Robert Burns #243 Trestleboard
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.
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.
From the South
What: . . . . . . . . . . .Lunch
When . . . . . . . . . . .Last Friday of each Month
Where . . . . . . . . . . 'Oasis' at the Nile
Time . . . . . . . . . . . 11:30 'Til ?
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