your support for these candidates by filling our sidelines.
The above means we are approaching the need to confer an MM so, if you have or wish to have a role in the second section of the MM degree please let me know I am creating a list.
See you at our next stated meeting.

James Warriner
And Meet On The Level

From the South

Junior Warden Tracy Morton

Brethren,
We are happy to say that we are now allowed to conduct degree work. I know that we have several brothers that are waiting to continue and some that are waiting to start. Hopefully, everyone is ready to conduct these degrees with proficiency.
We are also happy to have everyone know that on July 20th there will be a Family gathering at Steve Booths home that we will have our traditional apron burning ceremonyl. While the menu is not set at this time, we would like to know who is planning on attending. You can contact The Jr Warden by email or phone and let us know.
Tracy Morton
And Act by the Plumb
Email: chef_morton@hotmail.com
Cell: 702-266-5544
If I do not answer the phone, I just ask that you leave a message.

District Deputy Message

John Rall DD

From the Grand Lodge
RW John Rall
District Deputy District #17

When I received the letter from RW Greg Jenkins thanking me for signing up for another year as your District Deputy, he included his theme for 2021-2022 Masonic year. RW Jenkins’ wants Lodges to focus on degree work and our rituals. Having degree teams that know their lines and execute them with no exceptions will leave a lasting impression our on candidates. Degree teams that conduct degrees flawlessly will show the candidate that the Lodge takes Masonry seriously. Keep up the degree practices, and focus on learning your part.

I’ve talked to some of our older brothers recently, and the one thing they tell me is that they miss hearing from our Lodge. No one reaches out to our older Brothers and Widows to just say hello, and how are you doing. I can’t call all of our older Brothers and Widows by myself. We need to form a team of Masons to regularly call our shut ins. We need to let them know that they are still part of our Masonic Family, and that we still care about them. I’ll be reaching out to WM Davis to get this committee started.

I have been reaching out to some of our older Brothers for the past few years, you’d be surprised to see how much you can learn for our older Brothers. They love to share their experiences with us and learn about our lives at the same time. We took an obligation to take care of our Brothers, so it’s time to step up to this calling.

Keep the faith going, we need it now more than ever,

John Rall
And Live by the Trowel

 

May 2021 Trestle Board

posted Apr 30, 2021, 12:21 AM by Robert Bigelow

 

From the East

Worshipful Master John Davis

Brethren,
Summer is approaching fast and I hope everyone is enjoying their hobbies. When May approaches, Grants Pass Lodge is usually preparing for numerous events for the summer. Unfortunately, I don’t know how active we will be this year. As restrictions are relaxed, Grants Pass Lodge will participate in activities as much as possible.
May is also the time to celebrate Memorial Day. Although there is some debate about the origin of Memorial Day, its purpose is clear. Memorial Day was established to remember the Veterans who died while in service to their country. This is a perfect time to share gratitude. I implore you to check on the widow of a veteran, pay your respects at a grave, or maybe donate to a veteran organization. I donate to USO; numerous times my family and I have traveled and have been provided relief by this organization.
To help usher in Memorial Day, members of Grants Pass Lodge will attend an annual cemetery cleanup at Masonic Pioneer Cemetery on Foothill Blvd. We usually spend the day mowing, trimming, and enjoying each other’s company. This year, the task will be exceptionally easy as Brother Rick Shoemaker volunteered to mow the cemetery grounds. I would like to express my sincere gratitude for his hard work and initiative. We will use the cemetery clean-up event on May 15th at 9:00 am to tidy up any remaining grounds maintenance.
On the business of the possible sale of the Lodge rental property. I would like to say a big thanks to members who returned the lodge letter with their concerns and opinion about the property. There was overwhelming support to move forward with the sale of the property. When the property sells, we hope to make significant investments to maintain the lost rental income. I will keep the brethren updated.
We will have a stated meeting on May on the 4th at 7:30 pm. The meeting will be within the restrictions outlined by the Grand Lodge. If you are available, please come and join us.

