April 2023 Trestleboard

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Greetings from the East, Brethren

Wishing you a joyful spring season! I know I’m looking forward to longer days and blooming flowers; to the seeds planted thus far sprouting into opportunities for exciting events and fellowship. 

 *April 15th is the deadline to submit applications for scholarships!!!!*  If you are sponsoring a student make sure everything required is submitted to the Secretary on time for it to be considered by the scholarship committee.  If you are sponsoring a student please rsvp for the scholarship dinner on  May 18th here.  Include your sponsored student and his/her family in your rsvp count.  I would like to get ahead on head count for this dinner so arrangements can be made.

Thank you all for the great turn out last meeting!  It was a very pleasant surprise to have so many visiting Brothers and Past Masters attending. Dinner conversation was stimulating and the meeting and education afterward was great!  My thanks to our speaker WB. Ryan Wallace for his talk.

April 3rd we will be visiting Harmony Lodge #61 located at 350 S. Broadway  Denver CO  80209.  Dinner is at 6:30pm with lodge at 7:30pm.  

April 6th our first Thursday meeting in April we will be hearing a Master Mason proficiency from Bro. Brian Neeper come out and support him!
As always rsvp here for dinner

The second meeting in April we will be entranced by the riveting words of our own Worshipful Brother Van Troi Perozo.  He will be giving a talk on the FC degree regarding the pillars of the temple.  This is sure to be a great night, don’t miss our and rsvp here for dinner.

Brethren, In keeping with the season remember not to judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant. 

March 2023 Trestleboard

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Greetings from the East!   

First I’d like to congratulate our Junior Past Master James Bechtel for receiving the honor lodge award from Grand Lodge for his year, 2022. We presented the lodge with the plaque at the last meeting, I hope to continue the tradition this year and know that with all the Brothers help we will achieve it.  I’d also like to congratulate Brothers  Romini Sherali, Brian Neeper and Donald Stewart for receiving their third degree at our first meeting in February.

Our annual participation in the Special Olympics polar plunge is coming up quickly. This year it is being held March 11th at Boulder Reservoir. Come out and show your support for the cause and spend time with your Brothers! WB Tom Shoots needs to get our list of participants in ASAP so rsvp to him here right away, please. 

Note* The lodge will not be doing the St Paddy’s day parade this year as it falls on the same day as the polar plunge. 

The first meeting in March I look forward to a lively discussion on lodge culture and expectations so think about what it is that brings you to lodge, what gets you excited and what are you looking forward to in the future. RSVP for dinner here.

Our second meeting we have a guest speaker, Brother Ryan Wallace, member of Research Lodge of Colorado, giving his talk on “Freemasonry and Morality”.  RSVP for dinner here.

Upcoming events: Denver Lodge is sponsoring the Scottish Rite’s Clays for a Cause and Eastern Star Masonic Retirement Community’s golf tournament.  Spots are available and are first come first serve,  RSVP you interest to WB Pablo Colomban.

“We Mason’s are among the fortunate ones who are taught to meet together with others opposing convictions or competitive ideas and yet respect each others as Brothers.”  -Albert Pike

December 2022 Trestleboard

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Greetings from the East!

I hope everyone had a safe and very filling Thanksgiving! I know I definitely ate more pie than I needed but hey, it’s a holiday right! Now it’s on to the next set of holidays and then it’s time for the year 2023! When I started my year in the East, I was given lots of advice from past masters but the one constant I heard from them all was just how fast the year would go. They were not wrong. It does not feel like it’s been a WHOLE year already and I don’t think the realization has fully set in yet. We had a lot happen this year and had some very good meetings and always shared in some great fellowship along the way.

