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Trestle-board 2020 Issue – Vol. 4

Freemasons Lodge 363 – Trestle-board June Issue – 2020 – Vol 4.

Greetings Brothers,

It’s hard to imagine that it is already the middle of June… With that being said I’m so proud of our lodge for keeping Masonry alive and well during the COVID-19 pandemic over the last few months. 

When we look at all that has taken place over the last few months, things like a global pandemic, racial turbulence, riots, national debates over politics, shut down educational systems, to say that 2020 has been anything but hard would be an understatement.

I think what makes me happy about putting together these Trestleboards is that it gives us a communication vehicle to keep up with current events in the lodge.

So, in the spirit of keeping us connected and presenting great content even when times are tough.  We have a great Trestleboard issue planned for June and July.

A quick shout out to Past Master Bill DeLind for his amazing Rhubard Pie Recipe, and to Past Master Mike Kugler for sharing his Flag Day ceremony content.

Sincerely,
WM Sanchez

GREAT NEWS! – FREEMASONS LODGE #363 STATED MEETINGS ARE STARTING BACK UP AGAIN…
PLEASE READ

Officers only will be meeting for the July Stated Meeting, while we work through a smart restart strategy for the ensuing months.

We are doing this, to keep everyone safe.  We care about you and your families and #363 want’s to do this right.  Below are some of the elements that we will be working through so we can open responsibly.

Below are both, mandatory and suggestive measures for what members should expect the next couple of month to looks like as we start coming back to lodge:
 

  • If you or any family members are at risk, please act responsibly.
     
  • For members and officers, reopening is not mandatory, please understand that we want you to feel safe. With that being said, if you don’t feel safe under no circumstances are you required to come to stated meetings.
     
  • MANDATORY: There will be a non-touch digital temperature check outside the lodge room that each member will scan themselves with at which point if you are above 100 degrees, you will be turned away and assistance will be given to you.
     
  • MANDATORY: We will have chairs removed or taped off so that we can all keep in effect social distancing.
     
  • MANDATORY: We are going to have disposable gloves at the outer door of the lodge for members to wear.
     
  • MANDATORY: Brothers will have to wear masks when in the lodge room, these will not be supplied at this time, PLEASE bring your own.
     
  • The opening and closing of the lodge will be done n the EA degree
     
  • SPECIAL NOTE: There could be possible additions or subtraction to this list based on the Officers July Stated Meeting and findings afterward.
     

Dinner and Social outings after the meeting are still being planned responsibly, stay tuned for further details.

This all sounds like a lot, but in the spirit of safety it has to be done, but note… we will do this right, we will do this together.

VIRTUAL MEETINGS ARE STILL GOING ON.  IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT TO LODGE, DON’T WORRY… WE’RE KEEPING THESE GOING FOR YOU.

The once a week meetings have been a success during these dark times, but with Freemason Lodge #363 opening back up officially on July 1st ( For Officers ) we will be closing down the once a week virtual meeting and just carrying out a once a month virtual meeting.  The once a month date will be the 4th Wednesday of every month @ 7pm – 8pm until degrees start back up again.

Next Virtual Meeting is on 6/24

Coffee Talk for June

by WM Damon Sanchez

This year has been a year of change in almost every aspect of daily life.  The way we perceive the world, the way we perceive each other, they way we spend our time, the list goes on-and-on, so much so that one becomes almost desensitized to the change of 2020.

When we think about all of the controversial debates going on between Black Lives Matters and Police Brutality, to the ongoing debate of failing schools or political scandals it is no wonder that when COVID-19 started that everything came to a boiling point.

One could argue, that the national conversation of Police Brutality was already at a boiling point, and that COVID-19 and then the death of George Floyd were just catalysts that pushed everything into the spotlight.

What does all of it mean for Masonry? What does it mean to be a Mason during this time of change?  How are Masons supposed to respond?

When you think about the answers to all of the questions above, its actually fairly easy.
Freemasonry, is the answer. 

We accept everyone regardless of race, religion, political views, etc. etc..  We do this with little requirements aside from, being a man, of age, free born, or good report and well recommended.

