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December 2016

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


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