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From the East
It’s been great to see all of you in September. We had a full month; I was very proud of you for the degree work especially. Two major events that are of interest are the Nevada Masonic Leadership Conference (NMLC) and the Grand Lodge Communications. I would encourage all Master Masons to attend both. Read more about the NMLC here: https://nmlc.nvmasons.org/ You can read about the Grand Lodge meeting here: https://nvmasons.org/ac/ I hope to see you all there.
Fraternally yours,
John Krikorian, Worshipful Master

From the West
Brethren, it’s so good to be able to meet again. I want to thank all of you for the support that you have been giving. We are going to be very busy doing degrees from now on; a lot of new people are wanting to join us. There has been a growing interest in Free Masonry. Look forward to seeing you soon.
Fraternally,
Dick Wright, Senior Warden

From the South
Brethren,
It has been wonderful to see the brothers at lodge again. I will try and spice up our dinners for the month of October. I’m still trying to figure out the best way to provide meals and refreshments in the safest manner without boring us with pizza’s or sandwiches each time. I’ll read up on the Governor’s allowable safety practices and see what I can come up with that I hope you will like. Stay safe and well!
Fraternally,
Tim Michaels, Junior Warden

From the Secretary
Brethren,
Things change. If you have moved, changed your telephone number, or have a new email address please let me know. You cannot receive “the word” if the Lodge cannot reach you. My Lodge email is secretarymm39@lvcoxmail.com
Fraternally,
Rob Noland, Secretary

The Worshipful Master's Gavel

From the East
WM John Krikorian

We had a great start to our year with our Stated meeting being moved due to our new By Laws change so no one’s holiday was inconvenienced. We also had a degree night and a wonderful Family Dinner courtesy of our Junior Warden.
I hope all of you are enjoying the addition of music to the Lodge and our focus on the Ritual Work thus far. I’ll be working with Brothers as needed throughout the year to assist them in developing their skills in the work.
If you would like to learn a part or a new role in the ritual, please contact me or any Officer and we’d be pleased to assist you.

Fraternally yours,
John Krikorian
Worshipful Master


From the West
Bro Dick Wright

Brethren, thank you for all your help. We have many degrees coming up which is a good thing. If you have any desire to give parts in the future degrees, such as tools lecture or any parts in the third degree, please let me know. Ritual is very important, and you don’t have to be in an officer position to participate. Many of us would be available to coach. Thanks again.

Dick Wright
Senior Warden


From the South
Bro Tim Michaels

I am excited for our next family dinner as we will be having chicken in white gravy over biscuits, green salad, jello salad, corn, potatoes and deserts.  I would like to thank you all for the donations in the kitty and the many kind words I heard regarding our last meeting/dinner and hope to continue to provide meals that will be enjoyed by all.  I wish you all good health and am looking forward to seeing you, your family and friends on the 22nd. As always, should you have any special dietary needs, please let me know as I would be happy to try and accommodate.

Tim Michaels
Junior Warden


From the Secretary
Bro Rob Noland

Thank you to the many brothers who paid their dues for 2020. We did receive several dues letters back as undeliverable.  Please contact us if you did not get your dues notice.

Rob Noland
Secretary

From the East
WM Eric Willson

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season. This year passed very quickly. I want to thank all of the Officers that supported me these last twelve months. The meetings went smoothly, for the most part. I appreciate all of the hard work and dedication that was put into our events, degrees, and ritual.

I would also like to thank all of the brethren who are not Officers, but whose very presence made our degrees successful. Your friendship and advice has been such a blessing, and I hope that you will continue to bestow it on our next Master.

I’ll see you all at the elections and installation!

Fraternally yours,
Eric Willson
Worshipful Master


From the West
Bro John Krikorian

It honors me deeply that you have placed your trust in me and selected me to sit in the East this year. We are planning a full year of exciting events and meetings. There will be many opportunities to get involved and participate in areas of Masonry that may interest you. Seek out that part of our craft that speaks to you and reignite your passion for our fraternity.

John Krikorian
Senior Warden


From the South
Bro Dick Wright

It’s been a fun year providing food for you. I hope that you enjoyed it.
We are going to end this year on December 4th at our stated meeting with Tri-tip Steak, Baked Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables, Salad and variety of Desserts.

Thank you for your support especially on Thanksgiving Potluck Family Dinner.
Our Christmas Family Dinner will be on the 18th and it also will be a Pot Luck, with the three principal officers providing the Meats.

