Note: Dinners will be held at 6:30pm
September is right around the corner and that means “Home Stretch”! However, there will be little time for taking it easy, the last three months promise to be as action packed as the rst half of our year. We have candidates in waiting, a step-up degree in September and of course I will be looking for individual o cers to confer degrees as they prepare themselves for next year.
So, just what have we been doing over the break? Our Trustees especially have been working hard, we have had a lot of “odds-and-ends” activities that needed their attention. Here are the high-lights:
As I say it has been a busy summer and I have already mentioned by name the Brethren who went above and beyond. I feel I need to make special mention (again) of the effort put in by Bro. Harry Christopher. At 82 years young, he is the proverbial Energizer Bunny. Rather than run out a laundry list of all the things he did, I shall offer this one event that exemplifies Brother Harry. The Lodge received a letter from the City over the summer stating that our parking lot downtown was overgrown with weeds and littered with refuse and that we had ten days to clear it or face fines. Harry simply packed up his tools and Jerry Japczyk and went to the lot and spent the best part of a day clearing the weeds and refuse. No one would have ever heard about this other than Harry feeling he had an obligation to inform me as Master of the receipt of the letter.
Be safe Brethren and I hope to see you all Lodge as the weather cools and the pace quickens!
Here we are in September, returning once more to the Lodge and Brotherhood.
Every summer for me is a time of meditation and reflection on how I will better serve my Lodge and improve myself to become a better man.
Rehearsal, researching and studying during the summer is very important for all of us. This is the time when you can polish your work and get better at rituals, and also touch yourself with more spirituality in your life.
I hope many of you were able to do that over the Summer.
My brothers, a certain thing cannot happen to you if you don’t study:
“Nothing comes from nothing” In Latin: Ex nihilo nihil fit.
It is a philosophical expression of a thesis first argued by Parmenides. It is associated with ancient Greek cosmology, such as presented not just in the opus of Homer and Hesiod, but also in virtually every philosophical system—there is no time interval in which a world didn’t exist, since it couldn’t be created ex nihilo in the first place. Note that Greeks also believed that things cannot disappear into nothing, just as they can’t be created from nothing, but if they ceased to exist, they transform into some other form of being. We can trace this idea to the teaching of Empedocles. Today the idea is loosely associated with the laws of conservation of mass and energy.
The Roman poet and philosopher Lucretius expressed this principle in his first book of De Rerum Natura (Eng. title: On the Nature of things)
Principium cuius hinc nobis exordia sumet, nullam rem e nihilo gigni divinitus umquam. English translation: But only Nature’s aspect and her law, which, teaching us, hath this exordium: Nothing from nothing ever yet was born.
He then continues on discussing how matter is required to make matter and that objects cannot spring forth without reasonable cause.
Nam si de nihilo erent, ex omnibus rebus omne genus nasci posset, nil semine egeret. e mare primum homines, e terra posset oriri squamigerum genus et volucres erumpere caelo. English translation: Suppose all sprang from all things: any kind might take its origin from any thing. No fixed seed required. Men from the sea might rise, and from the land the scaly breed, and, fowl full fledged come bursting from the sky!
See you at the Lodge!
What a great Summer break! Unfortunately, it’s back to work. We still have lots of degree work to get to and time is short. Before you know it we will be changing guard and another new year will begin. Sadly, we will be losing some of our members due to them not paying their dues. This is something that I do not like to do, but the ball is always in their court.
I look forward to see you all in Lodge!
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