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November 2019 Trestle Board

posted Nov 16, 2019, 10:56 PM by Robert Bigelow

From the East

Worshipful Master Chris Smith

Hello Brethren,
First part of business for November is our official visit from the Grand Lodge of Oregon, District Deputy,
John Lohrfink. We will have a dinner before our Stated Meeting and officers will be in tux. Let’s bring
honor to our Grand Lodge of Oregon with honor appropriate for this most worthy Grand Lodge
representative. He has displayed above duty service for District 17 throughout the last three years that
warrant our praise. Thank you John for a job well done.
November is loaded with activity for a festive calendar, I hope you all will attend our Thanksgiving
dinner with services provided by Davey Jones and his wife. Let’s have a super showing. Davey has shown
our lodge some good menus throughout the year and has been great at keeping our brothers well fed.
Thank You Brother Jones.
I wish to thank all the brothers for their support throughout these many months. Working full time
running a competitive business in our community can take its toll on time as Master. But I commend you
my Brothers for keeping me in your prayers and believing that all things are possible. My sincere thanks
for your continued support…. and part on the square

From the West

Senior Warden Doug Sammis

From the West
Senior Warden – Doug Sammis
Article title: Drumsticks and Masons
I remember a time when families came together once a year for Thanksgiving dinner. All us kids sat
among their sisters, brothers and cousins at their own table away from the adults. Sound familiar? All
totaled, we were 15 children and 40 adults. Great Grandad sat in the proverbial chair, “head of the
table”. Grandad was a Mason, but I didn’t know what that meant back then.
Ok, let’s carve a turkey, but only one of five. The others will be brought out after the carving ritual. All
the adults around the large table would shout out what part of the turkey they wanted while Grandad
would say something about particular parts of the turkey like, “You know what happens when you eat a
wing? You’ll fly sideways till Christmas”. Or, “Eat a leg and you’ll hop like a one-legged kangaroo, but you
can beat a drum with the other one”. Silly stuff, right? Yet aren’t the memories about the moment.
All the kids wanted a turkey leg, a – um – uh -a drumstick! There were only 5 turkeys, 10 drumsticks.
Who would have a drumstick and who would end up not getting one? No problem, Great Grandma
knew the owner of the butcher shop around the corner. I guess you could say that the butcher would
always drum up business for Thanksgiving. He was also a Mason and was a member of the same lodge in
Santa Barbara as Great Grandad. I think you could say that the local Masonic tradition at thanksgiving
back then was to turkey trot to the beat of your own drumstick. For me, it was fun, family, and innocent
times. Thanks to introductions like these memories bring me to the forefront of looking back to move
ahead as a better man and Mason. Lucky to have my own drumstick.
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From the South

Junior Warden John Davis

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