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January 2022 Trestle Board

posted Jan 3, 2022, 1:04 AM by Robert Bigelow

 

From the East

Worshipful Master John Davis

My Brothers,
If you couldn't attend installation on the 18th of December, you didn't miss anything. My wife and I both tested positive for Covid 19 on the 16th. Installation was postponed to stated meeting on January 4th . We have a dispensation from Grand Lodge to do so. Stated meeting will be a light dinner at 6 PM, installation at 6:30 PM, and open on the EA degree for stated meeting at 7:30 PM

Even though the last 2 years have been extremely challenging, we have 1 FC nearly ready for raising, 2 candidates waiting for their EA, 3 EA's approaching their FC. I am hopeful that our lodge will be very busy in 2022.

Please join me in my desire for a normal and active year.

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 Part On The Square

From the West

Senior Warden Jim Warriner

My Brethren,

While I have only been a Mason for a few years, I will have to say that I have only seen a small handful of our members. Being an officer, I feel that I should know more of you. I challenge you to attend lodge and get to know our officers that we have. I would like to meet and get to know some of the officers from this lodge’s past. I have had the pleasure to know the Past Masters from the last 6 years.

Looking into the new year, I hope that we can accomplish more than we have since covid became so widespread. I look forward to conducting the degrees that we will have to conduct.

It is good to see new members that are interested in our organization. The growth of a lodge is dependent on its members. This also includes active existing members being part of the activities of the lodge. If you have issues of trying to make it to lodge or cannot drive in the evenings, I am sure that any of our members would be willing to offer you a ride to lodge and a ride home. All you must do is reach out to one of us.

Looking at the calendar I look forward to the things we have planned and the brotherhood we can share at these events. The things that are planned look to be fun events and I cannot wait to share in them with all of you.
Tracy Morton

And Meet on the Level.

From the South

Junior Warden Tracy Morton

Brethren,

It has been a few years since I’ve been your Junior Warden, but not only taking care of you at meetings, degrees and dinners, but taking care of our lodge kitchen and dining room. I grew up in a fire station and believe that the night isn’t over until the room has been swept and moped. I was a Captain for over 25 years and truly believe that you lead from the front and manage from the rear…if my stewards can’t stay for whatever reason, I will! I will be the first in and the last out! It is a part of who I am and I can’t change that.

My goal is to have all dinners to be no more than $10 per plate, fellowship is what is it. With that, we should have a decent supply of cash for Thanksgivings and Christmas dinner to be catered.

Thank you for your support and be nice to my stewards!

WB Greg Gilbert
And act by the Plumb

 

February 2022 Trestle Board

posted Dec 3, 2021, 12:19 AM by Robert Bigelow

 

From the East

Worshipful Master John Davis

Brethren,

December is upon us. Take time to reflect upon this last year. Did you accomplish what you intended to get done? What would you have done differently?
I did this myself and as my time as Worshipful Master is coming to end. It is a difficult position and I have said numerous times that it would take a few more years as a Master to truly learn all of your responsibilities. I am truly thankful for the support each one of you, your family, and your friends provided over the last year. As a Lodge, restarted regular stated meetings, initiated new Masons, and have a few dinners. For the year 2022, I leave you in the good hands of Jim Warriner. He is excited and has a lot planned.
I would like to extend an invitation to all Masons to visit our lodge for our final stated meeting of 2022 on December 7th at 7:30 pm. It is okay if it is your first time at this lodge. Just come on down a little early, have a coffee, and meet the local brethren. Our doors are always open by 6:30 pm.
WM John Davis

Davisjt3@gmail.com

And Part on the Square

From the West

Senior Warden Jim Warriner

My Brothers,
Brother Chris Ford, Worshipful Brother Jon Torbert PM, HA, PMM, and your Master Elect installed the new ceiling fans.
The Prime Rib dinner was a great success prepared and served by Eastern Star (OK Worshipful Brother Gilbert and Brother Anselm smoked the roasts).
As we approach the Holidays and the beginning of my term in the New Year, let us give thanks, pray for peace, and hope the pandemic eases or ends. I for one pray that the pandemic does not hobble our fraternity and our lodges as it has done in the past two years.
Please join me in my desire for a normal and active year.
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,

As this year comes to a close and the busy holiday season is here, let us remember those that are in our lives and the ones that are needing our help. This is the season of giving and sharing with one another. I have seen that we are a great organization and I hope that we continue our endeavors towards helping each other and to better ourselves.

Looking into the new year I am looking forward to serving the lodge. I look to those who have gone before and try to remember the good that that have done and hope that I can live up to the examples that they have set.

Tracy Morton

And Act by the Plumb

District Deputy Message

WB John Rall

DD 16 Message

When WM John reached out to ask for Brothers to help out with the investigations for our new EA Petitions and two Affiliations, I answered the call. When I found out that there were two of our EA candidates were only 29 and 30 I got excited. Then I realized that we already have a few younger Masons who no longer attend Lodge or are involved in our activities.

This got me to thinking, yes I can think even though I am Marine. We need to have activities that will keep our younger Brothers involved. We need activities that younger Brothers will embrace and become active in.

