Fort Myers Beach Lodge #362 Free & Ac cepted Masons 17671 Pine Ridge Road Phone: (239) 466-6363 Website: WWW.FMB362.COM Email: info@fmb362.com The Trestle Board July 2014 Fort Myers Beach Masonic Lodge #362 Free & Accepted Masons 17671 Pine Ridge Road Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Chartered April 27, 1967 Meets First & Third Thursdays 6:30 Refreshment - 7:30 Meeting Visitors Welcome - Members Expected WWW.FMB362.COM 239-466239-466-6363 Find us online! Website: www.fmb362.com networks: Find us on social networks: Facebook & Google+ Be sure to sign up for email updates at our website Left to Right: Tyler Phil Leever, Treasurer Tom Anderson, Marshal W:. John MacDonald, Senior Steward Jeff Taylor, Past Master Bart Howard, Junior Warden Joshua Calero, Worshipful Master Isidro Lopez, Senior Warden Ken Compton, Past Master Jim Phillips, Senior Deacon M.J. Kenny, Secretary Fred Wright, Junior Steward Frank Alexander, Chaplin R.W:. Ed Lanham, Senior Steward Derek Vaneske
Fort Myers Beach Lodge  362 Free   Ac cepted Masons 17671 Pine Ridge Road Phone   239  466-6363 Website  WWW.FMB362.COM Em...
2014Officers “Flattering as it may be to the human mind , and truly Worshipful Master: Senior Warden: Junior Warden: Treasurer: Secretary: Chaplain: R.W:. Senior Deacon: Junior Deacon: Senior Steward: Junior Steward: Tyler: Isidro Lopez Ken Compton Joshua Calero Greg Anderson Fred Wright Ed Lanham Mark Kenny Jeff Taylor Derek Vaneske 239-462-2101 239-564-5539 239-770-4233 863-797-4264 239-675-6503 239-872-9211 239-246-1216 239-590-9250 913-731-2597 Frank Alexander 239-940-5251 Phil Leever 239-633-0839 *Deceased from our fellow citizens testimonies of approbation for exertions to promote the public welfare , it is not less pleasing to know that the milder virtues of the heart are highly respected by a society whose liberal principles must be founded in the immutable laws of truth and justice . Past Masters *W:.Marshall E. Wilkins…..1966-67UD *W:. Hugh Holligan ……...……..1968 *RW:. Louis A. Myers…………......1969 W:. Raymond A. Howerton…....1970 *W:. Paul O. Hoffman……………..1971 *W:. Earnest C. Brown …...……..1972 *W:. Thomas S. Reahard .…......1973 *W:. William J. Nelson……..........1974 W:. Douglass M. Midgley….......1975 W:. Ronald E. Bare .………........1976 W:. Ralph E. Shaffer………........1977 *W:. Elbert E. Smith………..........1978 *W:. Jacob F. Woods ………….....1979 *W:. David A. Wedig ……………...1980 *W:. Chester A. Townsend.........1981 W:. Reginald C. Stark ………....1982 W:. Peter H. Hopwood Jr.........1983 *W:. William F. Mazur................1984 RW:. James W. Hogg.................1985 *W:. Richard D. Upham..............1986 *W:. James Toby ......................1987 W:. Robert J. Berczik.................1988 honorable as it is to receive To enlarge the sphere of social happiness is *W:. Robert j. Gibbons..............1989 W:. Frank C. Modafari..............1990 *W:. William F. Mazur Jr............1991 *W:. Daniel H. Nichols Sr...........1992 *W:. James L. Michael...............1993 W:. Kurt M. Reichenbecher…...1994 W:. Beaufort R. Bierce.............1995 *W:. E. James Toby..................1996 W:. Matthew L. Hall.................1997 RW:. Dick Tafel.......................1998 W:. Charles Pack.....................1999 W:. Donald Smith....................2000 *W:. Clyde Curry ....................2001 W:. Beaufort R. Bierce ............2002 W:. Robert DeVeny .................2003 RW:. Dick Tafel ......................2004 W:. Dan Lumley .....................2005 W:. Jerry Ralston ...................2006 W:. Bobby Mimmo....….…2007-2008 R.W:. Ed Lanham …...……2009-2010 W:. Bart Howard……………………2011 W:. Jim Phillips ………………..…..2012 W:. John MacDonald …………….2013 worthy of the benevolent design of a Masonic institution; and it is most fervently to be wished that the conduct of every member of the Fraternity, as well as those publications that discover the principles which actuate them, may tend to convince mankind that the great object of Masonry is to promote the happiness of the human race” GEORGE WASHINGTON
2014Officers     Flattering as it may be to the human mind , and truly  Worshipful Master  Senior Warden  Junior Warden  T...
