Robert Burns #243 Trestleboard
From the East
During my time as master of Robert Burns, I would like to encourage the Lodge to be more involved in the community. On June 13th, the American Cancer Society will hold a Relay for Life at Pilchuck High School. I intend to have Robert Burns field a relay team for this event. This particular charity is meaningful to me because my mother-in-law is a cancer survivor. If you are interested in being a part of this event, please contact me.
On March 12th, we visited Edmonds #165 there were about a dozen Robert Burns Brothers at the meeting, who came out to support Bro. Jim Moran's Son at his initiation. We also had an ulterior motive, and looked at the Temple as potential tenants. The Temple seems like it would be a good meeting place. The moving committee will review our potential meeting places. They also have been working on an inventory of our regalia stored at the EMC, to see if we will need to rent a storage area, and if so what size.
Bethel 50 IOJD will be selling baked goods before the stated meeting on April 7th. Please come out and support our youth.
From the West
Jim G. Hamlin
From the South
After returning from the Wardens Conference in Yakima (which involved an extended drive home via I-84 down the Colombia--7 hours with a 2- and 5- year old on board), I continue to marvel at the variety and quality of men that have joined our Fraternity. On the agenda was everything from pointers on how to memorize ritual to a genuinely inspirational talk that was supposed to have been about mentoring. I am not sure that I learned much about mentoring from this class, but it was one of the most inspirational moments I have had since being made a Mason. I left that particular talk with, as Sam Roberts likes to say, my "hair on fire" to go out and be a better man and a better Mason. (On second thought, that may be what mentoring is about...)
I have often asked myself about what we say at our meetings and what we do at our meetings. We speak a great deal of how we have labored to improve ourselves and humanity, but I wonder if we do. I do not doubt that we become somewhat better men by meeting on the level with men we would not otherwise know and engaging in fellowship or conducting the business of the Lodge. However, it seems that we rarely discuss ways to improve ourselves, or the meaning behind what we do. Sometimes I worry that our Ritual has become empty and we just are looking for the cake afterwards.
Of course, the pendulum can swing too far in the other direction, too. I don't think too many Brothers would want to be lectured once a month on how they should be better, nor would they want to attend meetings that were nothing but a series of talks from a motivational speaker.
In short, I have come to think a bit harder on what Masonry means to me, and how I can stop this burning feeling on the top of my head by going out and being a better man. I want to learn the lessons of Friendship, Morality and Brotherly Love; practice Prudence, Temperance, and Discretion. How can we make the words we say into a change in our hearts and minds? I am interested to hear if you have any ideas on how to do this in the Lodge. Please let me know, give me a call or e-mail me at email@example.com.
What: . . . . . . . . . . .Lunch
When . . . . . . . . . . .Last Friday of each Month
Where . . . . . . . . . . 'Oasis' at the Nile
Time . . . . . . . . . . . 11:30 'Til ?
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