Dick Wright
Junior Warden


From the Secretary
Bro Rob Noland

Wow, what a busy month is December! Amid the tinsel and the mistletoe, please don’t forget about 2020 dues. Same price: $101.00. What a bargain for all the lodge does!

This year we get see some of the results of Grand Lodge’s “Grandview” system that has pre-printed our names as well as our Grand Lodge record number on our dues cards. Please make your check payable to Mt. Moriah #39. PayPal option is still available, but not preferable. Lodge officers are reminded that, to hold office, they must have a dues card for the year they serve.

I proffer my best wishes for the holidays and look forward an increase in ritual participation and membership in 2020

Rob Noland
Secretary

From the East
WM Eric Willson

November is quickly approaching.  I hope that everyone has had the opportunity to ponder the Grand Lodge proposals that we will be voting on at the stated meeting.  One is a big commitment, and the other a pretty big change to how much we will transform as a fraternity in the coming decades.

Your individual opinions and the discussion of them will help greatly in determining how our Lodge is going to respond to them.

I look forward to seeing you all.

Fraternally yours,
Eric Willson
Worshipful Master


From the West
Bro John Krikorian

Fall is upon us, Brethren. In our Lodge this is usually a busy time as we have our Thanksgiving Dinner, Holiday Dinner, Elections, Grand Lodge, an Installation, and our usual course of business meetings. We may even have some degrees in there as well.

This is an ideal time to step up and learn a part, get involved, or try something new in Masonry. We have so many opportunities for you. Don’t hesitate to speak to myself or any of the Brothers to talk about your ideas on how you can improve yourself in Masonry.

John Krikorian
Senior Warden


From the South
Bro Dick Wright

Brethren, November is already upon us.  November 6 stated meeting we’ll be having Pizza and salad.  Family Pot-Luck dinner will be on Wednesday November 20th which is the third Wednesday instead of the forth Wednesday where Thanksgiving covers the fourth Wednesday. The Lodge will provide the Turkeys.

I will have a sign-up sheet for the potluck for the November Family Dinner. The list will be started at the Oct family dinner, and at the same time there will be a sign-up list for the Christmas party (Children Gifts).  Thanks to all of you for continued help.

Dick Wright
Junior Warden


From the Secretary
Bro Rob Noland

I’m pleased to report receipt of even more petitions requesting Degree work of Freemasonry recently.

They are testaments of the reputation of the fraternity and Mt. Moriah #39 in particular.  I remind you that the fees for initiation are to accompany the completed petition. These new petitions will be read at the next communication.

Rob Noland
Secretary

From the East
WM Eric Willson

I would like to thank everyone for all of the effort they have put into our Ritual this year. I can only imagine how stressful it would have been to preside over a Lodge that does not have its affairs in order regarding degree work. It has been a true pleasure. As we approach the end of this year, I invite all of you to reach out to the senior Officers and I should you need anything in regards to your future positions.

There will be five Wednesdays this month, and I am excited for the chance to have a degree and an education in the same month! I’ll see you there.

Fraternally yours,
Eric Willson
Worshipful Master


From the West
Bro John Krikorian

As fall approaches, we have a lot going on at Mt Moriah #39. We will have a chili cook off, several degrees, education nights, elections, installation, and Grand Lodge. This is a great time to decide how you can get further involved in the Lodge. Do you want to learn a new part? Do you want to assist in a committee? Help with our charitable efforts? Now is the time when things are being sorted out for next year, so be please make your desires known. Any officer would be pleased to direct you.

John Krikorian
Senior Warden


From the South
Bro Dick Wright

Hello Brothers, October brings more good dinners. October 2 at 6:30 is pulled pork sandwiches with baked beans, coleslaw and corn bread. Family diner October 23 at 6:30 is our Chili Cook Off. A variety of chilis and all the fixings. Hope to see you all there.

Dick Wright
Junior Warden


From the Secretary
Bro Rob Noland

I’m pleased to report receipt of several petitions requesting Degree work of Freemasonry recently. They are testaments of the reputation of the fraternity and Mt. Moriah #39 in particular. I remind you that the fees for initiation is to accompany the completed petition.

Rob Noland
Secretary

From the East
WM Eric Willson

Welcome back everyone. I hope that you all enjoyed the summer. To those Brothers living in a more forgiving climate…you missed a hot August.

