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September 2017

posted Sep 1, 2017, 4:14 PM by Robert Bigelow

Brethren,

Summer was busy! June was Grand Lodge; we had three lodge members and a couple of
wives that attended. Congratulations to Most Worshipful Grand Master Myles McMillan.
Our Lodge building did not have a very good summer, in July we were vandalized four
different days. The glass doors and sidelights were broken. They have now been
replaced. But there is still some clean up work to be done. Wouldn’t it be great if
everyone could learn to subdue their passions?

In July the Outdoor Degree was held, Congratulations to Isaac Hamilton on being raised
to Master Mason. Thank you to all who attend it was a nice evening with dinner, degree
and an impressive ceremony retiring several lamb skin aprons done by Jon Torbert.
The summer ended with a very successful Past Master’s Rummage sale. A big thank you
to Greg Gilbert and his crew, job well done! Thank you to all that donated items.

Thank you all those that staffed the ID trailer this summer at the Frog O Fair, Pet Parade
in Cave Junction and the back to school at Parkway Christian Church. Also a big Thank
You to those that keep this trailer stocked and computers working.
The Job’s Daughters will be holding an initiation on Sept. 23, time to be announced.
Please come support our youth. The girls had an exciting fun time attending Supreme
Session outside of Philadelphia come hear their stories.
Back to labor soon see you then.

And Part,
On the Square

June 2017

posted May 25, 2017, 9:38 AM by Robert Bigelow

Brethren

May 20th was the Masonic Cemetery cleanup day we had ten brothers and family members show up to help. The place looks great! I would like to THANK everyone who helped. It was a lot of work, my back is still sore. On May 22nd the Job’s Daughters used their meeting time to go out to the cemetery and put flags on all the Veteran’s graves. What a great way for the young ladies to honor our Veterans.

Also on May 20th the Job’s Daughters held an initiation and official visit. We now have two new Jobbie girls, please be sure to welcome them and their families at our social events.

Grand Lodge is June 1st and 2nd I look forward to providing a full report with the next Trestle Board. Officers’ s please look ahead and plan to attend next year as this is a fun and educational event.

And part,
On the Square

May 2017

posted Apr 26, 2017, 10:01 AM by Robert Bigelow

The Worshipful Master apologizes for not having an article written for this month. He asks that you all please pray for the continued health and recovery of his father-in-law, WB Bob Hamilton.

April 2017

posted Mar 24, 2017, 4:44 PM by Robert Bigelow

Brethren

April looks to be busy with the grand visitations. The district deputy will be at our April Stated meeting on the 4th. The Grand Master’s official visit is April 18th. Our JW Chris Smith has been working hard to plan a special DINNER to make it a nice event. Please invite your wives as a special program is being planned for them. Please plan on attending and be sure to get your name on the sign-up sheet.

Lodge #84 will be hosting Easter Breakfast on the 16th of April, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.. This event has been held at our lodge for over 60 years. I will be counting on all brethren to help out, to be there and to invite their family. This is the kind of event you can bring friends and non-masons for yummy breakfast and wonderful fellowship.

Happy Easter!

And Part,
On The Square

Worshipful Master
Steve Booth

March 2017

posted Feb 27, 2017, 10:24 AM by Robert Bigelow   [ updated Mar 1, 2017, 11:58 AM ]

Brethren

I am very excited about our new members it is awesome to see a younger generation joining our order. I look forward to getting to know our new members and sharing fellowship!

Speaking of fellowship I would like to thank those that attended our Valentine's Dinner. It was very nice. Our Jr. Warden Chris Smith put together a wonderful dinner and the Job’s Daughters provided decorations. The Job’s Daughters also did a great job serving drinks and doing the dishes. But I am very disappointed! We only had 20 people show up and only 3 officers, we get more officers at the Gold Miner for lunch. It seems like a waste of money and effort. I would like to hear some ideas on how to get more people to come to our dinners, or maybe we discontinue dinners? I would like more support from my officers, they should be setting an example for the rest of the brothers.


