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 December 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 Fort Myers Beach Lodge #362 wishes you and your families a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year! 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 - Instagram - 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...
Past Masters Corner Continued 2014Officers 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 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 *Deceased *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 RW:. Bobby Mimmo..….…2007-2008 R.W:. Ed Lanham …...……2009-2010 W:. Bart Howard……………………2011 W:. Jim Phillips ………………..…..2012 W:. John MacDonald …………….2013 Setting that aside, what does Christmas mean to the Freemason? Certainly Freemasonry is not a religion, Christian or otherwise. It leaves the determination on spiritual matters to each individual Mason, so long as he believes in the Almighty Creator. But there are certain messages from the story of Christmas that are applicable to all Masons, not just those who celebrate a certain birth on December 25th. Many Christians feel God gave his greatest gift to mankind, and that Gift's birth is marked on Christmas Day. And the spirit of giving is also outlined in our Masonic ceremonies. The new Entered Apprentice is reminded in the northeast corner of charity, and to practice it whenever possible. There's the monetary charity of that portion of our ceremony. And there's another kind. The one referred to in the Charge in the same degree which admonishes "to relieve his necessities, soothe his afflictions, and do to him as you would that he, under similar circumstances, should do until you." In other words, the Golden Rule, from the Sermon on the Mount. Christmas is a time of faith for our Christian brethren. But all Masons are reminded in the different degrees of the principle of faith. In the explanation of the First Degree Tracing Board, we hear "How ready and willing ought we to be to adore the Almighty Creator." Therefore, let this time of year serve as a reminder to all Masons to practice their faith, whatever it may be. Faith and Charity are names of principal staves or rounds on the Ladder you see every meeting on that Tracing Board. But there is another round, and that is Hope in Salvation. While Salvation has a particular connotation to those who believe in the story of the virgin birth, the concept of some kind of reward for following Masonic principles during our lives winds its way through the various degrees, as those of you familiar with the working tools explanations of the Second and Third Degrees well know. So let this season of the year remind all Masons, no matter what their religious beliefs, to follow those universal tenets of the Craft-faith, hope and charity. Doing so should bring satisfaction to you at Christmas-time. Jim Bennie, PDDGM Southern Cross No. 44, Vancouver B.C.
Past Masters Corner Continued  2014Officers Worshipful Master  Senior Warden  Junior Warden  Treasurer  Secretary  Chaplai...
From the Secretary Unfortunately we will be losing 5 members of FMb362 due to non payment of dues. On a brighter note, the Thanksgiving meal prepared by S.D. Mark Kenny at our last meeting was absolutely the best ever! We had 61 Brothers attend this meeting, representing 18 lodges as far away as Europe and Canada! 2014 was a great year for us! Photo: Secretary Fred Wright Presenting Bro.Tom Pitovich with a 55 year membership award! Congratulations to Brother Harry Crossland on his victory at the annual Chili Cook-Off! Harry has kept the traveling trophy safely with in the friendly confines of Fort Myers Beach Lodge for another year and we thank him for that! Harry had some stiff competition though and everyone created a delicious chili to be judged. Most importantly the event raised $300 to support the first lady’s charity! Photo/ Story Credit: W:. Jeff Zimmerman Cape Coral #367 December Dates to Remember 12/3 - Masters & Wardens - Lehigh Acres #344 - 7:30PM 12/ 4 - FMB362 Meeting - ELECTIONS! - 6:30 Meal - 7:30 Meeting 12/6 - Zone 8 School of Instruction (Open Books) Punta Gorda # 115 - 9:00AM to Noon Commandery Round Table - Araba Red Fez lounge 6PM 12/13 - District 29 School of Instruction (Open Books) Cypress # 295 9AM to Noon 12/18 - FMB362 - Stated Meeting - 6:30 Meal - 7:30 Meeting 12/20 - Master Mason Degree - Cape Coral #367 8AM From the East Greetings from the East, I learned a lot as Master this year. It was joyful, funny, triumphant and rewarding. I learned that we are all of us flawed human beings. As master I had many tough decisions to make. Some I might have done differently upon reflection, but I learned from all of them. I learned too that each one of us has that one something that drives someone else crazy. But like a family we see past our faults to the potential and goodness inside. And the best of us patiently overlook the crazy and gently try to cultivate our brother’s better nature out into the outside world, and that is the true meaning of brotherhood. Our paths might cross, and we may agree or disagree, but we will never stop being brothers. At the end of the day I have no regrets, it was a good year. I believe Ft. Myers Beach Lodge has a great future ahead starting with a line-up of talented and enthusiastic officers with some innovative ideas. Many times we dwell on the past, but ask yourselves, “Where can Ft. Myers Beach Lodge go from here?” Keep doing what we have been doing? Surely we can but we also need to try new ideas. Remember if you do the same things over and over you will get the same results, which sometimes is not a bad thing, but we need to look ahead to some innovative ideas and try new things and have fun in the process. If you love your lodge, being Master is a challenging and rewarding job. I believe that I belong to the greatest lodge in the world. It is the greatest lodge not because of our building or furnishings, but for the quality of men that labor here month after month. It is for the powerful experiences we confer upon each candidate as we bring them into a new light with each degree. It is for the renewed energy that is felt in our lodge each time a new Master Mason is raised. It is you, each and every one of you that makes this lodge not just good, but the best. It is to the members of our lodge that I thank most of all for honoring me with the privilege of serving you as your Worshipful Master. Thank you and may God bless you, and God bless Ft. Myers Beach Lodge No. 362. Fraternally yours, Isidro “Izzy” Lopez Worshipful Master
From the Secretary Unfortunately we will be losing 5 members of FMb362 due to non payment of dues. On a brighter note, the...
