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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


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.

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And Meet,
On The Level

From the South

Junior Warden John Davis


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.