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October 2022 Trestleboard

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Greetings from the East!

Congratulations to our newest EAs and a big thank you to the degree team who put in the work to make the degree excellent! Also, congratulations to the brothers who put in the hard work to become proficient on various degrees. We’re looking forward to putting on your degrees next!! This cooler weather and turning leaves are definitely putting me in the holiday mood and it’s hard to believe that our Masonic year is just about over but there is still work to be done!!

Our first meeting on Oct. 6th, W.B Aaron Klostermeyer will be presenting a lecture/discussion on the symbolism of the EA working tools (and how symbols work in general.) Since we just initiated two new brothers, I feel this will be very informative and we can all do well to remember the meaning of our working tools. Please RSVP for dinner.

Our second meeting on Oct. 20th, we will be putting on a Fellowcraft degree. If you’d like a part or want to present a lecture, please reach out to Bro. Bryan Cummings S.W. Remember we always love a volunteer! Please RSVP for dinner.

A heads up for November. Our first meeting Nov. 3rd, is Denver 5s heritage night. we’re celebrating 163 years of fellowship. This meeting will be an open meeting so please please please bring your friends and family along. just be sure to RSVP so we can make sure there’s enough food to go around.

Fraternally yours,
James Bechtel

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.

June 2022 Trestleboard

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Greetings from the East!

The official days of summer are so very near. The kids are out of school and the days, as well as the nights, are heating up despite late-season snow that breaks everyone’s tree branches. We had a lot of fun at the annual scholarship night and handed out 13 scholarships and redecorated the fifth floor by officially hanging the portrait of Henry Bromwell that was donated to and restored by the temple association last year. The next time you’re at the Welton building, pop up to the fifth floor and check out the new artwork.

We have only one Stated Communication on June 2nd to read suspensions. Since this will be a Masons-only night, we will not have dinner open to prospects and non-masons. This will be a quick meeting to read suspensions and finish any remaining business we have left open. Also, let’s forgo the suits for casual wear. In the theme of the quick informal nature of this meeting we’re going to order pizza for dinner so please RSVP, so we know how much to order.

We may be dark after this meeting on June 2nd but there will be many things happening this summer. In the pipe, there will be several visitations, a few degrees, hopefully, a summer BBQ and several other fellowship building events, an officer’s workshop, and if reception is good the continuation of Masonica in August. Be on the lookout for correspondence related to any of these events in the very near future.

Fraternally yours,
James Bechtel

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

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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

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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

November 2021 Trestleboard

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Greetings from the East!

I’m sure most of you are in the same mindset I am this time of year.  If I’m not at work or a Lodge event, I’ve been outside raking leaves.  The weather has made this annual chore much more tolerable this year.  I’m still struggling with it still being dark at 7am, but we only have one more week of that and then it’ll be dark at 4:30pm.  Not sure which is worse.

Denver 5 has been very busy over the last few weeks! On October 21st, we Raised Brothers Vincent Naranjo and Mitchell Jouse to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.  The degree teams did excellent work and they were great degrees.  Congratulations to the Brothers!

Denver 5 opened a Lodge on October 27th to hear some proficiencies and practice for receiving the Grand Lodge Officers.  When we arrived, there were different Lodges using every Lodge room in the Welton Temple.  There were degrees being put on in the 4th floor Lodge room, another Lodge was practicing degree work and then we had the last 5th floor Lodge room.  It was so great to see so many Lodges and Brothers doing their work.  It is so great to see that Masonry is alive and well in Denver!

November is a special month for Denver 5.  Our Lodge was established in November of 1859 and November is the month that we celebrate our annual Heritage Night.  This year Heritage Night is being held on November 4th.  We will be receiving the Grand Master of all Masons in Colorado along with members of the Grand Line.  This is an open meeting, which means you are welcome to bring your significant other and your kids.  It’s a great opportunity for them to see the Welton Temple and meet your Brothers and their families.  It is very important that you RSVP for this event to ensure that we have enough food for dinner.  Dinner will be served at 6:30pm with the open Lodge starting at 7:30pm. You can RSVP here.

Another tradition at Denver 5 is our Heritage Raising.  The Heritage Raising differs from our normal Raising as we attempt to recreate what it might have been like to be Raised in 1859.  The Heritage Raising will take place on Thursday, November 11th.  Dinner will be served at 6:30pm, with the Lodge opening at 7:30pm to Raise two Brothers.  I have personally been looking forward to this all year.  This event is only open to Master Masons.  Again, it is important that you RSVP for this event.  You can RSVP here. 

Our last meeting in November is on Thursday, November 18th.  This is going to be a quick meeting as it coincides with the Scottish Rite Reunion.  A number of us who help with the Reunion or are taking part in the Reunion will be at the Consistory all day long and I’ve worked the Brothers of the Officer Line hard enough the last couple of months, so we’ll just have a quick business meeting and head over to a local bar to enjoy a beer and some fellowship. Dinner will be served at 6:30pm with the open Lodge starting at 7:30pm. You can RSVP here.

I look forward to seeing you all at our upcoming events and hope everyone has an excellent Thanksgiving holiday!

Michael Rotert W.M.