WM John Davis
And Part on the Square

A special message from our District Deputy
Greetings Brothers,

In my April message I suggested that we promote our Craft by approaching men in various situations and tell them about Masonry. The practice of approaching strangers is not allowed as it is considered solicitation and forbidden by Grand Lodge. However, if a man approaches you and asks if you’re a Mason, you can engage them in conversation, and hand them a card describing the benefits of membership in our Craft. Br Steve Lyons, Belt Lodge, gave me a business sized card that Belt Lodge uses to give to men who ask about Masonry. I will be working to get this card updated with Grants Pass Lodge information and have them available for Brothers to carry and hand out when approached.

I liked SW Jim’s comments about supporting our local youth. In August, the local Chamber is sponsoring a National Lemonade Stand Day. This is where local youth build a lemonade stand and sell lemonade to gain general business and communication skills. Grants Pass Lodge can help in this event and get lots of exposure/publicity. We can sponsor one of the kids stand for a cost of $300 and have other Lodge volunteers assist other individual youths by manning their Lemonade Stand with them and answer questions and provide general assistance. This is a good way to connect with local youth and get exposure to the general population by assisting the kids with their lemonade sales.

Remember, never pass up an opportunity to talk to someone about Masonry. You never know where it may lead. Another bit of information. Even though the Grand Lodge of Oregon does not allow you to ask a man to become a Mason, it does not prohibit your wife from asking a Man the same question. We need to actively promote Masonry to get more viable candidates. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or comments.

RW John Rall
District Deputy 17

From the West

Senior Warden Jim Warriner

My Brothers,
Our lodge has been forced to be dormant almost hibernation for over a year. We may be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and not that of an oncoming train; therefore we should prepare for upcoming degrees, hosting Child ID, making ourselves known at Concerts in the Park, and becoming involved with youth.
We should provide incentive for our local youth to excel; whether it is providing some scholarship funds, a Kindle for reading books, a luncheon or dinner for high achievement, or assistance in aiding a youth to excel. We should be actively and openly supporting our local youth for they are the future of our community and our country.
As a final note, if you have or wish to have a role in the second section of the MM degree please let me know I am creating a list.
See you at our next stated meeting.

James Warriner
And Meet On The Level

From the South

Junior Warden Tracy Morton

Brethren,
This year is flying by, while there are the continued restrictions the Lodge has been having our stated meetings. Our practices of the degrees still progress, and we hopefully will be ready when we can continue our degree work. This time has allowed us to look into the study of masonry and how we can better ourselves and those in our communities. Personal growth is something we can all do to better ourselves and those around us. As we strive to be better, remember that there is always something to learn and to never give up on learning.
While we had to cancel the Past masters roast due covid restrictions. I would like to eventually have one for Brother Sammis. Once Grand Lodge and the State allow us to have events I look forward to that day. I am hoping that it is not too much longer.

Tracy Morton
And Act by the Plumb

 

April 2021 Trestle Board

posted Mar 28, 2021, 12:23 AM by Robert Bigelow

 

From the East

Worshipful Master John Davis

Brethren, I hope everyone is doing well as the weather warms with Spring welcoming us. There will be a stated meeting for April at 7:30 pm on the 6th. The meeting will continue to be within the restrictions outlined by the Grand Lodge. We have a few presentations, so please join us if possible.
We have multiple Entered Apprentices ready to be advanced. We also have many men that have petitioned for the degrees. We hope that Grand Lodge will allow degree work shortly. We will continue to practice our degree work on a regular schedule on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm. If you would like to participate or learn any part of the degree work, please contact the Senior Warden or come down to the lodge during practice.
Daily I am reminded about Freemasonry and how its teachings influence our life. I was out walking my dog and noticed that numerous bees were already out collecting nectar. The beehive is explained to newly Master Masons that it is an emblem of industry and that it recommends the practice of that virtue to all created beings, from the highest seraph in heaven to the lowest reptile of the dust.
It further teaches the Master Mason, that as we are born into the world rational and intelligent beings, so should we be industrious ones; never sitting down contented while our fellow-creatures around us are in want, when it is in our power to relieve them without injury to ourselves.
So, I charge each one of you to go out this Spring and provide someone with aid in need. I look forward to hearing how you helped another.

