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December 2017

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Greetings from the East,

It is with a heavy heart that I start typing my final Trestleboard for Denver Lodge No.5. I’m reminded of the fable of “Solomon’s Seal” where a sultan requests King Solomon to bring him a sentence that would have the ability to make the happy man sad and the sad man happy. Solomon responds with, “This too shall pass”.

And while I’ll be sad to descend those three steps in the East a final time, I take solace in the amazing, forward-thinking leadership Denver Lodge No. 5 has in its future. I’ve had the pleasure of working with these Brothers throughout the past years and I have great trust in handing over the keys.

It has been a great honor serving the Lodge all these years and in particular, serving as Worshipful Master. I had a great time and I hope you all did as well. We were busy with a lot of work, but there were plenty of fun extracurricular activities to join in on as well. November was no exception. We received the Grand Master’s representatives at our annual Heritage Night. It was great seeing so many faces in attendance.

I was extremely excited at how well our first “Heritage Raising” turned out! Not only was the degree work exceptional, but I feel that the theme and general ambiance of the night was a hit! Thanks again to R.W.B. Kevin Townley for the amazing banjo performance and congratulations to Bro. Sean Murphy and Bro. James Bechtel for winning the costume contest. Most importantly, congrats to the four Brothers Raised that evening, Brothers James Bechtel, David Bralish, Dan Rosales, and Jordan Rice. It wouldn’t have been so successful without everyone’s participation!

Bro. Jonny Aderhold treated us to a D.U. Pioneers hockey game on the 10th and even gave us a tour of the arena! Thanks, Bro. Jonny!

Our first Stated will be our Annual Communicationon December 7th which will be our election night as well as committee reports. Please attend not only to let your voices be heard but also to support our newly elected officers. Please RSVP.

My final meeting as Master will be on December 21st. As it has become customary, this meeting will be an Agape Dinner and my chance to say goodbye and thank you for the honor of serving the Lodge this past year. I hope you have all enjoyed it as much as I have. Dinner promises to be excellent and there will be a commemorative glass for those who attend.  Open to Masons only, please. E.A and above. We will hold a brief meeting open on the E.A. degree ta 5:30 pm. The 6:30 pm dinner will be catered and glasses are limited so please RSVP.

The Installation Night for the 2018 officers will be held at 6:30 pm on Saturday, December 30th. The installation and dinner will be open to the public. Please RSVP.

For those of you who missed our last Stated, the Lodge once again voted to sponsor a couple tables at the Denver Consistory Burns Night Supper on Saturday, January 20th, 2018. We will cover your meal which begins at 7:00 pm. If you’d like to participate in the Whisky College which starts at 6 pm, then you must reserve with the Consistory yourself and pay the $15 fee. Space for the dinner is limited, so if you’d like to attend and join our tables please RSVP with me. First come first serve.

That’s all for me folks. I wish you all a great holiday season. Next year, you can find me on the sidelines. Stick around, I know we’re going to have a wonderful time.

See you at Lodge!

Pablo Colomban, W.M.
Denver Lodge No.5 A.F. & A.M.

November 2017

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Greetings from the East!

I’d like to congratulate and welcome our newest Entered Apprentices, Bro. Will Berry, Bro. Andy Tuitele, Bro. Ben Allen, and Bro. Gareth Alexander. The degree itself was superb and the turnout on the sidelines truly inspiring. Thank you all!

We had a great Stated Communication on October 5th at the Eastern Star Masonic Retirement Home and enjoyed our time with the Brethren there. I hope it’s something we can repeat in the years to come.

November is a special month for Denver Lodge No. 5. The first recorded meeting of Masons, and what would become Denver Lodge No. 5, was held on November 3rd, 1858. And so, every year in the first week of November, Denver Lodge No. 5 commemorates their heritage. We have some exciting events planned for this year.

