From the East!…
First and foremost, I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! My deepest gratitude to those who were able to come out and support the lodge at our annual Installation of Officers. The evening
was a tremendous success and a great way to kick things off for 2015! This month, we will have our Stated Meeting for January on Thursday the 8th when I’ll be presenting our annual budget, which I
have posted on the Grand Lodge website (www.freemason.org) in the online storage section for our lodge, the Vault. I have also written up a brief guide to explain the budget and my rationale in crafting it.
The officers, committee members and I are ready to work hard for you in making 2015 a memorable year, but we need your support. You are the spirit of this lodge and your attendance and participation this year are what will determine whether or not we are successful. I would like to share an old tale that has served as an inspiration for me over the years:
A member of a certain Lodge, who previously attended meetings regularly, stopped going. After a few months, the Worshipful
Master decided to visit him. It was a chilly evening, and the Worshipful Master found his brother at home alone, sitting
before a blazing fire.
Guessing the reason for the Worshipful Master’s visit, the brother welcomed him, led him to a comfortable chair near the
fireplace and waited. The Worshipful Master made himself comfortable, but said nothing.
In the grave silence, he contemplated the dance of the flames around the burning logs. After several minutes, the Worshipful
Master took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth, all alone.
Then he sat back in his chair, still silent.
His host watched all of this in quiet contemplation. As the one, lone ember’s flame flickered and diminished, there was a
momentary glow, and its fire was no more. Soon, it was cold and dead.
Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting. The Worshipful Master glanced at his watch and chose this time to
leave. He slowly stood up, picked up the cold, dead ember, and placed it back in the middle of the fire. Immediately, it began
to glow once more, with all the light and warmth of the burning coals around it.
As the Worshipful Master reached the door to leave, his host said, with a tear running down his cheek, “Thank you so much
for your fiery summons, my brother. I’ll be back in our Lodge next meeting.”
— Author Unknown
Happy New Year! Welcome to January!
Thank you to everyone who came to our annual Installation of Officers. We have some great things in store for the coming year. We are planning a few degree swaps this year, so be on the look out for more information about that. Worshipful Haig informs me that we are going to participate in this years degree competition. The Executive and Ritual Committees will recognize one degree team from each division that best exemplifies the second section of the third degree. The winner of this competition will receive the title of “Best Ritual Team” in his respective Division. So we encourage you all to attend as many degrees as you can, as your feedback will help us sharpen our skills.
your Senior Warden
Hollywood Lodge #355
From the South!….
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all…
December was an exciting month which brought us our Annual Installation of Officers, Table Lodge and a first Degree. The installation was a great success and an awesome start for Worshipful Haig’s year. I have no doubt that it will continue to
Because the first Thursday this month is a holiday our Stated Meeting and Dinner will be held on Thursday, January 8th. As
usual, dinner will start at 6:30 pm followed by the meeting at 7:30pm.
Based on the attendance and feedback from last year’s Ladies’ Entertainment, we are trying something new this year. There
will be a quarterly “major” event the last month of each quarter starting in March. The remaining months will consist of more free
-form, casual activities.
We will also have Bowling and Karaoke night hosted by the lodge on Saturday, January 24th at Corbin Bowl. Bowling will begin
at 8pm and although there is no cost to play, you must notify Bro. Keith Kramer by January 15th so that he can make sure there
are enough lanes reserved. Karaoke will start at 9pm which is also free to attend, but you will need to buy your own refreshments.
your Junior Warden