Robert Burns #243 Trestleboard
From the East
Join me in a belated thank you to
Brother Mark Goldberg, Worshipful Brothers John Sutton, Bob Wallinger, Scott
Wallinger and Steve Wandel. On a very wet and chilly Monday, they got together
and constructed a wheelchair ramp for Bro. Bob Miles.
This work helped Bro. Bob be at home for Christmas.
We are now a few months into 2010. Each year seems to go
faster than the last. This year I would like our Lodge to plan for the
future. As we heard in the Charge to the Lodge at the Installation of Officers,
"�may your children�s children celebrate, with joy and gratitude, the annual
recurrence of this auspicious solemnity." In order help assure the
continuance of our Lodge, we need to know what we want to do, where we are going
and how we are going to get there.
Organizations that do not plan, do not define their purpose,
do not state their goals and do not lay out a road map on how to get to where
they want to go, have little chance of success. We can choose to survive
or to succeed. We can decide if we get together each month for just good
fellowship or if we want to grow and share our tenets with others.
Whatever we decide, we need to do it do it by choice not by doing what we always
do just because we always done it.
I have no allusion that our plan can be completed in one short
year, hopefully those that follow will also see the benefit to this and continue
with the process. We are not starting from scratch; Grand Lodge has a Long
Range Plan. Please take time to read this document, available on the
Grand Lodge website.
�The architect began to design; and the plans which he laid
down, being improved by time and experience, produced works which have been the
admiration of every age.�
Those who have gone before us have laid a strong foundation,
let us build on it
From the West
In attempting to organize a meeting of the Long Range Planning
Committee, I have noticed how busy we all are. I know that I have
trouble attending meetings more at certain times of the year (usually in
the lead up to a tax deadline, my wife is a tax accountant, and
apparently one cannot leave a 6 and 3 year-old home alone) and I am
always impressed at those who have the time and energy to devote to the
There seems to be a discussion that arises frequently, "why don't we do
(insert your favorite activity here) more often (often followed by
"...like we used to")?" I would have to say that if we are going
to rely on the efforts of a small fraction of our membership to organize
everything that then we are going to be limited to what they can
organize. Also, the flip side of having an event every night is
that those twenty or so Brothers who attend activities must chose, and
cannot make everything. I know of more than one Brother who has
spread himself very thinly, and has to choose between many equally
worthy activities as to where he should go on any given night.
One of the benefits of being Trestleboard editor is that I can read the
other articles and reflect on them before writing my own. I would
encourage you to thoroughly read the submissions that appear
before and after this one. Jim says above that we all need
to help in planning for the Lodge's future. Below Mark says that
he wants to see more activities to build the bonds of Brotherly Love and
Affection between us. I agree wholeheartedly with both ideas.
I applaud the Junior Warden for organizing a camping trip, and think
that that is the kind of initiative that we need. I know WB John
Hart organizes poker nights at his house with both members of this Lodge
and his other friends invited. These are great examples. If
you have an idea for something you would like to see us do or include in
the long range plan, please let Jim, Mark, or myself know. Just
don't be surprised if we ask you to organize it...
From the South
Hello again Brothers. I have
found myself once again too busy to get everything done that I have wanted to
do; in the short time I have been a Mason, I have been searching for the real
meaning of Freemasonry to me. The greatest thing I have gotten out of it to
this point is the fraternal brotherhood that I have received. Although I know
there is more to it then this it has been one of the gratifications I have
received. I have noticed a much closer bond with some brothers then others and
when thinking about the reasoning behind it I have discovered that they are the
brothers I see outside of Lodge. I feel we need to put more emphasis on more
activities that we can all get together outside of Lodge, so we can have a
tighter group of men working together. So if anyone is interested trying to
achieve this with me please let me know of some ideas you have that would be fun
for all of us to do. To start things off, I would like to invite anyone who is
interested to go camping on March 5th at the Masonic Park. Hope to see you
What: . . . . . . . . . . .Lunch
When . . . . . . . . . . .Last Friday of each
Where . . . . . . . . . . 'Oasis' at the Nile
Time . . . . . . . . . . . 11:30 'Til ?
guest and enjoy!
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Gene Autry, August 1947
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