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May 2020 Trestle Board

posted May 2, 2020, 4:35 PM by Robert Bigelow

 

From the East

Worshipful Master Doug Sammis

Risk not one Masonic Family I Pray

My Brothers,

The Grand Lodge of Oregon declares May 2020 in an edict to all Lodges,
concordant, and appendant bodies in Masonry to practice self-disciplines as we
did in April. Meetings and social gatherings are cancelled through May. This is
probably a cautious decision that will save lives and help bend or start to flatten that infection curve of the Covid 19 virus.

But that’s not all that was in the “Edict”. It is suggested that we turn on the
technology switch. We can learn to have fun doing some Masonic business on the
internet. I confess that using technology above my know how is uncomfortable.
But, comfort be damned. I am going to take and dip my big toe into the
cyberworld. How about joining me? I will enjoy this opportunity to hear and
possibly see what some of you look like now. That’s right, you haven’t had a
haircut for a while, right?

We have time to make the effort and I hope many of you are willing to give this a
try. I will be going on the internet and invite any of our Lodge Brothers who want to join me in a virtual online setting. This is a casual visit online beginning Tuesday May 5th. So check your email for your link and click on to visit. Don’t worry about of how to do stuff. Just click on the link and make mistakes. Just so you know, there are helpers who can get us up and having fun.

Please take a moment and send me your current email address to:
sammisd@gmail.com.

And Part On The Square

From the West

Senior Warden John Davis

On Deployment - No Article

From the South

Junior Warden Jim Warriner

Brethren,
As you are aware, we are dark by edict. With so little happening there is little to report. I am hoping that things will open soon because your Stewards and I have some great ideas for family dinners, dinners before stated, and refreshments
after degrees. If there are any reasonable requests please let me know and I will see if they may be accomplished. It is my hope to see all my brothers soon.

James Warriner Junior Warden

And Act,
By the Plumb

 

April 2020 Trestle Board

posted Mar 26, 2020, 9:01 AM by Robert Bigelow

 

From the East

Worshipful Master Doug Sammis

“GRANTS PASS MASONIC LODGE UNDER SEIGE”
My Brothers,
The TALK of the day is, the month that was. “Be safe and shelter at home”. March 2020, a
pandemic virus and the invisible enemy visits Southern Oregon. I hope all our brothers, sisters,
and families are keeping safe as we usher in April. Our calendar is busy with planned meetings,
dinners, and appendant organizations who use our lodge building. The news is 24/7 about the
progress our governments and local medical organizations continue to report. We should be
aware that congregating at the lodge in April is still in question. I will send out a more positive
message as soon as we receive news from the Grand Lodge that this virus risk is less and we are
reasonably safe to operate using our calendar going forward for April. The web reports are
many about the contaminate curve affecting our country as it may be rounding down. Okay,
some Baby Boomers in our area may not have been tested yet, but we are a relative healthy
and active community for how we share our message, “IT’S THE CLIMATE”. So why not believe
in our area as it’s the healthy climate. And, no Coronavirus allowed here.
On a side note. Interacting in a changing environment can be challenging. We are faced with
new opportunities learning how, with existing technology, to have fun staying in touch and
connected. I personally have found face time, skype, and other apps on my mobile device, and
home computer, or laptop that brings families and friends by video into each other’s home in a
safe way. Fun - fun – fun and lots of good positive hope thinking is not a bad idea to keep in
one’s mental process.
We handed out keys to have access to the new lock of the lodge. If you have an old key and
need a new one, please get in touch with the Lodge office.
Also, several projects are in scheduling for the summer months. 1) The Lodge Altar square is
getting a makeover. It was during Greg Gilbert’s time as Master that the lodge approved
replacing it with a more suitable design. 2) Our HVAC ( heating and air condition ) system has
been bid on and funding help has been requested from the Grand Lodge. 3) The ceiling fans in
the lodge room are in disrepair and will be replaced. 3) Our dining room floor is in need of
replacement, and a program is needed to fund it. 4) Brenda Parker worked up a report for
bringing our kitchen into credentialed status. Paint, cookware, throwing away aluminum pots,
addressing refrigeration equipment, rearrange and clean the mechanical room, maintenance on
the dishwasher, and a makeover of the pantry was among concerns and recommendations. 5)
Beginning in May, our cemetery will be getting much needed landscape maintenance and a new
watering system to help maintain it. In memory of Jim Ford and his diligent cemetery works, he
is much missed.
And Part On The Level

From the West

Senior Warden John Davis

Out on Deployment

From the South

Junior Warden Jim Warriner

Brethren,
Our Family and Friends St. Patrick's Day dinner
was cancelled due to the Covid-19 virus. The
Grand Master has also cancelled all Lodge
functions in Oregon until at least the first of April.
The District Deputy has cancelled his spring visits.
This leaves little for your Junior Warden to
report in terms of refreshments and meals. I have
excellent support from the Stewards (Brothers
David Jones and Chris Ford) and we have some
taste tempting ideas for when activities resume.
I will be calling or emailing many of the
brothers to assist me in compiling a cast list for
District 17 of those who are able and willing to aid
other lodges in degree conferal. This may be for
lectures, charges, or to fill a needed office for a
degree.
It is my optimistic hope that the May Trestle
Board will reflect an active and harmonious air in
Grants Pass #84, District 17, and Masonry aoumd
the world.