WM John Davis


Below is a special message from our District Deputy

Fellow Brothers, I have enjoyed being your District Deputy this past year, even though we have not been able to do much. I’m looking forward to the new Masonic year (my Masonic year starts in June) as we are going to receive some DD training virtually on May 1st. One of my goals for Masonry in Josephine County is to do more in promoting our great Craft to the public. I have often heard that Masonry is one of the best kept secrets in the world. We can change this by actively promoting and marketing our Craft. Brother Torbert is a good example of promoting our Craft. Jon is a walking bill board for Masonry. But Jon’s bill board is passive vs active. Jon will respond to inquiries about his bill board, but we need to actively approach good men and introduce them to our Craft. I would like to have the Lodge develop a business card size brochure that tells the benefit of Masonry and how it can benefit a man of good character. We don’t need to be pushy but when we see a man that we think may be of good character, we can informally approach them, hand them the card and say “you look like a man of good character, Masonry can make you a better man, thanks for taking my card”. This is actively telling good men about our Craft. If the man doesn’t take the card or says no, thank them for their time and simply walk away. If he is a good man he will take the card. Reach out to me with questions or comments.

RW John Rall
District Deputy of the Grand lodge of Oregon

From the West

Senior Warden Jim Warriner

Brethren the time is growing closer for us to begin conferring degrees. We have (I believe) 3 EA's ready for their Fellowcraft. If you know these Brothers, keep in touch we do not want them to feel abandoned.
We also have several petitions in the queue, if you were one of the signers or know these petitioners, please let them know they have not been forgotten. In fact let them know of our informal/unofficial High Twelve that meets for lunch Mon, Wed, and Fri. from noon until ??? and let them know they are welcome to join us.
I look forward to our practice for FC Degree and April's stated meeting. Practice will be adjusted to keep safe distance but allow officers to learn floor work as well as spoken ritual.
As a final note, if you have or wish to have a role in the second section of the MM degree please let me know I am creating a list.
See you at our next stated meeting.

James Warriner
And Meet On The Level

From the South

Junior Warden Tracy Morton

Brethren, I am working on what I hope to be ready when we can reduce our restrictions and can start to have dinners again. With the restrictions from Grand Lodge, I am unable to have these things. The one thing at this moment that I am hoping for is the work we are doing to be ready for when we can start to perform degrees. Having worked with one of the Entered Apprentices, I have stayed in contact to let him know of the circumstances. While He understands, I know that he is eager to progress in the degrees.

While our practices are going great, I feel that it is in the best interest for everyone that all members involved in the degrees be there. With everyone there we can make sure that we are all prepared for when it is time to continue our work. Remember when you went through these degrees and what impressed you the most. Our diligent work on these degrees is to impress the candidate with the serious nature of the Masonic light being presented through our ritual work.

We do have a tentative schedule of a Past Masters Roast for Doug Sammis. It is planned for April 27th at 6:30pm at The Black Bear dinner. If this changes we will keep everyone informed. Let us remember that we will also have to practice physical distancing for this event. I hope to see those that can make it out to honor our past master.

Tracy Morton
And Act by the Plumb

Learn the work!

No one can contemplate upon the ceremonies of our Order without being forcibly struck with the important lessons which they teach. To really know and understand them you must learn them and help teach others. Any officer would be proud to have the opportunity to coach you in his part for any degree, and you will have the satisfaction that comes from having imparted further light to a less informed Brother.

 

March 2021 Trestle Board

posted Feb 24, 2021, 2:10 AM by Robert Bigelow

 

From the East

Worshipful Master John Davis

Brethren, we will have a stated meeting for the month of March. The meeting will be within the restrictions outlined by the Grand Lodge. I will keep members updated as the situation changes.

We will be practicing degree work on a regular schedule. On the last Tuesday of every month, we will hold practice for the next upcoming degree. (This was just changed for march, and the practice will instead be held on the second Tuesday.) For the month of March and April, we will be working on the Fellowcraft degree. If you would like to participate or learn any part of the degree work, please contact the Senior Warden or come down to the lodge during practice.

