November Trestleboard

Enlightenment

November 2018 Trestleboard
Community Service Projects

My Brethren,
Worshipful Brother Scott Johnson put on a well received presentation about George Washington. He actually filled in the gaps of pre-war and after war George that many of us did not know about. He also covered the Masonic George Washington times, covering Fredericksburg #4 and Alexandria Washington #22. George believed in Divine Inspiration and it’s amazing how many things that came to pass in his life and how many times he survived where others may not have. The history of the United States may have been completely different if even one of those events came to pass. My four years of French in high school may not have been a waste after all.
Just a reminder: Save the date on your calendar for the Masonic District 1B Blood Drive at Springfield Lodge on November 25th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Springfield Lodge is located at 7001 Backlick Road, Springfield, Virginia. I do believe that even if you cannot donate blood, they are looking for volunteers to help out at the event. If you are interested in helping, please contact WB Sam Flores at 202-641-0195 or samf@berrybset.com. To schedule your appointment to donate blood visit http://bit.ly/SpringfieldMasonicLodge1125/ or call 1-866-256-6372 and use sponsor code 8196. Every little bit helps to save lives.
Modes of Recognition: We have a exciting opportunity in November. I have been collecting phrases and queries from the brethren on things that they have heard inquiring on their stature as a Mason. “I see you are a travelling man…” is just the tip of the iceberg. This will be an interactive session and will cover every interesting identifying remark that I have received and how one should respond to it. For our younger Master Masons this will be a great teaching opportunity as they begin their travels or start wearing Masonic paraphernalia about town. There are things you don’t know you don’t know, and we are hoping to clear many of these up. I sent out an earlier email asking the brethren to send in their best remarks and I think it will amount to a fun-filled and informative meeting.
Rusty Masons: I will make myself available before the November stated for anyone with a dues card from John A. Lejeune Lodge #350 to refresh your memory on things you may need to know to sit in a Master Mason lodge. Did you forget the password or the signs, it’s OK, we all get a little bit rusty at one time or another. I remember when I first became a Master Mason I completely blanked on the password and felt nervous about asking a brother for help. You shouldn’t feel ashamed or embarrassed and if this is what keeps you from lodge, please attend this meeting and get reacquainted with Freemasonry.
We have recently received several petitions and numerous phone calls about Freemasonry, so we are very excited that the word is getting out about our little slice of Heaven in Quantico. We had an Entered Apprentice degree the last week of October, so we have at least 2 EAs working hard on their catechisms to pass to Fellowcrafts. If anyone knows of an EA or FC who began their work and have not returned their catechism due to life’s little challenges, please direct them to speak with me so we can try to get them back on track to productive members of our craft. They started their journey for a reason, and hopefully any life issues have ironed themselves out so we can finish what they started.
On a side note, Brother Murphy’s estate has finally been settled and our Trustees and Building & Grounds committees are working hard on what repairs we need done and where we should be investing the remainder of the funds. Discussions have been started about adding a chair lift to make the Lodge more accessible to our elderly brethren as a possible investiture. Stay tuned for further updates on building repairs.
Speaking of which, we will be having a few cleaning days for the lodge to make it presentable prior to the Shriners dinner that we are hosting on Nov. 4th. This is a fund raising endeavor, but we need all hands on deck to make it go smoothly. We will be serving dinner for 100 Shriners that are coming to our area to lay a special wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The actual dinner that we are providing these traveling brethren is scheduled for 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 4th. Even if you are unable to stay the whole time, only able to come earlier that day or can’t come until afterwards we need your help! Early attending brothers can help cook and set up, late attendees can assist in the clean up. Let’s make this a very successful endeavor. Who knows, it could be a yearly event that will lead to more financial stability of the Lodge or aid in the purchasing of certain upgrades needed.
And lastly, our secretary has alerted me that dues notices are being mailed out this week. So keep an eye out on your mailbox and try and return them as soon as you can.

Respectfully and fraternally yours,
Jim Solomon, Worshipful Master
John A. Lejeune Lodge No. 350 AF&AM

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