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March 2019 Trestle Board

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

 

From the East

Worshipful Master Chris Smith

Brethren,

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

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

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

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

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

And part on the square

From the West

Senior Warden Doug Sammis

No article submitted

From the South

Junior Warden John Davis

Brethren,

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

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

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

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

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

 

February 2019 Trestle Board

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

 

From the East

Worshipful Master Chris Smith

Brethren,

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

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

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

And Part,
On The Square

From the West

Senior Warden Doug Sammis

“Brothers as one and all.”

My Brothers,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And Meet,
On The Level

From the South

Junior Warden John Davis

Brethren,

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

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

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

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

And Act,
By The Plumb


 

Job's Daughters Bethel 13

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

 

January 2019 Trestle Board

posted Dec 28, 2018, 9:49 PM by Robert Bigelow

 

From the East

Worshipful Master Chris Smith

Due to our first stated meeting of the ensuing Masonic year coinciding with the New Years holiday I have rescheduled the meeting for the following Tuesday the 8th at 7:30 pm. Food and beverage will be served before the meeting at 7:00 pm. I am looking forward to a year of enlightenment as we will be having educational presentations on Masonic symbolism and principles at each stated meeting. We will be having our annual past master dinner celebrating Worshipful Brother Keith Trahern's successful year as Master of the Lodge. It will commence at 6:30 pm January 22nd at Elmer's Restaurant. My Brothers it is my greatest honor to serve as Master of the Lodge for 2019 and I am very grateful for the confidence reposed in me by my brethren. Until we again meet on the level...HAPPY NEW YEAR...Worshipful Master Chris Smith

And Part,
On the Square

From the West

Senior Warden Doug Sammis

“Get to know your Brother.”

My Brothers,
Jon Torbert was Mason of the month during this past year. He was acknowledged by Oregon Grand Lodge for distinguished conduct in Masonic ethics and morals. Some from our home lodge say he does a great King Solomon for the Master Mason degree. I was one of many as his raised Master Masons at Grants Pass Lodge # 84.
Jim Lester creates outstanding Masons every time he passes his wisdom and knowledge to new good men who want to be even better. His work is best known by those who continue to grow in proficiencies of the craft. He provides a basis for those who would go onto improving oneself in Masonry.
Chris Smith is a product of his abilities to memorize lectures and much more of the Masonic degree work. As he has time to volunteer his talents to other lodges for their degree works, he becomes a legend proving how Masons meet on the level. He is a direct descendent of the Brothers listed above and now is our Lodge’s Worshipful Master for the ensuing year of 2019. It is my pleasure to follow his leadership and add to his successful and promising year.
I hope more of our brothers will make attendance at stated meetings and show how we appreciate Jon Torbert, Jim Lester and Chris Smith for promoting our Grants Pass Lodge #84 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons as one of the best in our State. I believe this will be a great year for Masonry.
Brothers, each month I may write about a few more I wish to acknowledge for the benefit of reasons why we are a fantastic fraternity. So tune in and let me know if you are getting and reading the trestle boards. Click here seniorwarden@gpmasoniccenter.org , and feel free to comment. I really would enjoy feedback regarding what is important to you about our lodge. Thanks....

And Meet,
On the Level

From the South

Junior Warden John Davis

Brethren,

Happy New Year! Let me start off by thanking you for electing me your Junior Warden for 2019. I look forward to serving the lodge. As the plum reminds us to demonstrate upright behavior; I will work hard as example to others in the lodge and our community.

I plan to continue to provide some lite food before stated meetings and a dessert immediately following the meeting. If you have any special requests for food and drink please bring it up to me; I am available for contract through email, phone, or text. I will continue to plan a few special dinners throughout the year. I look forward to continuing the Easter breakfast as well.

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

And Act,
By the Plumb

 

December 2018 Trestle Board

posted Dec 1, 2018, 10:07 PM by Robert Bigelow

 

From the East

Worshipful Master Keith Trahern

Brethren,

Greetings from the East.

Well this will be my last Trestle Board Article. We had our Elections and I am very excited to see Brother Chris Smith take over as Worshipful Master of the Lodge. He has the great help from the upcoming SW Doug Sammis and JW John Davis. Both are already planning the next things for the upcoming year. I also want to congratulate our newest EA Rick Web for taking the first step in Masonry. I went to the Shriners Christmas Party and had a great time and the food was excellent.

