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On Saturday, November 17th at 6PM, Mount Moriah #39 will host a black-tie event at the Masonic Memorial Temple.

There will be a live entertainment, door prizes, and raffles. Dress is black-tie. Cocktails at 6, dinner at 7.

Tickets are $50 and are available from Mt Moriah Lodge. See the flyer here for more information.

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The family dinner on October 10th will be a Chili cook off. Please do bring some of your best to share.

A bowl of chili on the stove

The Scottish Rite has prepared this fantastic video about Masonry.

On Saturday, December 9th, the Officers, elected and appointed, for the 2018 year were installed.

Outgoing Master Tony York delivered his outgoing remarks, and then Installing Master MW Richard Hoaglin PGM, led the ceremonies of the installation. The Installing Marshall was Worshipful Brother Willie Hall and the Installing Chaplain was MW Gerald Ogle PGM. Worshipful Brother Ron Pulse was the Keeper of the Jewels.

WM Dennis Ashley was installed as the incoming Master for 2018. Please visit the Officer’s page to see the full list of all of the officers.

Officer's Installation for the 2018 year.

Officer’s Installation for the 2018 year.

From the East
WM Tony York

Greetings from the East,

As the Sun must set each day in the West so my time as the temporary guardian of the East has come to an end. This year did not travel in a manner and method that I foresaw when delivering my remarks during my Installation BUT that isn’t to say that I didn’t have a GREAT year and truly loved the fellowship of the year. I want to thank the Grand Master, my officers, and my committee members for their endless support and friendship. I thank my fellow Brothers for electing me and trusting me with such an important job. I thank the Past Masters for your wise counsel and brotherly love. Lastly, I appreciate everyone’s display as living example of the Fraternity through your execution of your Obligations/Officer Oaths and through your skillful operations of the Working Tools as Free and Accepted Masons. It has been my humble honor to be your Worshipful Master. November was a very busy month with a very successful GMOV Homecoming, and truly enlightening Grand Lodge filled with the pride of our Grand Master’s successful year and plenty of fellowship. As we look forward to 2018, I am excited for our soon to be elected and appointed officers and pledge my support to your cause. And now the day has come and, so I take my final curtain ……..and turn this Trestle board over to a new Master. May the Great Architect of the Universe Bless and keep you until again we have the opportunity to meet in our great journey of life.

Anthony (Tony) York W.M.

From the West
Bro Dennis Ashley

Greetings Brethren,

I attended the 153rd annual Grand Lodge Communication this past month, and what an amazing feeling I get after such events. There were several instances where lifelong friendships were decided upon immediately after communicating. I most certainly received further Light in Masonry. Thank you!

That’s why we’re are going to do our extreme best to bring the Silver State Award home to Mt. Moriah Lodge #39. It will require an extra effort along with maintaining our usual Obligations. If I assume the position of Master of this Lodge, it will be a goal of mine this year and it is Paramount we obtain it.

And once again thank you sincerely for your vote of confidence entrusting me with preserving the reputation of the Fraternity. Here listed are 8 qualities of a good leader that I found reading the Greatest Light in Masonry.

  1. Diligence
  2. Has trustworthy messengers
  3. Doesn’t penalize people for Integrity
  4. Listens before answering
  5. Able to Discern
  6. Listens to both sides of the story
  7. Stands up under Adversity
  8. Stands up under Praise

Also, our installation will be on December 9, 2017. Appetizers will start at 5pm, followed by the ceremony at 6pm, with an encore dinner immediately after. I would love for all available Masons in the area to attend.

Dennis Ashley

From the South
Bro Eric Willson

Happy Holidays everyone. It has been a great year to serve as Junior Warden. The last meal I will prepare will be for December. We’ll be doing hot dogs and assorted dressings. I hope everyone is prepared for their news roles in 2018. Make sure you’re ready!

