- September 2014 -
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September 26, Friday
It’s been a busy Summer at Vegas 32! We are at the end of our dining room remodel as I write this! This project was a huge undertaking but I think it was well worth it. The design is beautiful and all of the craftsmen did an excellent job.
There are four guys who deserve our special thanks, WB Dan Crowe and our SW Bill Cary did a lot of the wood work and tons of lifting heavy stuff. Brother Mitch who is the designer and chief worrier. Mitch did an incredible job and worked his butt off. Brother Dean Bingham is new to Vegas 32 but he put in endless hours doing tons of work. I gotta say if he works this hard in the Lodge the sky is the limit for this guy.
We also worked with St. John #18 to put on their annual outdoor degree. We had our own Brother Dean Bingham as the candidate and the Lodge was well represented with around 30 guys there, including most of your officer corps and our own RW Mark Mancha, and Jerry Japczyk was there, too. You know it’s a big deal when you see Jerry there. Lots of other guys from the lodge were there and we had about 75 MM’s for the degree and the GM John Buffington’s message.
We are going to be off and running in September. We have a very special event that we will be hosting to benefit and celebrate 150 years of Masonry in Nevada. It’s going to be a great evening and a great way to celebrate the craft in our brand new dining room. I hope that Vegas 32 will be well represented. I Iook forward to finishing strong and hope you all will enjoy the changes we’ve made to the dining room. As always I look forward to seeing you at the lodge.
I hope everyone has had a pleasant Summer. I'm sure most of you have enjoyed your down time these last few months. Of course, there are a select group of individuals who have chosen to spend these hot Summer months working on the dining room renovations. I’m not sure if that qualifies for insanity, but I’m beginning to wonder.
The renovations to the dining area have been a monumental task and I want to give kudos to Brother Mitch for being the ringmaster of this constructive circus. Not only has he been overseeing and coordinating the many varied tasks which need to be accomplished, but he has spent a lot of time assembling cabinets, running wire and cables, checking shipments, and all sorts of other tasks of which I’m sure I have no knowledge. I, for one, am very grateful for the inordinate amount of time he has put into this project and using his talents to make this dream a reality.
There have been a number of other brothers who have impressed me with their dedication and the amount of time they have put into this renovation. Dean Bingham and Dan Crowe have been instrumental in a number of projects. WM Chuck has been down there slinging paint and lending his assistance with anything he felt qualified to do. It has been a team effort, to be sure. I just wish the team had been a little bigger.
I look forward to seeing all of you at Lodge and catching up with my Brothers.
Although our Summer breaks are usually just that, a break, for some this summer has been decidedly different. A cadre of volunteers put into action the plans to renovate the dining room. I am sure those who have been able to participate will tell the story of how this project has unfolded better than I, so I shall confine my comments to the kitchen.
Brother Dean Bingham has done yeoman’s work in the kitchen first by cleaning the floor with a lot of elbow grease, scrubbing and-thanks, in no small part to a rotary floor polisher he discovered hidden in a back room- he has restored the floor to perfect working order. This polisher has been languishing, hidden from view, for so long not even Jerry Japczyk knew of its existence.
Not satisfied with restoring the floor to its full potential Dean in partnership with, no less than our Worshipful Master, painted the entire kitchen end-to-end. Perhaps Harry Christopher will lament the passing of the pale blue but the new coat of semi-gloss white spruces the room up considerably!
Over the summer David Griego and I approached the Trustees about the long defunct dishwasher in the kitchen, approval was forthcoming and a new dish washer should be in place by the time you’re reading this notice. There will also be sundry other upgrades in the kitchen, keep an eye out; see if you can spot the new stuff.
So it’s back to work as we christen the refurbished dining room, kicking off with the Annual BBQ. This year however the BBQ will be an evening affair on Friday, August 29th, starting at 6:30pm like the family dinners. Next up will be our Stated Meeting on Friday, September 5th, stating at 7:30pm and the very next day is the Grand Lodge’s 150th Anniversary Dinner on Saturday, September 6th, starting at 6:00pm.
As we return from our much needed break, it is that time of year when I have to prepare the annual return for Grand Lodge. Please check your dues card to make sure you are caught up and have a 2014 card in your wallet. Also, as a reminder, please let the office know if you have a change of address... it helps with our mailing!
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