James Warriner Junior Warden

And Act,
By the Plumb

 

March 2020 Trestle Board

posted Feb 26, 2020, 8:40 AM by Robert Bigelow

 

From the East

Worshipful Master Doug Sammis

“Our Fraternity”
My Brothers,
One of our Masonic works provides an opportunity for a good man to become a better man by being accepted into the Fraternity and supported during his growth. I point out to the brethren that this support is the basis in which everyone in the fraternity is responsible for taking an active role by showing our newest brothers a path in civility, morality, and ethical conduct. Some of us become a little rusty in our years and may slide into behaviors that can be viewed by others as not so Masonic. We are human beings and have frailties that might best be arrested with wise counsel. If a brother is paying attention to your missteps, then perhaps he may spend quality time to share particular words meant to stir a wakeup call back to what we are charged with, Our Masonic Walk. Always try and remember that help is within reach from many in our Fraternity for indeed it is our brand that makes us, and that is Brotherly Love.

Darren Anselm is our newest Master Mason and will walk among his brothers in the lights, rights, and benefits of Masonic Tradition. Welcome Brother Anselm to your Fraternity.

And Part On The Level

From the West

Senior Warden John Davis

No Article Submitted

From the South

Junior Warden Jim Warriner

Brethren,

Our “Sweetheart Dinner” was very successful.
There was between 25 and 30 Masons and their family and friends in attendance. Brother Jon Torbert made the extra effort to locate and transport 3 Masonic widows to the dinner. We thank Jon for his efforts in helping with our Masonic obligations.

By the time this is received we will have conferred a Master Mason Degree on 25 February.

The dinner for our next Stated Communication will be “Chili Dogs” and “fixins”.

The next family and friends dinner will be on St. Patrick's Day (Mar 17th) and will be corned beef and cabbage. An appropriate donation of $10 would be appreciated. I am still looking for possible entertainment during dinner.


James Warriner Junior Warden

And Act,
By The Plumb

 

February 2020 Trestle Board

posted Jan 26, 2020, 3:03 PM by Robert Bigelow

 

From the East

Worshipful Master Doug Sammis

“Brothers how goes the hour?”

My Brothers,

I reach out to each of you for your attention about our Masonic Home. I’m talking about our Lodge building and its needs. At the installation and meetings after, I mentioned projects that have been in our planning for a while. It is time to make the next move and perform on our planning. First, I want to commend the TRUSTEES who have taken the lead in promising their time which benefits our Fraternity. Steve Booth, Greg Gilbert and Jon Torbert. Without these important positions, not much can be done that keeps our facility in an inviting appearance that welcomes our community’s review. They proudly rent the building which supplies needed income.

Brothers, your continued support surrounding our facility appearance and maintenance issues remains your duty and obligation for financial and, if possible, all hands-on deck physical work. Please don’t be timid to ask what you can do. I am ready to take your call. But if I am unavailable, you can always leave your message at the lodge phone number with Brother Secretary, Tren Acton. (541) 476-3357. But, my Brothers, remember I am focused on helping our Lodge attract attention to our fraternity and its meaning. It is not just your quiet good Masonic walk but your ENTHUSIASM in Masonry that will be discovered.

On another note, I want to welcome our newest Fellow Craft – Darren Anselm who is already looking to prove up as soon as possible and have his Mater Mason Degree. Also, our newest Master Mason Chris Ford is looking to prove up on the Master Mason Degree and be installed as our Junior Steward for the remaining of 2020. Congratulations to both brothers for their dedication to their growth in themselves through our Masonic Traditions.

And Part On The Square

From the West

Senior Warden John Davis

No Article Submitted

From the South

Junior Warden Jim Warriner

Brethren,
For our February Stated meeting we will have a ham dinner. Ham, potatoes, salad, bread. Brother David Jones will be using his wife Kate's special recipe (if she lets him) and will surprise us with dessert. Please let's make this well attended. Brother Jones works very hard to prepare a high quality dinner.

On February 11th the Order of Eastern Star will be preparing a “SweetHeart” dinner consisting of spaghetti, salad, French bread (with Italian food?) and chocolate cake for dessert. Please text my cell (541 226-7976), call my cell and leave a message, or email warriner@ix.netcom.com. Let's have good attendance; this is a family and friends dinner.

James Warriner
Junior Warden

And Act,
By the Plumb

 

January 2020 Trestle Board

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

 

From the East

Worshipful Master Doug Sammis

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

And part on the square.

From the West

Senior Warden John Davis

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From the South

Junior Warden Jim Warriner

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

AND ACT BY THE PLUMB.

 

December 2019 Trestle Board

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

 

From the East

Worshipful Master Chris Smith

A Brothers Journey

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

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

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

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

Part on the Square,
Worshipful Master

From the West

Senior Warden Doug Sammis

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

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

“AND PART ON THE LEVEL”

From the South

Junior Warden John Davis

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November 2019 Trestle Board

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

 

From the East

Worshipful Master Chris Smith

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

From the West

Senior Warden Doug Sammis

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

“AND PART ON THE LEVEL”

From the South

Junior Warden John Davis

No Article

 

October 2019 Trestle Board

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

 

From the East

Worshipful Master Chris Smith

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

From the West

Senior Warden Doug Sammis

Article title:

“Let’s GROW WEED”

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

“AND PART ON THE LEVEL”

From the South

Junior Warden John Davis

No article

 

September 2019 Trestle Board

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

 

From the East

Worshipful Master Chris Smith

Greetings Brethren,

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

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

And Part,
On the Square

From the West

Senior Warden Doug Sammis

No article submitted

From the South

Junior Warden John Davis

No article submitted

 

June 2019 Trestle Board

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

 

From the East

Worshipful Master Chris Smith

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

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

From the West

Senior Warden Doug Sammis

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

From the South

Junior Warden John Davis

No article submitted

 

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