And Part,
On the Square

February 2017

posted Jan 23, 2017, 10:51 AM by Robert Bigelow   [ updated Jan 23, 2017, 10:58 AM ]

Brethren,

The stormy weather we had in January caused many challenges for everyone. Due to the weather the stated meeting scheduled for the 3rd was changed to the 10th . At the stated meeting we voted on a petition for degrees from Jeff Dinicola. Jeff is the father of our newest Jobbie his family is a wonderful addition to the Masonic family. We will be doing degree work in February and March. February 21 will be the FC degree for Isaac Hamilton, Feb 28 EA for Ed Pogue and March 14 EA for Jeff Dinicola.

The Past Master's roast was on the 17th it was well attended and a lot of fun, I hope we were not too hard on WB Greg. Thank you for the wonderful year, you did a great job.

On February 14th we will be having our Valentine’s Dinner. Please plan to attend and bring your Sweetheart. This is a good opportunity to invite prospective members and those who we don’t see often, reach out to our brothers offer a ride or just encourage them to attend. Please let us know if you are attending so we have proper head count.

And Part,
On the Square

January 2017

posted Dec 28, 2016, 11:54 AM by Robert Bigelow

Brethren,
I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s celebration. December was a busy month for my family, three days after the installation we went to Disneyland for 6 days. Christmas made it especially fun our 7 year old granddaughter, she really enjoyed it, it was an awesome time. I apologize for missing the Christmas dinner, congratulations to Brian for receiving the Hiram award. Thank you to all who made the Jobs Daughter’s bake sale a big success, the girls felt bad because several were unable to be there due to illness. I hope everyone enjoyed the goodies.
I would like to invite you to the Jobs Daughter’s installation of officers it will be held Jan. 9th at 6:00. We have received three new petitions so they will be doing an initiation soon. It is very exciting to see the growth that is happening.

I would again like to thank Greg for all his help preparing me for the upcoming year.

And Part,
On the Square

December 2016

posted Nov 30, 2016, 3:24 PM by Robert Bigelow

Brethren,

It's hard to believe that this is my last Trestle Board article.  As I reflect back on my busy year as Master of the Lodge, I want to remind those that are coming up through the officer line, to make sure that you are reachable as Master.  Almost every day this year I had something to do with the lodge, phone calls, meetings, text messages, emails, meetings, funerals, trials, meetings, hospital visits, dinners, meetings, nights at home planning and writing articles and talking to people asking about masonry.  The thing is, you get out of it what you put into it.  If you ignore your lodge or brethren, they’ll ignore you back and your lodge will wither away.  Through it all, I've enjoyed every day.  


So far during my year we proudly put on three Entered Apprentice Degrees, passed two to Fellowcraft, and raised four Master Masons. Unfortunately, there were ten funeral services performed.  I also had the unfortunate experience of presiding over a Masonic trial, which is one trial too many.  I learned more about the Masonic Penal Code than I had ever intended to.


Last year I joined York Rite and was Knighted as a Templar, became a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, and joined the Order of Eastern Star.  This year Robin and I were installed in the West as Associate Matron & Patron of OES and became a Noble of Shriners International.  I think I'm addicted to paying dues!


I congratulate Master Elect Steve Booth and all the officers for 2017, with their leadership, know that your lodge is in good hands.


I have been proud to be the Worshipful Master, it has been a great honor, but my greatest honor and proudest moment was making Jim Ford an Honorary Past Master for 2016, you earned it Worshipful Brother.  


After a seven year build up, come December 27th, I won't even be an officer in the lodge!  Well I still have the “G lecture” and third base in the MM degree.  Since those don't come around very often, guess I could take up teaching Senior Deacons (my favorite role) and mentoring new masons.


Trust me when I say this year would have been much harder without the strength, love and support of my wife Robin.  Having her grow up in a Masonic family has made my year as Master easier, because she knew what was expected.


Brethren, thank you for trusting me to be the 131st Master of Grants Pass #84.


And part on the Square


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