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July Trestleboard

July Trestleboard
Brethren –
Being a history teacher, the Fourth of July has special meaning for me; I get to share my love of history and Americanism with my students and studying the American Revolution and Early Republic Periods with my students is always one of my favorite topics. The opportunities to discuss some of our Founding Fathers (and for us as Masons, Brothers) is always a guilty pleasure of mine knowing the connections I have to such famous men of history. I hope you too take some time to consider the significance of America’s Independence Day as we celebrate our one hundred and forty-fifty birthday! That is the topic of our Masonic Education Article this month: Masonry and Independence Day and comes to us from the 1924 Short Talk Bulletin. It is an extensive evaluation of Masonic values considering Independence Day immediately after World War I, and despite being published nearly 100 years ago, it still resonates with Masons today. I hope you enjoy.

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June Trestleboard

June Trestleboard

Brethren,

I hope this mailing reaches you all well and refreshed from the long Memorial Day weekend.  Wither it was spent time with family at a cookout or friends at a picnic I hope you gave pause to remember the thousands of men and women who have given their lives in the service of our great nation.  We especially remember those Brothers who have and are serving in our armed forces.  Thank you for your service.  

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May Trestleboard

May Trestleboard

Brethren –

Last month I did a hard copy of the April Trestleboard. I hope you all received it. I wanted to mix up the digital world we’ve been engaged in for so long with a little tangible connection to the Lodge. Please let the Secretary or I know if you didn’t receive it; we may need to update our mailing records for you.

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April Trestleboard

April Trestleboard

Brethren –
Spring has finally spring at Herndon Lodge.  As I write this, the daffodils are just starting to poke out of the ground, and the Dogwood trees in front of the Lodge are starting to bud and will soon burst forth with color.  It is good reminder of the “fresh” start that Spring normally means.  Our Senior Warden has some thoughts on that matter in his “From the West” section you might want to check out.
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March Trestleboard

March Trestleboard

Brethren,

Another month come and gone; another successful Virtual Meeting for our shuttered Brothers at home.  Thank you to recently raised Bro. Matt Lang for reading RW Pobat’s LEO program on Valley Forge that complimented my program on the Washington Monument.  Both programs were well received and enjoyed by all who could attend.  I believe we will be able to continue with one more Virtual Meeting for March and see what transpires further in the spring. 

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February Trestleboard

February Trestleboard

Brethren –

As I reflect on the new month to come, I am tempted to write some anecdote about love and Masonic Relief and sprinkle some images of Valentine hearts into the calendar at the end of this Trestleboard. I’m tempted by the supermarkets filled with candy (so much for the January resolution to lose some weight!), and an urge to tell you all to spend some time with your loved ones. But I won’t as I never was good at such advice. However, I am going to share a story with you this month about my Father and Grandfather and my Family’s Masonic connections as it is timely for the month of February.

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