- March 2015 -
Note: Dinners will be held at 6:30pm
- February 2015 -
The year is off and running and apparently I’ve wasted no time in stirring up a bit of controversy. After a prolonged discussion at January’s Stated Meeting I decided to change the dinner times to take place before the meetings. Starting in February, we’re going to have our dinners at 6:30, with the meetings starting at their usual time of 7:30. We’re going to try it for a few months and see how well it works. There may be a little tweaking and adjusting along the way, so please show a bit of patience as the kitchen crew settles into the new schedule. We’ll revisit the topic in June and find out if we wish to change back to the old schedule or keep going with the new.
I realize that change is rarely easy, but as with most things in life, change is inevitable, and in many cases, necessary. All things must change along with the society in which it exists, or it will cease to exist. Governments, religions, social organizations, even entire societies have vanished due to an unwillingness or inability to adjust and change. History is filled with examples of such occurrences. Rome fell due to the apathy of its citizens who were so distraught over the political corruption of its officials that an invasion by the barbarians seemed like an acceptable alternative. The aristocracies of the Middle Ages fell aside with the age of enlightenment and the people’s strength and determination to take the responsibility of governance into their own hands.
As Masons we are taught to view our ritual as unchanging, but in truth, it has gone through many iterations throughout the course of Masonic history. This is due in large part because the English language has changed considerably over the last four- hundred years, therefore the wording in the rituals had to change with it. I doubt there are many of us who could fully understand the ritual if it were written in the old-English of the early 1700s.
That linguistic change was gradual, dare I say imperceptible during the course of one person’s life time — but over the centuries it did change... and during the course of our lives, we all change as well. Those changes are slow, usually imperceptible on a day to day basis... but we no longer view the world as we did when we were teenagers, nor do we hold the same attitudes. As we have grown, our perceptions and behavior have changed to fit our changing circumstances.
As Masons, we are expected to change. We are presented with the challenge to become better men, and to do that, we must open ourselves to change. Change in our behavior, our thoughts, and above all, changes in our perception not only of ourselves but of our fellow man.
We all arrive in this world as imperfect beings. As Masons, we are set on a quest for perfection, knowing full well that such perfection is unattainable. And yet, despite the realities, we still try. We still struggle. We still change.
It's Februry, which means it is time to commemorate the birthday of our most distinguished and honored Brother, George Washington. We will once again honor this august event as is our tradition at Vegas 32.
I would also like to remind you that part of my duties as Senior Warden is to see that our infirm Brethren are contacted and their needs seen to as required. If you know of any Brother who is sick or house bound please contact me. My contact information is in this Trestleboard’s directory.
To all the Brethren who contributed to the Holiday Celebration by making our newly refurbished dining room a most festive location for our gala event, a fraternal thank you. To the chefs and servers: compliments on the delicious meal they offered our families and guests. Of course the kids, young and old, were treated to a wonderful magic show followed by a gift and photo-op with Santa Clause. I was privileged to receive many positive comments from those in attendance.
We are blessed with many talented and sharing Brothers whose willingness to contribute their time and effort to our Lodge make every event a joy for everyone. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to present more celebrations for a Happy New Year.
Please note that beginning in February, the dinners will be served at 6:30pm before the Lodge meeting.
Thank you for your response to your dues notices... sorry that they were late this year, but we had a glich in our data system. I still have a few Brothers who have not paid for 2014 yet and now they have 2015 dues as well. Please pay promptly!
To aide in the paying of your dues in the future, as announced at the January Meeting, we are trying to set up the website with a Pay Pal account so you will be able to make your dues payments electronically.
Also, we are also working with our bank to set up credit card payments within the office, allowing for the payment of dues, initiation fees and lifetime memberships. So, we are progressing slowly, but we are getting there.
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