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March 2018 Trestle Board

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

From the East

Worshipful Master Keith Trahern

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

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.