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December 2020 Trestle Board

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

 

From the East

Worshipful Master Doug Sammis

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

AND PART ON THE SQUARE

From the West

Senior Warden John Davis

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

AND MEET ON THE LEVEL

From the South

Junior Warden Jim Warriner

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

“Look to the East”
AND ACT BY THE PLUMB

 

November 2020 Trestle Board

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

 

From the East

Worshipful Master Doug Sammis

From the East

Worhipful Master – Doug Sammis

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

AND PART ON THE SQUARE

From the West

Senior Warden John Davis

From the West

Senior Warden John Davis

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

AND MEET ON THE LEVEL

From the South

Junior Warden Jim Warriner

From the South

Junior Warden James Warriner

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

AND ACT, BY THE PLUMB

 

October 2020 Trestle Board

posted Oct 4, 2020, 8:25 AM by Robert Bigelow

 

From the East

Worshipful Master Doug Sammis

CORNERSTONES

Trestle Board October 2020 Grants Pass Masonic Lodge #84 From the East Worshipful Master – Doug Sammis My Brothers, CORNERSTONES We are in the mix of a learning curve, and how to juggle critical challenges? My Brothers, you have an advantage with a foundation stone or setting stone emblematically concreted in place. All other stones will be set in reference to this stone, thus making sense of the entire architecture. Show kindness, compassion and empathy to those in need. Embrace your Cornerstone and as Masons others may find as they come into contact with us a reason to turn to our Lodge for help. Those in our community are wrestling with Covid 19, Wildfires, lock down depression, a job, keeping a home, or feeding a family who may benefit from knowing a Mason. Highlight your cornerstone and please let your Lodge know where we might be able to help our community neighbors and families in their time of need. Next, Grants Pass Lodge will be having its Stated Meeting on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 beginning at 7:30 PM. We are thankful for Brother Senior Warden, Major John Davis’ safe return from another tour of duty with the National Guard. Please attend in support of all our Lodge officers for this Stated Meeting because it is step up night.



AND PART ON THE SQUARE

From the West

Senior Warden John Davis

Brethren,



Let me first start by saying it is good to be back. A big thanks is extended for all the Brothers who filled in and covered for me while I was gone.

I appreciate all the thanks upon my return and I would encourage you to think about other individuals you have not spoken to in a significant time. This is a good time to reach out and check on old friends, widows, and relatives you have not spoken to in a while. See if they need help, a chore done around the house, or maybe just someone to eat dinner with on a lonely night. Our community is only as strong as the bonds we create.

We have a few months left in the year but have some big tasks to manage. We will need to focus on the upcoming officer elections, budget, and installation. I look forward to finishing out 2020 as your Senior Warden and serving all of you to the best of my ability.



AND MEET ON THE LEVEL

From the South

Junior Warden Jim Warriner

Brethren,

The third row for the “rogue gallery” of Past Masters in the dining room is now complete and includes a separate 3 position frame for Past Grand Masters.

Our lodge is now authorized with BottleDrop to bring up to 10 blue bags per day and receive credit to our BottleDrop account. Blue bags and the required stickers are in the room labled “recycling”. Feel free to either fill a bag with what is in the room (20 lb max.) or take a bag home and fill it, and be sure you attach the required sticker to each bag you fill. Once filled take it to the BottleDrop, there is no waiting in line just scan the tag at the drop door behind the building, open the door and insert the full bag/bags.

The intended use for these funds is to support the youth of our community. Whether it is Bethel, Demolay, Scholarships, ChildID, or other programs that benefit our youth.



James Warriner Junior Warden

“Look to the East”



AND ACT BY THE PLUMB

 

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

 

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