On September 11th, we will be opening on the Master Mason degree for an education. I will be giving it. There will be a couple of examinations being given as well. I hope you all attend. It should be a fun and easy night.

Fraternally yours,
Eric Willson
Worshipful Master


From the West
Bro John Krikorian

It’s hard to believe that the fall is rapidly approaching! As we begin our second half of the year, I’d encourage every Brother to consider how you’ve been contributing to the Lodge. How can you talk just one step up to improve yourself and the Lodge more generally? What’s one thing that you can do to make things just slightly better? Learn a new part? Pitch in on meals? Offer a home-bound Brother a ride to Lodge? The very best Masons are always thinking about how to make themselves better. Why not devote this time of year to think about that.

We’ve got a good group of younger Brothers taking degrees as well. I do encourage all of you to attend degree nights and support their progression. The love and Brotherhood that we show each other means so much for these young men.

John Krikorian
Senior Warden


From the South
Bro Dick Wright

Brethren, the summer is almost over. Seems to have gone quickly.  Stated meeting is on September 4, dinner at 6:30.  We are going to have cheeseburgers, fries and salad.  Let me know if you have any suggestions for our future meals even if you desire repeats.  See you all soon.

Dick Wright
Junior Warden


From the Secretary
Bro Rob Noland

I have Included in this Trestle board again to remind you about two bylaw amendments adopted some time ago, but not in accordance with Nevada Masonic Code.  Published herein are the current and proposed texts of said amendments.  We will vote on these amendments in September.

PROPOSED BYLAW AMENDMENT

Current Section

Article III, Of Meetings of the Lodge, Section 1 currently reads as follows:

The Stated Communications of the Lodge shall be held on the first Wednesday in each month, at the hour of 7:30 o’clock p.m.

Proposed Section

If amended, Article III, Of Meetings of the Lodge, Section 1 will read as follows:

The Stated Communications of the Lodge shall be held on the first Wednesday in each month, at the hour of 7:30 o’clock p.m.  If the first Wednesday on a given month shall fall on a U.S. Federal or Nevada state holiday, the Worshipful Master may, at his option and with due and timely notice to the craft, move the stated meeting for that month only to the second Wednesday at the hour of 7:30 o’clock p.m.

The effective date of this amendment, if approved, will be September 5, 2019.

PROPOSED BYLAW AMENDMENT

Current Section

Article XIII currently reads as follows:

The Order of Business at every Stated Communication of this Lodge shall be as follows:

  1. By order of the Master, the Secretary may post or distribute by hand out, the Minutes of the Lodge.
  2. Reports on Committees on Petitions
  3. Balloting
  4. Recapitulation of Petitions
  5. Reports on Special and Standing Committees
  6. Unfinished Business
  7. New Business
  8. Conferring of Degrees

Proposed Section

If amended, Article XIII will read as follows:

The Order of Business at every Stated Communication of this Lodge shall be as follows:

  1. By order of the Master, the Secretary may electronically, distribute by hand-outs or post the Minutes of the Lodge.
  2. Communications
    1. Grand Lodge Communications
    2. Other Communications
  3. Reports of Committees on Petitions
  4. Balloting
  5. Recapitulation of Petitions
  6. New Petitions
  7. Reports of Standing Committees
    1. Cognizance Committee
    2. Delinquency Committee
  8. Reports of Special Committees
  9. Treasurer’s Report
  10. Henderson Temple Association Report
  11. Unfinished (Old) Business
  12. New Business
  13. Conferring Degrees

The effective date of this amendment, if approved, will be September 5, 2019.

Rob Noland
Secretary

From the East
WM Eric Willson

I would like to thank everyone who put so much work into getting us through this first half of the year.  It has been a pleasure to govern the Lodge.

While we are dark for the summer, please feel free to reach out to me for anything.  I am always happy to meet with any of you, for any reason.

Remember!   June stated meeting is a Hawaiian Shirt night!   Do not cause confusion in the Craft by showing up out of uniform.

Fraternally yours,
Eric Willson
Worshipful Master


From the West
Bro John Krikorian

Brethren, as we go dark for the summer, we should consider how we can best serve the Lodge in the remainder of the year. Think carefully about your goals in Masonry and how you can best serve them in the Lodge. There are many areas that could use your help. We have charitable works, ritual & degrees, coaching new Brothers, improving the physical Lodge, and many others. The best way to get involved is to let your wishes be known and your Lodge leadership will work with you to find a place that is rewarding for you and will enhance your Masonic journey.