Eric Willson

From the Secretary
Bro Larry Kesler, PM

The Importance of Our Ritual

One of the great appeals of Freemasonry, both to the profane and to the Mason, is its antiquity. The Order can trace an unbroken history of more than two hundred years in its present form (the Mother Grand Lodge was formed in 1717), and has irrefutable documentary evidence of a much longer existence in simpler forms. Our present rituals — the plural is used advisedly, as no two jurisdictions are as one on what is correct in ritual — are the source books from which we prove just where we came from and, to some extent, just when. If we alter our ritual, either intentionally or by poor memorization, we gradually lose the many references concealed in the old, old phrases which tell the story of whence we came and when. Time is relative to the observer; what is very slow to the man may be very rapid to nature. Nature has all the time there is. To drop out a word here, put in a new one there, eliminate this sentence and add another one to our ritual seems to be a minor matter in a man’s lifetime. Yet, if it continues long enough, in a very few score years, the old ritual will be entirely altered and become something new.
We have confirmation of this. Most parts of the ritual are printed. These printed paragraphs are practically the same in most jurisdictions. Occasionally, there is a variation, showing where some committee on work has not been afraid to change the work of our fathers. But the printed portion of our work is substantially what it was when it was first brought to this country more than two hundred years ago. The secret work is very difficult in many of our jurisdictions. Some of the differences in ritual are accounted for by different original sources, yet even in two jurisdictions which sprang from the same source of Freemasonry, and originally had the same work, we find variations. These variations show that mouth-to-ear instruction, no matter how diligent it may be, is not wholly an accurate way of transmitting words. In spite of us, alterations creep in by the slow process of time and human fallibility, how much faster will the ritual change if we are careless or indifferent? The farther away we get from our original source, the more meticulously careful must trustworthy Masons be to pass on the work to posterity as we receive it.
The Mason of olden times could go to his source for re-inspiration — we cannot. Ritual is the thread which binds us to those who immediately preceded us, as their ritual bound them to their fathers, our grandfathers. The ritual that we hand down to our children’s children will be their bond with us, and through us the historic dead. To alter that bond intentionally is to wrong those who come after us, even as we have been wronged when those who preceded us were careless or inefficient in their memorization of the ritual. The Entered Apprentice, then, should not be discouraged if the ritual ‘comes hard’. He should fail not in the task, nor question that it is worthwhile, for on what he does and on the way, he does it depends in some measure the Freemasonry of the future. As he does well or ill, so will those who come after him do well or ill. LODGE RESOURCES MANUAL – A LODGE MANAGEMENT GUIDE – ME 44 – Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Canada in the Province of Ontario March 2009 But, we must not leave him to solve all his problems by himself, we, his mentor, his sponsor, his Brother, we must ensure that he knows that we will proceed with him along his Masonic travels.

Originally by R.W. Bro. David Bruce, St. Aidan’s Lodge No. 567

Most Worship Gerald L Ogle, Grand Master of Masons in Nevada, and his Corp of Grand Lodge Officers visited Mount Moriah #39 for his official visitation and homecoming.

The Junior Warden put on an amazing dinner in honor of the Grand Master, which was followed by a Lodge Meeting.

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Nevada Lodge of Research #2 will meet at Mt Moriah #39’s Henderson Temple at 2 PM on Sunday, November 19th. The meeting is open to all Master Masons.

153rd Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge will be held November 13-14th, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV at the Orleans Hotel & Casino. You can find more details at the Grand Lodge site.
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Vegas Lodge #32 will be hosting a table lodge on June 24th at 6:30PM. This Table Lodge is specifically in honor of the 300th Anniversary of the founding of the Grand Lodge of England.

This promises to be a fantastic event with a six-course meal, souvenir glasses, entertainment, guest speakers, and more. Tickets are $15 and the event is open to friends and family. Learn more and buy tickets by contacting Vegas Lodge #32.

