Robert Burns #243 Trestleboard
From the East
In the past I have tried to refrain from making my part of the Trestleboard be just a recitation of past and upcoming events. I have failed several times, and this looks to be one of those. In my defense, our JW and SW have below provided some excellent food for thought on actions we can take in this new year to improve ourselves and our Lodge. The reason I am veering from my intent, however, is that I am excited about what is happening in our Lodge. I am hoping that this year we can be an active, growing Lodge, and that means letting everyone know what is going on.
At our December meeting we voted to change the by-laws, the most important part of which is moving the date of our stated meeting when the first Tuesday is a Holiday. I am pleased to report that the new by-laws have been reviewed by Grand Lodge and the Grand Master, and have been approved and returned to us, so our January meeting will be on the 15th, not the 22nd as originally advertised. There is now nothing scheduled for the 22nd.
Friday the 25th, however, will be an event for the Brothers of our Lodge and our friends and family. That day is Robert Burns' birthday, which is celebrated by Scots across the globe with Burns Suppers. We are not attempting anything that ambitious, however. We are just going to have a quiet dinner at the Edmonds Masonic Center for us and our family and friends (and maybe a couple of candidates) and share some camaraderie. Our JW, Bill Ferguson, has agreed to head this project up, and is working with Bro. Brent Wandel and the SW to make it a fun evening. If you wish to attend, please inform myself or one of the Wardens on or before the 15th of January. As this is to be a step up from our usual meals we will need to plan a bit more, and we must insist that you RSVP before the event, which will cost $15. Unfortunately, I am unable to attend, but I hope this evening will be a success and a building block for future years.
Then on 5 February we are back to our usual schedule, with a first Tuesday stated meeting at the Edmonds Masonic Center. As I understand it, no one has contacted the JW to sign up to prepare this dinner, and I think it is unfair to expect him to supply every meal in addition to the other duties he must perform as JW and his supplying food for the 15th and 25th of January. If we have no volunteers, we may have to cancel that meal. The 10th of February will be our Silvertips game night, with 5:05 game start in Comcast Arena in Everett. If you (and/or your friends and family) are interested in joining us for that event, please let me know before the 29th of January, as I have to buy the tickets ahead of time. Tickets are $12 each.
The last event that I want to mention is that on the weekend after our stated meeting on Tuesday the 5th of March we will have a bowling night from 4-6 on Saturday the 9th at Glacier Lanes in Everett. Please let Bro. Brent Wandel know if you and your friends and family can attend, so we can reserve the proper number of lanes. As always, please check out the Upcoming Events page of our website for the latest on our, well, upcoming events.
Finally, the most sober and important part of this message is that our Worshipful Brother John Friesen passed to the Celestial Lodge above in late December. We will memorialize him at our meeting on the 15th. He was a good man, and I am glad to have called him my Brother.
WB Matthew Appel
From the West
As we start this new year, I find myself reflecting on this last year and wondering what the new year holds for me and Masonry as a whole. A new year always provides energy for starting new projects and improving ourselves. Let us all start this new year right and with pride and enthusiasm for Masonry. We have a dinner later this month with multiple candidates attending. So let's all try to attend it to show our support. Let's try to improve our ritual work, being it from a simple meeting to the different degree work we do. I have high hopes that this term and this year will bring new members and new ideas to our Lodge. So, if you are lacking a new year resolution for this year maybe choose a Masonic one. From increasing your understanding of the history of our Fraternity, to doing more visitations and supporting our youth groups, or why not all the above! I hope to see you all at this months' meeting and that this new year brings you joy and enlightenment.
Bro. Josh Hamlin
From the South
Let me begin by congratulating each and every one of you on surviving the apocalypse. We made it through without earthquakes, volcanoes, asteroids, or genetically alerted carnivorous zombie teddy
bears; so let's all pat ourselves on the back for an end of the world well done.
With the holidays (and apocalypse) behind us we greet the New Year; and with it the New Year's Resolution. I've never been very good with new years resolutions. I've always been more of an instant gratification type person, and never dependent on a arbitrary calendar date to point out when to make changes. This year though, while moving calendars from 2012 to 2013 I began to reflect on the past year and past behaviors with an eye towards improvement.
As Masons we are charged to continually examine ourselves and strive to improve. Resolutions for improvement can be for ourselves or our Lodge. In this month's Trestleboard I would like to share with you a few of my Masonic resolutions for 2013 and ask you to join me in helping each other achieve these goals this year.
Visit a Lodge you've never visited before. Visiting other Lodges gives us a chance to see the work in a new way. We are able to better hone the skills needed for visiting other Lodges but also receiving visiting brothers to our Lodge. We also have the added benefit of meeting new brothers and potential new friends.
Learn a part of a ritual that you don't already know. I have yet to meet the brother who knows every word to every piece of ritual. Committing to learning a new chair, a degree lecture or a special ritual like the funereal services is one of the most self-fulfilling things that a brother can do in his Masonic journey. If you happen to be one of those rare brothers with a computer for a brain, who knows the work, pass on the knowledge by helping another brother to learn it.
Participate in functions outside of the Lodge. At the end of the day the Lodge isn't our monthly meetings, our ritual, or our temple. We are the Lodge. The Lodge is a living breathing entity that dwells in the hearts of each Mason. This year let's resolve to spend time in fellowship with one another outside of our normal meetings and grow as a Lodge and as Masons.
These are my resolutions and are not meant to be an all-encompassing list. Maybe your resolution is to read a Masonic book this year, or attend Grand Lodge for the first time, or mentor a new candidate through the degrees. These are my resolutions and I plan to spend 2013 work towards each of them. I ask you brothers to join me in making this year a year of growing in Masonry for each of us and for our Lodge.
Bro. Bill Ferguson
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