Fort Myers Beach Lodge #362 Free & Ac cepted Masons 17671 Pine Ridge Road Phone: (239) 466-6363 The Trestle Board November 2015 Email: info@fmb362.com 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 There are no strangers in Freemasonry, Only brothers you've yet to meet. Find us online! Website: www.fmb362.com Find us on social networks: networks: Facebook - Instagram - Google+ Be sure to sign up for email updates at our website Left to right: Steven Andersen Junior Steward, Greg Anderson Treasurer, Scott Wilder Sr. Deacon, Josh Calero Sr. Warden, Ken Compton Worshipful Master, Mark Kenny Junior Warden, Phil Leever Jr. Deacon, Ed Lanham Chaplain, Derek Vaneske Sr. Steward, Fred Wright Secretary, Josiah Mendez Tyler
Fort Myers Beach Lodge  362 Free   Ac cepted Masons 17671 Pine Ridge Road Phone   239  466-6363  The Trestle Board Novembe...
2015Officers Worshipful Master: Senior Warden: Junior Warden: Treasurer: Secretary: Chaplain: R.W:. Senior Deacon: Junior Deacon: Senior Steward: Junior Steward: Tyler: MASTER MASON DEGREE Ken Compton Joshua Calero Mark Kenny Greg Anderson Fred Wright Ed Lanham Scott Wilder Phil Leever Derek Vaneske Steve Anderson Josiah Mendez 239-564-5539 239-770-4233 239-246-1216 863-797-4264 239-675-6503 239-872-9211 239-898-7816 239-633-0839 913-731-2597 239-322-9082 239-692-1518 NOVEMBER 19th, 2015 Frank Sherkus & Tony O’liveria 6:30PM Meal 7:30PM Meeting It is now timely to consider your future course of action in Masonic affairs. As you have learned, Masonry is a progressive science, and you will find more and more 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 of its inspirational teachings unfolding through the years *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 W:. Isidro Lopez …………………..2014 as you participate in Lodge activities. Each new Masonic experience brings a deeper awareness of Freemasonry. It is a continuing, enriching and enlarging philosophy. Brother Dennis Turfree receiving a 50 year service award. With W.M:. Ken Compton and R.W:. Ed Lanham
2015Officers Worshipful Master  Senior Warden  Junior Warden  Treasurer  Secretary  Chaplain  R.W . Senior Deacon  Junior ...
From the Secretary's Desk From the East Greetings from your Lodge Secretary November birthdays are: John Lana 11/2, Bill Lucas and David L. Wunderlich 11/9, Joseph Falzone 11/11, P.M. R.W;. Richard Tafel 11/13, Karl Lippek 11/19, Dr. John Sloss 11/26, Richard Ballantine and Robert Donovan 11/27 and Archibald Scofield 11/28. Call these brothers! Wish them a Happy Birthday! It will save the secretary from singing in open lodge which seems to make everyone happy.. Our Lodge is fortunate to have excellent instructors as at the November 5th meeting 4 brothers will be returning their catechism; two Brothers Frank Sherkus and Tony O’liveria will give the Fellowcraft Degree work and two brothers Brent Stivers an Darin Alan Brown will return the Master Mason questions. Please remember the Grand Master’s visit to Cape Coral Lodge on Nov 20th with registration at 5pm there will be a tiled meeting after the meal. The 2016 Dues statement will be going out to the members very shortly, please help your old secretary out by returning it with payment instead of attaching it via magnet to the icebox. He would greatly appreciate it as would your Lodge. At our last meeting a 50 year award was presented to Dennis Turfree (he said he joined when he was 12) congratulations Dennis! Greetings Brothers, I hope your October was good and that November finds you well and ready to enjoy Thanksgiving. First I would like to thank all of our Veterans for their service as we celebrate Veteran’s day this month. Next a Happy Thanksgiving to all and I hope you enjoy your families and friends for this joyful holiday. Our meeting on November 5th will be our business meeting and we will have brothers giving back their proficiencies. Our meeting on November 19th will be a called communication to raise our newest Fellow crafts Frank and Tony to the sublime degree of Master Mason. Please come and support our new Master Mason’s in their continued journey. The Grand Master’s official visit to our district will be November 20th. It will be held at the Cape Coral Masonic lodge. Registration begins at 5:30pm with dinner to follow at 6:30 and tiled meeting and ladies program at 7:30pm. I hope to see as many of you as possible that can attend. The election of lodge officers will take place on our meeting December 3rd. We have a new nomination process and our secretary will read the nominations before each meeting. All nominations must be submitted before our meeting on December 3rd. I will go over more information in our lodge meetings leading up to the elections. A fifty year service award will be presented at the November 5th meeting to Bro. Robert Work and a forty yea award to Jon McVety thank you, our brothers, for your continued support. Larry Smith will also that night be receiving a award for 40 years of service to his Lodge in Michigan as a courtesy we have been asked to present this as his son is a member of our Lodge. We can always use more catechism instructors and any brother that is interested in learning the lodge officers positions please come to lodge on the off Thursday’s as we have practices, catechism, and officers meetings on those nights. Fred Wright - Secretary Ken Compton - Worshipful Master Fraternally,
From the Secretary s Desk  From the East  Greetings from your Lodge Secretary November birthdays are  John Lana 11 2, Bill...