As I write these Trestle boards, I felt that I want others to get more out of the few minutes they spend reading them. I will try and include a form of Masonic education for all to benefit.

I spend a lot of time reading about Masonry; sometimes as much as I do about medicine, and I always learn something new. A person stated, “We Masons are among the fortunate ones who are taught to meet together with others opposing convictions or competitive ideas and yet respect each other as Brothers.” I felt this statement is good to represent our current times. I may not always agree with everyone I meet, but I do like to hear their opinions and reason. This flow of ideas will only serve to better us as a person and collectively as a fraternity.

Homework: Who stated the above statement? Tell me next time I see you in person.

And Part on the Square

From the West

Senior Warden Jim Warriner

Brethren, I have just received and I am sure our Worshipful Master has as well, a modification to the Grand Master's Edict.

An increase in attendance is being allowed. No in person degree work (Can it be done another way?) but we need to adhere to guidelines.

No meal/refreshment service, keep 6 feet apart, wear masks, and use hand sanitizer. Masks and sanitizer are/will be available at the lodge.

I respectfully ask that all Brothers respect and comply with these guidelines. Remember that the penalties for violations will be levied on the senior officers (i.e. the WM, SW, JW)

I look forward to our practice for FC Degree and stated meeting in March. Practice will be adjusted to keep safe distance but allow officers to learn floor work as well as spoken ritual.

And Meet On The Level

From the South

Junior Warden Tracy Morton

My Brothers, Corn Wine & Oil, Wages all masons should know. In biblical history the modern corn is not what we think it is. According to historical documents corn of history is grain, mostly barley and wheat. Looking at this in a new perspective, barley and wheat can be used in several ways. Wheat can be ground and used to make bread, cakes, cookies, and other food products. The use of wheat has been part of the world from days of old. Barley is used in several ways. It is used for nourishment of both man and animals, but what is known best is that barley is used in the production of beer. Beer was discovered around 7500 BC, and has been in use since then. The understanding of these as wages is of use. Both items help nourish the body. The symbolism of nourishment is seen in that aspect of nourishing the soul to better your life. Masonry teaches us to better ourselves to be better for our communities.

Oil is an Item with many uses, mainly for light and nourishment. The use for nourishment is used as part of the cooking process and can be made of various items. Corn, Olive, Canola, Vegetable, Grapeseed, and other nut types have been uses by several civilizations throughout history. The burning of oil as Light and heat has been used just as long.

Wine is something that should be used in moderation as to the aspect of overindulgence and the inebriation that it can cause. Teaching us to learn moderation in our vices and to subdue the passions of life should be everyone’s goal.

As we are looking forward to the day when we can start to have dinners again, we have discussed having one on stated meeting day’s. With this said we are also working on ideas as to an activity for our significant others. I pose the question, to your significant other, what sort of activity would you be interested in that will take place while we are in a meeting? Your can send me an email with your response.
chef_morton@hotmail.com

AND ACT BY THE PLUMB

 

February 2021 Trestle Board

posted Feb 2, 2021, 1:17 AM by Robert Bigelow   [ updated Feb 2, 2021, 1:30 AM by Jon Torbert ]

 




From the East

Worshipful Master John Davis

Hopefully, we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Vaccinations are making their way out to the public and I hope there is an end to the pandemic that follows shortly.
We will be having a stated meeting for February with the restrictions outlined by the Grand Lodge. For this reason, it will be opened on the Master Mason degree and limited in the number of those in attendance. I would love to see the lodge room full of Masons but that will come on a future date.
In last month’s Trestleboard I stated my anticipation to get back to degree work. I would prefer to have as multiple Masons trained in the lectures of all degrees and the roles needed during the Master Mason degree. If you would like to participate or learn any part please contact the Senior Warden.
Some of you may be struggling with the loss of companionship and brotherly love. I have found that during these times that listening to various podcasts to be helpful. These can be found on the internet, Spotify, or Apple. I found that my two favorites are “Whence Came You” and “The Masonic Roundtable”. There are many more and I encourage you to listen when you have some free time.