We have some upcoming Events that I hope you don’t miss.
--Dec 9th, 2018 at 5:30 pm will be the Installation of our new Officers.
--Dec 11th, 2018 at 6:30 pm is our Christmas Dinner
Please advise JW Doug Sammis if and how many will be attending.

Last Month I hit on something close to my heart about the Masonic family and how we help each other. So this month I am going to ask a favor. With Thanksgiving and Christmas there are many charities that are helping those in the community and God bless them. What I am asking is to look for what I call the “Working Poor” and many of elderly that just can’t get out or afford much. Most times the working poor are those that working hard, but really can’t afford much for themselves or their families and don’t qualify for assistance. Many times both the elderly and the working poor are too prideful to let anyone know they are struggling. With our Masonic Charity hearts we need to be watchful for them and try to help. Some of the ways is a small something from us or I have been approached by several local churches that are looking for specifically these types of cases. So please let me know and I can pass it on to them. I think it is up to us to be the example.

In all my Trestle Board Articles the quotes at the end are from famous Masons. I just find them inspiring.

“Freemasonry is a science of symbols, in which, by their proper study, a search is instituted after truth, that truth consisting in the knowledge of the divine and human nature of God and the human Soul.”

Dr. A. G. MacKey

With that said I want to thank everyone, especially my Officers for a great year.

And Part,
On The Square

From the West

Senior Warden Chris Smith

Brethren,
I would like to begin by saying I am grateful for the confidence reposed in me by my brethren by electing me Worshipful Master for 2019 and I would especially like to thank those who have given me their time and support through my Masonic journey to the East. It will be my honor and greatest privilege to serve the lodge as Master through the ensuing year. The annual Installation of Officers will held on Saturday evening December 8 at 5:30 pm. Dinner will be served after the ceremony at no charge there will be a choice of pot roast or baked chicken with scalloped potatoes and Caesar salad.

This is an open installation so family members and friends are invited.

Until we meet again my brethren,

And meet,
On the level

From the South

Junior Warden Doug Sammis

Brethren,
Greetings from the South.

Your Lodge has been and will always be your extended home, home for my brothers and sisters, and their families (most welcomed). I can remember how I felt about our Fraternity when I took my oath and became a Master Mason. I began some years later after working as Treasurer to move up in the stations beginning as a Junior Steward. It was preparing me to move on to Senior Warden and support Chris Smith in his year as Master of his Lodge. As important as this position is, my Brothers who follow are as worthy of my support as Chris, for they will be preparing our Lodge in better and different ways to secure our extended home with their own personalities for the ensuing years. I pray Lord that you continue to bless our Lodge Home.

It is now December 2018. Let us enjoy coming together at our Lodge for the holiday. We will celebrate Christmas / Hanukkah at the Lodge for dinner on the 11th of December, which is on a Tuesday beginning at 5:30 PM, dinner at 6:30 PM. I hope that the word gets out to all our brothers, sisters, and widows to come for this free dinner. If you know some who do not get email, would you please let them know? I would like to get a count so we will have enough food. This year Papa Terrell’s BBQ has agreed to prepare our dinner. Please reply to and click on the following email address: juniorwarden@gpmasoniccenter.org and type your name and how many are coming.

Thanks to those who have acknowledged seeing the trestle board last month. It always helps to receive your email, saying that you got it. So, please feel free to add any ideas and or comments as well. This outreach can always be made better. Please Email your reply to: juniorwarden@gpmasoniccenter.org or call 541-476-3357 - leave your name and say you saw this month’s trestle board.

And Act
By the Plumb

 

November 2018 Trestle Board

posted Oct 31, 2018, 10:30 PM by Robert Bigelow

 

From the East

Worshipful Master Keith Trahern

Brethren,

Greetings from the East.

Fall is in the air and we are starting to see the beginnings to the end of the year and the end of my term as WM. First of all I want to apologize for not getting my Trestle Board article out last month. Apparently, none of the Wardens did. Which reflects badly on me. Again, I give my sincerest apologies. We have the elections and the official visit from our District Deputy RWB John Lohrfink coming up in November during our stated meeting.