Our first meeting of December (Dec. 1st) we will be hearing from our committees and submitting their reports and then we will be holding the election for officers, for the 2023 Masonic year! Come and show your support for our future D5 officers! Dinner at 6:30pm. RSVP here

Our second as well as final meeting (Dec. 15th) for the 2022 year will be our Annual Agape Dinner! This dinner is open to Masons only and will start around 6:30pm.  As this is a popular event, to ensure there is enough food and drink it’s very important that you RSVP here.

Our last event of the year will be our installation of the new Denver 5 officers! This will take place Saturday, December 17th. Dinner will be at 6:30pm, with the installation to follow. this is always a fun evening and I highly recommend coming and supporting our brothers on their journey. Since this is an open lodge event It will be absolutely crucial that you RSVP here, so we have enough food to go around.

I have learned so much during my year in the East and I truly love and appreciate everyone who has helped me during my time. I will miss wearing the hat, but I know I’m leaving D5 in better, more capable hands than ever. Looking to the bright future of Denver 5 and Colorado Masonry, I’m excited to see what the newer members will bring to the table and confident that the craft we all love will continue to grow strong. Thank you all, my brothers!

Fraternally yours always,
James Bechtel, Worshipful Master 2022

September 2022 Trestleboard

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Greetings from the East!

Where did the summer go?! The evening air is starting to cool, the kids are back in school and the pumpkin spice is flowing. All this points to us coming back from being dark and I know I’m ready to get back to work!

Our first meeting on Sep. 1st will be a step-up night. This will be a good one because not only will our JW. Bro. Ruegsegger be sitting in the East stepping up and down through the degrees, we will also be hearing proficiencies on all three degrees from some very hard working brothers! I highly recommend coming out to support all these brothers. Dinner as always is at 6:30 pm and please RSVP here.

Our second meeting on Sep. 15th will be an EA degree. If you would like to have a part in this degree please reach out to our JW. and be on the lookout for the cast list. D5 officers, we will be opening early at 5:45 pm to help keep the night from drawing on too late. Dinner at 6:30 pm and as always please RSVP here.

There are some fun things planned out for the remainder of the year. a few visitations, a lecture or two, more degrees, our annual heritage night, and lots of fellowship in between. I look forward to seeing everyone again and hearing everyone’s summer stories!

Fraternally Yours,
James Bechtel WM.

May 2022 Trestleboard

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Greetings from the East

Firstly, congratulations to Brother Donald Stewart on receiving your first degree in Masonry! I hope you enjoy your journey. The Polar Plunge with the nonexistent “polar conditions” was still a lot of fun and the money donated went to a great cause.

Our first communication on May 5th we will be hearing several proficiencies from hard-working brothers on several degrees. So, we will be opening on the first degree but need to step up to the third degree to hear them all. As always please RSVP for dinner.

Our second communication on May 19th will be our annual scholarship night. This is an open night so please bring your family and friends along. Denver 5 officers we will be opening early at 5:30 to take care of any business before dinner. With a usually larger than normal turnout for this event is really, really important that you RSVP for dinner. 

Summer is approaching fast, and with it, Denver 5 goes dark for the months of June, July, and August. We do this out of tradition but rather than going dark it feels appropriate to say we go dim. There is more work to get done and there are several fun events planned and in the works for continued fellowship throughout the summer months. For instance, the Scottish Rite Clays for a Cause is happening on May 27th. So be on the lookout for communications informing you of all the summer happenings.

Fraternally yours,
James Bechtel

April 2022 Trestleboard

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Greetings From the East!

Congratulations to Bro. Brian Neeper on your initiation into Freemasonry! Your journey is just beginning. March was a lot of fun with events that took place outside of the lodge room. A big thank you to the brothers who participated in the St. Patrick’s Day parade and to the brothers who made the long drive to visit with Pueblo No. 17. Both events were truly enjoyable!

For our first communication of April, we will open on the EA to hear a proficiency. Then we will hear an education from WB Rob Jones of East Denver No. 160 on the topic of “Effective Masonic Communication.”  If you plan on attending dinner at 6:30, please RSVP.