At our first Stated Communication on Thursday, November 2nd we’ll be receiving the Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother Vernon R. Turner, and his Grand Lodge Officer Line. We will also have a presentation on “frontier life” by Brother John “Ramrod” Russell and will be presenting a 25-year member pin. This meeting will be open to the public so please invite your friends and families. Bro. Ramrod’s presentation is a hit with the kids so make sure to bring them along! Come join us for this special event! Lodge will open at 5:30 pm on the MM degree to take care of some Lodge Business.  Dinner will be at 6:30 pm. Presentations will begin at 7:30 pm. RSVP.

Continuing with the heritage theme, I’m excited to announce the first ever Denver Lodge No.5 Heritage Raising on Saturday, November 4th. We will be Raising four Brothers to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason while trying to create an atmosphere similar to the one perhaps experienced by our Founding Brothers. Our Labors will be done by candlelight alone, the fare will be one typically found in the 19th century West, and Right Worshipful Brother Kevin Townley will provide musical entertainment during dinner. We will also be treated to a special toast by W.B. Nick Freeburg. Lodge will open on the Master Mason Degree at 3:00 pm. We will Raise three Brothers before we break for dinner at 6:30 pm. Lodge will return to Labor at 7:30 pm for the final degree in long form. As a bonus, while not required, we encourage all attendees to come dressed in Victorian-era fashion. We will choose a winner by vote for “Best Dressed” and I will pay for their 2018 Denver Lodge No. 5 Dues. Come celebrate not just Denver Lodge No.5’s long history, but Colorado Freemasonry at large! RSVP

On Friday, November 10th, come out and join us for Denver 5 Rink Night and watch the DU Pioneers take on St. Cloud State! The game starts at 7:05 pm.  Open to Denver Lodge No.5 Members and family only. We have limited seats available and they’ll fill up fast. First come, first serve. RSVP.

Our second Stated Communication on Thursday, November 16th will be reserved for hearing some proficiencies and catching up on various Lodge business. Dinner will be at 6:30 pm and Lodge will open at 7:30 pm on the E.A. degree.

That’s all for now, but check our website and Facebook page regularly for new events and updates.

See you at Lodge!

Pablo Colomban, W.M.
Denver Lodge No.5 A.F. & A.M. K

October 2017

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Greetings from the East!

The temperature is dropping and the pumpkin spice lattes are flowing! I love this time of year. September was another great month at D5. We started it off with an enlightening, historical presentation by W.B. Van-Troi Perozo. We also had a Joint Communication with the six Welton Street Temple Lodges to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Grand Lodge of England. We saw hard work come to fruition with three Brothers doing their Fellowcraft Proficiencies and are now ready to be Raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason. We had the pleasure of hosting Brethren visiting us from Brazil and England amongst other places. The Golf League had a Happy Hour outing at Park Hill Golf course and we had a blast! If you are interested in joining the league, please contact me.

We keep the momentum going in October with a lot of fun activities. For our first Stated on October 5th, we’ll be meeting at the Eastern Star Masonic Retirement home. Dinner will be at 6:30 pm with Lodge opening at 7:30 pm on the Master Mason Degree.

We will be initiating four new Brethren at our second Stated on October 19th.  We will be starting at 5 pm with a break for dinner at 6:30 pm. Join us as we bring Light to these new Brothers!

Denver Lodge No.5 will be sponsoring some Brethren to attend this year’s Colorado Masonic SymposiumOctober 14th-15th. If you are interested in attending, please contact Bro. Michael Rossi, P.M.

We also have plans for a Hockey game at DU, a night at the Colorado Ballet and a cigar night in the next few weeks. Contact me for more details.

I don’t want to jump too far ahead, but our Heritage Week is coming up in November. We will celebrate Denver Lodge No. 5’s long history in Colorado, first at our Stated Communication on November 2nd. This will be an “Open to the Public” meeting as we receive the Grand Master. Then on November 4th, we will be having our first Denver Lodge No.5 Heritage Raising. You won’t want to miss either one of these events. If you are interested in participating in the Master Mason Degrees, please let me know as the cast sheet is filling up fast.

That’s all for now, but check our website and Facebook page regularly for new events and updates.

See you at Lodge!