From the West - Continued From the West I would like to take this opportunity to discuss the importance of catechism proficiency. The catechism of each degree is designed to instruct, inform, and enlighten the candidate on the three symbolic degrees that the Master Mason has gone through on his journey towards light. It is meant to make him a more knowledgeable Brother, more capable of passing down the wisdom of our time-honored Brotherhood, together with its complex symbolism and curious rituals. The catechism is certainly not merely an oppressive test devised to challenge mental ability or memorization and regurgitation skills. That would be pointless to any society. The catechism is also an emblem of the new initiate’s dedication to the Craft. To simply go through a ritual or two, where he is at the mercy of the Lodge members around him, in a seemingly incomprehensible ceremony, and then to never attempt to learn what it was all about would be quite trivial and worthless to his development as a Mason. How better to go back to that mysterious night of initiation, in order to more fully comprehend it, than with the catechisms? These imposing booklets are paths to the light that even the merely curious initiate is thirsty for. They are where many of the secrets of Masonry are to be found. It is not the ritual that will reveal to the candidate what the Craft is about, especially since it is a ritual where not much can be comprehended due to obvious reasons; it is the catechism that fills in that all important blank for him. Another important point is that though an Entered Apprentice or even a Fellowcraft Mason are entitled to now be called “Brothers,” they have nearly none of the benefits of a disciplined Master Mason who has assiduously studied and digested the required work to deserve such a title. He cannot enter Lodge meetings, will receive no Masonic burial, must wear his apron as a neophyte, should probably not wear any of our glorious symbols on his person (including rings, car decals, or even Tshirts,) and above all, risks not ever really becoming adopted or accepted amongst the number of Master Masons around him. He is a “Mason” technically, but not legitimately, because he has not yet proved himself to them. He has not yet put the work and dedication into the catechisms as they have done. Indeed, this is true for any society, and is not said in distaste; it is human nature. An inspired, zealous, studious apprentice is smiled upon from his more experienced Brothers, but a stagnant one is still a mere question mark. After all, any man can go through any initiatory ceremony; it merely requires some paperwork and a night off work. But to truly grasp the ceremony and begin to understand it, he must master the several catechisms. Continued Although these catechisms may appear daunting, absurd, or without much purpose to some initiates, it is the only way to become a Master Mason, which is the culminating degree of Blue Lodge Masonry. Every entitled man who enters the lodge-room on Lodge night has done it. Some learn faster than others, some tackle it with more gusto than others, but Freemasonry is patiently welcoming and accommodating to this. All Master Masons should gladly and capably help at least one new Brother every now and again with their proficiencies. FMB Lodge is never at a deficit for new members, and we must make sure we have provided ample coaches for the inheritors of the mysteries of Masonry. Remember, when refreshment shifts into labor, we are here to work. Masons are workers and craftsmen, the outstanding members of society who toil and build their knowledge of the Craft, their Lodge, their community, and their new Brethren. Joshua Calero - Senior Warden District 29 Lodges & Meeting Days 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 Are You Proficient? Help maintain the infrastructure of your lodge by coming to instruction on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays. Your Brothers will be at the lodge to help you achieve your goal of becoming proficient. Whether you are a newly Initiated Brother or need a refresher course, your Brothers are there to help! if you are proficient consider coming to help others.
From the West - Continued  From the West I would like to take this opportunity to discuss the importance of catechism prof...