Congratulations to R.W:. Ed Lanham upon being named the Mason of the From the East Year for Districts 28 & 29 ! July Events 7/3 FMB362 - Stated Meeting - Fellow Craft Degree - 6:30 Meal - 7:30 Meeting 7/16 Scottish Rite Consistory 7/17 FMB362 - Stated Meeting - 6:30 Meal - 7:30 Meeting 7/19 Zone School of Instruction (Open Books) Punta Gorda - 9AM-Noon 7/23 Masters & Wardens Association of S.W.F.L. - Lehigh Acres - 7:30 PM A Brief History of Masonry in America Masonry played a considerable role in early American history. Many of the Founding Fathers were Masons, about 1/3 of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and a like percentage of those attending the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787 were Masons, including Franklin and Washington. The tale that a Lodge meeting was held and adjourned to organize the Boston Tea Party, however, is entirely fictional. It is probable that some of those who dressed as Indians and dumped tea overboard into the Boston Harbor were Masons, but the Lodge itself was not used to plan the event. There are tales of British troops carefully preserving American Masonic property during the Revolutionary War and turning it over to proper Masonic authorities under a flag of truce. 7/24 Cape Coral Lodge - Entered Apprentice Degree - 7:30 PM 7/28 Noah Lodge - Master Mason Degree - 6:30PM Meal - 7:30 PM Meeting District 29 Lodges & Meeting Dates Cape Coral #367 - 2nd & 4th Thursdays - 7:30pm Cypress #295 - 2nd & 4th Thursdays - 7:00pm Fort Myers Beach #362 - 1st & 3rd Thursdays - 7:30pm LaBelle #379 - 2nd & 4th Tuesdays - 7:30pm Lehigh Acres #344 - 2nd & 4th Mondays - 7:30pm Tamiami Trail #262 - 1st & 3rd Mondays - 7:30pm Veritas #396 - 1st & 3rd Tuesdays - 7:30pm See www.fmb362.com for maps & directions to all local lodges We have Brothers who have not paid their dues for 2014. Please check your dues card for the “2014” Non Payment of Dues = Suspension Monthly Charity for May 2014 $100.00 - Fisher House at Tampa VA Hospital Members are urged to support the monthly charity Masonry in America experienced a considerable setback during the 1820’s, when a period of Anti-Masonic sentiment reached such a level as to have a candidate run for President on a platform of opposition to Freemasonry. During that period, many Masonic bodies turned in their charters and ceased to exist. The uproar stemmed from a fraudulent claim that Masons had executed a turncoat brother in New York for exposing the secrets of the Lodge. Like the Know-nothings and anti-Catholic fever of a few years later, the intolerance passed from the scene, but it was some time before Masonic bodies returned to their former prominence. During the American Civil War, Masons fought on both sides, but there are many tales of battlefield kindness rendered to a Brother found wearing a uniform of the other color, as well as stories of prisoners of war allowed to attend Lodge on parole, or Masonic funerals conducted for a fallen enemy soldier. Masonry played an important role in the social life of a significant number of Americans throughout the later 19th and early 20th centuries. Most prominent members of society were also members of the Lodge, and often, Lodge events were the lion’s share of what constituted entertainment in many small towns. Other fraternal organizations arose to compete with the Masons, such as the Elks, the Moose, and the Odd Fellows. Masonic charity supported many through hard times, long before the invention of the social safety net in the 1930s. Continued
Congratulations to R.W . Ed Lanham upon being named the Mason of the  From the East  Year for Districts 28   29   July Eve...
