Robert Burns #243 Trestleboard
From the East
Congratulations to our newest Entered Apprentice, Josh Anderson. Welcome to the Fraternity and we look forward to your participation in our labors.
I usually do not have too much trouble thinking of a topic for our Trestle Board but for the last couple of months it has been a struggle. Going into the weekend this missive was created, I still did not know what I wanted to talk about but I knew I could come up with something. Saturday I completed most of my honey-do list so I could spend a leisurely Sunday, watch some football and take care of some of my duties to the Lodge.
Sunday morning we awoke to find the top 25 feet of a vine maple tree lying on the lawn. While I slept my plans were being changed by Mother Nature. We had talked about removing this tree but had not gotten around to it. Somehow it missed our deck, it could have hit the house but did not. If it would have fallen to the West, the fence would have been damaged. As it was, all it did was to give us an opportunity to do some work, get rid of part of a doomed tree and for me to think about Trestleboard articles. I don�t do my best thinking is the rain so my observation is not the most original; no matter our intentions, life will always do something to change the best of plans.
Going into this Masonic year, I had a plan, a calendar and good intentions to spend our special meetings on Masonic Education. Well, the plan went to heck; we did more degrees than I thought we would, Lodge business took up more of our stated meetings than planned and before I knew it, my year was over. In the long run the opportunities we took this year will make us a better Lodge much better than if we could have followed the "Plan." Kind of like my tree falling how and when it did.
Brethren, we still have over a month until the next Master takes over but I am starting to think of my term in the past tense. Thank you for your support and kind words this year. Our Lodge is growing, each year our work is better and are increasing our work for our community.
From the West
It has been a good year to be in the West. I believe we have momentum behind us that we can build upon to have an exciting and successful Lodge next year.
This coming meeting, 2 November, is election day in more than one sense. As citizens, we should perform our duty and vote in the elections that will affect the local and national government for the next few years, at least. It is also election day in that we also expect to ballot on a candidate for initiation, Jesus Alvarez of Everett. Further, we will be electing our new officers for 2011. I hope that we will have a strong line for next year, and that we elect Brothers who can lead us into the bright future.
Every time we do an evolution in Masonry, I think to myself that "now this is the most important thing we do in Masonry." When serving on an investigation committee, I think that clearly this is the most important thing. Without new Brothers, the Fraternity will die, but if the new men are not suitable candidates, we only serve to dilute what makes Masonry special. When working in a degree ritual, I think that is clearly the most important. We are working to bring Masonic light to a new Brother. Balloting is clearly the most important thing we do... Bonding with our Brothers in Fraternal activities... Electing a new line... Visiting other lodges... Bikes-for-Books... Coaching a new Brother... Et cetera.
The simple truth is that each of these things are important. Without them, the Fraternity would not be what we know it to be, and it would either die completely, or become a hollow shell that is not worth the time and effort.
Brothers, what I am saying is we need you to participate in the labors of the Lodge. We need people who can cook, organize a campout, coordinate with a school in B-4-B, serve in the line, be a part in the ritual, call a sick brother, etc. None of these items alone is the Fraternity, they all are together. To quote from the Bible, "...and the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you." (1 Corinthians, 12:21) If (insert activity here) is not something with which you are comfortable, please let us know what is. We are all Brothers, and we look forward to seeing each other succeed.
Brothers, there is always a place for you in our Lodge, and we look forward to seeing you.
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