I recently found and watched a new series on Netflix called “Inside the Freemasons”. It is based out of England, but it gave me some great ideas. One of which I am going to work on trying to help those coming up behind me. Which is having our Masonic Families come together more often with things like pot lucks or just plain gatherings and inviting our whole family. Yes, we need to be there to support each other in bad times, but we are and should be supporting each other during the good times. The show also made me reflect on growing up around the Masonic Family. On more than one occasion I had people Masonic Family there to support and guide me. It is said that individuals join an organization, not primarily because of an understanding of or particular goals of the organization, but rather because they are familiar with an individual who belongs to that organization, and respects and admires the individual. With me I look to my father. I was in DeMolay growing up, but had not joined Masonry. I look back and wonder why I had not many years before. Freemasonry does take good men and does make them better. Our lessons once instructed, understood, and put into practice, can not help but to make the individual better, regardless of their social or economic standing in society. We believe in the equality of all men. The actions of our members speak louder than any words, any bequests or donation of funds we could grant. So looking forward. I encourage us to continue to support each other.

A deep Thank you for all those that have supported and encouraged me and my family through the years.


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

William Howard Taft


And Part,
On The Square

From the West

Senior Warden Chris Smith

Dear Brethren,
This month I would like to talk a little on faith. With how intensely the world is changing around us, we must keep believing that we have a place in this evolution, and never stop pushing forward in knowing that we will make it out the other side.

Faith encompasses hope for unseen truth, belief of truth, and activity. It is, in short, a word so broad as to be useless for precise discussion. Faith used to deserve the activity of planting a field in the hope of harvest, strictly consisting of the "assurance of things hope for, while "not seen." In essence, planting the seed of faith.

November 6th- District Deputy will be present for his official visit. Officers, please remember to wear proper attire (tuxedos).

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Grants Pass Lodge #84 Annual Installation of Officers on December 8th, 5:30-8:30pm. Dinner will be provided after the installation. Please feel free to invite family and friends, be sure to add them to the guest list so we can ensure plenty of food for everyone.

December 11th- 6:30 pm Christmas Dinner at the Lodge. Family and friends welcome.

And Meet On The Level,
Senior Warden
Chris Smith

From the South

Junior Warden Doug Sammis

Brethren,
Greetings from the South.

November 2018, and “Thanksgiving”. This is a special time of year where we can reflect on the goodness of our walk with one another. We make our own connections throughout our lives for those we surround ourselves with which helps us complete our unique circle of life. I enjoy the phrase , “The Great Architect of the Universe”. It fits in my belief along with family, friends and my Masonic fraternity adding a fullness in the light of Masonry.

Our Lodge is a haven for those who would think of it as they would as another personal home. Take a moment and give thanks for all the blessings that can be bestowed upon you in our Fraternity. I am grateful for my brothers in this home (Lodge).

Would all those who read this letter send back a reply either by email or phone the Lodge with a simple comment or just to say you saw this? Email your reply to: juniorwarden@gpmasoniccenter.org or call 541-476-3357 - leave your name and say you saw this month’s trestle board.


And Act by the Plumb

 

September 2018 Trestle Board

posted Sep 3, 2018, 8:39 PM by Robert Bigelow

 

From the East

Worshipful Master Keith Trahern

Brethren,

Greetings from the East.

We have a very eventful Summer even though we were dark.
We had the pleasure at our June Stated Meeting to present a
60 year pin to my Father George Trahern and a 50 Year pin
to our Brother James Warriner. It was quite an honor.

All three primary Officers went up and attended Grand Lodge
and it was great to see old friends.

Other things in June was a Proficiency for Ryan Smith on
June 12th and then the next week we had the honor of conferring
two EA degrees for Warren Lodge. Nice to see they are working
hard to grow their Lodge.

We practice hard for the MM Outdoor Degree for Ryan Smith,
but had to move it inside the Lodge due to the Smoke. I was
Very disappointed that we had to do that, but the safety
of our Brothers and families is more important. So we called
it the “Outdoor/Indoor Degree” and actually had about 30
in attendance and the Degree work was excellent. Thank You
Again for all who helped.

On August 10th I dropped my Bride and Daughter at the Airport
to take my Daughter to her College and get her settled it. I then
went over to Klamath Falls and sat in the West and helped with
Crater Lake Lodges Outdoor MM Degree. It came out great and
they now have a new location for their outdoor degrees.

With that said looking forward to the next Stated Meeting
September 4th, 2018. Our JW will have some food prior to
the meeting. On an additional note we have repaired the Camera
System and it is operational.


”All that is essential for the triumph of evil
is that good men do nothing.”


