Fort Myers Beach Lodge #362 Free & Ac cepted Masons 17671 Pine Ridge Road Phone: (239) 466-6363 The Trestle Board June 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 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 June 20...
Saint John (the Baptist) Day , June 24th 2015Officers Worshipful Master: Senior Warden: Junior Warden: Treasurer: Secretary: Chaplain: R.W:. Senior Deacon: Junior Deacon: Senior Steward: Junior Steward: Tyler: 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 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 W:. Isidro Lopez …………………..2014 Two celebrations common in American Freemasonry are the Feast of St. John the Baptist and the Festival of St. John the Evangelist. The Feast of St. John the Baptist is celebrated on June 24th – Midsummer’s Day – which happens just after the Summer Solstice, while the Festival of St. John the Evangelist occurs on December 27th – a few days after the Winter Solstice. The Patron Saints of Freemasonry Every Freemason is knows that immortal phrase: “Erected to God, and dedicated to the Holy Saints John.” Every American Blue Lodge is thus dedicated. From before the creation and dedication of the Grand Lodge of England in 1717 – makes frequent reference to the “Lodge of the Saints John at Jerusalem.” Operative Masons are referred to both in Masonic documents and elsewhere as “St. John’s Masons” or “St. John’s men,” and Lodges of St. Johns Masonry existed in Italy, France, and Spain during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Stonemason Lodges in England and Scotland from the time of the Crusades had one or both Saints John as their Patron Saints. In Duncan’s Masonic Ritual and Monitor of Freemasonry (by Malcolm C. Duncan, 1886) the two Saints John are referenced as being “two perpendicular parallel lines” and elsewhere in Masonic texts as “perfect parallels in Masonry as well as in Christianity.” While it would seem to make more sense that St. Thomas, the patron saint of architects and builders, would be a ‘better fit’ and a simpler choice to be the sole Patron Saint of Freemasonry, although the fraternity, lodges and guilds chose both Saints John instead. And for and extraordinary reasons, rather than a simple, pedestrian and uninspiring one; Christianity has long held that John the Baptist was a zealous man, while John the Evangelist was an intellectual. By linking these two men symbolically as parallels, Freemasonry positions each Mason as being balanced between the fervency of passion & the tranquility of intellect. It being necessary to have both passion & logic to accomplish great and inspired works. The celebrations of the Saints John are held near the two solstices; the Feast of St. John the Baptist occurs during the Summer Solstice in the northern hemisphere, the Festival of St. John the Evangelist occurs during the Winter Solstice. In the operative days of Masonry, the Feast of St. John the Baptist was always celebrated in Europe by the Masonic Lodges. John the Baptist, being the patron saint of these Lodges, was a figure to be revered. As Freemasonry spread across the oceans, and the fraternity became more speculative than operative, the feasts continued to be celebrated around the globe. In America, for instance George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and other founding fathers took time every year to attend the festivals put on by their respective Lodges. And in England, the Grand Lodge of England – the Mother Lodge – was created on June 24th, 1717 – St. John the Baptist’s Day. In many Lodges in virtually every jurisdiction, there continue to be feasts held on this day.
Saint John  the Baptist  Day , June 24th  2015Officers Worshipful Master  Senior Warden  Junior Warden  Treasurer  Secreta...