The conundrum is, what is a good man? Who is the right man for Masonry?

Clearly, we are not perfect, the high ideals of Integrity, Honesty, Loyalty, Respect, Responsibility are all things that one would think should reside inside us and that these human qualities would just autonomously occur without attendance.  But history doesn’t prove this, our laws are continually in flux and in the process of being improved.  Our moral compasses are continually changing direction based on heard dynamics and relative points of view, that given one’s opinion can be as different as an individuals perception of the color purple.

We are improving ourselves every day, learning new things comprehending aspects of our lives that previously may not have been known. 

The interesting aspect about Masonry ( even in this climate of debate ) is that we strive to make good men better, which in a way hearkens to an ancient Greek idea of men of brass, men of silver and men of gold. 

If your following me, then what about that situation in which a child grows up a man of nothing? Not of Iron, not of Silver and not of Gold but something different… Something, one might relatively deem, nonmetallic? 

I say relatively because who is to say in our hearts who is of gold, who is of silver or of iron?  One could argue that one’s deeds, or temperance dictate a metallic composition but what if someone has no deeds or is never given the opportunity of temperance. As we’ve talked about earlier, even core concepts of human Ideals on some level are taught to us when we are young and are not instinctual as one may think.

Does this mean that society is doomed? Does this mean that in a world in which children grown up in situations where they have no education, nonexistent parents, bad friends and worse opportunities that there is no hope of being taught high ideals and amiable words?

Does this mean that in a world in which bad things happen, that ultimately there is a line splitting the earth in two halves in which diametrically opposed forces stand on both sides?

The answer is obviously no… The world isn’t filled with just good people and just bad people, its filled with… people, who have good and bad inside them, who walk on the binary checkerboard of life, riddled with right and wrong, rich and poor, fair weather and foul.

Freemasonry teaches us to walk and act upon the binary events of life as they are forces inherent in the world. To understand this we are able to visualize the mosaic pavement giving one the wisdom to make moral choices THIS IS IMPORTANT not because of laws or because someone tells us to… Which would be like trying to avoid only black squares while walking/acting on the checker board, but because once it is understood that one’s relative actions are both right and wrong at the same time depending on the interpretation of others then it is understood, that what is truly important is to comprehend the decisions being made.

There is a really interesting Moral thought experiment called the Hienz Dilemma.  Read through it, talk about it with friends and family and other Masons.  I found it fascinating and was some of the inspiration for this article.
Kohlberg, Lawrence (1981). Essays on Moral Development, Vol l. I: The Philosophy of Moral Development. San Francisco, CA: Harper & Row. ISBN0-06-064760-4.

Past Master Bill DeLind’s Famous Rhubarb Pic Recipe

by PM Bill DeLInd

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
     
  • 1/4 cup dark (or light) brown sugar
     
  • 3 T flower
     
  • 3 cups rhubarb cut into 1/2 inch pieces
     
  • 1/4 t each of cinnamon and nutmeg, and a splash of vanilla
     
  • 1/4 cup of heavy cream
     
  • 3 eggs
     
  • 1/4 T salt
     
  • Frozen deep dish pie crust
     
  • Beat the eggs and cream.  Add sugars and spices and salt. beat some more.
     
  • pour the rhubarb into the pie  shell, mounding slightly……pour the liquid (forgot to say add the flour to liquid…and beat it in) pour the liquid over the rhubarb up to the shells rim
     
  • I like to place it on a sheet pan for any drips….also if there is too much rhubarb and liquid, it goes into a small souffle dish and bakes with the pie.
     
  • 350-degree oven for about 50 min.
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Thank you for the Excellent Recipe PM DeLind

Bravo! Past Master Kugler

Just In Time For The Fourth of July, and Presented by Our Very Own Past Master Mike Kugler

Our virtual Flag Day Celebration video below was a huge success. This presentation went live Sunday, June 14, at 10am. It was available on Facebook and YouTube and on the Marcus Center’s website and distributed to more than 70,000 recipients of the Marcus Center newsletter.

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