Worshipful Master
WB Jim Hamlin

WB James Larson


Robert Burns #243 Trestleboard

January, 2010



Master's Jewel      From the East


Most realize that Euclid and Pythagoras were pretty darn smart because of what they wrote concerning geometry.  Galileo and Copernicus brought man�s attention to the truths of the stars.  Newton proposed the theory of gravity based on something that every person knew, apples fall.  Einstein and Stephen Hawking even describe the nature of the universe that we cannot see.  All agree these men were geniuses.  But how about the nameless guy (or guys) who wrote the First Degree lecture?


Each time I listen to the lecture of a Degree something different draws my attention.  During the last First Degree lecture what hit me was dirt.  Well, the degree uses the word clay but it still is dirt. �...Clay, our Mother Earth, for it alone, of all the elements, has never proved unfriendly to man...�  �...and returns with interest every good committed to her care...�


Who was the man who first wrote this?  Did he spend his day building cathedrals and then in his spare time reflected how to use the nature of the world to help teach us lessons on personal conduct?  Was he not a genius in his own right?


The truths taught us by Euclid helped build magnificent edifices.  Galileo turned our attention and imagination to the stars and Einstein has told us about the basic building blocks of the universe, but are any of these lessons more valuable than the one that teaches us to be like dirt; never prove unfriendly and return with interest all good committed to our care.



Jim Hamlin

Worshipful Master


Master's Jewel      From the West




Recently I was listening to a podcast about Masonry (Masonic Central) on my computer while doing some work.  The guest speaker, whose name I don't know, was speaking about the symbols in Masonry.  One thing that he said sunk in and made me pause and think.  He was discussing the rough and perfect ashlars, and how the state of our hearts and consciences affects how we fit ourselves into the Fraternity.  In essence, he said that the trowel has to spread a lot more of the cement of brotherly love to fit those of us who are rough stones into the temple.  It was a line of thought that hadn't occurred to me before.  For that matter, I hadn't even put together the symbols from the First and Third Degrees before. 

It is strange how such a small comment has stuck with me, and it has made me think more about some of the symbols of our degrees.  There certainly are many, from the Working Tools in each degree to the 12(!) symbols in the last part of the lecture for the Third Degree.  Even the comments on the  symbols with clear names (e.g. Temperance, Fortitude, Prudence, and Justice) bear further reflection.  It has also occurred to me to wonder why the compasses are not one of the Working Tools, when the square is...

I know this sort of conversation is not for everyone.  For that matter, I am not sure I am ready to look at my motivations and actions carefully in the light of such lofty goals.  However, I would be interested to start a group that would discuss some of these symbols and see how they apply in our lives.  Please let me know if you are interested.


Matt Appel

Senior Warden


Master's Jewel      From the South


I am grateful for the confidence you have shown me by electing me to the position of Junior Warden.  I am very excited and eager to do all that I can do for our Lodge.  When I look at the line of officers and all the brothers who have gone through the line and are still so active within the lodge, I feel that we are one of the strongest lodges in the state.
Upon returning home after our last stated meeting and reflecting upon the new committees that I was so thoughtfully nudged into helping with, I began really thinking hard about the long term planning committee.  I remember our WM asking anyone please, please anyone.  After a long hesitation, and ducking down as low as I could in my seat, I reluctantly raised my hand and said I would do it.  When I began thinking about that, though, and the utmost importance of this committee, I began to realize that this is something I should really be happy to be doing.  It is the plan of all of our futures for Robert Burns Lodge and yet nobody wanted to do this.  I just wish that all of us would think about what kinds of things you would like to see our lodge do and where you see us going.  All of us need to think about this from the youngest member to the oldest and share ideas on this matter.  If you have thoughts, please let me know and I will be happy to bring them before the committee.  Thank you again, brothers, for electing me.  I am very excited and cannot wait to have another wonderful year.




Mark Goldberg

Junior Warden






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

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

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

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

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