The Lodge opened on the
first degree at 5:45pm, twenty-eight members and eight visitors in
attendance. The above officers were in their stations and places, except
that WBro. Jim Lumsden took the place of the Chaplain and MWBro. Al
Jorgensen took that of the Junior Deacon. WBro. Mark Campbell filled the
place of the Marshal as Bro. Ron Woodall (Marshal) assisted with the women’s
The Master immediately
called the Lodge from labor to refreshment that the brethren might enjoy a
meal prepared by our caterer and the program to follow.
During dinner, Bro. Paul
Bernal introduced two teachers,
Waller and Jon Jancola,
and a student from
Crestwood Elementary of the Kent School District.
They thanked the Lodge for its financial assistance making it possible for
students to participate in an educational opportunity at Junior
Achievement’s BizTown. Before
visiting BizTown, students complete a pre-visit curriculum program where
they learn basic economic principles such as how to manage their personal
bank account. They also participate in job interviews and learn about their
new workplace and the job they will perform.
Following dinner and prior
to opening of Lodge, WBro. Mark Campbell introduced members of the Kent
Rainbow Assembly, Renton Job’s Daughters, and Bellevue DeMolay. They
entertained the brethren and guests with examples of their ritual work.
Sixty-five adults and 24 youngsters enjoyed the entertainment.
The Master excused the
guests and called the brethren to labor again on the first degree. The
ladies and three brothers worked on a project to construct “weighted
blankets” for handicapped children while the men were tiled.
The Master welcomed all
brothers to this evening’s stated communication and thanked the brothers who
filled stations and places of those who were absent.
the Tyler’s standing invitation to tile the outer door and join his brethren
at the inner door, the Worshipful Master called upon the Senior Deacon to
introduce our visitors with the exception of Masters, Wardens, and Grand
Lodge officers and committeemen. In attendance and receiving a warm St.
John’s welcome were six visiting brothers, Bro. Bob Sluder (Occidental Lodge
No. 72), Bros. Steve Lowe and Scott Barbour (Greenwood Lodge No. 253), Bro.
Paul Doak (Temple Lodge No. 6, Albuquerque, NM), WBro. Jim Taylor (Lakeside
Lodge No. 258) and WBro. Fred Eastman (Eureka Lodge No. 20)
Senior Warden introduced his counterparts WBro. Al Gustafson (Lafayette
Lodge No. 241) and Bro. Tom Bolson (Greenwood Lodge No. 253). Also present
was Musician Bro. Adam Creighton, Junior Warden of Greenwood Lodge No. 253.
All guests were accorded a warm St. John's welcome.
Masters of St. John’s Lodge No. 9 were asked to stand and be recognized and
were graciously thanked for their dedication to the Lodge. Present were
VWBro. Charles Brockway, VWBro. David Campbell, WBro. Mark Campbell, WBro.
Terry Grove, WBro. Rich Hawley, WBro. Ian Hyde, MWBro. Al Jorgensen, VWBro.
Jim Russell, VWBro. Charles Tupper and WBro. Hans Wehl. They were accorded
the public Grand Honors. WBro. Bill Collison was assisting the ladies with
Master then instructed the Senior Deacon to escort the Grand Lodge officers
and committeemen east of the Altar and extended a hand of friendship to each
as he announced their names. In attendance were WBro. Terry Grove (CHIP
chair), VWBro. Michael Davis (CHIP Foundation
president), VWBro Jim Russell (Chmn. Masonic Home Endowment), Bro. Adam
Creighton (Music Research), VWBro. Jim Maher (Finance), VWBro. Darrel Womack
(Photography), VWBro. Charles Tupper (DDGM 5), VWBro. Ashley Brinkley
(Senior Grand Deacon, Code Commission), MWBro. Al Jorgensen (PGM),
and MWBro. Gale Kenney (PGM, Jurisprudence), all of the Most Worshipful
Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Washington. They were accorded
the public Grand Honors. WBro. Vincent DiGiulio
(CHIP), was assisting the ladies.
MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS COMMUNICATION
The minutes of the previous
communication were read in short form and were available in full as posted
at the Tyler’s door.
The Treasurer reported that
considering the present market conditions, the “good news” is that our
portfolio “only” declined 1.3% last month.
FOR THE MONTH OF MAY
- The bills, having been reviewed by three acting members of the
finance committee (VWBro. Charles Brockway, WBro. Hans Wehl, and
VWBro. David Campbell), were submitted to the Lodge for approval.
After the acting chairman, VWBro. Brockway, attested to the accuracy
of each bill or invoice, he stated the expenditures were in order
and moved for the payment of the bills. On vote of the brethren,
the bills in were approved for payment.
