From the East
Brothers, greetings from the East,
Well brothers, welcome to spring, when all turns yellow, and Masons thoughts turn to Blue (Lodge). Your Line Officers attended the District School of Instruction and we acquitted ourselves well. Phalanx 31 has a rich and long past, and with the quality of our degree work, will have a great future. We are currently preparing to confer a second degree in May, and WB Bill Stout has agreed to deliver the Middle Chamber Lecture. If you have not seen Bill performing ritual, you are missing a treat.
We should soon have our new Officer Aprons, and they are going to be magnificent!
Come to Lodge, we would love to welcome you.
Glenn R. Sigmon – Master
From the West
Greetings from the West
As we have recently passed the 20th of March and the official opening of Spring, I thought it would be appropriate to look a little more closely into the, “rising in the East and setting in the West”.
Most people know that the Sun “rises in the east and sets in the west”. However, most
people don’t realize that is a generalization. Actually, the Sun only rises due east and setsdue west on two days of the year — the spring and fall equinoxes! On other days, the Sun rises either north or south of “due east” and sets north or south of “due west.”
Each day the rising and setting points change slightly. At the summer solstice, the Sun rises as far to the northeast as it ever does, and sets as far to the northwest. Every day after that, the Sun rises a tiny bit further south.At the fall equinox, the Sun rises due east and sets due west. It continues on its journey southward until, at the winter solstice, the Sun rises are far to the south as it ever does, and sets as far to the southwest.
In 2019, spring equinox (also called the March equinox or vernal equinox) falls on Wednesday, March 20. This event marks the astronomical first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.
Hope to see you in lodge this spring.
Chris Lueck, SW
From the South
Greetings from the South!
Since I joined this great fraternity and learned the symbols, And due to my nature of work of seeing patients in their homes, spending a lot of times driving from a patient to another patient’s home, I usually find myself happier when I see cars in front of me bearing the symbol of our fraternity. Then I recently read a trivia…….
MASONIC TRIVIA AND FACTS:
The earliest known appearance of the letter “G” inside the interlaced square and compasses is on a photo of an etching in “Freemasonry A Journey Through Ritual and Symbol” by Kirk MacNulty. The date shown on the etching is “5776” which we Masons know to be 1776 in standard dating form. Another very early appearance is on a cast bronze plate made by Paul Revere in 1796. By the year 1800 the combined symbol had appeared in England on embroidered aprons and upon a “Master’s Tracing Board”. In the language of some countries, the letter “G” does not stand for either “God” or “Geometry” so it is not a part of their basic symbol of Freemasonry……:
See you all in our next stated communication!
From the Secretary
I am still holding a number of 2019 dues cards…please check the date on yours, and if it is not 2019 then you should have received a reminder from me in March. I will be sending out second delinquency notices during the summer.
Also a reminder that if you have an email address, and would like to receive your Trestle Board electronically, please let me know by dropping me an email.
Mike Hamrick, PM