From the East Continued Membership in the Masonic fraternity reached a peak in the late 1950s and has been declining since that time. Similar phenomena have affected other fraternal organizations, as well as business clubs, churches, and social clubs. There are a number of explanations advanced for this decline, such as the rise of mass forms of entertainment available in the home, the greater demands of the work and commuting environment, and so on. No one has a certain answer of how the decline may be reversed, but it seems that the prominent role that the Lodge played in the social structure of many towns and urban areas is not likely to be seen again until the overall social structure of the United States changes back to a more outward orientation. Surveys currently show that many American men are simply unaware of the existence of the Masonic fraternity but might be interested in joining an organization of its description; fifty or more years ago, there was virtually no one unaware of the nature of the Lodge. Fraternally yours, Isidro “Izzy” Lopez Worshipful Master Grand Master of Masons in Florida official visit to district 28 & 29 JAMES W. FORD September 20th, 2014 dinner social at the fort Myers beach shrine club, followed by a tiled Grand Visitation meeting at Fort Myers Beach Masonic Lodge #362. registration at beach shrine club 5pm “Freemasonry has tenets peculiar to itself. They serve as testimonials of character and qualifications, which are only conferred after due course of instruction and examination. These are of no small value; they speak a universal language, and act as a passport to the attentions and support of the initiated in all parts of the world. They cannot be lost as long as memory retains its power. Let the possessor of them be expatriated, shipwrecked or imprisoned, let him be stripped of everything he has got in the world, still those credentials remain, and are available for use as circumstances require. The good effects they have produced are established by the most incontestable facts of history. They have stayed the uplifted hand of the destroyer; they have softened the asperities of the tyrant; they have mitigated the horrors of captivity; they have subdued the rancour of malevolence; and broken down the barriers of political animosity and sectarian alienation. On the field of battle, in the solitudes of the uncultivated forest, or in the busy haunts of the crowded city, they have made men of the most hostile feelings, the most distant regions, and diversified conditions, rush to the aid of each other, and feel a special joy and satisfaction that they have been able to afford relief to a Brother Mason.” BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
From the East Continued Membership in the Masonic fraternity reached a peak in the late 1950s and has been declining since...
2014Officers “Flattering as it may be to the human mind , and truly Worshipful Master: Senior Warden: Junior Warden: Treasurer: Secretary: Chaplain: R.W:. Senior Deacon: Junior Deacon: Senior Steward: Junior Steward: Tyler: Isidro Lopez Ken Compton Joshua Calero Greg Anderson Fred Wright Ed Lanham Mark Kenny Jeff Taylor Derek Vaneske 239-462-2101 239-564-5539 239-770-4233 863-797-4264 239-675-6503 239-872-9211 239-246-1216 239-590-9250 913-731-2597 Frank Alexander 239-940-5251 Phil Leever 239-633-0839 *Deceased from our fellow citizens testimonies of approbation for exertions to promote the public welfare , it is not less pleasing to know that the milder virtues of the heart are highly respected by a society whose liberal principles must be founded in the immutable laws of truth and justice . Past Masters *W:.Marshall E. Wilkins…..1966-67UD *W:. Hugh Holligan ……...……..1968 *RW:. Louis A. Myers…………......1969 W:. Raymond A. Howerton…....1970 *W:. Paul O. Hoffman……………..1971 *W:. Earnest C. Brown …...……..1972 *W:. Thomas S. Reahard .…......1973 *W:. William J. Nelson……..........1974 W:. Douglass M. Midgley….......1975 W:. Ronald E. Bare .