And Part,
On The Square

From the West

Senior Warden Chris Smith

Brethren,
Hope is being able to see the light despite all the darkness. In this time of smoky haze, in which all of us as a society share and feel day after day. I have come to realize the importance of hope, the hope of fresh air, of blue skies and being able to see the beautiful constellations of the night sky. Although I have faith that the rains will come and purify our world once again, it is quite clear to me that we must be grateful for every breath of fresh air and every clear day that we are given. No more should we ever complain about rainy days and the cold winter months, which hydrate our world.

Brethren, I am looking forward to our up and coming season and hope to see many brethren at our meetings and degrees and meet on the level.

Senior Warden,
Chris Smith

From the South

Junior Warden Doug Sammis

No Article Submitted

 

June 2018 Trestle Board

posted May 30, 2018, 8:18 PM by Robert Bigelow

 

From the East

Worshipful Master Keith Trahern

Brethren,

Greetings from the East.

Very excited to announce an UPCOMING dinner and Special Presentations we have a 50 Year Degree Pin and two 60 Year Degree Pins to Present. One of which is my Father. Quite an Honor to give that to him while I am sitting in the East. RWB John Lorfink will be presenting them. We also have
a Scholarship that we will be handing out.

Dinner is served at 6:30pm and we will open the Lodge at 7:30pm and Immediately go to Refreshment to invite everyone in for the Presentations. We are having Papa Terrals BBQ Cater this event and the Cost is $10 per person. I hope you can make this special occasion.

Here are the Details:
June 5th, 2018
6:30PM Dinner
Stated Lodge Meeting at 7:30.
Presentation about 7:40pm
Cost $10 Per Person
Pulled Chicken and Pulled Pork
With fixings

On the 15th of May we did an EA Degree for Warren Lodge, and it came out good. Next month in June on the 19th we will be doing two more for them. This is a very exciting time to see.

We have our Outdoor Degree coming up but the date has been changed to July 24th, 2018. Please mark your calendars to be there!

Grand Lodge starts June 6th. I am looking forward to going.

“There are parts of a ship which taken by themselves would sink. The engine would sink. The propeller would sink. But when the parts of a ship are built together, they float.”


And Part,
On The Square

From the West

Senior Warden Chris Smith

Greetings Brethren,
I found this article from an unknown author that I thought may be good food for thought.

AM I BUILDER?

I watched them tearing a building down,
A gang of men in a busy town
With a ho-heave-ho and a hearty yell.
They swung a beam and the sides fell,

I asked the foreman, "Are these men skilled
And the kind you would hire if you had to build?"
And he gave me a laugh and said, "no, indeed."
Just common labor is all I need,

I can easily wreck in a day or two.
What other builders have taken a year to do.

And I thought to myself as I went on my way,
which of these roles have I tried to play.

Am I a builder that works with care,
measuring life by the rule and square?

Am I shaping my deeds to a well made plan,
patiently doing the best I can?

Or am I a wrecker who walks the town,
content with the labor of tearing it down?

- Unknown Author

Brethren virtues are the working tools of life, and like all tools they have to be taught, learned and practiced to be effective. Without the proper use of working tools of virtue, we are simply getting by and not reaching our full potential,.

I hope everyone has a great summer and looking forward to the lodge re-illumination in September.

Until then, meet on the level.

From the South

Junior Warden Doug Sammis

Brethren,
Greetings from the South.

What is your favorite location in your home lodge? Mine is down in the southwest near the ship captain wall. From here you can see the operations of the entire lodge room. All though I am certain that the dining hall holds good cheer, frivolities, and the stories, “oy vey”!! Oh and let’s not forget the great food.

I remember the most recent Ocho de Mayo dinner provided by our Order of the Eastern Star, Robin Gilbert (Chef) and her grand staff did a fabulous meal. We indeed acknowledge and thank the Order of the Eastern Star for their work.

This next treat - dinner for June Stated will be at refreshment during the 50 and 60 year jewel presentations. Please arrive in honor of our Masonic ceremony and good food.

Is there anything more our brothers should know about our membership, its health status for both Masons and their Ladies? Please share with our office and officers where we might best take care of those who could use our involvement. Prayers always notwithstanding.

Lastly my Brothers, I again request a simple click on reply back to me to let me know you had the chance to get the Lodge trestle board and thanks for your courtesy.