From the Secretary's Desk Greetings: Saturday May 23, we were privileged to raise to the sublime degree of Master Mason five new members Mark Stewart, Shane Rea, Nathan Halligan, Garrett Melton and Kit Weber. Congratulations on this accomplishment note the average of the Brothers is 22 years of age. Past Master John Mac Donald will be conducting a Master Mason Class on August 1st, start time to be announced, there are 13 signed up so far. We have a new petition received from Yusel Cardentey from Naples. There are several that have not paid the 2015 dues-Please help us with the dues. Remember if you need relief call the Secretary. 239-466-6363 Fred Wright Five newly raised Master Masons from the May 23rd Master Mason Degree From left to right: Garrett Melton, Kit Weber, Nathan Halligan, Shane Rae, and Mark Stewart. From the East Greetings My Brothers as we head into June. The year is moving right along. May saw us raise 5 brothers from our lodge and 1 brother from Veritas Lodge to Master Mason. We performed the degree on May 23rd and I would like to thank all who participated and attended for a job well done. To our newly raised brothers, Nathan Halligan, Garrett Melton, Shane Rae, Mark Stewart and Kit Weber, your journey just begins now. There are many things to get involved in and lots of things to learn along the way. It is hoped that you will continue to improve yourselves in Masonry and keep our lodge growing and flourishing. Also In May was our annual Grand Lodge communication. We welcome our new Grand Master Steven Boring and look forward to his year as Most Worshipful. While at Grand Lodge the craft voted on many pieces of legislation and saw many different presentations and we will be seeing a new Grand Lodge website and a new system to keep our membership records up, which will include a more permanent dues card and today’s technology to be able to update and keep current. I will go over more of the happenings during our lodge meetings. Something I thought was really impressive was a brother presented his Gold card and he was also presented with his Brown card. This brother has only been a Mater Mason since August of 2014 and he has pretty much mastered everything in our red and blue books. This is something for our newly raised brothers to try and strive to achieve. My brothers June should be another good month as we have some brothers who are close to giving back the EA proficiency and have some new candidates that we will be getting initiated, we will get the dates out as soon as we can. As I close I will leave you with this from Stanley F. Maxwell found in the Masonic Service Associations booklet Trestle Board Tidbits. “As we continue to improve ourselves in Masonry, we are indeed Improving life. We know from history that without ideals to guide us, the garden of a man’s life will not grow into a place of beauty. “ Let’s have a great June brothers. Fraternally, Ken Compton Worshipful Master
From the Secretary s Desk Greetings  Saturday May 23, we were privileged to raise to the sublime degree of Master Mason fi...
From the West From the West Continued Greetings From the West, Here is very brief outline of an important Brother we should all be acquainted with as educated Masons: Born in Bombay, India in 1865, Bro. Rudyard Kipling was made a Mason in the Lodge of Hope and Perseverance in Lahore, Pakistan during British occupation. He would later become affiliated with quite a few other Lodges throughout the region, and also in England. Known for writing stories such as The Man Who Would Be King, Kim, and The Jungle Books, Kipling was also a talented poet and promoter of spreading Freemasonry. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Literature in 1907 for his literary achievements. Here is one of his most well-known and proudly Masonic poems, called Banquet Night. "ONCE in so often," King Solomon said, Watching his quarrymen drill the stone, "We will club our garlic and wine and bread And banquet together beneath my Throne, And all the Brethren shall come to that mess As Fellow-Craftsmen-no more and no less." "Send a swift shallop to Hiram of Tyre, Felling and floating our beautiful trees, Say that the Brethren and I desire Talk with our Brethren who use the seas. And we shall be happy to meet them at mess As Fellow-Craftsmen-no more and no less." "Carry this message to Hiram AbifExcellent master of forge and mine :I and the Brethren would like it if He and the Brethren will come to dine (Garments from Bozrah or morning-dress) As Fellow-Craftsmen-no more and no less." Continued "God gave the Hyssop and Cedar their placeAlso the Bramble, the Fig and the ThornBut that is no reason to black a man's face Because he is not what he hasn't been born. And, as touching the Temple, I hold and profess We are Fellow-Craftsmen-no more and no less." So it was ordered and so it was done, And the hewers of wood and the Masons of Mark, With foc'sle hands of Sidon run And Navy Lords from the Royal Ark, Came and sat down and were merry at mess As Fellow-Craftsmen-no more and no less. The Quarries are hotter than Hiram's forge, No one is safe from the dog-whip's reach. It's mostly snowing up Lebanon gorge, And it's always blowing off Joppa beach; But once in so often, the messenger brings Solomon's mandate : "Forget these things! Brother to Beggars and Fellow to Kings, Companion of Princes-forget these things! Fellow-Craftsmen, forget these things!"
From the West  From the West Continued  Greetings From the West, Here is very brief outline of an important Brother we sho...