Trestleboards and letters of
communication were distributed. Concerning each, the Secretary reported the
Teen Feed is making an
emergency request for assistance. A scheduled meal team canceled for
Sunday, May 27th. They’re looking for a team to fill the spot! Usually
hosted at the UW Hillel, due to a religious holiday this will be at ROOTS
(their usual Saturday night location).
received a thank you letter from RiteCare of Washington for our recent
contribution to the Scottish Rite speech and language center. The Volunteers
of America have sent a letter of thanks for our contribution benefitting the
Greenwood Food Bank. The Principal and Reading Specialist at Sacajawea
Elementary School send their appreciation for our support of their
Accelerated Reader program.
Richmond Highlands, Bothell, and Laurel (Kent) Rainbow Assemblies send
appreciation and greeting cards signed by the girls of those Masonic youth
received a letter of appreciation from the special events coordinator of the
Angelman Syndrome Foundation for our contribution to their Walk event.
Secretary of the District 5 Association has sent the Minutes of the April 25
meeting. The Masonic Service Bureau has sent its financial statement for
Seattle Youth Symphony announces their Verdi’s Requiem program this coming
received newsletters and Trestleboards from the Heirloom Bible Publishers,
Eureka Lodge No. 20, Garfield Lodge No. 41, Doric Lodge No. 92, University
Lodge No. 141, Daylight Lodge No. 232, Lafayette Lodge No. 241, and Walter
F. Meier Lodge of Research No. 281.
VWBro. Ashley Brinkley
volunteered to assemble a team to cover the May 27 opening for Teen Feed.
Bro. Felix Ngoussou volunteered to assist.
Bro. David Flood reported
that a practice will be held Friday for the Master Mason degree. The
degree will be held next Tuesday, May 22, opening at 7pm. WBro. Jim Lumsden
volunteered to serve as 2nd Craftsman.
WBro. Hans Wehl reported
that the Board of Trustees met last Wednesday. Mr. Darrel Lynch
discussed our investment portfolio. David Flood will research our private
fund investments, purchased years ago to see which, if any, retain value.
It was agreed that any member who fails to show for an event in which he
made a reservation should be invoiced at our cost. For delegates to the
annual communication of Grand Lodge, we will re-imburse expenses up to the
amount budgeted. Nineteen members of the Lodge remain delinquent in their
2012 dues. Our Federal 990 tax return has been filed, and a copy sent to
Grand Lodge. Bro. Flood has reserved the 1st Sunday of May in
2013 for our FABulous Family Appreciation Brunch and has locked in this
year’s pricing. We listened to the Grand Lodge Membership Development
Committee chairman’s vision for next year. The next scheduled meeting will
be held Wednesday, August 8, 2012, at 6pm.
In the absence of chairman
Bro. Hector Ramos, who is home nursing a bad back, Bro. Eric Koteles
reported that the scholarship committee recommends ten students[i]
for scholarships. $20,000 will be awarded. It was m/s/p to accept
the scholarship committee recommendations.
VWBro. David Campbell asked
that the social outing chairman Ron Woodall consider both a weekday and a
weekend excursion to the Skagit Tour this summer. He said that Bro.
Woodall, a park ranger, did an outstanding job as our tour guide last
VWBro. Ashley Brinkley has
organized a return visit to Portfolio Restaurant this coming Friday.
Everyone is to be seated by 5:30. He said that the menu seems to be even
more outstanding than our visit previously.
VWBro. Charles Tupper
reported that St. John’s has booked the Chehalis/Centralia Dinner Train
for Saturday, July 14. There is seating for 60 in the dining car and about
190 throughout the rest of the train. We have the entire train and will be
inviting members of Centralia Lodge No. 63 and Chehalis Lodge No. 28 to join
us in the non-dining sections of the train. A charter bus (capacity 59)
will be leaving the Northgate Park & Ride at 4:30 with a stop at Federal Way
at 5:15. The dinner train pulls out of the station at 7pm. We should be
back at Northgate around 11pm. Dining car reservations will be limited to a
St. John’s member or widow and one guest. Others will need to make their
own transportation arrangements.
VWBro. Chuck Brockway
reported that the Angelman’s walk for the Angelman Syndrome Foundation
will be Saturday in Puyallup. The goal is to raise money for the foundation
and awareness of the neurogenic disorder. His grandson, Luke, 14, has
Angelman syndrome. It’s characterized by developmental delays, lack of
speech, seizures and walking and balance disorders. People who have it need
lifelong care, according to the foundation’s website, www.angelman.org.
“They’re also very, very happy individuals,” More than 200 people already
have signed up for the Puyallup walk in the park. St. John’s has
contributed. So far, $9,400 has been raised for the foundation.
The Master thanked the Lodge
for its support of children needing care and reminded the brethren that the
ladies and a few of our members were at this moment working downstairs on
another project to aid and assist handicapped children.
A memorial scroll was read
for Bro. Jack Bennie Sorge followed by a
memorial service by the Chaplain. Bro. Adam Creighton offered an
appropriate dirge on the piano.
The Master invited Bro.
Seann Maria, one of our newer Entered Apprentices, to tell the brethren
about himself, where he grew up and what brought him to seek out
Freemasonry. Bro. Maria was well-spoken and the brothers were pleased with
The Master invited MWBro.
