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Note: Dinners will be held at 6:30pm
BEFORE the meetings

Sep 2016

Sep 2nd, Friday - 7:30PM
     Stated Meeting

Sep 5th, Monday - 6:30PM
      Masonic Discussion group

Sep 9th, Friday - 7:30
     Entered Apprentice Degree
     Step up Degree - (The Officer line will move
     up one position for this degree)

Sep 16th, Friday - 7:30PM
     Master Mason Degree

Sep 23rd, Saturday
     Degree - TBD

Sep 30th, Friday - 6:30PM
     Family Dinner


From the Officers – September 2016

From the East

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:

  • Under the watchful eye of our attorney’s our funds are now completely moved from Zion’s Bank to Morgan Stanley. This move was a Chuck Barone initiative, the motivation and ex- pectation being to obtain signi cantly better performance from our assets.
  • The Trustees have now worked out an agreement with our new neighbor Hellfire Media (aka Zak Bagans, aka Ghost Adventures) to lease them a few of our parking spots for their overflow needs. Note, there are some members who wanted to leverage this arrangement for maximum value however, in the end, we settled on making this a “good neighbor” policy and of course we will monitor this arrangement and make any adjustments that might be required moving forward. Another concern expressed by some was the liability issue(s). The formal agreement between the Lodge & Hellfire was scrutinized by both our attorneys and our insurance underwriters. Their concerns were addressed and incorporated into the agreement.
  • The kitchen received an overdue pressure-wash restoring the floor to “as new". The carpets in the two Lodge rooms were professionally cleaned as was the dining room floor. We have not had the lobby carpet cleaned yet but are planning on having this done too.
  • Of course the project to upgrade the Lodge is the biggest thing we currently have going. This project, valued at just over $218,000, was authorized and launched by the Trustees back on the 13th of October 2015. The objectives are primarily to significantly improve security as well as a building refresh. This project was turned over to Mitch Hostmeyer by the Trustees so that he could, once again, bring his considerable project management skills to the game to ensure this ambitious endeavor could be completed both on time and within budget, no easy task! While there are a few “rats & mice” issues that should be resolved by the September Stated Meeting the project is now largely completed. This means the project is on time. As far as the budget goes, there were a few change order items added onto the project, such as the items demanded by the Las Vegas Fire Department after their May inspection, adding to the total dollars spent, however Mitch was able to get this project qualified for matching funds from the City of Las Vegas to incentivize the appearance upgrades to the Lodge by offsetting some of our cost. We already have the first installment of $25,000 from the City and will have the balance, another $25,000, by the time you read this. So. Bottom line, the grant money more than offset the overages bringing this project in well under the original budget.
  • Now that we have our security infrastructure installed and (almost) operational the next step is to set in place procedures to ensure we make the best use of these assets. To this end I have both Ed Pierce and Harry Christopher who have been working over the summer with our attorneys and insurance underwriters as well as security related experts to craft a set of procedures that will take full advantage of our new infrastructure ensuring our continued safety while at the same time not putting us in legal jeopardy or compromising our insurability status. I am hoping to be able to roll-out these procedures to the members at the September Stated Meeting.
  • In late August we had our Auditors in to present their annual report. Their detailed report showed everything in order and as it should be with the Lodge finances. No doubt the Secretary/Trustees will be making a full report the Brethren shortly. The auditors also offered some suggested procedural changes which were accepted by the Trustees.

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!

Fraternally,
Peter
Worshipful Master

 

From the West

Brethren, welcome back from your Summer break. I trust it was refreshing and that you have been invigorated, ready for the Masonic work before us. The Fall and Winter months should be rewarding for us all.

Fraternally,
Bob
Senior Warden

 

From the South

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!

Fraternally,
Florian
Junior Warden

 

From the Secretary

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!

Fraternally,
Mark
Secretary

 

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