What does it mean to be a Master Mason? I would say we need to look no further than the Obligation we all took at our sacred altar. Are we contributing to the relief of our Brothers in need? Are we taking care of our widows and orphans? Are we upholding the values and traditions of the Brothers that came before us? Are we making our newest Masons feel welcome and a part of our Lodge? Do we strive to treat each other with respect and dignity, even if we are having disagreements?
I am humbled and honored that I have been elected to serve as your representative of the craft as Worshipful Master. Being a third generation Mason, I can remember the Masons of our community being looked to as leaders, men of character, and most of all just “Good Men” in their daily interactions with all people, especially their Brother Masons. I see the same qualities in our Lodge. It is my hope that when your time permits, you consider actively getting involved in YOUR LODGE in some way during the year. We can always use help in putting on degrees, Lodge work Days, and serving on committees, etc.
I have but four main goals that I would like to see us accomplish in my year:
Identify and reach out to our Widows and Orphans,
Identify our Brothers that are unable to take care of themselves and are in Nursing Homes and assist them as possible,
Get more involved in promoting civic, public education, and citizenship activities, and
Completely update and modernize the Trestle Board to provide better information and reporting of our activities to the Craft including pictures of events.
We have a strong Fund Raising Committee this year whose mission is to generate funds to make some needed repairs to the Lodge as well as general upkeep such as painting. Please make it a priority to support their endeavors whenever possible. Remember, IT IS A GREAT DAY TO BE A MASON! Fraternally, W:. Doyle W. Kemp, Worshipful Master 2015, (850) 933-9141, firstname.lastname@example.org
From the Senior Warden
Greetings My Brothers, well it’s been a whirlwind start to our New Year and I thank each and every one of you for your attendance and support. This is our lodge and it is up to all of us to continue to make it an awesome place to be. We held an EA Degree on Feb 23 initiating four new brothers. Dinner started promptly at 6pm and the degree followed shortly thereafter. An outstanding lecturer was delivered by R:. W:. Luther Bodiford and the Charge was delivered by W:.Doyle Kemp. I encourage all of you to participate in our degrees and help our new Brothers understand our wonderful craft and fraternity.
We will be having several fundraisers this year to allow us to be the charitable organization that we purport to be. First upwill be a raffle for a “Duck Commander” shotgun. This fundraiser will provide us funds to get some maintenance done on our building as well as donate to some of the many charities that we have lined up. Please, join me in getting excited about becoming the lodge that we all want to be. There is more to Freemasonry than sitting in a tyled lodge twice a month. I challenge us all to get involved, build better builders, and provide charity where it is needed. I am looking forward to a great 2015 and beyond and I hope that you will join me and the other officers and members in making it so. Fraternally, Jason Johnson, S.W. 2015. (850) 728-6440, email@example.com
From the Junior Warden
As Chair of the committee for relief, it is an honor to give you an update on our activities. 2014 saw our funds being
dispersed to a wide variety of worthy organizations in our community. These included: Big Bend Hospice, Light House Children’s home, Elder Care Services, The Living Harvest, Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch, and other individuals inside and outside our Fraternity. These funds do make a difference in our community and also show that we practice charity both inside and outside the lodge.
2015 holds great promise. I would like to see us double the amount we were blessed to be able to contribute last year. This will involve a little extra effort on our part but will be well worth it. Our fundraising activities that we have planned should help us do this with ease. All it will require is your participation. Let us make sure Jackson Lodge # 1 continues it’s role of preeminence not only locally but state wide as well. Fraternally, Lonny Mayfield, J.W. 2015. (850) 591-7307, firstname.lastname@example.org
From the Secretary
The ever familiar cry…Remember the Calendar! The Jackson Lodge Calendar is an important link for you as an active member of the Lodge. I am continuously amazed at how quickly it fills up. This is a very busy facility and I strive to maintain the calendar in a way which precludes conflicts such as incompatible dual uses. Should you look at the calendar right now you will find such diverse groups such as wedding receptions, York Rite activities, FSU fraternity initiations, Rainbow Assemblies and Board meetings, DeMolay regional meetings, clogging classes and our usual Jackson Lodge activities. The diversity in activities is amazing, as is the money we generate by optimum use of the facility. Most activities are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis and are booked as far as 18 months in advance. If you are contemplating an event, please be sure to contact me early on to ensure we can accommodate your schedule.Fraternally, W∴Dave Tranchand, P.M., Secretary 2015. (850) 519-1875, email@example.com
This is the story behind a beloved emblem of the Craft in Germany. After Hitler’s rise to power in 1934, Freemasonry was in danger and the German Masons adopted this little emblem as a substitute for the traditional square and compasses. It was an outward means of identification and the prevention of possibly being recognized by the Nazis, who were in wholesale confiscation of all Masonic Lodge properties. Freemasonry went undercover and this delicate flower assumed its role as a symbol of Masonry surviving throughout this reign of darkness. These brethren laid their lives on the line sothat Masonry could survive, and to this day the For-Get-Me-Not is worn throughout Europe to remind us all that we have a legacy to do all in our power to support our Fraternity as those in the past. Respectfully and Fraternally, R∴W∴L. Richard Kasten, PM, PDDGM, (850)877-2805, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hopping Flea
This is a society of FUN LOVING BROTHERS (!) who enjoy having a good time, promoting humor and merriment all in good fun and with sportsmanship. The Society was started as a way to allow men to relax and have fellowship in a fun atmosphere. Many famous men have become Fleas and many are known publicly as well to do men. We always have a fine meal and adult beverages are allowed. Electricity is used and some farm animals are present, but not abused. The night of revelry ends with a long and lush kiss of the Blarney Stone. At that point you become a Flea of Merit, with a dues card for life. Another Hoppin’ Flea Degree will be scheduled soon. R∴W∴Chop Bodiford (850) 688-4220, email@example.com
March 16th Stated Communication
Deliberations and a vote held on the issue of Jackson Lodge receiving, managing and hosting the Books of Masonic Ritual. There will be representatives from the Grand Lodge present to participate on the discussion. Please be present to help make the decision in the best interest of our Lodge and the 7th
The Brethren voted the Lodge be dark on the Monday following the July 4th Weekend (6th) and on Labor Day, September 7th, 2015.
A Fellow Craft Degree is scheduled for Monday March 30th. Dinner at 6:00, degree to follow.
Kudos to Treasurer Ken Thurston for an innovative solution to space problems in the East.
A WORK-DAY is scheduled for March 14th. Start time is 8:00 but come whenever you can. There’s plenty to catch up on. Questions? Call or contact Senior Deacon Jerry Hammock at (850) 294-5479, firstname.lastname@example.org or Bill Dunne at 850 878-7590, email@example.com