- September 2015 -
Note: Dinners will be held at 6:30pm
Security. Comfort. A sense of well-being. These are things we all strive to cultivate in our lives. Unfortunately, the world more often than not attempts to disrupt that sense of “peace” by repeatedly putting us in a state of distress.
The recent act of arson upon the lodge building over the Summer was one of those moments. It upset a large number of us, and understandably so. Many Brothers were angered, frustrated and ready to enact some personal justice on behalf of the Lodge. I can’t say that I didn’t share in those feelings of wanting to bestow a little revenge against the person who assaulted our building. However, we as Masons are not vigilantes, nor do we condone acts of retaliation outside the law.
And yet, those feelings of frustration remain. A sense of being violated. Transgressed. Leaving us with a sense of no longer feeling safe within the very walls we have cultivated to be a place where we can allow ourselves to feel truly comfortable.
It is no secret that our building is not in the best of neighborhoods, and it has been damaged several times over the course of the last four- to five-years. Our front entryway windows have been smashed repeatedly. We’ve had strangers walk in off the street looking for food or handouts, and some have acted hostile when rebuffed. We have homeless people repeatedly using our property as a place to rest and sleep. All these events have encroached upon our comfort levels, but I feel this recent act of arson has pushed us all past the limit of acceptance. It is the last offense in a long list of offenses which has prompted the Officers and the Trustees to take action in an attempt to put an end to these transgressions to our building and our security.
Brother Mitch and Brother Dean have worked very hard, in conjunction with the Trustees, to come up with a plan to properly secure the building, thereby securing us, our families and friends. I think the plan is fantastic, and only goes to show that good things can come from bad situations.
Although this has been a troubling time for us, I honestly believe that as we join together to overcome the situation, we will come out of it stronger, better, and safer.
I look forward to seeing you all in Lodge!
Well, the Summer break is well and truly in the rear view mirror and it’s back to work at Vegas 32 for a busy second half.
We had some unwanted excitement over the Summer with—among other things—an arson attack that fortunately caused minimal damage but major alarm. As usual, our Trustees have risen to the occasion and they are now putting in-place the plans covered at the September Stated Meeting. The new design will both greatly improve our safety and security, as well as the appearance of the Lodge. Come check out the plans next time you’re at Lodge.
I never cease to be amazed at the wonderful camaraderie we all share at #32. It just seems to get better and stronger as time goes by. The following comes to mind:
• There is a destiny that makes us Brothers
• None goes his way alone
• That which we bring into the lives of others comes back into our own. I hope to see you all at Lodge soon.
There appear to be two compelling questions a Junior Warden and his Stewards must answer which precede his “duties in the South.” They are; “What will be the menu for next week?” and “How many can we expect for dinner?”
The answer to the first question is relatively easy. It’s completely under their control. However, answering the second can be a daunting task fraught with danger. To underestimate the number of Brothers—and on Family Night the additional friends and visitors—is a genuine guessing game which any JW doesn’t want to get wrong. Such was the case in the extreme on Friday, during
the Annual Family Barbecue on August 28th. Vegas 32 fed 225 meals that night for the Masonic Brothers, their families, and friends. The crowd overflowed into the lobby due
to a lack of sufficient seating in the dining room.
Here we are, already entering the month of October. Where has the time gone?
By this writing we will have our annual returns completed and will be starting a new fiscal year. Also, we will be having the first reading of Resolutions for this Grand Lodge sessions. Brethren, this is YOUR Grand Lodge, so come and see how it works. Every Master Mason is invited to attend and I will have registration forms available at the Tyler’s desk if you wish to attend. I look forward to seeing you in Lodge.
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