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October Trestleboard

Brethren,

Fall is finally upon us and this means it’s time for Past Masters night. Come on out to our First Stated meeting for a fun night of fellowship with our Past Masters. As a special treat, we will present a 50 year Masonic veterans pin and two 25 year pins. It’s not every day you see one of our own receive recognition of 50 years of service to the Craft. October will be yet another busy month in Herndon. On Wednesday night, 15 October, we will host the District 4 ritual class. This will be our DDGM’s last visit to our Lodge before he passes the mantle of DDGM over to Wor. Alan Wade at Grand Lodge. We also are looking at conferring several degrees this month. We should have several EA’s to be initiated, at least one Brother is ready for his EA catechism and passing to Fellowcraft and we have one Brother to raise to the sublime degree of Master Mason. This means there are lots of opportunities to learn new parts and help while we move these Brethren along on their Masonic journey. Also, our Eastern Star is celebrating their 100th anniversary this month. Congratulations ladies.

 

September saw the start of school for our kids/grandkids as well as some busy times in the Lodge. For our First Stated we held our annual Aloha Shirt night (that’s Hawaiian shirt for us mainlanders or so Bro. Burx tells me) which was well attended. During the month we raised two Brothers to the sublime degree of Master Mason. And not to be outdone, we teamed with Acacia Lodge to exemplify the second section of the Master Mason degree at the Ed Ray school in Manasseh Lodge. I’d like to thank all the Brethren who helped out with this work and all of the extra hours they put into rehearsal.

 

Our Masonic year is winding to a close and November will have us holding our Warden’s night for a preview of next year’s work. We will also have the Grand Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge 5-9 November in Richmond. There are several resolutions to be voted on at this meeting. We will discuss them in our meetings in October and the First Stated in November. If any Brother has any comment they would like to make regarding these resolutions, come to Lodge and bring it up or contact either the Secretary or myself.

 

One of the best pieces of news we received in September was Brother Jacob Yates has safely returned home from a tour with the Us Navy in Afghanistan. Welcome home Brother and thanks to all of our Brothers who currently serve or who have served in our Nation’s armed forces.

 

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Tom Morrison, Worshipful Master

 

 

 

It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.

Bro. Benjamin Franklin

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August 2014 Trestleboard

Brethren,

I hope all of you had a great 4th of July holiday. At our First Stated meeting, we had a wonderful presentation from our DEO, Wor. Jim Kraut, on the closing charge. Not every state uses the closing charge and it turns out that we use only part of the original charge. For our Second Stated, we had a presentation from the Beehive Club. Bro. Rob Martin gave a very interesting paper on the pot of incense. It turns out there is a positive physiological effect from incense. I thought it was used to cover up bad odors. In other Lodge news, Wor. Jim Morgan has graciously volunteered to head a committee to look into how best to improve our kitchen. As you all know it’s very tight in the current kitchen and is in dire need of, at least, a facelift, if not a slight expansion and some improvements to make it cleaner and more efficient. We want to have a safe, clean area to prepare food before our meetings that won’t make any of us ill or pose a hazard to the Lodge.

On Saturday, 2 August, we will have a special Called meeting. One of our EA’s is battling cancer, which has spread. The Grand Master has given us special dispensation to confer both the FC and MM degrees consecutively so we can raise our Brother so he can focus on his health. For our First Stated in August, we will have the C. Richard Walk Memorial Lecture from RW Michael Pobat. This is another of RW Pobat’s excellent talks that he started working on last year with Dick. All he’ll tell us is that it’s another in his series of talks along the line of his Commander Herndon and Brother Pike talks and that some of the Brethren have volunteered to assist him. It should prove a fun evening. On August 9th will raise RW Leroy Jackson’s grandson to the sublime degree of Master Mason.

For our First Stated in September, we will have a Hawaiian (or Aloha) shirt night combined with a bring-a-friend/Brother night. This is a good opportunity to bring someone who is interested in the Craft or to bring one of our Brothers who we haven’t seen in some time. Also on Saturday, 13 September, we will be taking a family trip to the Mt. Vernon estate. We will have lunch followed by a special tour of the mansion and grounds not normally open to the general public. Afterwards, we will have a special wreath laying at Bro. Washington’s gravesite.

 

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Tom Morrison, Worshipful Master

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July 2014 Trestleboard

Brethren,

I hope all of you who are fathers had a good Father’s Day. One of the things we strive for is to be better fathers. One aspect of this is the Child ID program we support every year at the Herndon Festival. At this year’s festival, we processed over 300 children with the assistance of the county sheriff’s department. Well done, Brother Coleman for organizing this successful effort. We also presented two students at Herndon elementary with gift cards for $50 each. We ask the school to select one boy and one girl who represent the qualities of leadership and fellowship to be recipients. Thanks go to Wor. Phil Brooks for once again providing us the cards and working with the school and Bro Al Diplacedi for representing us at the ceremony. This past month also saw us having a Brother deliver his EA catechism under the direction of Wor Varun. Worshipful then passed the Brother to the degree of Fellowcraft. We expect to be able to raise the Brother to the sublime degree of Master Mason in July or August. Also in June, Kate Colella once again became Honored Queen of Bethel 52. Congratulations Kate and we hope you will have a great term.

July will see us celebrate the 4th of July. On this most patriotic of days please keep our servicemen and women who are away from their families in your thoughts and prayers and we wish them to return safely to their families and friends. We will welcome our District Education Officer, Wor. Jim Kraut, to our First Stated meeting on 7 July. Please come out to see another of our LEO’s great programs and support our DEO. On Saturday 19 July we will have the next running of the Subordinate Lodge Officer Training (SLOT). All officers are required to attend one of these each year but it is useful information for all Master Masons.

For our First Stated in August we will have the C. Richard Walk Memorial Lecture from RW Michael Pobat. This is another of RW Pobat’s excellent talks that he started working on last year with Dick. All he’ll tell us is that it’s another in his series of talks along the line of his Commander Herndon and Brother Pike talks. It should prove a fun evening. For our First Stated in September we will have a Hawaiian (or Aloha) shirt night combined with a bring-a-friend night. Now that summer is upon us and vacation time is here I hope you all stay safe and enjoy the time with your families. If you can find time in your busy schedules to come out to one of our dinners or even one of our meetings, we’d love to see you.

Sincerely and Fraternally

Tom Morrison, Worshipful Master

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