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We have a LOT of things coming up in the next little while, some of which we still need help with.  Here is the list of what we have covered and what we still need help with:

ITEM 1:  Men’s Potluck Supper on Tuesday, March 20 at 6 PM:
Main Course: Ron West, Randy Porter, and Galen Jansen
Side or Salad: Dave Hansen, Joe West, and Phil Wynia
Dessert: Brian Sohl and Duane Van Noort
Drinks: Ken Snedeker

ITEM #2:  Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31. 
Meet at the Lodge at 9 AM to fill eggs, then to the park at 9:30 to rope off the hunt areas & hide eggs.  Registration from 10 to 10:30 AM.  Hunt starts at 10:45 AM.  As of Tuesday, we did not know if there will be any kind of a meal during the drawing which follows the hunt.
1500 Eggs — on hand
1500 Pieces of Candy total: Brian Sohl &
Bike for 0-4 ages: Galen Jansen
Bike for 5-7 ages: NEED VOLUNTEER
Bike for 8-10 ages: NEED VOLUNTEER
Toys or Cash for Toys: NEED ABOUT 100 MORE TOYS
EGGS for both Egg Toss:  NEEDED
TV for 18 & older Egg Toss: NEEDED
20-25 Brothers on hand to help: NEEDED

ITEM #3:  Recognition Banquet on Sunday, May 6 at 6:30 PM:
Cashier: Arlan Verburg
Welcome by WM: Duane Van Noort
Prayer by Chaplain: Galen Jansen
Tribute to Ladies: Allen Eide
Memorial & Anniversary Awards: Joe West
Introduction of Guest Speaker: NEEDED
Guest Speaker: Virgil Andersen
Benediction: Galen Jansen

ITEM #4: Finally, I think we are all proud of the fact that Jeptha Lodge #121 remains proficient with ritual, is able to fill all of the chairs and can put on all three Degrees without help.  We walk ditches twice a year, deliver Meals on Wheels, participate in the parade, and sponsor Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny for the kids.  BUT, we have some signs that cause many of us to fear that this may not remain the case.  This requires numbers.  In keeping with this line of thought, Education Officer Joe West asks that this excellent thought be added:

Interactive Education Program: Homework
The education program on March 20th will be a little different. Instead of listening to the education officer talk we’re going to try having everyone answer a question or two. The homework comes in that we’re giving you the questions ahead of time so that you can think about your answer.

Picture a prospective member asking you these questions. Think how you would answer them. Is it worth it? It being a member of the Lodge. Why? Or What makes it worth it to you?

These are subjective questions. There is no right answer. What makes it worth it to one member will be different than what makes it worth it to someone else.

I will keep you up to date as needs are filled and anything new that comes up.

Thank You Brothers!
Dave Hansen, Sec.

WBs Randy Smith and Ric Porter made Valentine rose delivers to area Masonic widows.
Duties were set for our George Washington Party to be held on Sunday, February 18 at 2:00 PM.
FC Degree will be conferred at our Tuesday, February 20 meeting. Practice will be Tuesday, February 13 at 7:00 PM.
Congratulations to Bro. Craig Loe on becoming a 50-Year Master Mason!
Education Officer Joe West invented a game combining Hangman with Wheel of Fortune with the common theme being the EA Degree. Our newest member Phil Wynia won two games, Ken Snedeker also won two, and Ron West won the final round.


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 one’s 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.