Note: Dinners will be held at 6:30pm
Well, 2016 has certainly gotten off to a rambunctious start!
I am sure that by now everyone is aware of the controversial issues that persist at Vegas 32 regarding candidate and affiliate applications to our Lodge. I do not want to expound on this matter here in this missive other than to reassure the brethren that there is a comprehensive effort under way to find permanent solutions that will hopefully resolve this insidious and persistent issue and repair the damage done and bring us all together with
solutions we can all agree to and live with. I will be keeping everyone informed of our progress in this urgent matter as it occurs.
As if this issue was not enough to knock us back on our heels, we also received the devastating news of the untimely death of our Most Worshipful Immediate Past Grand Master, Dan Newman. Dan was just 58 years young, a great mason and most importantly a great man who passed to the Celestial Lodge above in the early hours of 11th, January 2016 from a pulmonary embolism.
Dan was universally admired and loved by all who knew him. Dan was a quiet unassuming gentleman while at the same time a very wise and adroit manager who served Masonry in general and the Grand Lodge of Nevada in particular very well indeed. He leaves a lasting legacy to Masonry with his outstanding educational curriculum that is the backbone of the annual Nevada Masonic Leadership Conference which will touch all Nevada Lodge officers for many years to come as they participate in these conferences preparing themselves for their respective duties. Farewell brother, until we meet again!
February will continue with a full plate of degree work since we are blessed with a backlog of candidates and Brothers who are moving towards achieving their Master Mason Degree. To this end we do have a Super Saturday in our near future, the date to be determined.
If you are reading this from the pages of your February Trestleboard you cannot help but notice the new format. I am sure there are those who will favor the previous format and those who will like the new “booklet” layout. The driving issue for the new design is real-estate/space, we needed more of it to include all the material we wish to communicate. For example there have been requests for the monthly Birthday list to be once again included in the Trestleboard and this new booklet format allows us to do this.
Never a dull moment at Vegas 32! Come and join us, I do hope to see you all soon.
Masonic virtue may be challenged by both success and failure, subduing our passions in delight for the former and disappointment and anger for the latter. While these passions may seem appropriate for the moment, anger and disappointment poses the greater challenge as words and acts expressed at these times, although apologized for later, can never repair the potential harm they cause. Thus, greater caution must taken during these times when our Masonic virtues appear to being compromised to the self-interest of a few, that we in our zeal to correct these errors don’t ourselves compromise our own obligations in “subduing our passions and improving ourselves in Masonry”. To avoid the dangers of instincts to attack perceived violators of our precepts, we should remind ourselves that the good of the Order might be better served by the Masonic virtue of pity for the perpetrator as it is with him (or them) that the fault lies and not with us the need to correct. Be reminded also that this, too, shall pass, but let not our Masonic virtues be sacrificed.
One of the reasons why we joined freemasonry is to become a better person and seek knowledge as a Master Mason. In one of my research I become more fascinating with the work of Manly P Hall.
He inspires me to become a better person, to serve more and be there for my brothers no matter what.
I would like to share with you few of his teachings:
THE QUALIFICATIONS OF A TRUE MASON
( From Manly Palmer Hall Media Archive and Memorial)
“Every true Mason has come into the realization that there is but one Lodge – that is, the Universe – and but one Brotherhood, composed of everything that moves or exists in any of the planes of Nature. He realizes that the Temple of Solomon is really the Temple of the Solar Man -Sol-Om-On – the King of the Universe manifesting through his three primordial builders.
The true Mason must develop the powers of observation. He must seek eternally in all the manifestations of Nature for the things which he has lost because he failed to work for them. No true Mason can be narrow, for his Lodge is the divine expression of all broadness. There is no place
for little minds in a great work. The true Master Mason enters his lodge with one thought uppermost in his mind: “How can I, as an individual, be of greater use in the Universal Plan? What can I do to be worthy to comprehend the mysteries which are unfolded here? How can I build the eyes to see the things which are concealed from those who lack spiritual understanding?”
The true Mason is supremely unselfish in every expression and application of the powers that have been entrusted to him. No true Brother seeks anything for himself, but unselfishly labors for the good of all. No person who assumes a spiritual obligation for what he can get out of it is worthy of applying for the position even of water-carrier. The true Light can come only to those who, asking nothing, gladly give all to it.
Last month was difficult not only in lodge but Grand Lodge!
Firstly, in lodge, we have too many of our brethren getting wrong advice from people who have no idea what they are talking about. Also, too many brothers who listen to he said or they said. They only way to know something about somebody is ask that person the question since they are the only ones who can answer it.
Secondly, in Grand Lodge we lost our MW Junior Past Grand Master Dan I. Newman... he was a great man and Mason and I will miss greatly! Remember we never know when it's our time... be good to one another...
February 2016 - January 2016
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