Worshipful Master:  WB Josh Hamlin

Secretary:  WB James Larson


Robert Burns as Deputy MasterRobert Burns #243 Trestleboard


March, 2014





Master's Jewel      From the East


As I am nearing my third month of being Worshipful Master I find myself reflecting on why I joined Masonry and how I came to be sitting in the hot seat.  As a rather young Mason I am constantly asked why I joined Lodge, and what I get out of it. Last week I heard the most fundamental definition of Masonry and I think it reflects on why all of us joined. The Brother said the purpose of Masonry is to take good men and make them better. Journeying on that road to perfection invariably leads us to assisting others, for the best way to learn is to teach. And as master of the Lodge, I have learned a whole lot by trying to teach.  So my answer to those who ask me why I joined masonry is simple. I joined because it makes me a better person, it makes me a stronger individual, a more thoughtful Brother, and someone who I want to be.  

I hope I see you all at the next meeting. We are preparing some interesting presentations and functions for this year. And the participation of all the Brothers is what will make it truly successful. 



WB Josh Hamlin

Worshipful Master



From the Editor


Colin Powell said: �There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.�  As a two-term Master of our Lodge, I can attest that a great deal of each go into having a successful year in the East.  Amongst many other things, the Master must prepare a calendar, a roster of officers, and a budget, ideally all long before he is in the East.  He must work a great deal on each of these documents, and he must think of what he has seen work, and not work, in the Lodges he has been to, and adopt those lessons that he feels will help his Lodge thrive.

However, Brothers, let us not forget that it is not the Master�s job alone to do these things.  The Master does not work alone in a dark room, and then emerge and decree where the Lodge is going.  It is our job as members of this Lodge to help all of the Brothers to succeed as best they can.  Ask your Master, and the Wardens, where they see the Lodge going.  Ask how you can help them to plan, or to carry out the plan.  I know there are Brothers who do not wish to take a position as an officer, and I for one do not hold anything against these Brothers.  We should each know our desires, abilities, and limitations.  There are many other ways you can contribute.  You can tell the Junior Warden that you can prepare one of the meals this year, submit an article to the Trestleboard, or simply call a Brother you know (or one you don�t) and say hi, and offer to drive him to Lodge. 

Brothers I think that we as a Fraternity put too much on the shoulders of the Masters of our Lodge.  As I have said before, it is not the Master�s Lodge, it is our Lodge.  Do what you can to make it better.


WB Matt Appel

P. S.: To those who think you may one day be Master, start preparing now!





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And would some Power the small gift give us
To see ourselves as others see us!
It would from many a blunder free us,
And foolish notion:
What airs in dress and gait would leave us,
And even devotion!� 


 -Robert Burns




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