From the West
From the Secretary's Desk
Greetings from the West…
Masonic etiquette is essential to maintaining Harmony within any
Masonic Lodge. This Harmony is what preserves Friendship, Morality, and
Brotherly Love within the Fraternity. As a new Entered Apprentice or Fellowcraft
Mason, it is necessary to observe your new Brethren around you in order to pick
up on clues or indications regarding how to best emulate this all important
etiquette while within the Lodge. This way, when you do become a
Master Mason and begin attending meetings or communications, you can better
fit in with the Craft, and therefore help sustain the Lodge’s Harmony.
Remember that Masonry is all about best working and best agreeing with one
another. Though religious in nature, but not to be mistaken as a religion by any
means, the Fraternity does indeed preserve many traditional codes of conduct,
which may at times be easy to inadvertently butcher, especially for our new
members. It is one of the Master Mason’s duties to keep them informed to avoid
stepping on any toes. Here is a great quote from R. W. Henry G. Meacham,
Grand Lecturer, Grand Lodge of New York, on the topic of Masonic Etiquette:
“There is a certain grave beauty in the practice of Masonic etiquette.
The Masonic life as it is lived out in our assemblies is a conscious work of art,
with each and every part coordinated to every other, and instinct with the feeling
of the whole; if a man enters into that system without preparation or forethought,
and trusting only his instincts, his manner will strike an awkward note, like a discord jangling across a strain of music; but if he has trained himself in his part
and caught the spirit of the whole, the genius of Freemasonry will shine through
his actions, will express itself through ritual, symbol, law, philosophy, fellowship
and daily deed. To have one’s self thus become a part of a great and living
whole is a kind of satisfying pleasure nothing else can give, a participation in the
very life of beauty, appreciated as much by the beholders as by the actor. This
ability to confer pleasure upon one’s fellows when gathered in communication
or in ceremony is not the least of etiquette’s rewards.”
With this in mind my Brethren, let us all strive for this “grave
beauty in the practice of Masonic etiquette.” Let us stay informed in the customs
of our time-honored Fraternity and pass it down to our new Brothers. This is
especially important for these new Brothers, (and FMB362 always and gratefully
has a plethora of new Brothers!) whose journeys are just beginning, and who
will someday become the successors of our Lodge. Always feel free to ask a
well-instructed Brother how to assimilate yourself better into the Harmony of the
Lodge, which is the strength of all societies. It will make you look better, and us
as a Lodge, look better as well. If you have any questions on what exactly this
Masonic etiquette is about, reach out to your crafty Senior Warden, ask our
wise Worshipful Master, or knock on the door of our mostly-sane Secretary,
who can provide you with ample booklets on this proper decorum that I speak
of. It is not in code like your catechisms, so please read them at your leisure!
You will get the hang of it in no time.
Joshua Calero - S.W.
We have a few Brothers that have not paid their 2015 dues,
my Brothers, it is getting late in year and the suspension date
is 12/27/2015. Please don't allow this to happen “NPD” is not a
good thing. Call me if there is a problem 239-675-6503.
Past Master Jerry Ralston received a jolt of 440 volts working
with a power supply, he stated his heart was stopped for three
minutes, he is fine as we talked- just little shocked..
My Brothers as you will see in the information accompanying
the Trestleboard, at the last Grand Lodge of Florida
Communication the per capita fee was increased $20.00.
Our dues were $60.00, they will now be $80.00 mandatory plus
the building fund of $20.00, the Let Your Pennies Make Good
Cents at $7.30 ($.02 a day) the total including donations will
Thursday September 3rd will be the official visit of District
Deputy Grand Master Alan R. Goldstein who is also a
member of Fort Myers Beach Lodge. Please come to the
meeting show support for the DDGM and your Lodge.
The following stated communication will be a Master Mason
Degree. Support your Lodge it is only Twice a month, looking
forward to seeing you all!
Fred Wright - Secretary