From the East: October 2013

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Oct 082013


When we receive our degrees, we incur obligations.  These obligations are to ourselves, our families, Masonry and the societies we live in.  How we accept and fulfill these obligations reflect on us as individuals and as Masons.  Some of them are easier to follow than others, but all are equally important.

Our obligations to society are the most visible and usually the most visible and easiest to follow.  We are enjoined to be good citizens and work within the rules of our societies.  We may not agree with the rules, but must accept them are work to revise them within acceptable methods of change.

Our obligations to ourselves are usually not as visible as the others, but can have more impact upon ourselves and those around us.  These are also the easiest to avoid and least likely to be noticed, especially those to ourselves.  Of the two, the familial obligations should have priority.

The Masonic obligations are voluntary, but nevertheless important.  How we approach them, will reflect upon ourselves and the Fraternity.  One of our most important responsibilities is the approach we take to potential new Masons.  Remember that when they visit us or our Lodge their impression of us is vital to their decision whether to continue seeking admittance.  We should answer their questions as openly and honestly as we can.  If we can’t answer a particular question, let them know, respectfully, why we can’t answer their question at that time.  Initiate a conversation with them when they visit; introduce yourself and introduce them to the other Brethren.  Speaking for myself, it is hard for someone coming to a Masonic Lodge the first time to know what to expect unless they have an acquaintance or relative involved in Masonry.  Consider that they may be nervous and uncertain and welcome them.

Another area that tends to be neglected, are the youth organizations associated with Masonry: Rainbow Girls and DeMolay.  I know they are always looking for Masons to participate in their activities and would be more than happy to accept any participation from us.  So, if your time and schedule permits, please consider helping them in any way you can.

– Bill Goodell, Worshipful Master

From the East: August 2013

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Aug 242013


The August stated meeting was our official visit from Right Worshipful Jeff Forrester, District Deputy Grand Master for our district.  I would like to thank Brother Forrester and Brother Keith Stephens, our District Instructor, for their attendance.  As always, it was a pleasure and informative for me to visit with them.

I would like to talk a little bit about one of the initiatives that I propose for the upcoming Masonic Year.  We have talked a great deal about getting new brothers into the Fraternity, but not so much about how to keep them.  What I’m proposing is that we begin a mentorship program for newly initiated Brothers.  Going forward, I will expect the top-line signer(s) of a petition to take the lead in coordinating the activities of the new Brother.  He should assist the Brother in finding an instructor if he is unable to teach the Brother himself and monitor his progress in learning the work.  If the Brother hasn’t been attending Lodge, check on him and see if there is any assistance required from the Officers of the Lodge, or anyone else.  Encourage him to attend Lodge functions that are permitted to him and assist him in attending functions and activities that may be occurring outside our Lodge.  If he would like to participate in Lodge activities, such as degree work and education sessions help him with that also.

Please give my suggestion some thought and provide me any comments that you think advisable.

– Bill Goodell, Worshipful Master

From the East: July 2013

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Jul 092013


As we begin a new Masonic year, I want to thank everyone for their support.  I’m looking forward to continuing the work started by our immediate Past Masters and building upon their foundation.  As many of you know, I am very interested in Masonic education and research.  It is my intent that the Lodge stay busy during the year; if we aren’t conferring a degree, we will be presenting an educational program related to Masonic history, symbolism or research.  I also think that it is important that we provide a good experience for our candidates when conferring degrees.  I strongly encourage everyone interested in working in the degrees to participate in our practice sessions.  If you are interested in taking a part, please see me or Brother Marshall.  I will be coordinating forthcoming activities with the Lodge Officers and will have a detailed presentation for the next Trestleboard.  If anyone has any concerns or request, please see me or either one of the Wardens.



Bill Goodell