This Wednesday, October 30th at 6 PM we will have an HTA meeting, followed by education.The topic of this week’s education is an Introduction to the Hebrew Alphabet, by Worshipful Brother Robert Kaltenbach. Education will start immediately after the conclusion of the HTA meeting.
First of all I would like say Thanks to all that made our Homecoming GMOV a huge success. Thanks to the Past Masters, and the Brethren for the gifts given to our MW Mike Hoaglin.
I welcome Bro. Steven Kesler to our Fraternity, and with the assistance of his coach as well as others I have no doubt concerning his progression.
The second Wednesday will be our Family Dinner, and the third and fourth Wednesdays will be called communications and we are planning on hearing proficiencies this month from brother Justin Costa from Boulder City Lodge and Eugene Oneal of MM39 and potentially confer the FC degree upon them.
The last Wednesday will be the HTA meeting followed by an educational lecture of the Hebrew Alphabet by brother Bob Kaltenbach. Please keep brother Tom York the father of our brother Tony York, who is suffering Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Our brother Michael McElwain has lost his father our brother Tom McElwain, please keep his family in your prayers.
I would like to remind you all of Grand Lodge in November, I’ll be in attendance as well as other officers, if you have a chance to attend please do, its a great learning experience in addition to the Fellowship.
Fraternally and Sincerely,
Isaias R. Vargas JR.
This past week we were pleased to hear from Robert Kaltenbach who discussed some of the origins of Masonry, and brought several books for our consideration. It turns out the Regius Manuscript (also known as the Halliwell manuscript) was written about 1390 a.d. and is the oldest Masonic document in existence. It lays down the basic structure and rules of the operative stonemason guilds in the middle ages. It consists of a poem of 15 moral duties, 15 points of pleural constitutions and the art of geometry and 4 crowns. It is unusual because it was written as a poem. Although libertarian, it was written when Roman Catholicism prevailed in England. It includes much of the legendary “history” of Freemasonry and was most likely interpreted in poetic form by a monk who was inspired by even earlier masonic writings that no longer exist.
The original document is written in Old English language that difficult to understand. This is a translation made of it by James Halliwell in 1840. It is preserved in the British Museum in London and was donated to the museum 1757 by King George II.
We are but links in a long and noble chain.
The summer season is rapidly ebbing and the CHILI weather is upon us! The October family dinner will be an old fashioned chili cook-off. The Lodge will provide the fixin’s, cornbread, sourdough bread, soda crackers, tortillas, sour cream, onions, and of course cheese. We need brothers with a culinary flare to bring in the best pot of home made chili they can create, and we will have some good-natured competition and camaraderie. There are multiple categories to be judged and prizes to all the winners. So whether its vegan or all meat, spicy Tex-Mex or Georgia sweet, bring yours in so we can all have a taste!!
The Fall also rings in the beginning of the Holiday Season, so please contact the J.W. or Secretary and let them know the names, ages and gender of children 12 and under, that may accompany you to this years Christmas Party. We want to be sure Santa brings enough gifts, and spells names correctly. As the temperature drops lets not forget those less fortunate than our families! Again we will be collecting new and used clothing and non-perishable food items to support the many in need who come to our local community food pantries.
October is upon us and that means the first of two readings of the proposed resolutions of Grand Lodge and I encourage you to attend and perhaps give feedback on this years 4 resolutions, which will be voted on by our members following the second reading at the stated meeting in November.
This month also holds a day dear to my heart as the 19th is my ten year wedding anniversary to my beautiful wife Nancy. We will be celebrating with a week vacation and unfortunately I will miss the Chili Cook Off, have fun.
I hope you all can make it to at least one meeting this month, maybe to hear a proficiency or witness a brother receive the second degree.
Also, I will be getting dues notices out this month and as a reminder of our bylaws, your 2014 dues are due upon the stated meeting of December 2013.
Also if you would be so kind as to mark your calendar for our installation of officers both elected and appointed to serve for the ensuing year of 2014 to be held the 11th of December 2013 at 6:30PM.
Mike Harris PM
The Stated Meeting will open at 7:30 P.M., the first Wednesday of each month All Called Communications this year will begin at 7:00 or as announced.
- Wednesday; 7:30 pm: Mt Moriah Stated Business meeting.
- Wednesday; 6:00 pm: Mt. Moriah Fellowship Dinner. This month will be the Chili Cook Off Contest.
- Wednesday, 7:00pm: As Called–Anticipated Fellowcraft Degree–Check back.
- Wednesday, 7:00pm: As Called–Anticipated FellowCraft Degree–Check back.
- Wednesday, 6:00pm: Henderson Temple Association Trustees meeting followed by Masonic education.