Tidings from the West:
Greetings Brethren -Worshipful Master Tom Caygle and I were extremely pleased to see so many chairs filled last month for the Grand Master’s visit. Thank you. Also, we want to remind everyone about the state-wide open house on May 21st, from 10-2; like last year we will be holding a food drive for the Utah Food Bank in conjunction with the open house. Last year our temple had a tremendous turn-out. Hope to see you all there.
The Lodge has been very busy so far this year with several degrees conferred already with no sign of slowing down. I am excited to see so much activity; it is very encouraging for Unity.
Next year we will be celebrating our centennial as a chartered lodge. We have chosen February 25th, 2012, for a celebration dinner. It will be held at the Ogden Temple. There will be more details as we get further along during the year.
There are some significant dates in May we may want to remember. On May 1st, 1865, William McKinley was initiated in Hiram Lodge #21 in Winchester, Virginia. On May 5th, 1851, Andrew Johnson was initiated in Greenville Lodge #119 in Tennessee. May 24th, 1901, Sir Winston Churchill was initiated in Studholme Lodge #1591 in London. Mother’s Day in the United States was started by Anna Jarvis of Grafton, West Virginia, in 1908 as a day to honor mothers. President Woodrow Wilson made it an official holiday here in the U.S. in 1914.
Memorial Day was originally designated Decoration Day. It was first enacted to honor Union and Confederate soldiers. It was extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars. It was traditionally observed on May 30th because it did not coincide with any battles. In June 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill which moved three holidays to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient 3-day weekend.
Timothy L. Stenner, Senior Warden