Robert Burns #243 Trestleboard
From the East
It was an honor to be installed as Master of your Lodge earlier this month. I hope that I will be able to meet the standards that you expect your Master to uphold. It was at least as great an honor to initiate our newest Brother, Bro. Jesus Alvarez, at our 21 December meeting.
We as a Lodge tend to do good ritual work; this is an area sited frequently in the analysis of the Lodge conducted earlier this year by WB Jim Hamlin. It is my hope that we can continue to grow in this field and honor the symbols and meaning behind the words with excellent performances.
One area where we struggle is in our meeting place. It was by far the most cited weakness of our Lodge in the above survey. We have talked for some time about how best to improve our lot in this area. A couple of years ago we voted not to move to the Edmonds Temple. Recently we discussed spending some of our building fund to improve the heating and air conditioning in the Lodge Room, but this was shot down by the Temple Board. It seems to me that we have three possible courses of action (each of which, of course, has several different options). First, we can move to a new meeting place and rent there; some have suggested Edmonds again, others the Cedar Valley Grange in Lynnwood or other options. Second, we can spend some of the building fund (as we have precious little other funds available) to impove our current location. Third, we can just live with what we have until we raise enough money to buy our own place. I ask that each of you think of what you would like. I will write more about this topic in upcoming editions of this newsletter.
I encourage you all to spread the word that on Tuesday the First of February at our regular stated meeting we will have an outside speaker, the Very Reverend Anthony Bawyn. He is the canon lawyer for the Archdiocese of Seattle, and will speak about the current and historic relationship between the Catholic Church and Freemasonry. As he is not a Mason, we will open as usual at 7:30 and go to refreshment as quickly as possible for him to give his presentation. As we will be at refreshment, I encourage you to invite anyone you think may be interested in this topic to the meeting, including non-Masons. I am trying to pursuade the Stewards to come up with something special for dinner, as well.
Finally, on the 13th of February the Lodge will attend a game of the Everett Silvertips. The tickets will be $12 per person ($2 off of the usual cost), and family and friends are invited to attend. I do need a list of names so I can buy the correct number of tickets by 1 February. If you will be unable to attend that meeting to reserve your spot, and you are interested in attending, please contact me at email@example.com or call me at (425)673-0867.
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"In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves...self-discipline with all of them came first."
Harry S. Truman
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