The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272

 

December 2003
Volume 5, Number 10




From the East ...


Brethren, your attendance at our next stated meeting is of the utmost importance to the future of Audubon Park Lodge #272. We will be voting on the consolidation of Hillyard Lodge. This will be your only chance to comment on the consolidation prior to voting.

We will be selecting members to serve on the Long Range Planning and other committees to prepare for the growth of our lodge. I would like our membership to know what we see for the future of our lodge and to participate in how we get there. A few minor changes in the way we do things makes a big difference for us all. The simple act of renting our temple for weddings has changed the primary topic of our stated meetings away from "where do we get the money for the bills". Now we can begin to establish our financial planning and budgeting goals.

May God bless each of us during this holiday season and bring all wonderful New Year.

Bob Good

Worshipful Master



From the West...

As I sit here at the computer it is the 1st of December and I wonder what happened to the year? It seems like only yesterday that we were celebrating the New Year and wondering what 2003 was going to bring. There are some exciting things happening in Audubon Park Lodge #272. We have several new members and are anticipating initiating our next new Mason, as soon as he gets over the "bug" that delayed his initiation before Thanksgiving. That reminds me - do you know of any "good men" who would benefit by becoming Masons? I bet each of you knows one or more, whether they are family members or simply friends, colleagues or acquaintances. Have you spoken to them about Masonry? Do you have a copy or two of Between Friends that you could share? Our organization is so wonderful with such valuable lessons to teach that I want to share it and I hope you do as well. The strength of Masonry comes from the participation of those who have accepted the challenge of what it means to be a Mason. We all need to share that with those who we know. Think about it!

While you are thinking about that - please be thinking about the big decision we need to vote on at our next stated meeting, December 10, 2003. The brethren of Hillyard Lodge have voted to disband and turn over all their assets to Audubon Park Lodge. It is certainly a shame that Hillyard came to this but a blessing that they chose us to join. The vote will take place at our stated meeting and it is vitally important that all members in good standing come to the meeting on December 10 to voice your opinions on this momentous opportunity and more important, to vote on whether we should accept this opportunity. The plusses are many but there certainly are some potential negatives. But any time one makes a change there are risks. What we need to ask ourselves is, "Are the benefits worth the risks?" I personally think so but will be interested to what you all have to say. Since this will be my last column for this space before the Christmas Holiday I want to wish you and yours all the very best for a blessed holiday and a joyous New Year.

Chuck R. Young

Senior Warden

From the South...

 

Many thanks to WB Dean Whittier and WB Floyd Morse for the great Taco Soup Family Night we had on the 19th of November! The night was cool, and the soup was hot, and it appeared that all who attended had a good time. The bonus was that after the expenses were paid, we had still $46 left to add to the Stewards' Fund for future occasions. I wonder if WB Dean has copyrighted his recipe for posterity?

 

Our next Family Night will be the 17th of December, 6:30 p.m. It is going to be a Potluck dinner, so please let me know if you are coming, and what you will bring, as soon as possible. You may contact me at 327-6627. It will also be the Toys for Tots night, so bring a new, unwrapped toy for a needy child, please. I will deliver the toys to the collection center on the 18th.

 

In addition, please bring a small wrapped gift for the gift exchange we will have after the dinner, about $5 limit, it's the thought that counts! I hope that I get it RIGHT, so that no one is LEFT out, RIGHT on time, and at the RIGHT place! Hopefully the RIGHT family won't be LEFT out in the cold. Just a hint as to what we will be doing.

 

Bill Wilson

Junior Warden

In Other News...

THE MASON'S CHARACTER

Freemasonry has always been true to its name, and the real Mason is the builder of the temple of his own character. Its mission is to furnish high ideals for the individual, that may be reflected in his actions towards his fellow men. The Masonic ideal teaches that moral and spiritual attainments are far more important than the material and physical.

A SPUR TO STUDY

The question of what is Freemasonry is one for individual interpretation, and calls forth earnest endeavor to construe the lessons taught in each degree. The question of whence it originated must necessarily be answered by facts, and as such are limited, it cannot be fully answered until more historical truths have been recovered. The various theories which have been advanced in regard to its probable origin are of value as they induce the student to verify the data on which they are founded, so as to maintain an intelligent theory of his own.


Famous Masonís Corner

PAUL REVERE

Col. Paul Revere was initiated in St. Andrew's Lodge, Boston, Mass., Sept. 4, 1760, and was Grand Master from December 12, 1794 to December 27, 1797. In a letter to the secretary of the Massachusetts Historical Society relating to the events of April, 1775, he said: 'We held our meetings at the Green Dragon tavern. We were so careful that our meetings should be kept secret that every time we met, every person swore upon the Bible, that they would not discover any or our transactions, but to Messr. Hancock, Adams, Doctors Warren, Church, and one or two more.'


Masonic Quiz

Q: Who was a pilot in the Air Force from 1941 to 1945 who now lives on a Mountaintop in Arizona?

A. Barry Goldwater.

 

Q: What is the earliest record of a "speculative mason" being admitted into a lodge?

A: See next month's Pillars!



Calendar of Events


December

2 Bethel 64 of Job's Daughters meeting, 7:00 p.m.

10 Stated Meeting (Veterans Theme), 7:00 p.m.

16 Bethel 64 of Job's Daughters meeting, 7:00 p.m.

17 Family Night -Gift Exchange and Toys for Tots.

18 Third Degree (Tentative).

 

January 2004

6 Bethel 64 of Job's Daughters meeting, 7:00 p.m.

14 Stated Meeting (Veterans Theme), 7:00 p.m..

20 Bethel 64 of Job's Daughters meeting, 7:00 p.m.

28 Family Night, 6:30 p.m.

 

Officers:

WB Bob Good, Worshipful Master

B Check Young, Senior Warden

B Bill Wilson, Junior Warden

VWB Doug Tucker, Treasurer

WB Floyd Morse, Secretary

B Bill Queen, Senior Deacon

B Alan Jones Junior Deacon

WB John Smith, Junior Steward

B Rob Queen, Tyler

 

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