Greetings from the East,
I continue to be amazed by the quantity of prospective members showing interest in our fraternity. At our last stated communication, we had 11 prospects join us for dinner (3 of whom have been elected to receive the degrees of masonry). This proves that even with all of the madness in our society today, there are still men of high caliber that are seeking knowledge and truth and posses a desire to be part of something bigger than themselves. Although, I shouldn’t be surprised since Freemasonry has thrived for centuries, surviving pandemics, revolutions, world wars, political movements, etc. I encourage each of you to spend some time with our prospective members sharing about your masonic journey.
During the business meeting at our last stated communication, we caught up on minutes, voted on one petition for membership, and received an update from the Library, Archives & Antiquities committee about our project to digitize our archives. For education, MWB Claud Dutro gave a presentation on the National Sojourners after which the lodge voted to donate funds to the National Sojourners’ program to send high school students to attend the Youth Leadership Conference at Valley Forge. The lodge additionally voted to donate funds to Vet Expeditions, a non-profit organization that enables veterans to overcome challenges from their military service through outdoor leadership and community. Our donation will enable as many as 30 veterans to attend a weekend expedition in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The lodge also voted to support the Colorado Veterans Project virtual 5K race and food drive. More details will be published soon, but the 5K walk/run will be open to all lodge members, family, prospects and friends on October 10, 2020. The lodge will cover the cost of the race; however, we encourage each participant to donate non-perishable food, which we will deliver as a group to a local food bank.
At our next stated communication on September 3, 2020, we will have a discussion on the Landmarks of Freemasonry, hear proficiencies, and discuss more about the Colorado Veterans Project virtual 5K. Please RSVP for dinner to Brother Michael Rotert, SW. I hope for a good turn-out for the discussion on the Landmarks as each of us will have different ideas and opinions on the subject. Additionally, this will be the last meeting for members to submit proposed changes to our bylaws so that we can have 30-day written notice prior to the vote on October 15, 2020.
On September 17, 2020 we will be conducting an Entered Apprentice Degree for three new members. We would love to have a great turn-out for the degree! Please RSVP for dinner to Brother Michael Rotert, SW. If you would like to participate in the degree, please email Brother Michael Rotert, SW. We will have a practice for the degree on Wednesday, September 9 at 6:30 PM at the lodge.
On September 26, 2020, Kiowa Lodge #116 will be holding their annual Outdoor Master Mason degree. I’ve challenged two of our newest Fellowcrafts to become proficient in time to be raised during this unique opportunity. More details will follow.
I look forward to seeing everyone in lodge!
Denver Lodge #5 A.F. & A.M
- September 3, 2020: Stated Communication. Education on the Landmarks of Freemasonry. Dinner at 6:30 PM followed by lodge at 7:30 PM.
- September 9, 2020: EA degree practice and posting at 6:30 PM.
- September 17, 2020: Entered Apprentice Degree. Dinner at 6:30 PM and degree work to follow at 7:30 PM.
- September 26, 2020: Kiowa Lodge #116 Outdoor Master Mason Degree. More details to follow.
- October 1, 2020: Stated Communication. Education on the Masonic Symbolism of the Forget-me-not Flower. Dinner at 6:30 PM followed by lodge at 7:30 PM.
- October 10, 2020: 5K walk/run supporting Colorado Veterans Project. More details to follow.
- October 15, 2020: Stated Communication. Voting on proposed changes to the Denver Lodge #5 bylaws. Dinner at 6:30 PM followed by lodge at 7:30 PM.