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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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June 2014 Trestleboard

Brethren,

May continued to be a busy month in Herndon. We started the month with the DeMolay delivering their ‘Flower Talk’ in honor of Mother’s Day. Bro. Justin Mathews assisted the Stewards in preparing the meal to much acclaim from all present. We also performed a courtesy Masonic funeral service for Bro. Edward Moritz, PM. Brother Moritz was Assistant Grand Lecturer for the state of NY, a lawyer, a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard serving in Vietnam, and served as a White House military aide to Presidents Nixon and Ford. He is also the stepfather of one of our EA’s who was initiated on our Second Stated in May. We also had another successful Child ID booth at the Herndon Festival. Congratulations to Brother Brian Coleman on organizing this event.

In June we will have our DEO, Wor. Jim Kraut visit and Bro Al Diplacedi will deliver a program in honor of St John’s Day. We are also trying to coordinate a fun family outing to see the Potomac Nationals play baseball if the weather permits. On our Second Stated in addition to Brother Al’s program we will have the honor of seeing Wor. Varun confer the FC degree on one of our Brethren. Also our Beehive Club meets at 6:00 pm before our Second Stated meetings each month. If you are interested in learning more about the symbols in Masonry, attend a Beehive Meeting. In upcoming events of interest and fun, Wor. Phil Brooks, in his capacity as High Priest of Potomac Royal Arch Chapter #88, is hosting a ‘Dinner Theatre’ on July 26th, 2014 at 2 pm. The venue is River Creek Country Club, Leesburg. This is a fun event open to all Masons from EA up to MM. Also on Sat 14 June at 6:30 PM Manasseh Lodge will hold their annual Strawberry Night at 6:30pm with the GM Way Sawyer Flora as the guest speaker.

 

To keep up to date on a regular basis, see our website http://www.HerndonLodge264.orgor visit our Facebook site at www.facebook.com/groups/Herndon264/ Also, if you would like to receive an electronic copy of this trestleboard or keep in touch with our regular emails, send a note to Herndonlodge264@gmail.com

 

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Tom Morrison, WM

 

“All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.”

–       Bro. Winston Churchill

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