From the East
I hope this finds you and your family safe and healthy. At our January Stated Communication, Brothers Chris Hitt, Tyler Riggins, and Coleman Carter successfully completed their Master Mason catechism. These young men, (along with Terrance Harrington who is expected to return his catechism at the February Stated), have dedicated a lot of time and worked very hard since their Entered Apprentice degree to reach this point. They should be commended for investing in the future of our Lodge, as we also thank WB Bob Braswell for his time and effort in coaching these brothers.
The York Rite building is very busy on Tuesday evenings. Therefore, at our February Stated Communication, we will further discuss moving our Stated Communications to the second Thursday of the month, and formally vote on the same at our March Stated Communication. If successful, and approved by the Grand Lodge, we will adjust our designated meeting day. The issue was briefly raised at our January Stated Communication and positively received. However, if you would like to participate in a further discussion, you can do so at our February Stated Communication on Tuesday February 8th.
I am also happy and grateful to report that Brother Jaffer Kovic, owner of Dilworth Tasting Room, has kindly volunteered to prepare and cook our Stated Communication meals at no charge to the brethren. So join us for fellowship and a free meal at our Stated Communications. Dinner starts at 6:30pm and the Lodge opens at 7:30pm.
We are also conducting an Entered Apprentice degree on Thursday, February 10, 2022. Dinner and fellowship start at 6:30pm and the degree at 7:30pm. Please join us, if within the length of your cable tow.
Good things are happening in your Lodge and the future is bright, so join us for free food and fellowship. If you need transportation assistance, please contact me or WB Mike Hamrick, Secretary.
Nick Voelker – Master
From the West
Greetings from The West!
Whenever he is in a lodge, a Freemason of any standing cannot help but be conscious of the symbolism that is part and parcel of its fabric and furnishings. The lodge is symbolic of the universe, with the sun blazing its importance for all to gaze at and wonder. Strength and Beauty can be seen not just in the strength of character of many Freemasons but physically also in the buildings that are associated with the craft; either via the men who built them or via the purpose for which they were built. London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral was designed by Christopher Wren, a Freemason, who worked on his masterpiece for over 30 years after the original building was destroyed during the Great Fire of London in 1666. During the Second World War, it came to symbolize the strength of the British people as they bore the brunt of German bombers. Several of Wren’s assistants, Freemasons, designed many buildings which are among the most beautiful in London.
Several of the most famous buildings in the United States are the work of Freemasons. They include the Capital Building in Washington as well as the White House.
Please come out for the practices and degree work ahead, and to meet the members of Temple Lodge who merged with our lodge last year.
Paul Parker, SW
From the Secretary
As noted last month, we continue to anticipate the consolidation of the Phalanx and Temple member databases by the Grand Lodge, and hope to see that completed in the coming weeks.
Once that is done, I will forward both email (for those who have one) and hard copy dues
notices to our Temple legacy members. There will also be an online payment option through our website: https://31-nc.ourlodgepage.com/.
We are quite busy with a number of good young men going through the degrees, and adjusting to the move to the York Rite Masonic Center. Please make plans to join us as you are able.
Mike Hamrick, PM