At our second Communication of the month, we will be initiating two more worthy candidates into the brotherhood of Freemasonry. If you would like a specific part, please reach out to JW Joshua Ruegsegger to secure a spot for you. As always please RSVP if you plan on attending dinner.

The annual Boulder Polar Plunge is scheduled for Saturday, April 9th. This is a fun event that helps support the Colorado Special Olympics. if you haven’t yet, please reach out to WB Tom Shotts to get on the list.

Last chance to get scholarship requests turned in for our annual scholarship night in May. Everyone could use a little extra help so If you or anyone you know who is looking to further their education, please consider having them fill out the scholarship request forms and have them submitted by April 15th for review. Applications are available here.

Fraternally yours,
James Bechtel

Upcoming Events
We are happy to be sponsoring the 2022 SCOTTISH RITE SPORTING CLAYS CLASSIC! Registration is now open here.

March 2022 Trestleboard

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Greetings from the East!

I hope everyone was keeping warm during those extra cold days we had during the month. I know I am definitely looking forward to seeing the tulips start growing and the longer days of daylight saving time!  Congratulations to Brothers Ben and Alex on being raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason! It was a long but fun night and we’re all very proud of both of you!

I’d like to bring to your attention that it’s very important for both Masons and non-masonic visitors to RSVP if you plan on attending dinner. It helps aid us in making sure there is plenty of food for all without much waste. You can very easily RSVP for all dinners here.

We have a busy March planned out. Our first communication of March we will be taking care of some business then cut out early and hold some fellowship over a few brews. Please RSVP for dinner here.

Saturday, March 12, Denver No.5 will be marching in the 60th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This is a family event with so much to see and the whole event is a lot of fun! Lets get as many people out as possible to march and support D5! Reach out to me if you want to attend.

Our second communication of the month we will be initiating a new brother into the craft. Be on the lookout for a cast sheet from Bro. Joshua Ruegeseeger JW. Please RSVP for dinner here.

On March 28th, I would like to visit Pueblo Lodge No.17. One of their members “playfully” claimed my gavel at our last meeting while we were at ease and I intend to get it back! Pueblo No.17 meets at 126 Broadway Ave. Pueblo, Co. 81004. they have dinner at 6:30pm with lodge at 7:30 if you plan on attending this visit please let me know so we can RSVP with Pueblo No.17

The annual Polar Plunge at Boulder Reservoir for the special Olympics is April 9th if you haven’t taken the plunge then I suggest you do. Contact WB Tom Shotts to get you on the list.

Deadlines are approaching for our Annual Scholarship Night. Applications are due to the lodge by April 15th. If you or someone you know is furthering their education and could use a little extra support then please get an application filled out and returned to Denver No.5.

I look forward to seeing you all again!!

Fraternally yours,
James Bechtel

Secretary’s Message:
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Also, please let the secretary know if you moved or have new contact information.

February 2022 Trestleboard

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Firstly, I would like to congratulate Worshipful Brother Michael Rotert and the members of Denver 5 on making Honor Lodge! WB. Rotert worked very hard last year on bringing D5 back to in-person meetings after all the covid lockdowns. Secondly, it was so great to see so many brothers and their partners at the annual “Burns Night Supper.” This event was canceled last year because of Covid, and it was heartwarming to see all the brethren dwelling together in unity again…and of course, the haggis was delicious!! (Chef kiss)

For our first stated communication this month (Feb. 3rd) we will be taking care of the unfinished business of installing the remaining officers in their places. MWB. Claud Dutro has something from Grand Lodge he would like to present to the Lodge and because of an unforeseen situation I was unable to have my talk on the “Northeast Corner.” so I’m bringing that into this first meeting. If you’re planning on attending dinner, please RSVP here.

Our second communication of the month (Feb. 17th) we will be raising 2 brothers to the sublime degree of a Master Mason. We are going to be opening early on the 3rd Degree this night. So D5 officers, please be there by 5:45 pm to open. I will be getting the cast sheet put together soon and there will be at least one practice before the degree happens. Please RSVP here for dinner.

