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From the West

‘Tis the Season, when hype fills the air, to part with money for the spirit of gift giving, ‘tis interesting that one holiday that seems to consistently fend of commercialization and yet seems to be truly observed by all, Thanksgiving. When looking at our national holidays, New Years Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, (really? Who were the presidents? Weren’t George and Abraham in there somewhere?),Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Many of these holidays are constructed long weekends. I have to give Independence day high marks because we don’t swap days to make
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From the West

This is the time of the year to reflect and assess the past year’s accomplishments to see what can be done for the future of our lodge. What will attract our members participation and involvement? As our members become involved so will the lodge grow and its functions. Talking with our brothers, I see them go through stages of life where they are overwhelmed with family, work, and daily grind. Sometimes its health issues of a loved one or themselves. The prolonged absence from lodge activity becomes the norm and the non-participating rut becomes firmly established. As we devide our
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From the West

As I bicycled my way from East to West across this con tinent, one word constantly surfaces: relief. There is no wonder why it is one of the key tenants of our institution. On many rural roads I saw abject poverty along the way. At home we are continuously exposed to solicitations by phone, profuse mailings, TV advertisements, requests by youth organizations and fundraisers. So much so that we are numb to the requests. So, who do you decide to give to? And How much? The bicycle trek was dedicated to raising funds for Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis ALS Research (Lou
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From the West

Give of Yourself a Hand             Many of us have experienced that lonely detached feeling, when you go to a strange place as the “outsider” and no one interacts or says anything to you.  Not even an outstreched hand shake to say hello.  How often do you find yourself in the same small group seldom venturing to engage the new “strange” person, visiting for the first or second time?  I recently traveled to Alaska Grand Lodge’s Annual Communication and noticed few of the brothers would strike up a conversation.  It was up to me to introduce myself and take the
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From the West

Brethren, We are making a concerted effort to create a calendar of events to engage a larger segment of interests. Many have expressed our lack of a social calendar so, to that end, we are creating one. It is, however, up to you to search your interests and not only speak up, but get involved and take some action. Action comes in several forms: finding the time to attend; and also for you newer brothers take the lead in promoting and creating events! This coming month and ensuing months we are going ot have a monthly “Men’s Night Out”. This
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From The West

Another summer has come and gone, kids are back in school, next year’s officers are in the midst of qualifying, Annual Communication in just a few weeks away and I’m wondering where the time went. As Masons we are taught to divide our time into three parts; one for the service of God and a distressed Mason, one for our usual vocations, and one for refreshment and repose. However, we are also taught that Masonry should be, at best, the fourth priority in our busy lives, behind: family, religion and work. How does this work? I know I haven’t quite
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