Gale Kenney to present the resolutions that will be acted upon at the annual
communication of Grand Lodge. MWBro. Kenney, a member of the Grand Lodge
Jurisprudence committee, presented the following:
C/O 2011-7: allows only Lodges current in
their per capita contribution to vote at annual communication.
C/O 2011-9: requires first-time Masters
to pass Proficiency in Lodge Management course.
C/O 2011-12: increases management fee on
various funds to support Grand Lodge budget.
C/O 2011-18: increases per capita
assessment by $1 to support GL officer travel costs.
2012-1: (housekeeping) change to
description of officer jewels.
2012-2: provides that “Special Deputies”
not appointed as District Deputies shall retain title “VWBro.” only
during their term.
2012-3: establishes the minimum
number of Grand Lodge committee members at three per committee, except
committees of Correspondence and Tribune shall be minimum of one member.
2012-4: would require 2/3rds approval to
change any portion of a Lodge’s bylaws following a one-month layover
after initial introduction.
2012-5: would merge the GL Library &
Museum Committee with the Masonic Research & Education Committee.
2012-6: increases the minimum price for
Endowed Life Memberships.
2012-7: deletes $1 for Masonic Public
Relations from the WMC and includes these expenses as a budget item to
be approved at each annual communication.
2012-8: deletes $1 for Masonic Tribune
from WMC and includes these expenses as a budget item to be approved at
each annual communication.
2012-9: consolidates all 501(c)(3) Grand
Lodge charities into one single Charity called “Washington Masonic
The carryover resolutions
will require a simple majority to pass. Resolution 2012-4 is a
constitutional amendment and will require a 90% approval to pass; all others
are bylaw changes and will require 75% approval for passage.
VWBro. Charles Tupper encouraged the
brethren to take advantage of the July 14 dinner train. We will charter a
bus leaving the Northgate P&R at 4:30pm, with a stop on the way to Chehalis
at the Federal Way P&R to pick up our south end riders. We have made an
initial deposit to reserve the bus. It was m/s/p to issue a check for
the balance of the fare.
Greenwood Temple Association
The Master requested the
Senior Deacon to escort members of Greenwood Lodge No. 253 to the East,
representing the Greenwood Temple Association, where he presented them a
check as our contribution to assist with any improvements to the building.
Accepting the check with appreciation were Bro. Tom Bolson (Senior Warden
and Temple Secretary), Bro. Adam Creighton (Junior Warden), and WBro. Jim
Lumsden, Treasurer of the Temple Association.
Company Store Jackets
WBro. Hans Wehl showed the
brethren a sample of the lightweight jackets with the Lodge logo on the left
breast. They are the latest addition to the company store inventory,
available at $35 each. It was m/s/p to issue a check to Larry’s
Screen Printing for 26 jackets.
m/s/p that WBro. Mark Campbell be reimbursed for pizza and beverages
served to the Masonic Youth at the evening’s dinner. It was
m/s/p that Bro. Simon Letarte be reimbursed for refreshments following
the meeting. It was also m/s/p that Bro. Ron
Woodall be reimbursed for refreshments following Tuesday evening’s Master
The brethren were reminded
of the following dates of interest:
May 18 (7pm): Master Mason degree
May 18 (5:30pm): Portfolio Restaurant
May 22 (7pm): Master Mason degree
May 24 (6pm) Movie Night
May 28: Memorial Day (Ritual instruction
June 8-9: Grand Lodge annual
June 11 (6:30pm): King Solomon Lodge No.
60 annual Strawberry Feed
June 14 (7pm): Officers meeting
June 20 (6:15pm) 7:30pm: St. John’s 9
(dinner) Stated; Scholarship Night (DiGiulio: Mormon
June 24 (10am): photo shoot outing
July 13 (6pm): Everett AquaSox v.
Tri-City Dust Devils
July 14 (4:30): Steam Train & dinner
GOOD OF THE
VWBro. Charles Tupper rose
to thank the brethren for their support while he has been serving as Deputy
of the Grand Master in District No. 5. He said that our support has
greatly aided him in his ability to serve the Grand Master. The brethren
stood and extended their appreciation for his work on behalf of the
District. This stated meeting will be his last as our District Deputy.
WBro. Tom Eastman of Eureka Lodge No. 20 will be installed as DDGM 5 at the
annual communication of Grand Lodge next month.
The Senior Warden paid wages
to WBro. Mark Campbell and Bro. Paul Bernal; for the programs they presented
earlier this evening and for reaching out to the youth communities on behalf
of our Lodge. The Junior Warden announced that there would be refreshments
following the close of Lodge.
The minutes of this
communication were read and approved in short form. There being no further
business to come before this Lodge of Entered Apprentice Masons, the flag
was retired and the Lodge closed in due and ancient form by Bro. Eric
Koteles, assisted by WBro. Joe Oates as Senior Deacon and Bro. Russ Johnson
as Junior Deacon, at 10:05pm, peace and harmony prevailing.