Mount Moriah’s first Table Lodge was a success!
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.
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.