Greetings from the East!
I hope this message finds everyone happy and healthy!
Denver Lodge No. 5 has a lot going on this month.
We have a large number of prospects that have been attending our meetings, both in-person on online. A number of them have put in petitions so we will be looking forward to doing a lot of degree work in the coming weeks. If you are interested in being involved with putting on these degrees, we would love to have you. Please reach out to me if you want to be involved.
Our first meeting is on February 4th via Zoom. We will again open the meeting at 6:30 pm for prospects and then at 7:00 pm, the meeting will be opened to Masons only. I am going to present a lecture I have been working on called “Truths in your Toolbox”. If you haven’t already, please contact WB Pablo Colomban to be added to the Zoom list. He will send out a link to the meeting via email a couple of days before the meeting.
We are going to open back up to an in-person Lodge meeting for our second meeting on February 18th. This is going to be a busy meeting. We have a lot of proficiency work that has been delayed and a lot of business to take care of. We want to make sure the building is a safe place to meet. We will be taking temperatures at the door and will be allowing for social distancing in the dining room. It is also very possible to spread out in our Lodge room. You are welcome to wear a mask during Lodge if this makes you feel more comfortable. As always, there will be hand sanitizer available. I also want to reiterate that if you are not feeling well, please do not come to Lodge. We miss seeing everyone in Lodge and want everyone to feel comfortable in attending our meetings! Due to Covid restrictions, your RSVP is required with the Junior Warden so that we can make proper arrangements.
A few last notes…if you have not yet paid your dues, they are now late. Please use the PayPal tab on our website or send a check to the secretary. Let’s help save Bro. Secretary from having to send you a late notice. Also, the scholarship applications are now available to download on our site. If you know of someone who is interested in applying for the scholarships, we are accepting them now until May 15th.
Hope you all have a great month and I hope to see you soon!
Michael Rotert WM
This is another installment in a series where we will introduce some of our members. These are the up-and-coming leaders of our Fraternity. These are men from all walks of life. Fathers, sons, husbands… and we all call each other Brothers. These are just some of the stories behind Denver Lodge No.5.
Meet Tim McDowell.
Tim grew up in Pennsylvania, went to culinary school in New England, and arrived in Colorado on July 4th, 1999. The mountains were calling and he’s never looked back! He is an avid cyclist, snowboarder, cinephile, and cook. He has degrees in the Culinary Arts, Film Studies, and Business Management. Tim is an entrepreneur at heart and has worked for himself for over a decade. Tim, his wife Lisa, and son Sylvan live in Denver, CO. He became a Freemason in April of 2018 at Denver Lodge No.5. Both of his Grandfathers were Freemasons in Pennsylvania. The tenets of Freemasonry have helped him become a better husband, father and to find the balance of work/life.
D5 is lucky to have Tim as Junior Warden this year. Say hi to him at our next meeting.
I hope this message finds you well! We are in the midst of the lost week between the holidays and the New Year. I’m really not sure what day it is, but I do know that I have been eating plenty. I hope you find yourself in the same situation!
Like almost everything that has happened in 2020, we have had to get creative in how we approached installation this year. Normally, on a Saturday after our last December meeting and before the holidays, we would all gather for a nice meal with our families and friends and then do our annual installation of officers. This wasn’t possible this year, so instead of trying to do an installation on a Zoom meeting, we took the opportunity to bring the installation to you in the form of a movie. I am no Scorsese, so we are using the term “movie” lightly, but I invite you to join us on January 7th at 7:00 pm via Zoom to watch the installation. I will be opening the Zoom call at 6:30 to give the opportunity for prospects to ask any questions and so I can find out what Santa brought you.
To RSVP and receive the Zoom meeting link please contact WB Pablo Colomban
For our second “meeting” in January, Right Worshipful Brother Ray Dunn, who is currently the Senior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge is going to join us virtually to give us a talk on leadership. The details for this meeting will also be sent out at a later date.
The current status of things in our Country and State are not very conducive to having our normal meetings, but hopefully, things will continue to improve. In the meantime, I will be working to try to create opportunities for us to enjoy fellowship. Whether virtually or being together in person. This is definitely not the way I wanted to start my year in the East, but we’ll be working to make the best of it.
As always, I greatly appreciate all of you and look forward to seeing you soon!
WM Michael Rotert