Worshipful Master
WB Jim Hamlin

WB James Larson


Robert Burns as Deputy MasterRobert Burns #243 Trestleboard


May, 2010





Master's Jewel      From the East


Life does not seem fair at times.  Look around, the unethical get ahead; the big crooks get rewarded while the shoplifter stealing food for his family goes to jail.  The CEOs that caused the loss of thousands of jobs walk away from their positions with millions while those at the bottom of the corporate pyramid get a couple of week�s severance pay.  Now don�t go thinking I�m a socialist; I am a Master Mason and one who believes the world would be better off if more of our leaders followed the teachings of Freemasonry.

Through our three degrees we are taught many lessons.  In each, a different group of Working Tools are explained.  Operative Masons use these tools for building structures, Speculative Masons use them to help us live our lives correctly and improve our relationship with all mankind.  We are reminded in the Third Degree that a Master Mason is to use of all the working tools but more especially the trowel. At the highest degree of Blue Lodge Masonry we are enjoined to spread Brotherly Love and Affection.

Do you think we would be better off if the world�s leaders, religious, political, business, and educational, all made a similar commitment?  Do you think a commitment such as this would help in the Middle East?  In the US Senate?  How about in business?  

Enough of my Utopian ramblings, but Brethren remember our working tools.  Live your life by the lessons they represent.  Our earthly rewards may not be external, they may only be internal but each of us will be better, the world a little bit better and I, for one, feel someday we will be welcomed into that Temple not made with hands.

Brethren, we are fast approaching going dark.  At our last stated meeting before the summer recess we will go over the Grand Lodge resolutions.  Many will effect Lodge operations and as such important to each of us. Those of us attending the Annual Communication of Grand Lodge need to know the will of the Lodge so we can make informed decisions. The resolutions are available for viewing on the Grand Lodge website.

I expect we may need to do some degree work over the summer and should have a number of petitions ready to be read when we come back together in September.

Thanks to Brother Matt Appel we now have a Facebook account.  If you are a member of Facebook, please become a �fan� our Lodge�s page.  Also visit the District 8 website.  It is a great way to see what is happening at the different Lodges in the District.  After creating an account, you can read and post comments and share in the thoughts of others Masons in the area.  Just click on the words District Eight in the first paragraph on the Robert Burns web page.

Many thanks to the Brethren who attended the Official Visit of our District Deputy, VWB Sam Roberts.  It was also a pleasure to see all the visitors who made it to our meeting.

Finally my Brethren, I am honored to sit in Lodge month after month with men like you. Thank you.


Jim Hamlin

Worshipful Master


Master's Jewel      From the West




As a Lodge, we will be doing a lot of degree work in the next few months.  We just held a First Degree for Bro. William Hall on the 17th, and we will likely have 4 more petitioners for the First Degree in the next couple of months, as well as a couple of Brothers who will be proving up on the First and Second Degrees.  I am proud of the degree work we do, and I know we will continue to improve.


Recently I have been thinking about something one of our other Robert Burns Brothers said, that we have begun to lose our identity as a unique Lodge.  We are becoming no longer the lodge of Lynnwood (or Alderwood Manor, if you prefer), but just a part of "that group of four Lodges that meets in Everett."  I have been trying to think of ways to distinguish our Lodge, and to regain our connection to the community in a part of Snohomish County our Lodge helped to build.  One of the things I think does distinguish us is our ritual work I mentioned above.  Not that we are perfect, but we do well in this area.  I would like to see us become more involved with the community in the Lynnwood area, and would like to hear your ideas how we can do so.


Matt Appel

Senior Warden


Master's Jewel      From the South


I have been very overwhelmed with so many things going on in my life right now, as many of you all know.  I have been unable to focus on our Lodge due to my circumstances.  I wish there were more hours in the day.  Of course if there were I would just use them to sleep at this point.
However, the other day I was reading Ashler Lodge's Trestleboard and something really touched home with me.  WB Richard Beers writes about how are forefathers were able to sustain are lodges, look to the future and keep are lodges thriving.  Unfortunately, we know that our Lodge is currently not sustaining itself financially, and we consistently have to draw funds and spend our savings.  Living on what are forefathers have provided for us is not the way I would like to see things go.  I have been emphasizing that the Long Range Planning Committee is trying to figure out ways to do this.  Finding ways for us to be thriving by raising money and not just spending it.  We need to have more input into this and more of an effort from all of you to help us decide what happens to Robert Burns Lodge.  I know that are Senior Warden is working with Grand Lodge to have someone come and I hope that all who can make it will.
On another note I am extremely happy that we are starting to see more people coming into our Lodge and doing more degrees.  I would love to see more Master Mason degrees but I am happy that we are doing more none the less.  I thank everyone who is mentoring someone and know that it takes a lot of effort to do this.  I've been struggling with my last candidate for quite a while now and I am ready to move on to my next one.  I am excited to see lots of new members in are lodge.  Take care everyone and I will talk to you next month. 



Mark Goldberg

Junior Warden






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

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

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

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

Bring a guest and enjoy!


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