Note: Dinners will be held at 6:30pm
We are off and running and looking forward to a busy year. We have added several activities that we have done before and a few new ones that will be fun activities for the family. Museum tours, Baseball games, picnic and date night. To get everything we have repurposed a couple of family dinner nights to different masons-only events like training and guest speakers. All together we have 22 individual events instead of the traditional nine. Hopefully this will allow for plenty of fellowship and family time, just not the same old dinner-only events.
February’s program will be highlighted by our George Washington Observance, a special presentation will be performed by Brother Sareh and his cast of actors. This will be a traditional family event which starts at 6:30.
Our “So you want to be a Mason” program will kick off during the February stated meeting and will continue on every called communication as well. The discussion groups will be held at 6:00pm the participants can join the brothers for dinner. If you know someone interested in the craft, this is a great opportunity for them to get to know Masonry, and more speci cally Vegas 32.
Peter Murdoch is Chairman.
We will also be continuing our education for those brothers who have recently received their MM degree. It will include a lot of useful information for the new mason, providing a wider range of masonic topics than the usual induction process imparts. Contact brother Darren George for additional details.
I want to express my appreciation for all the work our Junior Warden and his crew have been doing—great job guys! Being a part of the food service is a challenging and tiresome task, many hours go into each meal served.To all of you who have been lending your hand to the task, I want you to know your service and commitment to the craft is greatly appreciated.
Look forward to seeing as many of you as we can in Lodge.
February is the month that American (US) Lodges commemorate the life and achievements of one of our greatest brothers; George Washington. Our Lodge will be doing the same at the family dinner later this month. What many of you may not know is that each year $100 of your dues goes to support and maintain the magnificent George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia. If you have not been there, let me assure you it is truly an awe inspiring building that is well worth the time to visit.
I recently requested and received from the governing association of the Memorial a small booklet, which is a transcription of a manuscript that George Washington wrote in his own hand during his adolescence titled, “The Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation.” Brother Washington’s original handwritten manuscript still survives in the Library of Congress. He actually copied these 110 maxims from Francis Hawkins’ 1661 book, Youth’s Behavior, or, Decencie in Conversation Among Men which seemed to be a standard text used in the education of young men of that era.
The Rules of Civility focus on guidelines for maintaining friendly and respectful relations among people. Certain guidelines appear comical to our present day sensibilities, such as the admonition to “Being set at meat, scratch not, neither spit, cough, or blow your nose, except there’s a necessity for it” or my personal favorite, “When in company, put not your hands to any part of the body not usually discovered.” Although it is easy to smile or laugh at the tone and seriousness of many of these rules there are some that even today we, especially as Masons, would do well to remember and follow. To whit;
“Undertake not what you cannot perform, but be careful to keep your promise”“Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for ‘tis better to be alone than in bad company.”
“When a man does all he can, though it succeeds not well, blame not him that did it.”
“A man ought not to value himself of his achievements, or rare qualities of wit; much less of his riches, virtue, or kindred.”
and Maxim 110; “Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.”
Brothers, let’s not only remember George Washington as a distinguished brother of which our Fraternity can proudly claim for one of its own; let us take just a bit of time to learn why he
so greatly exemplified the most noble characteristics of our Fraternity. He was a true man and Mason and we should all strive to emulate him even today in our thoughts, words, and actions. Let his example continue to inspire us in our Lodge and in our life.
By the time you read this, my team and I will have served our first month of meals. As I am responsible for the meals, I trust you all ate heartily and were pleased. Any success for these are the result of the work and skill of my team, they are fantastic. Any failure falls on my shoulders.
On a Masonic note, remember that at every meal at lodge you are breaking bread with a brother, a man, another human being. It is one of the most intimate and intensely personal interactions humans can have. It can forge bonds which are as powerful as any familial bond or brotherhood. Anyone in the military or other line organization can understand this. So when you break bread at Lodge, look around, see who is there breaking bread with you, as you are all there for each other, not because you must, but because you want to be there.
Thank you for your continued patience as I endeavor to get up to speed with the duties of Secretary. My goal was to have the dues cards done by the end of January, so if you still don’t have yours, please send me an email at email@example.com. I don’t have any “pearls of wisdom” to impart at this time, so I will leave you with the following quote:
“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. Williams
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