Tidings from the East
Lodge activities for the month of May included an Open House Event combined with a food drive for the Utah Food Bank, our Regularly Stated Business Meeting, and a class of instruction on Masonic Funeral and Memorial Service. We also celebrated as a Lodge along with PGM Duane Carpenter his 60th anniversary in Free Masonry. Congratulations to him on this significant milestone achievement. MWB Carpenter was awarded his 60th year pen by the MWGM of The Grand Lodge of Utah Jerry Everett in a befitting ceremony. I wish to thank all those Brethren who participated in our Open House held in combination with that of Golden Spike Lodge Number 6. By all accounts the day was a success for Masonry in our part of the great State of Utah. I would also like to thank WB William Hall for taking time out of his busy schedule to travel to our lodge and conduct the funeral and memorial services training. The training was deemed to be very beneficial. In addition to those activities mention Officers and brothers from Unity Lodge Number 18 assisted Corrine Lodge No. 5 and Golden Spike Lodge Number 6 in putting on degrees in their respective Lodges.
Looking into the month of June, besides those dates listed in the Trestle Board I would like to bring to your special attention the Table Lodge scheduled for 24 June 2015. Our SW Denny Wilcox has been working very hard to arrange for this Table Lodge, which promises to be an eventful and enjoyable occasion for us to meet and fellowship together as brethren of Unity Lodge #18, and once again demonstrate that in unity there is strength. We will be hearing more on this event from SW Wilcox in the days ahead.
In discussing Masonic Principles, PGM .(Grand Lodge of Illinois) Norman Buecker, asks the question: Why is Masonry important? He makes several important points in his article entitled Masonic Principles. Among others he makes the point that the Great Creator imparted as one of the strengths imparted to man was the ability to comprehend that in union there is strength.
“From the dawn of time man has been able to overcome his weaknesses by banding together in organizations” Brother Buecker goes on to say that “We know that Freemasonry was imported to our shores from England by the early founders of our country. They took the Masonic principles of Love, brotherhood, morality, honor, integrity, concern for others – all of these-and wove then into the fabric of our government, our institutions, our entire culture….This country was conceived in the womb of Masonic principles, and this has created a form of government and a way of life that is the envy of the world.” He also inform us that “as Freemasons today we are custodians of a bridge, the custodians of Masonic principles which can help preserve freedom in the world, But principles, in and of themselves, have no power to preserve anything! .It takes people to put life and meaning into principles. It takes people bonded together in fellowship.”… “FELLOWSHIP has always been a most important factor in Freemasonry.” Another great purpose of Freemasonry is that of Brotherhood. “A great many organizations make a claim to brotherhood, but none can begin to approach the brotherhood of Freemasonry which is based on the Biblical injunction: we are our brother’s keeper.” Out of this we can see how Blue Lodge Masonry and its with its appendant bodies has been become the greatest charitable organization in the world. MWB Buecker reminds us that “From the time of General Washington, PATRIOTISM has been a basic precept of Freemasonry. Many of our country’s greatest patriots have been Masons…So fellowship, brotherhood and patriotism are three of the great principles of Freemasonry, the things that give it vitality and meaning. …The principles of Freemasonry are not inherited traits,….Our principles must be taught to each succeeding generation or they will die….We are living in a land which our Masonic forebears helped establish upon the principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity. Even if this wonderful land of ours would plunge down the road of self-interest and be dashed on the rocks of secularism, there will still remain a voice preaching morality and conscience, of brotherhood, patriotism and concern for others That will be the voice of Freemasonry; and never underestimate its importance….Time was, time is, but no man may say that time will be. For Masons, therefore, the hour is always now – with its needs and inspirations, its opportunities and its powers, its service which is joy, and its love, fellowship and brotherhood which joins us with God in the work of the world….Let each of us so live and act, according to our Masonic principles, that we bring no discredit on this great fraternity called Freemasonry”
F. L. “Jim” Lee, Jr.
Worshipful Master, Unity Lodge No. 18
From the Secretary's Desk
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David W. Barron, PGM – Secretary