Galloway Family Fun Day Child ID Past Masters Corner Seasons Greetings Brethren, I hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving. I have had a busy summer and fall. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend and take part in my son John Jr’s degree at York Lodge #266 in York, PA. I was there for both his Entered Apprentice Degree and raised him for his Masters. The brothers at the York Lodge treated me like one of their own, exemplifying the spirit of masonry, that no matter where you go you always have a Brother. W:. John MacDonald - Junior Past Master On the subject of Christmas I found a short message you may like: Freemasonry and Christmas The observance of Christmas doesn't seem to bring satisfaction to some people. On one hand, many say it's too religious, and thus don't want Christmas trees in public buildings and nativity scenes within a shepherd's-crook length of government lawns. On the other hand, many say it's not religious enough; it's too commercial. They've been saying it for years-it's the central theme behind the charming animated cartoon A Charlie Brown Christmas which was made some 40 years ago. Continued
Galloway Family Fun Day Child ID  Past Masters Corner Seasons Greetings Brethren, I hope all of you had a great Thanksgivi...
From the Secretary Unfortunately we will be losing 5 members of FMb362 due to non payment of dues. On a brighter note, the Thanksgiving meal prepared by S.D. Mark Kenny at our last meeting was absolutely the best ever! We had 61 Brothers attend this meeting, representing 18 lodges as far away as Europe and Canada! 2014 was a great year for us! Photo: Secretary Fred Wright Presenting Bro.Tom Pitovich with a 55 year membership award! Congratulations to Brother Harry Crossland on his victory at the annual Chili Cook-Off! Harry has kept the traveling trophy safely with in the friendly confines of Fort Myers Beach Lodge for another year and we thank him for that! Harry had some stiff competition though and everyone created a delicious chili to be judged. Most importantly the event raised $300 to support the first lady’s charity! Photo/ Story Credit: W:. Jeff Zimmerman Cape Coral #367 December Dates to Remember 12/3 - Masters & Wardens - Lehigh Acres #344 - 7:30PM 12/ 4 - FMB362 Meeting - ELECTIONS! - 6:30 Meal - 7:30 Meeting 12/6 - Zone 8 School of Instruction (Open Books) Punta Gorda # 115 - 9:00AM to Noon Commandery Round Table - Araba Red Fez lounge 6PM 12/13 - District 29 School of Instruction (Open Books) Cypress # 295 9AM to Noon 12/18 - FMB362 - Stated Meeting - 6:30 Meal - 7:30 Meeting 12/20 - Master Mason Degree - Cape Coral #367 8AM From the East Greetings from the East, I learned a lot as Master this year. It was joyful, funny, triumphant and rewarding. I learned that we are all of us flawed human beings. As master I had many tough decisions to make. Some I might have done differently upon reflection, but I learned from all of them. I learned too that each one of us has that one something that drives someone else crazy. But like a family we see past our faults to the potential and goodness inside. And the best of us patiently overlook the crazy and gently try to cultivate our brother’s better nature out into the outside world, and that is the true meaning of brotherhood. Our paths might cross, and we may agree or disagree, but we will never stop being brothers. At the end of the day I have no regrets, it was a good year. I believe Ft. Myers Beach Lodge has a great future ahead starting with a line-up of talented and enthusiastic officers with some innovative ideas. Many times we dwell on the past, but ask yourselves, “Where can Ft. Myers Beach Lodge go from here?” Keep doing what we have been doing? Surely we can but we also need to try new ideas. Remember if you do the same things over and over you will get the same results, which sometimes is not a bad thing, but we need to look ahead to some innovative ideas and try new things and have fun in the process. If you love your lodge, being Master is a challenging and rewarding job. I believe that I belong to the greatest lodge in the world. It is the greatest lodge not because of our building or furnishings, but for the quality of men that labor here month after month. It is for the powerful experiences we confer upon each candidate as we bring them into a new light with each degree. It is for the renewed energy that is felt in our lodge each time a new Master Mason is raised. It is you, each and every one of you that makes this lodge not just good, but the best. It is to the members of our lodge that I thank most of all for honoring me with the privilege of serving you as your Worshipful Master. Thank you and may God bless you, and God bless Ft. Myers Beach Lodge No. 362. Fraternally yours, Isidro “Izzy” Lopez Worshipful Master
From the Secretary Unfortunately we will be losing 5 members of FMb362 due to non payment of dues. On a brighter note, the...