………........1976 W:. Ralph E. Shaffer………........1977 *W:. Elbert E. Smith………..........1978 *W:. Jacob F. Woods ………….....1979 *W:. David A. Wedig ……………...1980 *W:. Chester A. Townsend.........1981 W:. Reginald C. Stark ………....1982 W:. Peter H. Hopwood Jr.........1983 *W:. William F. Mazur................1984 RW:. James W. Hogg.................1985 *W:. Richard D. Upham..............1986 *W:. James Toby ......................1987 W:. Robert J. Berczik.................1988 honorable as it is to receive To enlarge the sphere of social happiness is *W:. Robert j. Gibbons..............1989 W:. Frank C. Modafari..............1990 *W:. William F. Mazur Jr............1991 *W:. Daniel H. Nichols Sr...........1992 *W:. James L. Michael...............1993 W:. Kurt M. Reichenbecher…...1994 W:. Beaufort R. Bierce.............1995 *W:. E. James Toby..................1996 W:. Matthew L. Hall.................1997 RW:. Dick Tafel.......................1998 W:. Charles Pack.....................1999 W:. Donald Smith....................2000 *W:. Clyde Curry ....................2001 W:. Beaufort R. Bierce ............2002 W:. Robert DeVeny .................2003 RW:. Dick Tafel ......................2004 W:. Dan Lumley .....................2005 W:. Jerry Ralston ...................2006 W:. Bobby Mimmo....….…2007-2008 R.W:. Ed Lanham …...……2009-2010 W:. Bart Howard……………………2011 W:. Jim Phillips ………………..…..2012 W:. John MacDonald …………….2013 worthy of the benevolent design of a Masonic institution; and it is most fervently to be wished that the conduct of every member of the Fraternity, as well as those publications that discover the principles which actuate them, may tend to convince mankind that the great object of Masonry is to promote the happiness of the human race” GEORGE WASHINGTON
2014Officers     Flattering as it may be to the human mind , and truly  Worshipful Master  Senior Warden  Junior Warden  T...
From the East Continued Membership in the Masonic fraternity reached a peak in the late 1950s and has been declining since that time. Similar phenomena have affected other fraternal organizations, as well as business clubs, churches, and social clubs. There are a number of explanations advanced for this decline, such as the rise of mass forms of entertainment available in the home, the greater demands of the work and commuting environment, and so on. No one has a certain answer of how the decline may be reversed, but it seems that the prominent role that the Lodge played in the social structure of many towns and urban areas is not likely to be seen again until the overall social structure of the United States changes back to a more outward orientation. Surveys currently show that many American men are simply unaware of the existence of the Masonic fraternity but might be interested in joining an organization of its description; fifty or more years ago, there was virtually no one unaware of the nature of the Lodge. Fraternally yours, Isidro “Izzy” Lopez Worshipful Master Grand Master of Masons in Florida official visit to district 28 & 29 JAMES W. FORD September 20th, 2014 dinner social at the fort Myers beach shrine club, followed by a tiled Grand Visitation meeting at Fort Myers Beach Masonic Lodge #362. registration at beach shrine club 5pm “Freemasonry has tenets peculiar to itself. They serve as testimonials of character and qualifications, which are only conferred after due course of instruction and examination. These are of no small value; they speak a universal language, and act as a passport to the attentions and support of the initiated in all parts of the world. They cannot be lost as long as memory retains its power. Let the possessor of them be expatriated, shipwrecked or imprisoned, let him be stripped of everything he has got in the world, still those credentials remain, and are available for use as circumstances require. The good effects they have produced are established by the most incontestable facts of history. They have stayed the uplifted hand of the destroyer; they have softened the asperities of the tyrant; they have mitigated the horrors of captivity; they have subdued the rancour of malevolence; and broken down the barriers of political animosity and sectarian alienation. On the field of battle, in the solitudes of the uncultivated forest, or in the busy haunts of the crowded city, they have made men of the most hostile feelings, the most distant regions, and diversified conditions, rush to the aid of each other, and feel a special joy and satisfaction that they have been able to afford relief to a Brother Mason.” BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
From the East Continued Membership in the Masonic fraternity reached a peak in the late 1950s and has been declining since...