Click on juniorwarden@gpmasoniccenter.org

 

May 2018 Trestle Board

posted Apr 23, 2018, 4:06 PM by Robert Bigelow

 

From the East

Worshipful Master Keith Trahern

Brethren,
Greetings from the East. We have several events coming up. First is the Eastern Star “Cinco de Mayo” Dinner, but it is on May 8th so let's call it the “Ocho de Mayo” Dinner. Food is being served at 6:30 pm on 05/08/2018 at the Lodge. They are making Navajo Tacos. Come down and support them.

Second is the Boatnik Event, Child ID Booth. Why am I telling everyone?? Because I would like to invite not only our Brethren, but affiliate bodies and youth groups to come down and support the Child ID and also be able to talk about what our groups do and how we give back to the community. This is a perfect opportunity to get out in front of the public.

In the last month we made an Official Visit to Belt Lodge while they did some Degrees. On the 17th we did an EA Degree for Warren Lodge. They were very pleased and said they have two more coming in in the next few months. With that said, we have had some inquiries and petitions going out. I am seeing some interest in joining the Lodge so “Time will tell”, but I am encouraged.

We have Grand Lodge coming up at the beginning of June. We are looking forward to going. Seeing old friends, making some new ones and learning
from Grand Lodge.

Lastly. We have had a few Transients sleeping around the building and hanging out there. Although we are to help our “fellowman”. We cannot have this happen. I was down there this week and found one sleeping in the back hidden part of the building. He refused to leave and I had to call the police. Then he moved on and the Police said if he returned he would be arrested. I have filed a no trespassing order with the City. So if they see anyone at anytime that does not belong there, they will arrest them. Sad that I had to to do this, but everyone's safety is more important. The building and area is Safe and the City PD said they will be patrolling around our building more often. They also said with more police presence they will move on to more secluded areas.

With that, look forward to June or July as I want to have a clean up the building work party and afternoon BBQ. It would be good to have a “Masonic Family” BBQ at the Lodge.

“God hides some ideal in every human soul. At some time in our life we feel a trembling, fearful longing to do some good thing. Life finds its noblest spring of excellence in this hidden impulse to do our best."

And Part,
On The Square

From the West

Senior Warden Chris Smith

Brethren,
In the face of day in and day out obligations it is easy to fall short; and in this dog eat dog world, we are only as good as our last success. When we only hear from the people in our lives when there is a problem and each of us struggle to make ends meet, a man can develop secret sorrows, known only to him. It should also be considered that we can never know what has transpired in a person's life before we have met them. This is an excellent premise for the exploration of tolerance. The behavior of our fellow men is always dictated by their experiences and mental state. Adult men know to never show worries and problems on their face and certainly never bring their problems into work. Under the clever guise of success and appearances, we tuck our failures and dark haunting far away into the shadow of ourselves. For some of us, gratefully, our suffering, self-doubt, pain and fear are but casual nightmares, that randomly pop up and go away just as easily. For others, the pain is unbearable, day after day they suffer, and hope for an end to come one day. Each and every one of us has smiling faces in our lives that tell lies, not profane lies, or adulterous lies, but simple lies of the heart, to keep up appearances and success. Pity allows no man to grow, and what is then great quest we have embarked upon? To grow as men.... To both the suffering hearts, and to the less burdened ones.... Always remember none of us can ever know a man's secret sorrows. Never assume to know so much about a person as to lay judgement upon them. Everyone in our lives has the potential to suffer greatly, in ways that only the mysteries can explain. Be grateful and interested with the next smiling face you see after reading these words and if at all possible try to see the giant stone they carry and help them drop their burdens and rest.... Restoring peace to their troubled minds...

Meet on the level

From the South

Junior Warden Doug Sammis

Brethren,

Greetings from the South.

May - the fifth month of a year, a measure of successful seed planting by processing the earth or from the standpoint of your Home Masonic Lodge, great moral sponsorships. May, a wonderful time of year to enjoy festivities and gather around Lodge events which invite brothers and their families to enjoy the effects of brotherly love.

Our Blue Lodge has obliged nearby district lodges help with ritual degree work. I felt a special warmth from their gratitude while we assisted in conferring a degree upon their candidates. If - and - when we are called to open our Lodge to again confer ritual assistance, I would challenge more of our Grants Pass Lodge brothers to join in and feel that same warmth. I’m convinced this can enhance your Home Lodge frame of mind. What is it we have learned about harmony? “It is the strength and support of all institutions, especially ours”.