John Krikorian
Senior Warden


From the South
Bro Dick Wright

I hope everyone has enjoyed your meals for this year.  June 5 stated meeting will be a Hawaiian theme including dress, aloha shirts.  We will be having Kalua Turkey which looks and taste like Kalua Pig, fried rice, Asian style salad, veggies and deserts. Hope to see you all there.

Dick Wright
Junior Warden


From the Secretary
Bro Rob Noland

Included in this Trestle board are the two bylaw amendments adopted some time ago, but not in accordance with Nevada Masonic Code.  Published herein are the current and proposed texts of said amendments.  We will vote on these amendments in September.

PROPOSED BYLAW AMENDMENT

Current Section

Article III, Of Meetings of the Lodge, Section 1 currently reads as follows:

The Stated Communications of the Lodge shall be held on the first Wednesday in each month, at the hour of 7:30 o’clock p.m.

Proposed Section

If amended, Article III, Of Meetings of the Lodge, Section 1 will read as follows:

The Stated Communications of the Lodge shall be held on the first Wednesday in each month, at the hour of 7:30 o’clock p.m.  If the first Wednesday on a given month shall fall on a U.S. Federal or Nevada state holiday, the Worshipful Master may, at his option and with due and timely notice to the craft, move the stated meeting for that month only to the second Wednesday at the hour of 7:30 o’clock p.m.

The effective date of this amendment, if approved, will be September 5, 2019.

PROPOSED BYLAW AMENDMENT

Current Section

Article XIII currently reads as follows:

The Order of Business at every Stated Communication of this Lodge shall be as follows:

  1. By order of the Master, the Secretary may post or distribute by hand out, the Minutes of the Lodge.
  2. Reports on Committees on Petitions
  3. Balloting
  4. Recapitulation of Petitions
  5. Reports on Special and Standing Committees
  6. Unfinished Business
  7. New Business
  8. Conferring of Degrees

Proposed Section

If amended, Article XIII will read as follows:

The Order of Business at every Stated Communication of this Lodge shall be as follows:

  1. By order of the Master, the Secretary may electronically, distribute by hand-outs or post the Minutes of the Lodge.
  2. Communications
    1. Grand Lodge Communications
    2. Other Communications
  3. Reports of Committees on Petitions
  4. Balloting
  5. Recapitulation of Petitions
  6. New Petitions
  7. Reports of Standing Committees
    1. Cognizance Committee
    2. Delinquency Committee
  8. Reports of Special Committees
  9. Treasurer’s Report
  10. Henderson Temple Association Report
  11. Unfinished (Old) Business
  12. New Business
  13. Conferring Degrees

The effective date of this amendment, if approved, will be September 5, 2019.

Rob Noland
Secretary

From the East
WM Eric Willson

We put on a great Entered Apprentice degree last month.  Afterwards, once I had returned home from the lodge, I found myself pondering the working tools lecture I had heard yet again that night.

While trying to cut down on the superfluities of life sounds simple and straight forward, identifying what is unnecessary and what is truly important to your mental and even spiritual well-being not be.  And once something is knocked away, it might not be easily found again.  Quiet contemplation is a must in all decisions.

Fraternally yours,
Eric Willson
Worshipful Master


From the West
Bro John Krikorian

We’ve been improving our Degree Work and I thank all the Brothers who stepped up to assist and learn new work. One of the benefits of learning new parts is that it deepens and extends your appreciation and understanding of the work.

I’ve heard some of those lectures a hundred times, but it wasn’t until I started to learn one, that I felt like I truly started to understand it.

As we start thinking about the summer, I challenge each of you to identify some of our work that you would like to learn and get started! If you need a suggestion, I or any other officer would be pleased to discuss some suitable options.

John Krikorian
Senior Warden


From the South
Bro Dick Wright

Hope all of you are well, are you hungry? May 1 Stated Meeting dinner will be at 6:30 and we’re having cheese burgers, fries and salad, and of course cookies.  May 22 will be family dinner and we’re having meatloaf, green beans, cornbread and salad.  All of course subject to change.  See you there.