Pablo Colomban, W.M.
Denver Lodge No.5 A.F. & A.M.

September 2017

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Greetings from the East,

Welcome back to Light! I hope everyone had a great summer. I, for one, am happy to get back to Lodge! Not that we have been idle, mind you. We Passed three Fellowcrafts in July (Bros. Dan Rosales, David Bralish and James Bechtel) and Raised two Master Masons in August as part of the annual Ghost Town Raising. Congratulations to our newest Master Masons, Bro. Duncan Kish and Bro. Michael Sullivan.

We had plenty of fun summer activities with the D5 Golf League and the Rod & Gun Club. We also had the opportunity to attend the first ever “Fraternity in the Quarry” at Coors Field. Denver Lodge No.5 even got a shout out on the big screen during the 5th inning! If you are interested in joining the Golf League, Rod & Gun Club, or have an idea for any fun events, please let me know.

Coming up for our first Stated on September 7th, WB Van-Troi Perozo will give us a brief look into the lives of the original officers of Colorado’s oldest Masonic Lodge, Denver Lodge No.5 and their impact in Colorado Freemasonry. This promises to be an excellent topic that any Colorado Mason will enjoy, not just Denver Lodge No. 5 members. Come celebrate Freemasonry’s long history in the Centennial State. RSVP

It has been 300 years since four Lodges in London came together and established the world’s first Grand Lodge in 1717. On September 16th 2017, 300 years after this historic meeting, the six Lodges that meet at the Welton Street Temple will come together for a joint meeting to commemorate this illustrious event.  Please join us in celebrating the 300th anniversary of the United Grand Lodge of England. RSVP

We have reserved our September 21st Stated for the purposes of hearing some proficiencies and other Lodge business. As always, dinner will be at 6:30pm and Lodge will begin at 7:30pm. I look forward to seeing all of you again!

See you at Lodge!

Pablo Colomban, W.M.
Denver Lodge No.5 A.F. & A.M.

Matthew Howze

Meet Matthew

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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 Matthew Howze. We’ll let him introduce himself in his own words.

I grew in Washington state and followed my family to Colorado in 2009. I love the great weather and outdoor activities. In my free time I am usually working out, going for a bike ride, or just hangout with friends and family.

After working in the dental industry for 10+ years I changed careers and am now in architectural design. The change has been a fun challenge.

I joined Freemasonry for the Brotherhood, the history and the integrity of the organization and members. I could not be more happy with the support and lessons I have learned. 

Matthew has a great future at Denver Lodge No.5. We’re lucky to have him. Say hi to him at our next meeting.

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Meet Jonny

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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 Brother Jonny Aderhold a Colorado native. Born in 1975, Jonny grew up in Greeley Colorado then moved to Denver Colorado at the age of 10.

In Jonny’s early years he was interested in music while training to become a black belt in Taekwondo.

Jonny’s interest in music grew as he played with multiple musical groups some of which can be heard here https://soundcloud.com/jonnyaderhold under the alias Jonny Maze.

Jonny and his wife Adi have two children oldest named Xander and youngest Breanna. They currently live in Parker Colorado. Jonny is head of the IT department for the University of Denver’s Athletics Division where he’s been for over 16 years.

Jonny became a Freemason March 21st 2013 at Denver lodge No. 5. Becoming a brother within this Fraternity was important to Jonny after studying it’s history and having ties to the Fraternity through his Grandfather. Because of this, he has met Brothers for life.

Say hi to him at our next meeting.

April 2017

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Greetings from the East,

Congratulations to our newest Entered Apprentices, Brothers James Bechtel and David Bralish! Welcome to the Fraternity! We also welcomed Brother David Meza back to Lodge after a long time away. It’s great to have him back!

You’ll be noticing a new face in the officer line. Brother Michael Rotert will be our new Senior Steward. In the short time he has been a Mason, he has shown the dedication and hard work needed to be a leader at Denver Lodge No.5 . Welcome to the officer line Brother!