Would all those who read this letter send back a reply either by email or phone the Lodge with a simple comment or just to say you saw this? Email your reply to: juniorwarden@gpmasoniccenter.org or call 541-476-3357 - leave your name and say you saw this month’s trestle board.

And Act by the Plumb

 

April 2018 Trestle Board

posted Mar 30, 2018, 3:45 PM by Robert Bigelow

 

From the East

Worshipful Master Keith Trahern

Brethren,

March went very well mostly. At stated meeting we draped the Altar for WB Rynd Miller. On the 18th of March we had a Masonic Funeral for WB Rynd Miller. It was very well attended and had a little over 140 Masons from all over the State. Quite a tribute to Rynd. The rest of the month for me has been kind of a Blur. I have missed quite a few meetings and other events due to the Cold/Flu. All better now and ready to hit it. Demolay had their installation on March 23rd. One of my old Demolay Buddies was in attendance and called me to let me know we have a great Master Councilor that has potential to go far in the organization. Let’s support them and our Jobies as much as possible. They are our future.

Up coming we have our 67th Jack Brownell Memorial Easter Breakfast
--April 1st at the Lodge from 8-11:00
--April 3rd Stated Meeting. There will be a meal from 6-6:45pm
--April 10th we will be traveling to Belt Lodge for a FC Degree
--April 17th Officers meeting at 6:30pm and then we will conducting a
EA Degree for Warren Lodge
--April 24th we will be working on Torchlight and Degree practice.
--May 1st Stated Meeting.

As a reminder we moved the Officers meeting to the Third Tuesday.

“Blessed is the servant who loves his brother as much when he
is sick and useless as when he is well and can be of service to him.”

And Part,
On The Square

From the West

Senior Warden Chris Smith

Dear Brethren,

I SEE YOU'VE TRAVELED SOME

Wherever you may chance to be
Wherever you may roam,
Far away in foreign lands;
Or just at Home Sweet Home;
It always gives you pleasure,
it makes your heart strings hum
Just to hear the words of cheer,
"I see you've traveled some."

When you get a brother's greeting,
And he takes you by the hand,
it thrills you with a feeling
that you cannot understand,
You feel that bond of brotherhood
that tie that's sure to come
When you hear him say in a friendly way
"I See You've Traveled Some."

And if you are a stranger,
In strange lands all alone
if fate has left you stranded
Dead broke and far from home,
it thrills-makes you numb,
When he says with a grip of fellowship,
"I See You've Traveled Some."

And when your final summons comes,
To take a long last trip,
Adorned with Lambskin Apron white
and gems of fellowship
The Tyler at the Golden Gate,
With square and rule and thumb
Will size up your pin and say "Walk In",
"I See You've Traveled Some."

In memory of Brother Rynd Miller.

Lets talk about the upcoming happenings with Lodge:

April 10th,- Belt Lodge in Kerby will be holding a Fellowcraft Degree at 6:00 pm. We have several participants from our home Lodge. The Belt Lodge has given us great support for our lodge, lets show our support for our brothers! Please plan to attend this degree.

On April 17th, we will be hosting an EA degree for Warren Lodge. . Refreshments are at 6 30 pm, the degree commences at 7:00 pm, please arrive early to give a hand. It is imperative that we show our support for our fellow lodge and brothers.

Until we meet again, on the level,

Chris Smith, Senior Warden

From the South

Junior Warden Doug Sammis

Brethren,
Greetings from the South.

We are approaching a season in the year that signifies a rebirth in nature’s fantastic earthly show. I hope to demonstrate as the earth tilts on its axis we are influenced in our walk on this sphere while it spins at the rate of 24,000 miles per hour. Are you ready? Do you feel the spin? Well here it comes and get ready to fly.

My brothers, you are in a Lodge of Free Masonry and have been raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason. You had your start as we all have and passed to your second degree. Do you remember those? I commemorate my dates and remember how becoming that last degree made a difference in how I viewed my daily walk. It is not much different from seeing the changes that the Great Architect presents over the course of Spring’s new life which is manifested right outside. Yes, we can spin in space at phenomenal speeds and never fly into the beyond. Rooted in this Fraternity, in this lodge, and with my brothers, I feel a lifting within and still well grounded. Is it something new? Do you sense a reinvigorating force when you know that this is your home lodge? Let’s have a great month this April.

There is plenty of Masonic history and education, and we can do more in our development while we become better men. Share moments with your brothers as to why you continue in this Fraternity. I’m proud to call you my brother in Masonry.

