Lodge Night – March 12, 2019, To Future Blazing Star Masons

Brothers,
At our last communication on February 26, 2019, we put on a First Degree and welcomed Bro. Cius into masonry as an Entered Apprentice. We conducted some business and read quite a bit into Lodge. Also, I want every Brother to re-read the Obligation that they took at the altar of Freemasonry, understand it and work to better support it. As our Past Grand Master Jeffery Williamson said; “Masonry it’s a way of life”.

I received a call from Bro. Andy that he has been diagnosed with Lymphoma. His doctor has a very positive outlook for treatment and remission. Let us all keep him in our thoughts and prayers.
He said due to chemo and radiation he won’t be able to be around Lodge or the public in general for four to six months. He has some arrangements for the Brothers of the Bread, but if you have some free time and can step in I am sure he would be glad to pass on information to help out. Please contact us if you can help.

Our next communication is on March 12, 2019. We do not have an official program for the evening however, I asked W: Barber to take us on a walk about the Lodge. This will be a good education for our newest Brother, Bro. Cius and a welcome refresher for all. Bro. Paterek has a letter to our future Brethren he will read that was sealed in the East Aurora Time Capsule to be opened in 2069 (our bicentennial and the town’s Semiquincentennial). I think this should be a good meeting for all. Afterward, fellowship downstairs as time allows.

Fraternally and respectfully,



W:. Capron

ob·li·ga·tion
Dictionary result for obligation
noun
an act or course of action to which a person is morally or legally bound; a duty or commitment.
synonyms:
duty, commitment, responsibility, moral imperative;
Function, task, job, chore, assignment, commission, business, burden, charge, onus, liability, accountability, requirement, debt, engagement;
Merriam-Webster:
Definition of obligation. 1: the action of obligating oneself to a course of action (as by a promise or vow)

It is the founding tenant of Masonry. Everyone in a Masonic Lodge took the same Obligation. They committed to themselves and their Brothers that they would live and practice a Masonic lifestyle. They knelt at the altar, in the center of the Lodge, recited the Obligation, they then kissed the Holy Bible as a testament of their sincerity of living this Obligation.

A man’s word is his bond. If his word is worthless, so is that man.

Our past Grand Master Jeffery Williamson said it best “Masonry it’s a way of life”.

The Grand Lecturer said being a Mason is not easy. It is easier to not be one. Everyone needs to reread and study the Obligation they took and be prepared to follow in its ways or not be Masons. Masonry is not a part-time job it is a full-time commitment. We all understand that life happens and family is still before Masonry and we all have other commitments. However, we all made a commitment to each other, to this Lodge and to this Fraternity.

Two meetings a month, 18 meetings a year do not make you a Mason. Most of us do not even make that commitment and 90% do not make anything. What kind of Mason is that? A card in your wallet does not make you a Mason. Look inside yourself, reflect and ask yourself these questions: Am I a Mason?
Why did I become a Mason?
Can I be a Mason?
Do I really want to be a Mason?

Many men have joined Masonry and achieved membership in other organizations. Your Blue Lodge isn’t just a stepping stone in your Masonic career, it is the cornerstone, you’re supporting foundation to build on and you should support it.

Allow me to read another definition:
sub·lime
of such excellence, grandeur, or beauty as to inspire great admiration or awe.

It is not the Degree itself that is sublime it is you, The Master Mason that is sublime. Each of you should inspire admiration and awe. Other men should want to be like you. Masonry is not an entitlement it is a privilege it should not be given easily or taken lightly.

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Lodge Night – February 26, 2019

Stated Communication
.: The First Degree – Entered Apprentice :.
Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Brothers,
Our last communication was our moving up/Valentine’s night. No brother tried a new chair, but we did have one wife and one significant other show-up. They had a good time together while we conducted our meeting. It was a general business meeting so it did not run long.

Congrats to Bro. Luke on the birth of his second son and future Mason.

Our next communication is Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 and it is The First Degree. We will welcome a new Entered Apprentice to help keep the fraternity going into the future. It is always a good thing to have as many Brothers present as possible when the candidate made Brother is brought to Light. We are the first thing they witness and the experience should be memorable.

Masonic dress required. Dinner starts at 6:30 pm with Lodge opening at 7:30 pm sharp.

Hope to see everyone. Until then,
Fraternally,
W:. Glenn

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Lodge Night – February 12, 2019

Stated Communication
.: Moving Up Night & Valentine’s
Night :.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Our last communication was a good one. We had Brother Todd Paterek spread Masonic knowledge with a breakdown and explanation of the Entered Apprentice Masonic prayer. He did a really nice job with his presentation. We also had two visitors and Brother Ken led us on a walk about the Lodge explaining the Masonic relevance to stations and places and talking about our symbols and related items. It was a very informative evening.

The next night we hosted a get together of prospective candidates and several petitions went to good homes. We hope to get some of those back soon.

Our next communication is “Moving Up Night”. If you want to see how a chair may fit into your future this is the time to give it a try. You don’t need to be proficient on the ritual we will get you through it. It is usually a good night to see just how the officers feel in their stations.

I also have it as a “Valentine’s Night”. Your wives and significant others are invited to dinner and to hang out while we have our meeting and will regroup downstairs we close Lodge. This is up to you and your Lady.

Our communication for February 26th is changed. Brother Bradley suffered a stroke and had to step down from his presentation so we are going to do a First Degree this night. We have one candidate who is already fitting into the Lodge during dinner and other social gatherings. This candidate is enjoying the benefits of The NorthStar Project and is eager to start working in the quarries. Maybe we will have a few petitions to read in Lodge this Tuesday as well.

Looking forward to seeing everyone, until then take care.

Respectfully and Fraternally,
W:. Glenn

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