From the West From the West Continued Greetings From the West, Here is very brief outline of an important Brother we should all be acquainted with as educated Masons: Born in Bombay, India in 1865, Bro. Rudyard Kipling was made a Mason in the Lodge of Hope and Perseverance in Lahore, Pakistan during British occupation. He would later become affiliated with quite a few other Lodges throughout the region, and also in England. Known for writing stories such as The Man Who Would Be King, Kim, and The Jungle Books, Kipling was also a talented poet and promoter of spreading Freemasonry. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Literature in 1907 for his literary achievements. Here is one of his most well-known and proudly Masonic poems, called Banquet Night. "ONCE in so often," King Solomon said, Watching his quarrymen drill the stone, "We will club our garlic and wine and bread And banquet together beneath my Throne, And all the Brethren shall come to that mess As Fellow-Craftsmen-no more and no less." "Send a swift shallop to Hiram of Tyre, Felling and floating our beautiful trees, Say that the Brethren and I desire Talk with our Brethren who use the seas. And we shall be happy to meet them at mess As Fellow-Craftsmen-no more and no less." "Carry this message to Hiram AbifExcellent master of forge and mine :I and the Brethren would like it if He and the Brethren will come to dine (Garments from Bozrah or morning-dress) As Fellow-Craftsmen-no more and no less." Continued "God gave the Hyssop and Cedar their placeAlso the Bramble, the Fig and the ThornBut that is no reason to black a man's face Because he is not what he hasn't been born. And, as touching the Temple, I hold and profess We are Fellow-Craftsmen-no more and no less." So it was ordered and so it was done, And the hewers of wood and the Masons of Mark, With foc'sle hands of Sidon run And Navy Lords from the Royal Ark, Came and sat down and were merry at mess As Fellow-Craftsmen-no more and no less. The Quarries are hotter than Hiram's forge, No one is safe from the dog-whip's reach. It's mostly snowing up Lebanon gorge, And it's always blowing off Joppa beach; But once in so often, the messenger brings Solomon's mandate : "Forget these things! Brother to Beggars and Fellow to Kings, Companion of Princes-forget these things! Fellow-Craftsmen, forget these things!"
From the West  From the West Continued  Greetings From the West, Here is very brief outline of an important Brother we sho...
From the Secretary's Desk Greetings: Saturday May 23, we were privileged to raise to the sublime degree of Master Mason five new members Mark Stewart, Shane Rea, Nathan Halligan, Garrett Melton and Kit Weber. Congratulations on this accomplishment note the average of the Brothers is 22 years of age. Past Master John Mac Donald will be conducting a Master Mason Class on August 1st, start time to be announced, there are 13 signed up so far. We have a new petition received from Yusel Cardentey from Naples. There are several that have not paid the 2015 dues-Please help us with the dues. Remember if you need relief call the Secretary. 239-466-6363 Fred Wright Five newly raised Master Masons from the May 23rd Master Mason Degree From left to right: Garrett Melton, Kit Weber, Nathan Halligan, Shane Rae, and Mark Stewart. From the East Greetings My Brothers as we head into June. The year is moving right along. May saw us raise 5 brothers from our lodge and 1 brother from Veritas Lodge to Master Mason. We performed the degree on May 23rd and I would like to thank all who participated and attended for a job well done. To our newly raised brothers, Nathan Halligan, Garrett Melton, Shane Rae, Mark Stewart and Kit Weber, your journey just begins now. There are many things to get involved in and lots of things to learn along the way. It is hoped that you will continue to improve yourselves in Masonry and keep our lodge growing and flourishing. Also In May was our annual Grand Lodge communication. We welcome our new Grand Master Steven Boring and look forward to his year as Most Worshipful. While at Grand Lodge the craft voted on many pieces of legislation and saw many different presentations and we will be seeing a new Grand Lodge website and a new system to keep our membership records up, which will include a more permanent dues card and today’s technology to be able to update and keep current. I will go over more of the happenings during our lodge meetings. Something I thought was really impressive was a brother presented his Gold card and he was also presented with his Brown card. This brother has only been a Mater Mason since August of 2014 and he has pretty much mastered everything in our red and blue books. This is something for our newly raised brothers to try and strive to achieve. My brothers June should be another good month as we have some brothers who are close to giving back the EA proficiency and have some new candidates that we will be getting initiated, we will get the dates out as soon as we can. As I close I will leave you with this from Stanley F. Maxwell found in the Masonic Service Associations booklet Trestle Board Tidbits. “As we continue to improve ourselves in Masonry, we are indeed Improving life. We know from history that without ideals to guide us, the garden of a man’s life will not grow into a place of beauty. “ Let’s have a great June brothers. Fraternally, Ken Compton Worshipful Master
From the Secretary s Desk Greetings  Saturday May 23, we were privileged to raise to the sublime degree of Master Mason fi...