From the West - Continued From the West I would like to take this opportunity to discuss the importance of catechism proficiency. The catechism of each degree is designed to instruct, inform, and enlighten the candidate on the three symbolic degrees that the Master Mason has gone through on his journey towards light. It is meant to make him a more knowledgeable Brother, more capable of passing down the wisdom of our time-honored Brotherhood, together with its complex symbolism and curious rituals. The catechism is certainly not merely an oppressive test devised to challenge mental ability or memorization and regurgitation skills. That would be pointless to any society. The catechism is also an emblem of the new initiate’s dedication to the Craft. To simply go through a ritual or two, where he is at the mercy of the Lodge members around him, in a seemingly incomprehensible ceremony, and then to never attempt to learn what it was all about would be quite trivial and worthless to his development as a Mason. How better to go back to that mysterious night of initiation, in order to more fully comprehend it, than with the catechisms? These imposing booklets are paths to the light that even the merely curious initiate is thirsty for. They are where many of the secrets of Masonry are to be found. It is not the ritual that will reveal to the candidate what the Craft is about, especially since it is a ritual where not much can be comprehended due to obvious reasons; it is the catechism that fills in that all important blank for him. Another important point is that though an Entered Apprentice or even a Fellowcraft Mason are entitled to now be called “Brothers,” they have nearly none of the benefits of a disciplined Master Mason who has assiduously studied and digested the required work to deserve such a title. He cannot enter Lodge meetings, will receive no Masonic burial, must wear his apron as a neophyte, should probably not wear any of our glorious symbols on his person (including rings, car decals, or even Tshirts,) and above all, risks not ever really becoming adopted or accepted amongst the number of Master Masons around him. He is a “Mason” technically, but not legitimately, because he has not yet proved himself to them. He has not yet put the work and dedication into the catechisms as they have done. Indeed, this is true for any society, and is not said in distaste; it is human nature. An inspired, zealous, studious apprentice is smiled upon from his more experienced Brothers, but a stagnant one is still a mere question mark. After all, any man can go through any initiatory ceremony; it merely requires some paperwork and a night off work. But to truly grasp the ceremony and begin to understand it, he must master the several catechisms. Continued Although these catechisms may appear daunting, absurd, or without much purpose to some initiates, it is the only way to become a Master Mason, which is the culminating degree of Blue Lodge Masonry. Every entitled man who enters the lodge-room on Lodge night has done it. Some learn faster than others, some tackle it with more gusto than others, but Freemasonry is patiently welcoming and accommodating to this. All Master Masons should gladly and capably help at least one new Brother every now and again with their proficiencies. FMB Lodge is never at a deficit for new members, and we must make sure we have provided ample coaches for the inheritors of the mysteries of Masonry. Remember, when refreshment shifts into labor, we are here to work. Masons are workers and craftsmen, the outstanding members of society who toil and build their knowledge of the Craft, their Lodge, their community, and their new Brethren. Joshua Calero - Senior Warden District 29 Lodges & Meeting Days 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 Are You Proficient? Help maintain the infrastructure of your lodge by coming to instruction on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays. Your Brothers will be at the lodge to help you achieve your goal of becoming proficient. Whether you are a newly Initiated Brother or need a refresher course, your Brothers are there to help! if you are proficient consider coming to help others.
From the West - Continued  From the West I would like to take this opportunity to discuss the importance of catechism prof...
