Tidings from the East
Fraternal Greetings Brethren, one and all. “The times they are a changing.” So as the song goes. We are witnessing the changing of the seasons from the beautiful and varied colors of the fall to what will soon be the carpeting of fresh white snow of winter as Mother Nature displays the variety of her ever changing seasons to us. I have read that bears hibernate during the winter to conserve energy. This is not the case, however, for us Masons. There is still much work to be done in and outside the Lodge Room. Let us all remain diligent in the performance of the work that we have been called to perform.
In the month of November, at our stated meeting, we will hold elections for the 2016 Masonic year. The future of our Lodge and Masonry rests in the balance of who you, the brethren of Unity Lodge Number 18, F & AM elect to office for 2016. You are strongly encouraged to attend the meeting and participate by performing the right and duty of voting for who can best serve and best agree and represent your Lodge for Masonic year 2016.
Additionally, on 11 November we will be presenting the Hiram Award to a most worthy brother. Earlier this year, I appointed a Hiram Award Committee to nominate a brother for consideration for this prestigious award. Based on the recommendation of that Committee and upon consideration I submitted to the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Utah, the name of PGM William Powell to receive the Hiram Award for 2015. It is my pleasure to report that Grand Master Everett has approved the presentation to PGM Powell. MWGM Everett will be making the presentation in Lodge. Many thanks and much appreciation goes out to PGM Powell for his many years of dedicated service to Masonry in general and Unity Lodge Number 18, in particular. Please turn out to attend Lodge as we meet to recognize MW Brother Powell for his accomplishments in and years of service to Freemasonry.
On 13 November, I am hosting a Past Master’s Dinner. All Entered Apprentices, Fellow Crafts and Master Masons along with their ladies are cordially invited to attend. The dinner will be held at the Gray Cliff Lodge. Please make your reservations early with our Junior Warden Austin Barron. Brother Austin is being assisted in making the arrangements for the dinner by Mrs. Ann Johnson, the wife of our own Past Master Ben Johnson and we thank them both for their efforts. The attire for the evening will be Business Dress for the Brethren and dinner dress for the ladies. The menu choices consist of Chicken or Beef at the cost of $25.00 per plate.
Also, on November 25 we will again be visiting the Veterans Home and serving a Thanksgiving meal to the veterans. This meal will be prepared by Brethren of Unity Lodge #18 and Golden Spike Lodge #6 of Ogden. This activity is being coordinated by our Senior Warden Denny Wilcox. If you are interested in assisting physically or monetarily with this endeavor, then please see SW Wilcox.
The Duty of a Mason
“The duty of the Mason is to endeavor to make man think better of his neighbor; to quite, instead of aggravating, difficulties; to bring together those who are severed or estranged; to keep friends from becoming foes, and to persuade foes to become friends. To do this, he must needs control his own passions, and be not rash and hasty, nor swift to take offence, nor easy to be angered.”(Albert Pike)
F. L. “Jim” Lee, Jr.
Worshipful Master, Unity Lodge No. 18
From the Secretary's Desk
50 year presentation – at our September business meeting, Brother Rollan Tonkinson will receive his 50 year pin. Grand Master Jerry Everett has been asked to be present to make this presentation. Congratulations Brother Tonk!
Unity Lodge made a donation of $125.00 to both Bethel #2 Job’s Daughters and Ogden DeMolay. Both organizations appreciate these donations very much. It helps with the many activities and expenses that they have.
I have sent many late notices for dues. If you have not paid for 2015, please submit ASAP. Thank you
David W. Barron, PGM – Secretary