Worshipful Master: WB John Hart
WB Matthew Appel
Robert Burns #243 Trestleboard
At the March stated meeting, the Senior Warden proposed a change to the Lodge by-laws, to move our meeting night from the first Tuesday of the month to the third Tuesday of the month. This Trestleboard will constitute your notification in accordance with section 14.03(B) of the Washington Masonic Code. A vote on the proposed change will be held at our April stated meeting, on the 7th. A 2/3 majority of votes cast by Master Masons present at the meeting will be necessary for the change to pass. The text of the proposed change is as follows:
AS WRITTEN IN CURRENT BY-LAWS
Article II Communications
Section 1. The Stated Communications of this Lodge shall be held on the 1st Tuesday of each month except July & August at the hour of 7:30 p.m. If the Stated Communication falls on a federal holiday, then the Stated Communication will be held on the 3rd Tuesday.
PROPOSED CHANGE TO BY-LAWS
Article II Communications
Section 1. The Stated Communications of this Lodge shall be held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month except July and August at the hour of 7:30 p.m. If the Stated Communication falls on a federal holiday, then the Stated Communication will be held on the 1st Tuesday
His reason for the proposed change is:
Currently all other lodges in our District meet on different nights, except Robert Burns and Shoreline Lodges. (Shoreline is unable to change their Stated Communication due to conflicts in their facility.) The proposed change of our Stated Communication from 1st Tuesday to 3rd Tuesday allows visitations to ALL lodges in District 2 without meeting night conflicts. We know of no conflicts with other concordant bodies. This change will be voted on in our April Stated Communication.
Brothers, I encourage you to attend our April meeting to consider this important issue, and vote for the good of your Lodge.
WB Matt Appel
The earliest known appearance of the letter "G" inside the interlaced square and compasses is on a photo of an etching in "Freemasonry A Journey Through Ritual and Symbol" by Kirk MacNulty. The date shown on the etching is "5776" which we Masons know to be 1776 in standard dating form. Another very early appearance is on a cast bronze plate made by Paul Revere in 1796. By the year 1800 the combined symbol had appeared in England on embroidered aprons and upon a "Master's Tracing Board. In the language of some countries, the letter "G" does not stand for either "God" or "Geometry" so it is not a part of their basic symbol of Freemasonry.
Masonic Humor:A salesman walked into the post office in a small town and started to talk to the Post Master. In the course of their conversation the topic of Freemasonry came up. The man started to berate and criticize the Craft. He then asked the Post Master if he wanted hear a very funny joke about Masons. The Post Master told him that he was a Mason, as was the man standing in line behind the salesman, as were three of the mail carriers at the front desk. Now in the company of five Freemasons did the man still want to tell the joke to which the salesman replied, "Not if I have to explain it five times!”
Masonic Quiz:TWO Master Masons object to the admittance of a visitor and make their objection known to the Worshipful Master before the meeting. What can the WM do? What must he do? Site WMC Section.
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“Many writers and thinkers have tried to define Freemasonry but it really defeats definition. It is too complex, too profound in conception, to easily expressed in words. Perhaps the simplest and best definition of all is the phrase "the brotherhood of man under the fatherhood of God." Our Masonic forefathers had an understanding of human needs and human aspirations. They may never have dreamed of the mindless computer which governs our lives, or the fission of matter which threatens our lives, but they understood human nature and what motivates the spirit of man. Thus from a simple process of using stone and mortar for building they progressed to the most important of life's functions, the building of character.”
-Louis L. Willaims
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