From the Secretary's Desk From the East Greetings from your Lodge Secretary November birthdays are: John Lana 11/2, Bill Lucas and David L. Wunderlich 11/9, Joseph Falzone 11/11, P.M. R.W;. Richard Tafel 11/13, Karl Lippek 11/19, Dr. John Sloss 11/26, Richard Ballantine and Robert Donovan 11/27 and Archibald Scofield 11/28. Call these brothers! Wish them a Happy Birthday! It will save the secretary from singing in open lodge which seems to make everyone happy.. Our Lodge is fortunate to have excellent instructors as at the November 5th meeting 4 brothers will be returning their catechism; two Brothers Frank Sherkus and Tony O’liveria will give the Fellowcraft Degree work and two brothers Brent Stivers an Darin Alan Brown will return the Master Mason questions. Please remember the Grand Master’s visit to Cape Coral Lodge on Nov 20th with registration at 5pm there will be a tiled meeting after the meal. The 2016 Dues statement will be going out to the members very shortly, please help your old secretary out by returning it with payment instead of attaching it via magnet to the icebox. He would greatly appreciate it as would your Lodge. At our last meeting a 50 year award was presented to Dennis Turfree (he said he joined when he was 12) congratulations Dennis! Greetings Brothers, I hope your October was good and that November finds you well and ready to enjoy Thanksgiving. First I would like to thank all of our Veterans for their service as we celebrate Veteran’s day this month. Next a Happy Thanksgiving to all and I hope you enjoy your families and friends for this joyful holiday. Our meeting on November 5th will be our business meeting and we will have brothers giving back their proficiencies. Our meeting on November 19th will be a called communication to raise our newest Fellow crafts Frank and Tony to the sublime degree of Master Mason. Please come and support our new Master Mason’s in their continued journey. The Grand Master’s official visit to our district will be November 20th. It will be held at the Cape Coral Masonic lodge. Registration begins at 5:30pm with dinner to follow at 6:30 and tiled meeting and ladies program at 7:30pm. I hope to see as many of you as possible that can attend. The election of lodge officers will take place on our meeting December 3rd. We have a new nomination process and our secretary will read the nominations before each meeting. All nominations must be submitted before our meeting on December 3rd. I will go over more information in our lodge meetings leading up to the elections. A fifty year service award will be presented at the November 5th meeting to Bro. Robert Work and a forty yea award to Jon McVety thank you, our brothers, for your continued support. Larry Smith will also that night be receiving a award for 40 years of service to his Lodge in Michigan as a courtesy we have been asked to present this as his son is a member of our Lodge. We can always use more catechism instructors and any brother that is interested in learning the lodge officers positions please come to lodge on the off Thursday’s as we have practices, catechism, and officers meetings on those nights. Fred Wright - Secretary Ken Compton - Worshipful Master Fraternally,
From the Secretary s Desk  From the East  Greetings from your Lodge Secretary November birthdays are  John Lana 11 2, Bill...
2015Officers Worshipful Master: Senior Warden: Junior Warden: Treasurer: Secretary: Chaplain: R.W:. Senior Deacon: Junior Deacon: Senior Steward: Junior Steward: Tyler: MASTER MASON DEGREE Ken Compton Joshua Calero Mark Kenny Greg Anderson Fred Wright Ed Lanham Scott Wilder Phil Leever Derek Vaneske Steve Anderson Josiah Mendez 239-564-5539 239-770-4233 239-246-1216 863-797-4264 239-675-6503 239-872-9211 239-898-7816 239-633-0839 913-731-2597 239-322-9082 239-692-1518 NOVEMBER 19th, 2015 Frank Sherkus & Tony O’liveria 6:30PM Meal 7:30PM Meeting It is now timely to consider your future course of action in Masonic affairs. As you have learned, Masonry is a progressive science, and you will find more and more 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 of its inspirational teachings unfolding through the years *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 W:. Isidro Lopez …………………..2014 as you participate in Lodge activities. Each new Masonic experience brings a deeper awareness of Freemasonry. It is a continuing, enriching and enlarging philosophy. Brother Dennis Turfree receiving a 50 year service award. With W.M:. Ken Compton and R.W:. Ed Lanham
2015Officers Worshipful Master  Senior Warden  Junior Warden  Treasurer  Secretary  Chaplain  R.W . Senior Deacon  Junior ...
Fort Myers Beach Lodge #362 Free & Ac cepted Masons 17671 Pine Ridge Road Phone: (239) 466-6363 The Trestle Board November 2015 Email: info@fmb362.com 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 There are no strangers in Freemasonry, Only brothers you've yet to meet. Find us online! Website: www.fmb362.com Find us on social networks: networks: Facebook - Instagram - Google+ Be sure to sign up for email updates at our website Left to right: Steven Andersen Junior Steward, Greg Anderson Treasurer, Scott Wilder Sr. Deacon, Josh Calero Sr. Warden, Ken Compton Worshipful Master, Mark Kenny Junior Warden, Phil Leever Jr. Deacon, Ed Lanham Chaplain, Derek Vaneske Sr. Steward, Fred Wright Secretary, Josiah Mendez Tyler
Fort Myers Beach Lodge  362 Free   Ac cepted Masons 17671 Pine Ridge Road Phone   239  466-6363  The Trestle Board Novembe...