From the East
WM Tony York

I want to thank the Representatives from NV Rainbow Girls Daylite # 22 who spoke to us on March 15th as part of our observance of March as Nevada Masonic Youth Month.
As spring arrives, we have been busy with activities and an increase in visitors. When at lodge be sure to take time to meet our visitors and share in our activities.
The last two family dinners have involved a real fellowship atmosphere and I encourage you to help keep the festivities going by attending our family dinners.
It is that time of year to remember to support the scholarship fund. If means are permitting, please consider giving a tax-deductible donation to the Lodge for awarding scholarships to Basic High School Seniors.
It is not too late to register for the Nevada Masonic Leadership Conference (Las Vegas) Conference April 21-23, 2017 the Conference details and registration form is available on the Nevada Grand Lodge website. We would love to have the lodge well represented at the conference.

From the West
Bro Dennis Ashley

The summer is quickly approaching us and soon we’ll find ourselves spending more time abroad than in the lodge. While most has held a prejudiced view of Freemasonry, it is still up to us to convince the world of its magnificence. It is important not to neglect our loved ones (Masons included), and to also balance a hectic work and Masonic schedule. So, it’s ok to call on your fellow brother for any type fellowship or wisdom.
It will not be long before our new stations approach and much is expected from us upon arrival, but remember; “proper preparation prevents poor performances”. I hope to see you all at the NMLC, in closing. Remain steadfast!!!

From the South
Bro Eric Willson

I hope April finds everyone healthy and in good spirits. This month we are going to have assorted sandwiches and sides for the stated meeting.
Family dinner is on the 12th of the month, and we will be serving Mexican food. Everyone is welcome and I look forward to seeing you there!

From the Secretary
Bro Larry Kessler, PM

From the Secretary,
List of Dates for your Calendar
April 3 – HTA Meeting
April 5 – Stated Meeting 730 pm
April 12 – Family Dinner 630 pm
April 19 – As Called 7 pm
April 21-23 – NMLC
April 26 – As Called 7 pm

May 1 – HTA Meeting
May 3 – Stated Meeting 730 pm
May 10 – (Widow’s Appreciation) & Family Dinner 630 pm
May 17 – As Called 7 pm
May 24 – As Called 7 pm
May 31 – As Called 7 pm

June 5 – HTA Meeting
Hope to see you all soon.

Dues Card
What is a dues card and what sort of privileges does it give you?
Have you lately and really looked at your dues card? What’s so special about it? Take it out of that hidden place in your wallet and let’s take a look at it. It’s that small piece of paper or card that has written on it several things or items that should be important to you.
Somewhere (usually near the top) is the name of the Lodge that issued you your card which you are a member of, which you must really care for and are proud enough that you carry that card that you belong to as a member of that Lodge. Just that name alone will give you some special privileges, such as being able to attend a lodge of your choice (if you pass their entry tests.)
Within that Lodge you are a member of, it automatically allows you to enter and to partake in the meetings or Communications, such being able to Vote on any special legislation or motion that the Lodge that will be presented and if you have a valid card you can vote, which means that your card must be valid.
On that Card, there is a place on it that has your name typed or written out, and it identifies that it’s you and yours only.
Under your name is the date that the card is valid for and for the length of time it’s valid. This is very important because this date it expires the same time every year. In this way, you don’t have to be reminded when to pay the dues that the lodges require in order the lodge being able to pay their obligations’ and bills that come due during the year.
Below that date is probably is most likely the date that you last paid and the amount, I hope that it’s just prior to the Expiration date, because any time after the expiration date it starts the clock and you become in violation and could be dropped from the roll of membership for Non-payment of Dues (NPD), I don’t think you want that.
Near the bottom is the Signature of the person issuing the card to you is on the card, and along with the Mt. Moriah Lodge Seal is stamped on the Card, along with the Grand Lodge information on the front and back with own Seal and Signature of a Grand Secretary.
I think one of the most important Signature lines on the card is where the member signs his name because he acknowledges and verifies all his obligation information on the card and will abide with what the card stands for.