Galloway Family Fun Day Child ID Past Masters Corner Seasons Greetings Brethren, I hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving. I have had a busy summer and fall. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend and take part in my son John Jr’s degree at York Lodge #266 in York, PA. I was there for both his Entered Apprentice Degree and raised him for his Masters. The brothers at the York Lodge treated me like one of their own, exemplifying the spirit of masonry, that no matter where you go you always have a Brother. W:. John MacDonald - Junior Past Master On the subject of Christmas I found a short message you may like: Freemasonry and Christmas The observance of Christmas doesn't seem to bring satisfaction to some people. On one hand, many say it's too religious, and thus don't want Christmas trees in public buildings and nativity scenes within a shepherd's-crook length of government lawns. On the other hand, many say it's not religious enough; it's too commercial. They've been saying it for years-it's the central theme behind the charming animated cartoon A Charlie Brown Christmas which was made some 40 years ago. Continued
Galloway Family Fun Day Child ID  Past Masters Corner Seasons Greetings Brethren, I hope all of you had a great Thanksgivi...
Past Masters Corner Continued 2014Officers 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 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 *Deceased *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 RW:. Bobby Mimmo..….…2007-2008 R.W:. Ed Lanham …...……2009-2010 W:. Bart Howard……………………2011 W:. Jim Phillips ………………..…..2012 W:. John MacDonald …………….2013 Setting that aside, what does Christmas mean to the Freemason? Certainly Freemasonry is not a religion, Christian or otherwise. It leaves the determination on spiritual matters to each individual Mason, so long as he believes in the Almighty Creator. But there are certain messages from the story of Christmas that are applicable to all Masons, not just those who celebrate a certain birth on December 25th. Many Christians feel God gave his greatest gift to mankind, and that Gift's birth is marked on Christmas Day. And the spirit of giving is also outlined in our Masonic ceremonies. The new Entered Apprentice is reminded in the northeast corner of charity, and to practice it whenever possible. There's the monetary charity of that portion of our ceremony. And there's another kind. The one referred to in the Charge in the same degree which admonishes "to relieve his necessities, soothe his afflictions, and do to him as you would that he, under similar circumstances, should do until you." In other words, the Golden Rule, from the Sermon on the Mount. Christmas is a time of faith for our Christian brethren. But all Masons are reminded in the different degrees of the principle of faith. In the explanation of the First Degree Tracing Board, we hear "How ready and willing ought we to be to adore the Almighty Creator." Therefore, let this time of year serve as a reminder to all Masons to practice their faith, whatever it may be. Faith and Charity are names of principal staves or rounds on the Ladder you see every meeting on that Tracing Board. But there is another round, and that is Hope in Salvation. While Salvation has a particular connotation to those who believe in the story of the virgin birth, the concept of some kind of reward for following Masonic principles during our lives winds its way through the various degrees, as those of you familiar with the working tools explanations of the Second and Third Degrees well know. So let this season of the year remind all Masons, no matter what their religious beliefs, to follow those universal tenets of the Craft-faith, hope and charity. Doing so should bring satisfaction to you at Christmas-time. Jim Bennie, PDDGM Southern Cross No. 44, Vancouver B.C.
Past Masters Corner Continued  2014Officers Worshipful Master  Senior Warden  Junior Warden  Treasurer  Secretary  Chaplai...
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 December 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 Fort Myers Beach Lodge #362 wishes you and your families a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year! 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 - Instagram - 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...