Worshipful Master:  WB John Hart

Secretary:  WB Matthew Appel


Robert Burns as Deputy MasterRobert Burns #243 Trestleboard


December, 2014





Master's Jewel      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

Worshipful Master

Master's Jewel      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 stolen  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

Junior Warden



Brother interview: VWB Norm Watts

VWB Norm has been a supportive Past Master of Robert Burns for many years. Norm entered the Navy on July 1956 and came out a Petty Officer 2nd Class Electrician in October 1959. He has been the owner of Watts Contracting, representing operable wall manufacturers and installing the systems to commercial and industrial users. (Operable walls are the moveable walls you see in hotel conference rooms, school gyms.etc.)


Norm became a Master Mason in 1969, being raised October 18th. (Norm’s father was a Mason).Norm was WM of Robert Burns in 1974, became District Deputy in 1996, when he formed the District 2 Ed team to assist him. The Ed Team has been working to fulfill his vision ever since. If you have heard the phrase “INSPECT WHAT YOU EXPECT” then you have been touched by Norm’s mentoring legacy.  


When asked what he would like to see at Robert Burns, Norm echoed many of the Past masters; “Ritual and visitations. Robert Burns has been known for sharp Ritual and the Fellowship of visitations to other lodges.” He also wants to see the new masons “put to work, give them something to do to get them involved”


Away from the Lodge Norm likes to golf, be with his family (his ever-patient wife Pat; 3 children - Mike, Tim and Julie; 5 grand children - Mikaha, Johan, Jacob, Logan and Malyia.  He and his wife Pat now reside in Leavenworth where he is an active member of Zarthan lodge in Leavenworth.

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."

Trivia:  "No Member shall be installed as Worshipful Master in more than one lodge at a time" Can a member hold the office of Worshipful Master in one Lodge and Junior Warden in another Lodge? Bring your answer to the next stated meeting, and be sure to site the appropriate WMC Section.



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Freemasonry is "veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols" because these are the surest way by which moral and ethical truths may be taught. It is not only with the brain and with the mind that the initiate must take Freemasonry but also with the heart.” 


 -C. H. Claudy




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