Our Joint Communication at Park Hill Lodge No. 148 was a hit! It was great meeting with the Brethren of Park Hill. We also had the opportunity to visit Rocky Mountain Lodge #1 P.H.A. and were warmly welcomed as always. Thanks to all who came out for the Brotherly love!

We will be closing this month up with an Actual Past Master’s Degree for yours truly on Friday March 31st. Dinner is at 7pm with the degree to follow. Open to Past Masters only. Please contact the secretary to RSVP

If you have RSVP’d for the Whiskey Distillery tour at Laws Whiskey, that will be April 1st at Noon. Don’t forget admission is $10 at the door. Admission fees will go towards any purchases in the gift shop.

On April 5th at 5pm we will be having a group fly fishing lesson at Trouts Fly Shop. Space is limited so please RSVP with me. Check out the new Denver Lodge No.5 Rod and Gun Club page!.

There will be a service held for W.B. Ken Lyons at Fort Logan on April 6th at 1pm. Please come express your condolences and see our Brother off to the Celestial Lodge.

For our April 6th Stated Communication we will have our Junior Warden sitting in the East as we open and close on all degrees and hear proficiencies. RSVP.

Our April 20th Stated Communication will be held for the purposes of Raising Bros. Sean Murphy and Daniel McCoy to the sublime degree of a Master Mason. RSVP

Scholarship applications can still be downloaded on our website. The deadline for applications is April 7th.

Reminder: If you haven’t paid your 2017 dues, please do so or risk suspension! You can pay online here.

See you at Lodge!

Pablo Colomban, W.M.

Denver Lodge No.5 A.F. & A.M.

Scott Charles image

Meet Scott

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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.

Scott was born and raised in New Jersey and now resides in Erie, Colorado. He is  married to the love of his life, Holly, and is a father of two, Brooklyn (4) and Bronx (3).

Professionally, Scott provides computing and technology education consultation services. He is also a Trustee for the Town of Erie and serves as a liaison to Erie’s Historic Preservation Board.

Scott enjoys music, vinyl records, playing guitar/drums/etc., history, technology, and computing. He is also a big fan of sushi.

Scott was initiated into Freemasonry at Denver Lodge #5 on October 11, 2014. He currently serves as Denver 5’s Marshal and sits on the Finance and Community Outreach committees.

Scott is a dedicated Brother… always happy to lend a hand and tell a joke. We look forward to seeing him at every event.

Say hi to him at our next meeting.

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Meet Ariel

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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 Brother Ariel Breitman. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1993. At 15 years old, Ariel moved to New York City to train for a career in professional ballet. After working with The Washington Ballet in DC for one year, he received a job offer with the Colorado Ballet in 2014.

Ariel was raised by Brotherhood Lodge No. 126 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in June of 2015.

Masonry for Ariel has been a life changing experience. After joining Denver Lodge No. 5 in 2016, Breitman has met countless friends and Brothers, offering some of the most valuable, meaningful and profound relationships he has ever had. Through his connection with Colorado Ballet, Ari enjoys introducing Brothers to his lifelong passion and profession.

Ari has been a tremendous asset the Fraternity and it’s always great to see him.

Say hi to him at our next meeting.

 

Denver Lodge No.5 at the ballet

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Meet Sean

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This is the first installment in our new 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 Sean. He is one of our newest Fellowcrafts and a great guy all around. We’ll let him introduce himself in his own words.

I have lived in Colorado since 1998. I am a father of 3. Being a father has proved to be more challenging, rewarding, and enriching than I have ever thought. I love to cook, hike, snowboard, and listen to music. Music is dear me, as is my vinyl collection. From Miles Davis to Jane’s Addiction and everything in-between… Nothing beats it.

Freemasonry and the Brothers of Denver No. 5 have been a wonderful addition to my existence. I look forward to sharing space and breaking bread with these gentlemen on the first and third Thursdays for Lodge and then to congregate outside of Lodge for some great and memorable times! Brothers in every sense of the word. It is a diverse group of guys and a group that you will find it hard not to strike a meaningful conversation with. 

Sean has a great future in the Fraternity. Say hi to him at our next meeting.