Big things are in the works this year. Denver 5 is helping sponsor the first annual Clays for a Cause Scottish Rite Sporting Clays Classic on May 27th. This is promising to be a fun event that will help support a great cause. You can register and sign up for sponsorship at scottishritesportingclays.com. Also, the 2022 Polar Plunge is in the works and will be happening soon in the spring. For some reason, it’s always a lot of fun running into that frigid water! Contact WB Tom Shotts to participate. Come on out to both events if you can!

Fraternally yours,
James Bechtel


January 2022 Trestleboard

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Greetings from the East!

I hope everyone has had a fantastic holiday season with full bellies and full hearts. I know this month I’m going to be dusting off that gym equipment in my basement to work off all the holiday treats that magically seem to show up on my plate.

We’re going to start the new year off with a bang! For our first meeting on Jan. 6th, we’re going to be initiating a new brother into the fraternity. Be on the lookout for an email from Bro. Josh Ruegsegger JW with the cast list. There will be a practice on Wednesday, Jan. 5th at the Welton Temple. I highly recommend those on the list be in attendance for the practice. If you plan on attending dinner please RSVP.

At our second meeting, January 20th,  we’re going to open on the EA but step up the MM degree to hear some proficiencies. Then we’ll step back down to the EA to have a quick, open forum discussion on “The Northeast Corner. Please RSVP for dinner.

The Knights of St. Andrew are hosting their annual “Burns Night Supper” on Saturday, January 29th at the Denver Consistory. If you have never attended one of these dinners, this is an incredibly fun event full of bagpipe music, poetry, and of course…haggis! Spouses/significant others are welcome to attend and if you would like to join in the fun please RSVP with WB Pablo Colomban to get you on the list.

We are honored to help sponsor the 2022 Clays for a Cause Scottish Rite Sporting Clays Classic on May 27th! This is a great cause and promises to be a fun event. You can register and sign up for sponsorship at scottishritesportingclays.com

Fraternally yours,

James Bechtel

December 2021 Trestleboard

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Greetings from the East,

The Holiday season is in full swing.  I hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving and are preparing for more festivities in December.  Since it appears that it doesn’t snow in Colorado anymore, hopefully, some of the plans get you outside to enjoy the weather.  

On Thursday, December 2nd, we will be having our annual election of officers.  We will also be hearing from the committees with their annual report.  Please plan on attending so you can place your vote to decide on the future of Denver 5.  Dinner will be served at 6:30 pm, with Lodge opening at 7:30. Please RSVP here.

The last meeting of the year will be held on Thursday, December 16th.  This will be our Annual Agape Dinner.  The dinner is open to Masons only and will start at 6:30 pm.  It is crucial that you RSVP to the event at the link below to ensure we have enough food and drink for everyone.  Start working on your toasts Brethren and get ready to celebrate the Craft! Please RSVP here.

Our last event of the year will be our Installation of Officers.  This will take place on Saturday, December 18th with dinner at 6:30 pm, with the Installation to follow.  This is an open Lodge event and is open to the public.  Again, it is crucial that you RSVP to this event at the link below.

Installation RSVP Link

Please note, the Scottish Rite Children’s Christmas party has been canceled. We had planned on having the Denver 5 Child ID kit set up but regretfully, that won’t be happening. Hopefully, we will be able to do this next year as it is a fun event.

It has been a fun year and I have truly enjoyed my year in the East.  I appreciate all of the help and guidance I have received from my Brothers while on this journey.  I think we have accomplished a lot and have done a lot for Freemasonry in Colorado.  All of the PMs kept telling me that the year would go fast and they weren’t kidding.  I look forward to seeing all of the newly installed officers in their new stations and places in January!

Fraternally yours,

Michael Rotert