From The East

Brethren,

Change, any change, can cause lasting visible, as well as invisible effects.

Five years ago, I created a small “fan group” page on the social media site, Facebook, for a [then] new television show called “The Quest”, which aired on the ABC network. Initially, I had thought it was going to be just a few nerds, like myself, who might talk about the show online. Almost overnight, the membership swelled to well over 100 people, including all of the cast and crew members of the show and the producers of the show! Today, the group has swelled to over 2,100 people and is still growing! Fans of the show come from all walks of life and from all over the world, (even though it’s original 10 episodes were only shown on American television, and later on Netflix, iTunes, and Ama-zon; interestingly, it is still available on ABC’s website!). By starting the group and nurturing its growth, people from all over the world have been able to meet and form lasting friend-ships. I now am proud to have friends in many parts of the world who, like myself, consider all of the members as “best friends who haven’t met yet.” Sound familiar? A few years back, I got involved with Blood Drives here at the Lodge with Wor. John Follett (PM), who was chairing these efforts. I have been giving blood ever since. While I don’t know the full effect of what blood donations do, I was fortunate enough to have met a man whose life was changed by blood donations. He had cancer. He needed blood donations regularly for trans-fusions that he needed. He wanted to thank me personally for making those small donations, since he knew many people whose lives had been changed (and greatly extended) due to these donations.

I urge all of you, when the mood strikes you, to try to affect some change in the lives of those around you, whether it be to brighten their day with a fun activity, or whether it is to lengthen the number of days that they can be here on Earth. We, as Masons, have a duty to relieve our fellow man, whether they be distressed, or otherwise, and to restore peace to their troubled minds.
Have a great day and make the best of it! You never know whose life you may be changing!

Wor Bro Jim Ritter has kindly offered all Master Masons, who have yet to earn their Master Mason proficiency, to join him (and any MM who wishes to join us) every Tuesday evening at 6:30PM for a “class” to study for proficiency. These classes will not be held on the Stated Meeting, nor Family Dinner nights, but all others preceding any other Lodge event.

Also, don’t forget to join us on October 22 for our First Degree ceremony for Mr. Matthew Streem! It is highly important for us to welcome

Sincerely and Fraternally,

David Patterson, PM
Peninsula Masonic Lodge #168

From The West

To all Brethren and our Masonic Family,

It is hard to believe we are coming down the home stretch of 2019. Elections are coming in November with Installation Saturday December 7. Our newly raised Brothers are Hard at work on preparing for their Proficiency examination. Come to Stated in October and support them!

Some ret events are approaching on our calendar. The Outdoor Degree September 21, practices on Tuesday, Stated Meeting October 1, our Family dinner October 8, Officer Qualifications,
perhaps two First Degree Conferrals to be announced soon, and Stated Meeting and elections on November 5.

Our Lodge is thriving with new Brothers, incredible fellowship and enthusiasm. This is the result of many decade of hard work from you and those who have come before. Thank you. And please continue to join in the fun these next two months.

Fraternally
Dennis Mahoney PM

From The South

Brethren,

October is the tenth month of the year and the name October is derived from octo, which means eight in Latin. The Anglo Saxons named the month Winterfylleth – winter full moon Halloween, All Hallows’ Eve or All Saints’ Eve, is a celebration observed in several countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed.

It is widely believed that many Halloween traditions originated from ancient pagan Celtic harvest festivals, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain; and that Samhain was Christianized as Halloween by the early Christian Church.

In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of All Hallows’ Eve, including attending church services and lighting can-dles on the graves of the dead, remain popular. Some Christians his-torically abstained from meat on All Hallows’ Eve, a tradition reflect-ed in the eating of certain vegetarian foods on this day of vigil, in-cluding apples, potato pancakes, and soul cakes.

A soul cake is a small round cake which is traditionally made to com-memorate the dead in the Christian tradition. The cakes, often re-ferred to as souls, are given out by Soulers who go from door to door during the days of Allhallowtide singing and saying prayers. The practice in Europe dates to the medieval period, and the practice of giving and eating soul cakes continues in some countries today. Soul-ing is seen as the origin of the practice of trick-or-treating

Sincerely and Fraternally,
Hjalmar Nilsen