Mount Moriah’s Thanksgiving Family Dinner was a huge success! Thanks to all the Brothers, friends, and family that helped pull it off!
Worshipful Master Isaias Vargas presenting a Scholarship Award to Ms. Erica Watson of Shadow Ridge High School. Ms. Watson will use the scholarship to enroll at UNLV.
Worshipful Master Isaias Vargas presenting one of Mount Moriah Lodge’s Scholarships to Ms. Delos Santos of Basic High School. Ms. Delos Santos will study at UNLV.
Allow me to be the first to wish an advance Holiday Greetings to all. As we are approaching the Holidays, we have to revisit and reflect all the teachings and virtues of our Craft. The past month of October was a very good one if for only one reason and that was the Proficiency of Bro. Carlos Villegas with his coach W. Larry Snowden. It was much awaited but was finally accomplished mainly through persistence and dedication. We must encourage other Brethren who are in waiting for Proficiencies and provide as much assistance as needed.
We did not do any Degree conferrals for the past month as circumstances dictated otherwise, we opened and closed on the designated schedule with continuation of Fellowship and Education. I thank Bro. Kaltenbach for his lectures on the Further Light in Masonry with the hope that he can continue as needed for next year. November will be busy for us, we have the stated meeting in which we will be addressing forthcoming Grand Lodge Resolutions and the sponsorship of De Molay Chapter, followed by Grand Lodge on the 11th and 12th, our Thanksgiving Dinner will be on the 13th. We will have a possible Fellowcraft Degree on the 20th and we will be dark on the 27th the Eve of Thanksgiving.
I encourage all Brethren from our Lodge to come, attend and participate at Grand Lodge sessions, as it offers education, fellowship and a chance to see first-hand at how our Grand Lodge works. In addition I recognize all Brethren who were also Veterans, the Lodge thanks you for your service and dedication. I wish a Happy Birthday to all Brethren for the month of November. Our Junior Warden is still accepting dry goods and clothing for charity, please contact him if you are able or interested. That is all I have for now, and I’ll see you all at our Lodge or at the Grand Lodge at Orleans Casino.
Fraternally and Sincerely,
Isaias R. Vargas JR
For me, Masonry in the second half of the year is a special time. After a rejuvenating Summer break, the second half of the year is a time when I can really excel at my station. Having learned the lines for my seat during the first half of the year, I can start to focus on the seat above me. Having spend the first half of the year getting proficient and comfortable with my lines, It is a time to polish ritual, and really start to enjoy the degree work. It is a time to learn other parts, like the apron lecture, or the prayers, or parts of the charge. It is a time to do some masonic reading and chase some masonic thoughts and ideas and see where they lead.
However, we have suffered from dwindling numbers in the second half of this year, to the point where I have struggled just to fill enough seats to open lodge. Brethren, we need to renew our commitment, do some self evaluation and adjust our cable tow if necessary. Masonry is for the betterment of ourselves and our brothers. We cannot achieve that goal with half-hearted participation.
Brethren the Holiday Season is upon us and my tenure as your Junior Warden is rapidly approaching its twilight. Our Family Dinner in November will be a pot-luck style traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. The Lodge will be providing the succulent, moist and roasted to a golden brown, Turkeys. I am asking those brothers who will be attending to please bring the mashed potato’s , gravy, vegetables,breads, etc…. We will also be needing pies, whip-cream or any other dessert that suits your fancy. This partial list is only a suggestion, if there is a particular dish you grew up with or something your family traditional serves to celebrate Thanksgiving please bring it and share it with your brothers. Please co-ordinate what you will be bringing through myself so we have a balanced cornucopia of blessings to choose from at our table.
Please bring to Eric Holder’s attention, the name, age and gender of the children twelve and under that you will be bringing to this years Christmas Party, this information is essential so that all children can be recognized with a gift from Santa. We will also be collecting non-perishable food items to support our local food banks which provide needed assistance to our community.
My Brothers, I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all of you for allowing me to serve you and our Lodge as your Junior Warden this year, it truly has been my pleasure.