Worshipful Master: WB John Hart
WB Matthew Appel
Robert Burns #243 Trestleboard
From the East
Fraternal greetings from the East.
I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year.
It is my wish that all is well with you and your family, but I know some of our Brethren and their family members are dealing with financial difficulties and health issues.
My heart, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
We are a family, and a family sticks together and helps each other.
I charge every Brother to pick up the phone and call another
brother and their family, if only to just say "Hi, how are you doing? "
Be well my Brothers and family.
WB John Hart
From the West
Once again I am sitting in the West and am proud to be an officer in Robert Burns. Robert Burns is at another turning point and, as always, we need all the Brethren's help. Yes our membership is dwindling, as is the case with many Lodges. We are initiating a new candidate but always need more members, namely ACTIVE MEMBERS. Which bring me to my question…..Haven’t been to Lodge lately? Why not? What do YOU want to see in Lodge? What would make you come back to meetings? Please tell us!! We are setting plans for the year and planning for upcoming years. Any input is always welcome.
We will be doing ‘no-host’ get-togethers at
Spaghetti Factory, Olive Garden, your
house?; again, your input is requested. Personally, I am going to try something
at our meetings I saw at Shoreline Lodge and really liked. (Shoreline calls this
“White Noise”, I am calling it Brother Interview). “Interview” a Brother in
Lodge with questions about things we may not know about him.
My first attempt is VWB Norm Watts (see Brother Interview). Hopefully we
can add some Masonic Trivia and humor to the Trestleboard and a Masonic
Education segment I have
borrowed from WB Bob Wallinger’s last stint as Worshipful Master. Each
Trestleboard will have a question on the WMC, Standard Work or Lodge Officers’
Handbook. YOU can answer the question at the next Stated meeting and win
fabulous prizes (to be determined later, such as; you won’t have to give your
donation to the next pre-meeting dinner, whatever we can think of,
a brand new Cadillac……maybe not…….,).
WB Robert Nygren
Masonic Education: One explanation of 3 Times 3 - In ancient times the Entered Apprentice Degree was alone prevalent amongst the generality of our Lodges; for no Brothers could be passed and raised except in the Grand Lodge, and few availed themselves of the privilege. Hence they had only one sign, one token, and one word, and these three constituted the honors. But the members of the Grand Lodge had three signs, three tokens, and three words, and therefore, three times three were appropriately termed the Grand Honors."
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-C. H. Claudy
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