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November 2018 Trestle Board

posted Oct 31, 2018, 10:30 PM by Robert Bigelow

From the East

Worshipful Master Keith Trahern


Greetings from the East.

Fall is in the air and we are starting to see the beginnings to the end of the year and the end of my term as WM. First of all I want to apologize for not getting my Trestle Board article out last month. Apparently, none of the Wardens did. Which reflects badly on me. Again, I give my sincerest apologies. We have the elections and the official visit from our District Deputy RWB John Lohrfink coming up in November during our stated meeting.

I recently found and watched a new series on Netflix called “Inside the Freemasons”. It is based out of England, but it gave me some great ideas. One of which I am going to work on trying to help those coming up behind me. Which is having our Masonic Families come together more often with things like pot lucks or just plain gatherings and inviting our whole family. Yes, we need to be there to support each other in bad times, but we are and should be supporting each other during the good times. The show also made me reflect on growing up around the Masonic Family. On more than one occasion I had people Masonic Family there to support and guide me. It is said that individuals join an organization, not primarily because of an understanding of or particular goals of the organization, but rather because they are familiar with an individual who belongs to that organization, and respects and admires the individual. With me I look to my father. I was in DeMolay growing up, but had not joined Masonry. I look back and wonder why I had not many years before. Freemasonry does take good men and does make them better. Our lessons once instructed, understood, and put into practice, can not help but to make the individual better, regardless of their social or economic standing in society. We believe in the equality of all men. The actions of our members speak louder than any words, any bequests or donation of funds we could grant. So looking forward. I encourage us to continue to support each other.

A deep Thank you for all those that have supported and encouraged me and my family through the years.

“The secret of Masonry, like the secret of life, can be known only by those who seek it, serve it, live it. It cannot be uttered; it can only be felt and acted. It is, in fact, an open secret, and each man knows it according to his quest and capacity. Like all things worth knowing, no one can know it for another and no man can know it alone.”

William Howard Taft

And Part,
On The Square

From the West

Senior Warden Chris Smith

Dear Brethren,
This month I would like to talk a little on faith. With how intensely the world is changing around us, we must keep believing that we have a place in this evolution, and never stop pushing forward in knowing that we will make it out the other side.

Faith encompasses hope for unseen truth, belief of truth, and activity. It is, in short, a word so broad as to be useless for precise discussion. Faith used to deserve the activity of planting a field in the hope of harvest, strictly consisting of the "assurance of things hope for, while "not seen." In essence, planting the seed of faith.

November 6th- District Deputy will be present for his official visit. Officers, please remember to wear proper attire (tuxedos).

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Grants Pass Lodge #84 Annual Installation of Officers on December 8th, 5:30-8:30pm. Dinner will be provided after the installation. Please feel free to invite family and friends, be sure to add them to the guest list so we can ensure plenty of food for everyone.

December 11th- 6:30 pm Christmas Dinner at the Lodge. Family and friends welcome.

And Meet On The Level,
Senior Warden
Chris Smith

From the South

Junior Warden Doug Sammis

Greetings from the South.

November 2018, and “Thanksgiving”. This is a special time of year where we can reflect on the goodness of our walk with one another. We make our own connections throughout our lives for those we surround ourselves with which helps us complete our unique circle of life. I enjoy the phrase , “The Great Architect of the Universe”. It fits in my belief along with family, friends and my Masonic fraternity adding a fullness in the light of Masonry.

Our Lodge is a haven for those who would think of it as they would as another personal home. Take a moment and give thanks for all the blessings that can be bestowed upon you in our Fraternity. I am grateful for my brothers in this home (Lodge).

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And Act by the Plumb