Note: Unless stated otherwise, dinners will be held at 6:30pm
I hope this summer issue of the Trestleboard finds you well. It is nice to take a break, but I have to admit I do miss seeing you at the Lodge on Fridays. Please keep in mind that the coffee club is continuing to meet throughout the summer so feel free to come on down to the Lodge, have a cup of coffee, and enjoy time with your brothers.
I must again thank Ressi Esguerra, Josh Carpenter and the Brothers of Indian Springs Lodge #48 for helping make our 111th anniversary table lodge the success it was. The food was delicious, the service wonderful, the singing less painful than many thought, and the fellowship outstanding. It was a memorable night for all in attendance and the sentiment voiced over and over again was that we must have another one... soon.
I realize many of you were not expecting a Summertime Trestleboard but the Lodge does have a couple of activities coming up that I wanted to make sure everyone was aware of over the next couple of months, and a bit of business that we will address at the September Stated Meeting for which due and timely notice must be given.
First let me talk about the fun stuff; It is time for the Annual Vegas 32 Poker Tournament (I wanted to call it the Bill Cary Memorial Poker Tournament since Bill actually started it, but he is still very much alive and probably wouldn’t appre- ciate the gallows humor). That’s right, on Friday July 19th Brothers and their guests are invited to come down for an evening of cards, libations, pub grub and fellow- ship at the Lodge. There is a $20 dollar buy in per person but this includes food and drink as well as a chance to take home one half of the pot, the other half going to masonic charity. As an added bonus this year we will also be providing trophies for all at the final table, and a special one for the tournament winner. This event is always loads of fun and just a wonderful way to bring everyone down to the Lodge. It starts at 6:00, with the first hands being dealt at 6:30.
After that, our next official function will be the Vegas 32 Back to School Barbeque. On Friday, August 30th at 6:30pm our resident grill-masters will be firing up the coals to create a wonderful end of summer supper. We will also be bringing the bounce houses back to the Lodge rooms so everyone is encouraged to bring their kids, grandkids, and guests with kids to have a wonderful time in the air conditioned comfort of Vegas 32. The Rainbow Girls will also be bringing homemade pies, cakes and goodies for a fundraising auction so if you want to bring home some lovingly made baked goods bring a few extra dollars to help out one of our youth groups.
Now onto business; You will see in this Testleboard a statement of due and timely notice on a motion that was voted on at the May Stated Meeting concern- ing our dues. As many of you remember we increased the dues a couple of years ago to make us comparable to other Lodges in the area. At that time the amount for dues was set at $90 which, per the bylaws, is comprised of $64 in dues, plus the Grand Lodge per capita (which is currently $25), and one dollar for Masonic charity. The proposed bylaw change would raise the dues portion of that calculation to $90. In short, if approved, it would mean that dues for 2020 would be $116 instead of $90, assuming that the Grand lodge fees stay at $25. This represents an increase of only $2.17 a month. My brothers, if you bring your family or guests to one of our fabulous family dinners you are still way ahead of the game. We provide an outstanding value for your dues and I have no problem asking you to support this amendment to our bylaws.
You will also see a re-notification on a proposal to assist Indian Springs #48 in the repair of the lodge building they own, which has fallen into a very sad state of disrepair. We approved this for consideration but due to some questions that were raised by our Charity Review Committee I allowed the motion to be withdrawn and will allow it to be voted on at the September Stated. Since the amount requested is currently over $5000 I wanted to make sure that we followed procedure and gave due and timely notice prior to the vote.
One last bit of official business; I am calling for a mandatory meeting of the officers, and trustees for the purpose of training and mid-year review on July 20th, at 9:30am, lunch to be provided. Only officers and trustees need attend, but it is open to all members of Vegas 32.
Enjoy your summer and I look for- ward to seeing you in Lodge,
We are now called from labor to refreshment for the months of June ,July and August. There is a table lodge on the second Friday of June as the last official lodge session before September’s reopening. Table lodge is a great Masonic fellowship event I encourage you all to attend. Otherwise have an enjoyable refreshment
Our Worshipful Master and his corps of officers would like to thank you for a successful table lodge last June 14th. Our next event for this Summer will be our poker night which will be held on July and after that we will be having our barbecue night on August 30th, Friday at 6pm. Please mark your calendar.
See you all and God bless.
Just remember one thing. You cannot build a strong body without building the CORE. If we build within, then it will BUILD OUTWARD!
Lets unite for the peace and harmony in our lodge!
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