Worshipful Master
WB Steve Wandel

WB James Larson


ROBERT BURNS #243 Trestleboard

January 2008


Master's Jewel      From the East



This has been an unusual couple of months due to the holidays, and we should get back on track here in February.  I wanted to get a trestleboard out between meetings, so this will be short and to the point.

I think the biggest event to happen is that Robert Burns now has a �Bikes for Books� program at work at Discovery Elementary School in the Mukilteo School District.  We should be awarding our first set of Bikes around March 17th.  We have partnered up with Snohomish Co. Fire District #1 who, if all goes as planned,  will be fitting and providing the helmets for the winning children.  This was a really great idea that was brought up by the principal of Discovery Elementary, Rosalynn Schott.  We had hoped to have a bicycle shop also involved but that doesn�t seem to be panning out; we will probably be purchasing the bikes through one of the large national stores.

Now let�s see who�s paying attention.  One of the things that I would like to work on this year is the �Proficiency in Lodge Management� program through the Grand Lodge.  So to get things started I will be asking a few of the questions from the written test every month and I would like the Brethren to find the answers in the Masonic Code, Grand Lodge Proceedings, the Washington Monitor, the Freemason�s Guide, and the Lodge Officer�s Handbook.  All of these resources can be accessed on the Grand Lodge website.  Bring your answers to the next Lodge meeting and we will compare notes and fill in the answers.  Everyone can participate in the written test and this can make it a fun way to go through the 100 questions. So here�s the first few questions:

  1. Lodge by-laws become effective when approved by the Lodge? 

True  or  False   Reference:_____________________

  1. How many days notice must be given to members of the Lodge before voting on a by-laws change?

Days =  0  5  7  10  14  15  28  30  60  90    Ref:_____________________

  1. The Lodge by-laws shall specify the maximum amount that the Master may draw from the general funds of the Lodge for the purpose of assistance or relief?

True  or  False   Ref:_____________________

It�s a great time to be a Robert Burns Mason.  Do good onto all and see you all in Lodge on February 5th


Steve Wandel

Worshipful Master


Master's Jewel      From the South



Our Sno-King Building Association should have a design and construction cost estimate by the end of February.  WB Ernie and myself have found ourselves of the design committee and need the assistance from not only the Brothers of Robert Burns, but from all concordant bodies.  What do you like about Lodges you have visited?  What deficiencies have you observed? Please let us know what you want in a new facility.
T. H. Little Chapter, Order of DeMolay can use your support.  They meet the second and fourth Wednesdays.  A big thank you to the advisors from Robert Burns; WB Walt Moody, WB Rich Bigham and WB Ernie McCasland have been there from the start and continue to encourage & lead these future Masons.  Our core group of young men are still enthusiastic and would welcome new members.  If you have any prospects, please let us know.  Our Master Councilor elect will be initiated around the end of February. Stay tuned for the date and time.
Our next visitation will be announced at our first stated meeting in February. 



Jim Hamlin

Junior Warden



From the Editor:


Since WB Steve submitted his section of this trestleboard, the District 8 calendars have become available, for $5 each.  Please contact him if you would like one.



Matt Appel




What: . . . . . . . . . . .Lunch

When . . . . . . . . . . .Last Friday of each Month

Where . . . . . . . . . . 'Oasis' at the Nile

Time . . . . . . . . . . . 11:30 'Til ?

Bring a guest and enjoy!


Sunshine Committee


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 "I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life...

...Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory or defeat."

Theodore Roosevelt, 1899



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