WB Matt Appel
WB James Larson
Robert Burns #243 Trestleboard
Please see WB Jim Larson's Bio of our departed WB John Friesen here.
From the East
This month�s Trestleboard submission from the Master is pretty much all nuts and bolts. The Junior Warden has a more esoteric submission below.
This coming meeting, on Tuesday the 2nd of April, will be our Official Visit of our district Deputy, VWB Richard Beers. I look forward to seeing VWB Richard in our Lodge Tuesday, and hope you can make it to the meeting of your Lodge. We will also be balloting on a prospective candidate, Mr. Michael Draper, who has been to our last few dinners.
Brothers, our Official Visit is our opportunity to show our best side to the Grand Lodge hierarchy, and I hope we are able to fill the Lodge with our Brothers for this important event.
At our last officer meeting, we discussed our planned purchase of an ad in the upcoming DeMolay brochure. The consensus of the group was that our money would be better used in a direct donation to our own T. H. Little DeMolay, rather than sending it through the statewide organization and some of the money being spent on the ad itself, rather than directly helping the chapter. Hopefully this will help that group, but realistically the money we are discussing is a small piece of their overall needs. Currently there are four boys in the chapter, and what they need most is our involvement and support. Please consider going to one of their meetings, on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at Ashler Lodge.
The dinner originally scheduled for the 9th of April has been moved to Tuesday the 23rd at the Crystal Creek Caf� in Bothell. I hope to see you there.
Finally, recently the Finance Committee met to discuss our finances moving forward. It was the consensus of the Committee that we should use a portion of the proceeds from the building fund to support the operations of the Lodge. This year we have already voted to pay our rent for the year from the building fund. I believe this is the right course moving forward, but I want to make sure we are all on board together. Please come and talk to me if you have any questions.
WB Matthew Appel
From the South
Regardless of their proficiency in botany, every Master Mason can tell you about the acacia. The acacia is one of the most enduring symbols in Freemasonry. Next to the Square and Compass it is one of the most recognizable images within our Fraternity. The acacia has a rich history within the craft but its history expands outside of the doors of the Lodge.
In ancient Egypt it was believed that the first living couple (Osiris and Isis) emerged living from an acacia tree. The Egyptians referred to the acacia as the tree of life or, the tree in which life and death are enclosed. In some Tibetan faiths the acacia is used as incense to keep demons away and make the gods happy. The acacia is not only reserved for ancient and eastern myth and faith. Many biblical scholars believe that the burning bush where God spoke to Moses was an acacia. Later in Exodus, when Moses receives instructions for building the Tabernacle and the sanctum sanctorum, God says, �Have them make an ark of acacia wood �� and �Then make the poles of acacia wood�� Later God also instructs Moses, �Make a table of acacia wood�� It is also widely thought that the crown of thorns mentioned in the New Testament was in fact acacia.
The simple acacia tree has played a pivotal role in myth, legion, and religion throughout recorded history. The various parts of the plant have given us everything from furniture and fragrance to medicine and food. One species of acacia even produces flowers that are presented to ladies in Europe to this day. It�s a tree of the desert but it�s adaptable enough for species to grow even in the wet cold climate of Washington. Is it any wonder that this simple plant has been attached to us as a symbol of life, death, rebirth, and fortitude for over 3000 years? So next time you�re in Lodge and see that little sprig of acacia, take a moment and consider all of the things that little unassuming plant has meant to people all over the world throughout history.
Bro. Bill Ferguson
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