Wish to comment? ______>>>__________ juniorwarden@gpmasoniccenter.org

And Act by the Plumb

Tuesday April 3rd beginning at any time between 6 and 6:45 PM on our Stated Meeting night, we will serve a light dinner and refreshment. Cost is only $6. A confection of sorts will follow after the meeting.

 

March 2018 Trestle Board

posted Mar 1, 2018, 3:51 PM by Robert Bigelow

 

From the East

Worshipful Master Keith Trahern

Brethren,
Poof just like that February is over. We had a great stated meeting and we have been meeting on Tuesday for some lite meals and degree practice. We also have started working on Torch Light and are making progress. In the next month we are going to make a Visit to Cascade Lodge #208 in Shady Cove Diner at Mac Diner at 6:30 and Stated Meeting at 7:30 pm on March 27th. The Grand Master is making his Official Visit and our Brother from Medford Lodge #103 will be attending.

As a reminder, we moved the Officers meeting to the Third Tuesday of each month.

I had a large amount written and got a message that Rynd Miller had passed away this Am. He was a good man, Mason and Shriner. He would call me and come to my meeting just to support me. I will always hear his voice “Hey Kid whats happening”. Our hearts go out to Vicki during this time.

We have had five petitions that went out. So this is a good sign that things might be happening in the Lodge.

Masonic labor is purely a labor of Love. He who seeks to draw Masonic wages in gold and silver will be disappointed. The wages of a Mason are in the dealings with one another, sympathy begets sympathy, kindness begets kindness, helpfulness begets helpfulness, and these are the wages of a Mason. -Benjamin Franklin

And Part,
On The Square

From the West

Senior Warden Chris Smith

Back in the days of our ancient operative brethren, an apprentice would have to go through years of training that of course was taught by word of mouth only (no books). Many of the building trades today are taught the same way(such as roofing). Memory work is symbolic to freemasonry for that reason.

The founding fathers of freemasonry also understood the many benefits to practicing memory work, the list of which could fill volumes. Just to name a few; a sharp brain is the one that is used, it's like a muscle; use it or loose it. Just like when you work out at the gym, consistent and challenging exercise is the key to staying fit. Brain fit challenges like memorization are a very useful way to work out your brain for better mental health.

Memory training can stave off cognitive decline. Memory forming can become a healthy lifelong habit. Researchers from the National Institute on Health and Aging have found out that adults who went through short bursts of memory training were better able to maintain higher cognitive function and every day skills, even 5 years after going through the training. Practicing memorization allowed the elderly adults to delay typical cognitive decline by 7 to 14 years. Students who start practicing memory training can stay sharp in years to come. So in conclusion my Brethren, we see that memory work is one of the many ways that Freemasonry makes good men better.

And Meet,
On the Level

From the South

Junior Warden Doug Sammis

Brethren,
Greetings from the South.

February 2018 is vanishing very quickly. Are you ready to put Spring into your March Milieu? Let’s start by checking into the Stated meeting on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 for a light snack between 6:00 PM through 6:45 PM, with coffee, sodas, sandwiches, and chips. After the meeting we can enjoy some dessert before leaving for home. I remain hopeful that this trestle board reaches our Lodge brothers so we will make a spectacular attendance number on that night.

I am reminded that history is a look back at how things were, but looking forward seems a better idea for making a future history more to your liking. If you enjoy your Masonic achievement and you should, your brothers are out there offering their friendship, morality and brotherly love. I’m excited to be a brother and share our “Home Lodge”, Grants Pass Lodge #84 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. Come on in and see what’s going on. We’re honored by our Worshipful Master, Keith Trahern in keeping the business meeting portion short so we can have a little more time sharing what is happening in our busy lives at refreshment.

So thanks to all who will make this night spectacular and please speak of this get together with as many of our Fraternity who may or may not know about this communication.

And Act,
By the Plumb

DeMolay Installation

Robert Bigelow, DeMolay Advisor

Grants Pass Chapter, Order of DeMolay would be honored by your presence at our Installation of Officers.

Friday, March 23rd, 2018 at 6:30 PM
Grants Pass Masonic Center
320 NW E St
Grants Pass, OR 97526

Master Councilor - Elect
Ethan Burchette

Josephine Chapter, Order Of the Eastern Star, will be serving refreshments after the installation.

This is a public installation, all members of our Masonic family are invited, and friends and those curious about DeMolay are definitely encouraged to come.

 

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