John Davis
And Part on the Square






From the West

Senior Warden Jim Warriner

My Brothers, I echo the Worshipful Master's feelings. I eagerly look forward to a year filled with degrees, visits, visits to and from other lodges. It is those visits and conferring degrees which help bind us together more securely and nuture and bind our new brothers to our Ancient and Honorable Fraternity.
One of my duties as your Senior Wardeni to ensure we have a Master Mason Degree team to raise our EA and FC brothers to the sublime degree of Master Mason. If you are one of the brothers who can play a part or deliver a lecture to help raise a Master Mason please let me know.
We have I believe a total of 6 candidates waiting to join us, receive their FC or MM, or affiliate with our lodge from another lodge. Let us prepare to welcome all as Brothers.

James Warriner
And Meet On the Level






From the South

Junior Warden Tracy Morton

My Brothers, With this whole COVID-19 thing still going on, I am hoping for relief now that the vaccine is out, and people are starting to take it. While I had some ideas about meals to make for the stated meeting. I have had to put them on hold. While these plans are still in my mind once we are allowed to have meetings and food. I will be making sure that I have some good options for food. If there is anything that someone is in favor of, and it is possible just let me know. You can call me at 702-266-5544 or just send an email to me at chef_morton@hotmail.com.

I have come across a question recently. I found it interesting, it was why do we call the badges of offices Jewels and not medals. The simple answer was that medals are representations of something that you have done and is a show of achieving that task. In Masonry, they are Jewels because they represent the adornment of the office in which they represent. The Oxford Dictionary provides another definition to supplement the prevailing usage, noting that since 1672 an ornament is worn as the badge of an order, or as a mark of distinction or honor, also has been called a jewel.

Tracy Morton
And Act by THE Plumb






WELL DID YOU?


Did you help to pour the coffee,

Or get the chairs in place?

Or if a member seemed to have

An unfamiliar face,

Did you try to make him feel at ease,

And did you clasp his hand?

Did you just ignore him,

And let him forlornly stand?

Did you volunteer committee work,

Or weren't you even there?

Did you try to help to pull the load,

Or did you duck you share?

Or were you in absentia,

Esoonced upon the shelf?

We have no right to ask you,

So, why not ask yourself.



 

January 2021 Trestle Board

posted Jan 3, 2021, 10:45 PM by Robert Bigelow

 

From the East

Worshipful Master John Davis

Brethren, We will be having a slow start for 2021. Grand Lodge has felt it best to limit any meetings to six people or less. I would like all of you to think of this as an opportunity to work on spending more friendly time with another brother. Invite another brother over for a small dinner or coffee. Ask them why they became a Mason; what has changed that they miss from when they first joined.
We had a limited officer meeting and discussed the upcoming year. We will be planning on a number of dinners, events, and some public awareness events. The lodge will put out more information as restrictions are relaxed. Please start thinking about how you would like to contribute to the upcoming year. You could be involved in degree work, a membership committee, Child ID, or maybe helping with dinners.
I am optimistic about the upcoming year and what we can accomplish. I am excited to get back to degree work and look forward to our outdoor degree. I hope to see restrictions lifted soon and we can begin regular meetings and degree work.
The last request I leave you with is to look out for one another. Our foundation is brotherly love and this can be represented in a variety of ways. It could be as simple as making a meal for a sick brother or just providing an ear for his concerns. I am always here for all of you.

John Davis

And Part on the Square

From the West

Senior Warden Jim Warriner

We are entering a new year and I, being an optimist, am looking forward to a great year.We have several EA's and FC's to progress and raise to Master Masons. It will be a profound, entertaining, and enlightening experience for both our lodge and our candidates. I urge my brothers to learn their parts and learn them well. All the darkness of 2020 may have made us rusty. I look forward to practice and conferring degrees with the accuracy and importance that will impart great meaning to our candidates. Our ritual is the explanation and story of the tools of Masonry which makes “Good Men Better”

James Warriner
And Meet On The Level

From the South

Junior Warden Tracy Morton

My Brothers,As I look at the upcoming year and see what I was planning on for my year as Junior Warden and knowing that Covid-19 has put a damper on things. We are hoping that we can start conduction meetings by March. With this in mind We are looking forward to the brotherhood that we can share before an after the meetings. Hopefully we can continue the plans that we have and work towards our goals of brotherhood. We have looked at the plans for the year and I am hoping that our plans for the events of the year come to fruition.
Southern tradition says that for that for New Years dinner your meal should include Black Eyed Peas for good luck, collard greens for money, Pork for moving in the right direction and cabbage for a long life. May you traditions help you year to come and here is to a good year.