Congratulations to R.W:. Ed Lanham upon being named the Mason of the From the East Year for Districts 28 & 29 ! July Events 7/3 FMB362 - Stated Meeting - Fellow Craft Degree - 6:30 Meal - 7:30 Meeting 7/16 Scottish Rite Consistory 7/17 FMB362 - Stated Meeting - 6:30 Meal - 7:30 Meeting 7/19 Zone School of Instruction (Open Books) Punta Gorda - 9AM-Noon 7/23 Masters & Wardens Association of S.W.F.L. - Lehigh Acres - 7:30 PM A Brief History of Masonry in America Masonry played a considerable role in early American history. Many of the Founding Fathers were Masons, about 1/3 of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and a like percentage of those attending the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787 were Masons, including Franklin and Washington. The tale that a Lodge meeting was held and adjourned to organize the Boston Tea Party, however, is entirely fictional. It is probable that some of those who dressed as Indians and dumped tea overboard into the Boston Harbor were Masons, but the Lodge itself was not used to plan the event. There are tales of British troops carefully preserving American Masonic property during the Revolutionary War and turning it over to proper Masonic authorities under a flag of truce. 7/24 Cape Coral Lodge - Entered Apprentice Degree - 7:30 PM 7/28 Noah Lodge - Master Mason Degree - 6:30PM Meal - 7:30 PM Meeting District 29 Lodges & Meeting Dates Cape Coral #367 - 2nd & 4th Thursdays - 7:30pm Cypress #295 - 2nd & 4th Thursdays - 7:00pm Fort Myers Beach #362 - 1st & 3rd Thursdays - 7:30pm LaBelle #379 - 2nd & 4th Tuesdays - 7:30pm Lehigh Acres #344 - 2nd & 4th Mondays - 7:30pm Tamiami Trail #262 - 1st & 3rd Mondays - 7:30pm Veritas #396 - 1st & 3rd Tuesdays - 7:30pm See www.fmb362.com for maps & directions to all local lodges We have Brothers who have not paid their dues for 2014. Please check your dues card for the “2014” Non Payment of Dues = Suspension Monthly Charity for May 2014 $100.00 - Fisher House at Tampa VA Hospital Members are urged to support the monthly charity Masonry in America experienced a considerable setback during the 1820’s, when a period of Anti-Masonic sentiment reached such a level as to have a candidate run for President on a platform of opposition to Freemasonry. During that period, many Masonic bodies turned in their charters and ceased to exist. The uproar stemmed from a fraudulent claim that Masons had executed a turncoat brother in New York for exposing the secrets of the Lodge. Like the Know-nothings and anti-Catholic fever of a few years later, the intolerance passed from the scene, but it was some time before Masonic bodies returned to their former prominence. During the American Civil War, Masons fought on both sides, but there are many tales of battlefield kindness rendered to a Brother found wearing a uniform of the other color, as well as stories of prisoners of war allowed to attend Lodge on parole, or Masonic funerals conducted for a fallen enemy soldier. Masonry played an important role in the social life of a significant number of Americans throughout the later 19th and early 20th centuries. Most prominent members of society were also members of the Lodge, and often, Lodge events were the lion’s share of what constituted entertainment in many small towns. Other fraternal organizations arose to compete with the Masons, such as the Elks, the Moose, and the Odd Fellows. Masonic charity supported many through hard times, long before the invention of the social safety net in the 1930s. Continued
Congratulations to R.W . Ed Lanham upon being named the Mason of the  From the East  Year for Districts 28   29   July Eve...
Fort Myers Beach Lodge #362 Free & Ac cepted Masons 17671 Pine Ridge Road Phone: (239) 466-6363 Website: WWW.FMB362.COM Email: info@fmb362.com The Trestle Board July 2014 Fort Myers Beach Masonic Lodge #362 Free & Accepted Masons 17671 Pine Ridge Road Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Chartered April 27, 1967 Meets First & Third Thursdays 6:30 Refreshment - 7:30 Meeting Visitors Welcome - Members Expected WWW.FMB362.COM 239-466239-466-6363 Find us online! Website: www.fmb362.com networks: Find us on social networks: Facebook & Google+ Be sure to sign up for email updates at our website Left to Right: Tyler Phil Leever, Treasurer Tom Anderson, Marshal W:. John MacDonald, Senior Steward Jeff Taylor, Past Master Bart Howard, Junior Warden Joshua Calero, Worshipful Master Isidro Lopez, Senior Warden Ken Compton, Past Master Jim Phillips, Senior Deacon M.J. Kenny, Secretary Fred Wright, Junior Steward Frank Alexander, Chaplin R.W:. Ed Lanham, Senior Steward Derek Vaneske
Fort Myers Beach Lodge  362 Free   Ac cepted Masons 17671 Pine Ridge Road Phone   239  466-6363 Website  WWW.FMB362.COM Em...