Dick Wright
Junior Warden


From the Secretary
Bro Rob Noland

At the stated meeting, we will vote on two amendments to the Lodge bylaws.  The text of them was attached to last month’s Trestle board.  One proposed amendment will allow the Lodge to reschedule its stated meeting to the second Wednesday of the month when the first Wednesday falls on a holiday.  This situation will occur next year on the New Year’s holiday.

The second proposed amendment adds more specificity to the agenda of the stated meeting.  This will better enable the Worship Master to schedule certain topics at a particular place in the meeting.

Both amendments serve the Lodge by allowing more flexibility while ensuring order.  I ask for your affirmative vote.

Rob Noland
Secretary

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From the East
WM Eric Willson

I would like to extend my thanks to everyone who made the month of March a success. While we still need a touch more polish, it is a true pleasure to see how professional our degree work has been.

We have several more degrees before the summer. At the beginning of the year, I asked many of you to consider learning some Third-Degree parts. Game time is around the corner!

My Brothers, I would like to take this opportunity to ask that we all make an effort to visit the lodges that meet in our building. We have just invited a third, and it would be good for us to meet the many masons who call our home theirs as well!

Fraternally yours,
Eric Willson
Worshipful Master


From the West
Bro John Krikorian

Be advised that we will be re-voting on a by-law change during the May Stated Meeting. As this is the Trestle Board which will be distributed in March, you will have more than 30 days’ notice.

Notice was also given in the March stated meeting and will be given again in April at that stated meeting as well.

The purpose of the by-law change was to allow the lodge, if a stated meeting were to fall on a national holiday, to allow us with due and timely notice to the craft, to move the meeting to the second Wednesday of that month only.

This prevents us from having to meet on a day when many Brothers would be occupied with family and other holiday activities.

John Krikorian
Senior Warden


From the South
Bro Dick Wright

April is coming upon us, so, for the Stated Communication on the 3rd of April we will be having something special at 6:30pm. One of our own Master Masons, George Wilson, will be making Navaho Fried Bread Tacos.

At the Family Dinner on the 24th of April at 6:30pm we will have Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo and garlic bread sticks with a green Salad, hope you will enjoy.

Dick Wright
Junior Warden


From the Secretary
Bro Rob Noland

It is, indeed, my pleasure to serve as Lodge Secretary. With each issue that comes my way, I am learning Nevada Masonic Code, appreciating the gentle, but firm, help of Grand Lodge officers, as well as working with the officers of Mt. Moriah #39. Thank you for your trust.

Rob Noland
Secretary

From the East
WM Eric Willson

Brethren,

I would like to thank everyone who came out last month for Brother Stan’s EA education.  I enjoyed the lecture and found myself thinking about the lesson that was communicated in the days that followed.  I am always surprised when I hear or read negative commentary concerning the Craft.  There is a lot of it.

We should, my Brothers, ever remember those important lessons in the first-degree charge.  Let us not compound any ill and misinformed opinions about our fraternity through our own wrong action.  Be vigilant!

Eric Willson
Worshipful Master


From the West
Bro John Krikorian

At our last Stated Meeting, I had the privilege of sitting in the East while the Worshipful Master was away. It was also my duty to provide an education, which I did on Psalm 133. I very much enjoyed creating and delivering that talk and I hope all the Brethren found it enlightening and useful.

For those of you in the officer line, it’s a good lesson that you should always be prepared to step up a seat, since sometimes life can cause Brothers to miss meetings from time to time. Consider preparing your ritual work well ahead of time and you’ll always be prepared.

Contact our DGL or any of your Senior Officers and we’d be pleased to help you or any Brother who wants to improve their knowledge of the work.

John Krikorian
Senior Warden


From the South
Bro Dick Wright

I hope you have been enjoying our meals this year. We have more to come. On March 6 (State Meeting) we’re going to have Angus Hamburger Steak with Mushroom gravy, white rice, green beans, salad and deserts.

Then on March 27 (Family Dinner) we’re going to have Taco night, ground chicken or beef, hard or soft shell, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cheese and re-fried beans. Oh yes there will be desserts also. Hope this sounds good.

If any of you have suggestions for meals let me know. Brother George suggested Indian Tacos which we will have in the near future. Thank you, Brother George.

Dick Wright
Junior Warden


From the Secretary
Bro Rob Noland

Last month’s stated meeting had many items, as you can see in the draft of the minutes.  Please review the minutes for errors and bring them to my attention before the next Stated Meeting opens.

Thanks to all those who paid their dues.

Rob Noland
Secretary

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