Tracy Morton

And Act by the Plumb

How To Be Liked

Anonymous

Lord Chesterfield onec told his son: “Those whom you can make like themselves better will, I promise you, like you very well” What father ever gave his son a more precious nugget of wisdom! Seize upon this truth as if it were meant for you. Hang this thought high on the most sun-lit wall of your iner mind. Use it persistently until it becomes a normal part of your personality.
Men and women-all men and women-are starved for encouragement. Under the warm rain of sincere praise they blossom in ways that astonish even themselves. Give every person you can, whatever self-assurance you can. Don’t flatter; recognize. Help others believe in themselves, by believing in them yourself. You will never know, probably, what a spiritual lift you are giving them.
Yes indeed. If you can make people like themselves better they will like you better.

 

December 2020 Trestle Board

posted Nov 24, 2020, 1:02 AM by Robert Bigelow

 

From the East

Worshipful Master Doug Sammis

My Brothers, Quantum Physics Life, the definition of …. Quantum Physics allows for particles to be in two states at the same time. It is the system which works best in order for the type of universe we live in to function well and support the physical foundations of our lives. So, the Great Architect of the Universe provides words that can be used to unravel the mysteries of Life. We wish that it was that simple, right? As Masons we are taught that our goal for being among humankind is to be kind, charitable and do good deeds, among other things. Can we practice being in two states at the same time? Masons do while, “Making good men better”. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the celebration of ringing in the new year is around the corner. Our year of trials will almost be historical. Future Masons and their families will look upon this and come away with a sigh of relief that it is over. Our focus shall always be to embrace our Brothers in friendship, love, and tradition. A recap of accomplishments for the year includes the installation of our new Lodge heating and air conditioning system, a new center tile square in the lodge room, a third photograph row for past masters in the dining room, a bottle drop program for youth programs and Child ID, and a high gloss floor treatment for the dining – kitchen—and lobby floors. Due to restrictions imposed during the virus outbreak, installation of Officers for the ensuing year will be held in a closed Master Mason Degree Ceremony December 1, 2020 in the Grants Pass #84 Lodge room at 7:30 PM. It is with the most regard that I mention with pride that our officer’s line is strong and moving ahead, and adding our newest member, Darren Anselm as Junior Steward. Congratulations to John Davis for succeeding as Worshipful Master elect. In closing, I want to sincerely thank each and every member of my team for their support during a unique and trying year. I appreciate all our Masonic brothers for staying with us and attending meetings when possible. I pray for the health and safety of all our families as we get through the Holidays.

AND PART ON THE SQUARE

From the West

Senior Warden John Davis

Brethren, Let me first start by saying thank you for electing me as Master for the upcoming year. I still remember my first time at a stated meeting. The discussion, the friendship, and of course, some pie afterwards. I will do my best to serve all you, the lodge, and my community. I reflect back at my recent deployment in Africa over the last year and how it has shaped me. As I return to my normal life, I look at what habits and actions were having a positive influence on my life. I like reflect on that information and adjust those routines that were not improving me as a man as I move forward in life. I have reflected on the 24-inch gauge and have considered how do my actions fit into my life. What needs to be balanced? I would encourage all you to reflect back over the last year. Did you accomplish what you planned to do? Is your health better or worse? What could you have done different? I look forward to finishing out 2020 as your Senior Warden and serving as the Worshipful Master for 2021. I ask everyone to look after your health and the health of your family.