Saint John (the Baptist) Day , June 24th 2015Officers Worshipful Master: Senior Warden: Junior Warden: Treasurer: Secretary: Chaplain: R.W:. Senior Deacon: Junior Deacon: Senior Steward: Junior Steward: Tyler: 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 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 W:. Isidro Lopez …………………..2014 Two celebrations common in American Freemasonry are the Feast of St. John the Baptist and the Festival of St. John the Evangelist. The Feast of St. John the Baptist is celebrated on June 24th – Midsummer’s Day – which happens just after the Summer Solstice, while the Festival of St. John the Evangelist occurs on December 27th – a few days after the Winter Solstice. The Patron Saints of Freemasonry Every Freemason is knows that immortal phrase: “Erected to God, and dedicated to the Holy Saints John.” Every American Blue Lodge is thus dedicated. From before the creation and dedication of the Grand Lodge of England in 1717 – makes frequent reference to the “Lodge of the Saints John at Jerusalem.” Operative Masons are referred to both in Masonic documents and elsewhere as “St. John’s Masons” or “St. John’s men,” and Lodges of St. Johns Masonry existed in Italy, France, and Spain during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Stonemason Lodges in England and Scotland from the time of the Crusades had one or both Saints John as their Patron Saints. In Duncan’s Masonic Ritual and Monitor of Freemasonry (by Malcolm C. Duncan, 1886) the two Saints John are referenced as being “two perpendicular parallel lines” and elsewhere in Masonic texts as “perfect parallels in Masonry as well as in Christianity.” While it would seem to make more sense that St. Thomas, the patron saint of architects and builders, would be a ‘better fit’ and a simpler choice to be the sole Patron Saint of Freemasonry, although the fraternity, lodges and guilds chose both Saints John instead. And for and extraordinary reasons, rather than a simple, pedestrian and uninspiring one; Christianity has long held that John the Baptist was a zealous man, while John the Evangelist was an intellectual. By linking these two men symbolically as parallels, Freemasonry positions each Mason as being balanced between the fervency of passion & the tranquility of intellect. It being necessary to have both passion & logic to accomplish great and inspired works. The celebrations of the Saints John are held near the two solstices; the Feast of St. John the Baptist occurs during the Summer Solstice in the northern hemisphere, the Festival of St. John the Evangelist occurs during the Winter Solstice. In the operative days of Masonry, the Feast of St. John the Baptist was always celebrated in Europe by the Masonic Lodges. John the Baptist, being the patron saint of these Lodges, was a figure to be revered. As Freemasonry spread across the oceans, and the fraternity became more speculative than operative, the feasts continued to be celebrated around the globe. In America, for instance George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and other founding fathers took time every year to attend the festivals put on by their respective Lodges. And in England, the Grand Lodge of England – the Mother Lodge – was created on June 24th, 1717 – St. John the Baptist’s Day. In many Lodges in virtually every jurisdiction, there continue to be feasts held on this day.
Saint John  the Baptist  Day , June 24th  2015Officers Worshipful Master  Senior Warden  Junior Warden  Treasurer  Secreta...
Fort Myers Beach Lodge #362 Free & Ac cepted Masons 17671 Pine Ridge Road Phone: (239) 466-6363 The Trestle Board June 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 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 June 20...