From the East
Greetings from the East!! I have just returned from the Annual Stated Communication of the Grand Lodge of North Carolina where WB Bob Braswell, WB Glenn Sigmon, and I represented Phalanx Lodge #31.
Attendance was down this year due to the hurricane that ravaged the eastern part of the state. Not only where the homes and business of our Brethren impacted, several of our NC lodges were also impacted by the flooding. Don’t forget about our Brethren and if you haven’t already answered the call, please go online and donate at www.msana.com. During the final hours on Saturday, the Brethren in attendance donated over $2,700 towards Hurricane Relief.
The major contention from last year’s Grand Lodge was rectified this year with much more transparency in the budget and budget process. However, I am sad to say, that the increase in per capita was once again voted down. OUR Grand Lodge has reduced expenses over the past several years, but there is no getting around the fact that the decline in membership demands an increase in the per capita fee. Just as we will need to increase our dues due to declining membership, the OUR Grand Lodge faces the same issue. I am grateful to those Brethren on the Grand Lodge committees for the work they have done to make the process more transparent.
As I think back on my experience over those two days, the item that sticks out most in my mind was the presentation given by a Brother Oscar Alleyne from New York about Clandestine Masonry. Based upon his presentation, it seems that Clandestine Masonry is alive and well. As if to illustrate his point, we voted to recognize The Gran Logia Simbolica del Paraguay, which was founded September 7, 1871. What was so inter-esting about this situation was that there was a schism that occurred within that Grand Lodge in 2006 which has not yet healed. The splintered grand lodge adopted the same name, structure, and physical address (although on a different floor of the building).
I will provide a more detailed account of the events of the Grand Lodge at our Oct. 9th Stated Communication. As always, I look forward to seeing you in Lodge.
Bill Stout – Master, PM
From the Secretary
I want to make an appeal to those of you who receive this Trestleboard, printed and mailed to your home. Please let me know if you have an email address and are willing to receive this via email instead. My contact information is on the next page if you are able to make that change.
Mike Hamrick, PM
From the South
Greetings from the South. Brothers in my leisure time away from the lodge I love to participate in family activities (Church, Scouting, kids sports, friends and family gatherings, etc.). I believe these make a well rounded Mason.
Tuesday practices at the Lodge are interactive ways to learn and get better at the ritual. I still have a long way to go to be proficient. I see how much I have to learn and grow. I do appreciate the help of fellow brethren who have long since learned the correct and precise way to conduct the ritual and business of the Lodge. The phrase “ you learn what you practice most “ is poignant. I am glad to practice on Tuesdays and the Brethren’s patience is essential to assisting to learn the accurate way to replicate it in the prescribed way.
I hope that your leisure time is enough to provide you the rest, refreshment and sleep you need. So that when you return to the Lodge you can share where your travels have taken you.
Looking forward to seeing you in the Lodge soon.
Chris Leuck, JW