WB Ken Snedeker visited with MWB Les Spies and WB Curt Vipond recently.
A letter and information from MWB DaNiel Wood, our Grand Master, was read and discussed, as was an invitation to an informational meeting at Resurgam Lodge in Mitchell.
Installation of Officers conducted by Installing Officer Ron West, Installing Marshall Randy Smith, and Installing Chaplain Arlan Verburg.
Installed were WM Galen Jansen, SW Joe West, JW Brian Sohl, Sec. Dave Hansen, SD Mike Ingebrigtson, JD Randy Porter, JS Phil Wynia, Chap. Ron West, Marshall Ron Chenault, and Tyler Duane Van Noort. Treasurer Tom Lewis and SS Tracy Homandberg to be installed at a later date.
Ditch Walking is scheduled for Tuesday, September 25 at 6:00 PM.
WB Duane Van Noort was recognized for his fine job leading the Lodge this past Masonic year and presented with his Past Master’s card.
Education Officer Joe West gave a program entitled “Seeing the Good Is a Choice” by Angel Millar.
The article discusses how easy it is to take a negative view about anything and everything. The last paragraph offers a concise cure for this: ”It is not a matter of fooling ourselves or lacking the ability to discern between good and bad. It is a matter of training our consciousness to focus on what gives us joy and, as such, what strengths us and fortifies us against that which would drag us down.
We were also given this “homework” for the next meeting: ”Imagine you are talking to a Brother that doesn’t attend Lodge despite being able to. At some point he asks: ”What’s good about going to Lodge?" He’s not asking in a rhetorical way, but in an honest “convince me” way. He’s not asking for a general “you get to help with Santa,” but more of a “what keeps you going to every, or nearly every, meeting?” kind of answer. Come up with an answer(s) to his question. If you can’t make it to the next meeting but want to share, please contact Brother West or Secretary Hansen.
How Do I Join?
Freemasonry is available to men of good character who believe in a Supreme Being. We are closed to avowed atheists and agnostics. There are no restrictions relating to race, creed, or religion.
To begin, contact a Mason by telephone, by e-mail, or in person. He will be happy to answer your questions, or refer you to someone who can.
If you decide that Masonry is right for you, the next step is to request a Petition for Degrees of Masonry, which will ask for some basic information, such as your name, age, occupation, and place of residence.
Your sponsor will present your petition to the Lodge, which will consider your request. When your petition is accepted, you will face a three-step initiation. Each step opens doors to new knowledge and deeper understanding.
These initiation rites are solemn and wholesome, intended to convey basic moral truths and principles of morality that are accepted by good men everywhere: the Golden Rule, tolerance, gratitude to the Almighty for His many blessings, love of and respect for ones family, charity towards all men, and patriotism. Upon taking part in the the first step, called the Entered Apprentice degree, you will advance to the second degree, known as the Fellowcraft, and, ultimately, raised to the Master Mason degree.