AND MEET ON THE LEVEL

From the South

Junior Warden Jim Warriner

My Brothers,
I look back on my year as your Junior Warden with mixed emotions. The family dinners, the holiday diners, the lack of degrees conferred, all hindered our efforts for Brotherhood. We however persevered, and I believe became closer as Brothers.
Texting, phone calls, emails, and an occasional lunch increased our bond and accomplished tasks that were on the agenda. There is a new HVAC system (I'm anxious to see the utility saving), we have another row in the PM gallery to record our lodges existence for many more years, we have a new Mosaic pavement, and all the hard floors have been cleaned and waxed.
Our lodge is ready for 2021 and to return to the Masonic work we have all missed and as your Senior Warden elect I look forward to assisting Brother Davis and Brother Morton lead us through a bright 2021.

“Look to the East”
AND ACT BY THE PLUMB

 

November 2020 Trestle Board

posted Nov 4, 2020, 11:01 PM by Robert Bigelow

 

From the East

Worshipful Master Doug Sammis

From the East

Worhipful Master – Doug Sammis

My Brothers, REFLECTIONS It starts with each person’s experiences in life. I’m thoroughly surprised at the amount of memory that is stored in a mind. The problem is access and projection because of distractions. Let’s try a simple experiment. Try to call up something from earlier today and give a moment from your busy day to examine what else was going through your mind. It need not be anything dramatic or even useful. After all this is a simple recall exercise. You can apply such moments of exercises which may help recall more important memories as you may want or need to. Ok, now I’m remembering why I thought of this because the title of this trestle board makes for a perfect lead-in. My Brothers, our experiences in becoming Masons, then calling up moments of how we interact and embrace each other in this Fraternity are mostly made up of positive feelings about one another. For instance, Worshipful Brother Bob (Dad) Hamilton left his mark on many people including this Masonic Fraternity, Family and friends. His passing to the House not made with hands July 19, 2020 is the beginning of a journey that we all share with reverence and best wishes. Reflections in this our best of memories comes as no surprise, for it is how we share the moments leading up to our next journey that make the connections so vital to one another. We celebrated the life of Bob Hamilton on October 10, 2020 when Bob would have been 95 years old. Thank Brother Gorm Svendsen for a wonderful service and send off in his messages to the many that attended. Brother Steve and his Lady Elaine Booth, also as Son in-law and Daughter found a way around having a ceremony at their home with protections from the virus. Thanks to all who gave time and support during their busy day. It was appreciated. November is also filled with thoughts about family. Coming together for the Thanksgiving holiday and preparing for our Christmas times. This year provides challenges in gathering together and I am clear that many of our Masonic Family will be ever bit as careful as we have most the year through. We will have a mask wearing Halloween and another for the November 3rd, Tuesday Stated Meeting beginning at 7:30 PM. Choose your best mask for it will be Election night and you can vote anonymously only if you are a Grants Pass Lodge 84 Master Mason Brother. I encourage all brothers who can attend to please make this meeting.

AND PART ON THE SQUARE

From the West

Senior Warden John Davis

From the West

Senior Warden John Davis

Trestle Board November 2020 Brethren, November is upon us and that means election time. The power of voting is amazing. It allows individuals to make their choices heard and make changes for a better future. It is the same in Freemasonry; we each have a vote and we cast our vote with the thought of what is best for the lodge. The elected Master does his best to lead the lodge and his fellow brothers. It is an amazing amount of trust we place in an individual. It is great to see how each previous Master brought his own style and leadership to the lodge but always with the goal of working with others towards the improvement of Grants Pass Lodge. So although our current political environment may be volatile, remember we are still all brothers and sisters. Get out there, cast your vote, shape the future, and remember to do your best to improve the world we all share.

AND MEET ON THE LEVEL

From the South

Junior Warden Jim Warriner

From the South

Junior Warden James Warriner

Craftsmen, It has been a difficult year for all in our country but also in our Lodge. We must seek friendship, botherhood, and companionship, one of the reasons we became Masons, to keep and strenthen the harmony in our lives. Harmony is after all our strength and support. Those who have the blue “BottleDrop” bags if you can hold them and deposit them between 15 Nov and 1 Dec. the lodge gets a 20% bonus. Elections are upon us and I urge my brothers to vote both in public elections and Lodge elections. Stated Meeting is on election night and a dinner of soup, salad, and bread will be served at 6:30 PM “Look to the East”

AND ACT, BY THE PLUMB

 

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