Here are a couple of my ideas. I would like to work with WB Jim Lester to develop a Masonic Masters Education Program. This is where we teach our new Masons the teaching of Masonry, kind of like a Masters Program like the Scottish Rite. Another idea is to start a Brewing Club, where we have education on how to brew beer and have Brothers brew their own beer then have socials to enjoy the fruits of their efforts. We could also start Masonic Shooting Club. We could contact the Jo Co Sportsman Assoc to see if we could get a group membership and maybe even hove some Officers from GP Public Safety teach us shooting.

I challenge each brother to come up with their own ideas to get out younger Masons involved. If we don’t keep our younger Brothers active and involved, we will cease to exist.

Thanks for your attention!

RW John Rall DD16

And Live by the Trowel

 

November 2021 Trestle Board

posted Oct 30, 2021, 1:02 AM by Robert Bigelow

 

From the East

Worshipful Master John Davis

Brethren,

November is here and is our traditional time to give thanks. Mostly, I am grateful to all of you. I am thankful for the health of our members, families, and friends. I am thankful for the friendship of such people; the fellowship of Freemasonry is boundless. My only regret is that I did not join at an earlier age.
I am also thankful for our newest member, Sean Norvelle. He was initiated on October 26th. I am grateful for new members to enjoy the fellowship. All Masons are encouraged to be part of the degree team or just come down and watch a degree. It is always a pleasant time.
I would like to say thanks to our military members who are not home to celebrate with their families. I distinctly remember Thanksgiving 2012 when our small outpost came under rocket attack in eastern Afghanistan. I spent the evening in a bunker with my two medics. It became a special time for me as we tried to make light of the situation and ate pumpkin pie out of a paper cup. I am sure many veterans have a similar story; ask them to share it.
I would like to extend an invitation to all Masons to visit our lodge on the first Tuesday at our stated meeting on November 2nd. It is okay if it is your first time at this lodge. Just come on down a little early, have a coffee, and meet the local brethren. Our doors are always open by 6:30 pm. We will be having our official visit from the District Deputy, John Rall.

WM John Davis
Davisjt3@gmail.com
541-450-8816

And Part on the Square

From the West

Senior Warden Jim Warriner

My Brothers,
We conferred another EA; Sean Paul Norvell is our newest Entered Apprentice. Join me in welcoming Brother Norvell to our fraternity and ensure that he feels welcome. Brother Irvin has joined us from our neighbors to the south; Brother Konantz is waiting for Oregon and California Grand Lodges to conclude their communications so he may petition and transfer his membership to Grants Pass. I look forward to seeing them in lodge.

Still need an electrician and a few volunteers to install the new ceiling fans.
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,
As this year seems to continue to have people confused, I would like to thank everyone that has assisted the lodge in the things we do. I would like to say welcome to our newest brother. It is good to see our lodge obtain new members. With thanksgiving fast approaching it is time for us to be thankful for those we have in our live and the things that we have experienced and hold dear to us. Remember to let those we love and care for know that we are thankful for them to be in our lives. In these times we should also remember those who are no longer with us, and remember how they have touched our lives. I am thankful that I have had the opportunity to visit other lodges, and I am thankful that I have felt welcome as a fellow brother.

I encourage those who have not been at the lodge in a long time to visit our lodge, and meet those who are new, and enjoy the company with them and get to know them.

On Saturday November 13 at 6:30 pm at the Grants Pass lodge we will have a dinner. I know that this is not our normal day to have a dinner, but we felt that it would be nice to have it on a day that would encourage a good attendance. It will be $15 per person, and we would like to have a good count for this event. You can contact me by phone (Cell) 702-266-5544 or email chef_morton@hotmail.com. You can send a text or call and leave a message. I will make sure I have you on the list for those who are planning on attending.

Tracy Morton
And Act by the Plumb

District Deputy Message

WB John Rall

From Your District Deputy

November stated meeting will be my first official visit to Grants Pass Lodge. Oh boy, my first opportunity to sit in the East. I’ll even wear the hat that I wore as Master of Friendship Lodge #160. Friendship is my home lodge in Portland where I was raised. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy living in Grants Pass and having good old #84 as my new home lodge.

Covid has really taken a toll on most Masonic functions in our area, this includes Hillah Shrine. Our local Shrine Club is down to a small handful of members and I just looked at GP #84’s numbers in Grandview and we are down to 97 Master Masons. It is now more important than ever to stay active in our Masonic functions in all our Masonic bodies. But it all starts in our blue lodge. It’s important to get involved and stay involved. We need to get more good men involved in our craft. If you can think of a good man that would make a good Mason, consider inviting him and his mate to our dinner on November 13th. Promote it as a non-obligation free dinner. Yes, offer to pay for their dinner. It all starts with you.

I met with Jon Torbert yesterday to make sure I knew all the works on closing on the MM degree. It’s been a long time since I was a sitting Master in Friendship Lodge. So, I’m practicing on closing and my goal is to close Lodge next Tuesday with 100% accuracy. Be there to make sure I don’t screw up!!!

RW John Rall
District Deputy 16

And Live by the Trowel

 

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.



 

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